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Job Summary

The University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn) invites applications for the position of Director of Human Resources. This position is responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of comprehensive human resources programs, policies and procedures that support the University community. This position is also responsible for strategic human resources planning in support of the University’s goals and initiatives supporting inclusion and excellence on campus.


As one of the three campuses of the University of Michigan, UM-Dearborn is a top-tier regional public university with more than 9,400 students on a beautiful 200-acre campus located between Detroit and Ann Arbor. We have an outstanding faculty, staff and student body; and support a positive and thriving work environment focused on best practices, teamwork, staff and faculty development, high performance and healthy initiatives.


Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, the director leads a consulting and professional team that is responsible for providing strategic human resources partnerships for both academic and non-academic needs on campus; manages and directs human resources administration and operational functions; and provides advice and consultation to senior leaders, deans and department heads. Additionally, this position is a member of the University of Michigan human resources senior leadership policy and practice group, which is comprised of HR leaders from all three campuses and the UM Health System.

Additional responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership for further implementation of positive leadership best practices on campus; including leadership development and staff engagement.
  • Direct, lead and manage campus-wide hiring, succession planning and retention strategies, utilizing best practices in talent management.
  • Provide direction and leadership for organizational change efforts, including design and implementation of efficient models of administrative work.
  • Further our campus’ strong commitment to training and professional development by strategically planning for and implementing our annual development plans and programs.
  • Lead our human resources service functions all centering on responsiveness to individual and departmental HR needs including: HR consultation, staff satisfaction, benefits administration, pay administration, and labor relations
  • Utilize data and human capital reporting information to drive best practices with respect to our people strategy and decision-making.
  • Support and collaborate on inclusion and institutional equity strategies for our campus, including day-to-day oversight of our university’s Title IX responsibilities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong demonstrated leadership ability; including collaborative decision making, and enthusiasm for teamwork, communication and high performance.
  • Excellent communication skills; including oral, written and presentation skills. Also, the ability to be persuasive and relate comfortably to a variety of groups inside and outside of the University.
  • Creative thinker who can bring a strategic and innovative approach to the University’s human resources function.
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple priorities.

Required Qualifications*

  • A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education or experience is necessary. An advanced degree and/or experience in higher education is preferred. Substantial experience in human resources management and previous supervisor experience is necessary. Other important skills, competencies and abilities for this position include:
    • ability to implement and sustain change initiatives;
    • demonstrated excellent oral, written and presentation communication skills;
    • strong personal integrity, enthusiasm and a deep respect for individuals and inclusion;
    • demonstrated ability to perform in a fast-paced, team environment;
    • strong analytical and problem solving capabilities;
    • proficiency with human resources systems and applications;
    • successful supervisory and leadership experience and the ability to bring out the best in performance in individuals and teams;
    • awareness of the latest trends in higher education and human resources and the ability to lead and implement strategic planning for the human resources function;
    • Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations relating to human resources

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.