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Job Summary

Who We Are

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Why Work at Michigan?

Perhaps more than any other university, U-M can be much more than the sum of its parts. Our potential to have a positive influence on the society we serve represents our greatest value as a university. Nationally recognized as a top university workplace for 10 straight years, we place a high priority on creating an environment where faculty and staff do their best work. Join us.


We offer our employees an extensive total compensation package including competitive pay, a two-for-one retirement contribution, comprehensive well-being programs, a variety of health insurance options, a generous paid time off plan and family-friendly resources.

University Human Resources seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.


As Associate Director Talent Acquisition you are a key leader in moving forward U-M’s priorities related to the attraction of talent. Your initial body of work will focus on building a strategy, vision and plan to create a high impact talent acquisition center of expertise that includes designing, managing and continuously refining resources to actively recruit and select diverse, highly qualified talent. Your role also involves a very effective consulting partnership with the university’s network of HR professionals. Working in a large, decentralized environment, you’ll focus on translating business needs and priorities into action through diligent project management and collaborative initiatives.

Do you have the motivation, capability and confidence to interface effectively with senior leaders, various stakeholders and to position yourself as a thought leader? This role collaborates with other functional talent leaders to ensure an integrated talent management approach.

Do You Thrive on Using These Skills?

Creative problem solving and prioritization, collaboration, commitment to high quality results, interpersonal and organizational savvy, motivating and influencing others, strategic thinking and tactical execution and project management.

Do You See Yourself Aligned with the Values Expressed in the University Human Resources Strategic Plan?

Across the university, HR professionals are capable, competent and service oriented.  They share a common set of values characterized by trust, collaboration, communication and partnership and take pride in their contribution to the success of the university. 

Who You’ll Be Working With

The role reports to the Senior Director, University Human Resources. You’ll work closely with university leaders, HR constituents as well as other central HR teams in related areas such as compensation, records and information services, learning and professional development, well-being services, communications, work-life programs and benefits. In the mid to long term, you’ll build and lead an effective team that applies their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.

What You’ll Be Doing

Talent Acquisition Center of Expertise

  • Diagnose needs, design and operationalize strategies and solutions for the full talent acquisition life-cycle
  • Consult with partners in the development of effective talent acquisition strategies and use of HR tools, resources, processes and systems
  • Work to ensure sourcing of, and ongoing engagement with, increasingly diverse pools of high-performing candidates
  • Identify and build on internal and external practices that are leading edge, scalable, culturally consistent and forward thinking
  • Effectively balance standardization and efficiency of operations with creative solutions to unit needs
  • Partner across U-M units and HR functional areas to align on priorities, approaches, processes and tools

Technology and Analytics

  • Working closely with the HR data analysts/reporting team, understand the data and analysis needed to enable strategic talent management business discussions and decisions
  • Establish key performance indicators to assess effectiveness of talent processes and to identify organizational opportunities and gaps
  • Partner with HR technology teams to assess, evaluate and recommend tools, applications, and technologies that will help to create organizational efficiency while supporting a decentralized environment

HR Technical Acumen

  • Maintain expert knowledge of functional specialty through emerging trends, legal developments, technological advancements and benchmark comparisons
  • Apply knowledge of HR to the business to advance talent efforts including leading associated committees and working groups
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and advise on legal implications of human resource issues including the Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX, EEO, internal policies, etc.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Organizational Psychology, Organizational Development, Business Administration or related disciplines, or appropriate combination of education and experience
  • A minimum of 5 years of leadership experience in the talent space, building talent acquisition strategies and processes
  • Demonstrated use of proven recruitment strategies and emerging practices within complex organizations 
  • Superior facilitation, consulting and client relationship management skills 
  • Ability to resolve issues with diplomacy and tact while building positive relationships with leaders and key stakeholders 
  • Proficiency with HR enabling technology (such as PeopleSoft, cloud systems)
  • Strong analytical skills with ability to develop metrics, understand data and extrapolate to tell a story
  • Ability to deliver results with minimal supervision in a dynamic, often ambiguous and complex environment
  • Skilled in collaborating as part of a team and also working independently
  • Exemplary business communication skills 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in Human Resources, Organizational Psychology, Organizational Development, Business Administration or related disciplines
  • HR certification (HRCI/SHRM)
  • Human resources experience in a higher education environment
  • Experience with an HR transformation or whole scale change effort

Application Deadline

Friday, October 26th

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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