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Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library seeks an accomplished, thoughtful, and inclusive HR leader to be the Human Resources Director. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Libraries, the HR Director will be a collaborative partner and team leader providing comprehensive HR services and support for the 450 library staff, librarians, and administrative leadership team in the library. This is a unique opportunity to lead the HR and Organizational Learning and DE&I teams in building and supporting a cohesive, collaborative, engaging, and inclusive work environment.

Consistently ranked as one of the world’s largest academic research libraries, the University of Michigan Library offers a wealth of resources in both traditional and digital formats, encompassing more than 8.5 million print volumes and one of the finest digital collections in the world. The University of Michigan Library culture is one of innovation, collaboration, respect, and inclusion.

The library’s mission is to support, enhance, and collaborate in the instructional, research, and service activities of faculty, students, and staff and contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, sharing, and creating the record of human knowledge. The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work.

In working to realize the Library’s Strategic Direction and Objectives, the Human Resources Director collaborates with colleagues to find alignment regarding organizational direction, and guides both the HR and Organizational Learning & DE&I teams to deliver activities and services that embody library values (diversity, interdependence, humanity, engagement, excellence), cultivate a positive climate, and a diverse and inclusive, organizational culture.


  • Define and implement the University Library’s people strategy, in alignment with the Library’s Mission, Values, and Strategic Direction and Objectives.
  • In partnership with Library leadership and with Central HR, lead planning and strategic activities related to achieving Library goals. Keep teams apprised of trends and emerging issues and advise on solutions to proactively address them.
  • Work with the Human Resource Manager to manage the operations of the library human resources unit and team.
  • Work with the Organizational Development and DEIA teams as they develop and facilitate both a library organizational development program and diversity plan.
  • Participate in the development of enterprise learning solutions and organizational development methodologies and toolkits.
  • Consult with Deans, Associate University Librarians, and Deans’ Office Leads –finance, communications, project management, assessment, development (fundraising) — to integrate people strategy within the greater strategy of the library and its divisions.

Required Qualifications*

  • Demonstrated progression and success in responsible HR leadership and management experience in at least two aspects of human resources or people strategy, including culture change, diversity, equity, and inclusion, employee engagement and development, talent management, compensation and classification, or equivalent.
  • Strategic understanding and practical application of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, modeling, service methods
  • Awareness and practical application of human resource policies and procedures, and federal and state laws.
  • Demonstrated success leading impact-driven collaboration involving diverse perspectives, particularly in the alignment and design of employee-centered programs and services.
  • Experience in and comfort navigating highly decentralized, complex, matrixed work environments, with multiple constituents.
  • Success in creating and fostering an environment of continuous learning and improvement through partnership and collaboration, and the ability to keep current with best practices in HR and ever changing compliance and legal issues.
  • Sound judgment led by data-driven decision making and analysis skills. The ability to employ relevant data to influence and inform decisions that impact HR outcomes. Uses human resources analytics as one of many variables in management decision making.
  • Experience and commitment to cultivating a culture of leadership, building high performing teams, and empowering others to build their leadership and decision making skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Human Resources, Instructional/Organizational Design, Education, Business, or any related field or discipline.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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