Human Resources Department - Director of Human Resources

Bradley University seeks applications for the position of Director of Human Resources.  This position reports to the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel.  The anticipated start date is January 6, 2020.

Bradley University is a top-ranked, prestigious, private university in Peoria, Illinois, offering approximately 5,800 undergraduate and graduate students the opportunities, choices and resources of a larger university and the personal attention and exceptional learning experience of a smaller university.  Bradley offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate academic programs in business, communications, education, engineering, fine arts, health sciences, liberal arts and sciences, and technology. The University is located on an 85-acre campus in Peoria, the largest metropolitan area in Central Illinois.

The Director of Human Resources oversees the operation of all functions related to human resources (HR) and also serves the University as the Affirmative Action/EEO Officer and the Title IX Coordinator.  The Director is responsible for developing and maintaining positive employee relations, administering compensation and benefits programs, leading recruitment and staffing, ensuring AA/EEO guidelines are followed, overseeing Title IX matters, and facilitating training and development programs.  The Director is expected to provide immediate leadership for University administrators in the implementation of effective HR practices.  The ideal candidate will also champion changes in organizational culture and structure to make HR and the HR function a competitive advantage for Bradley.

The ability to articulate innovative and responsive HR strategies and programs that reflect and support University initiatives is fundamental to this position.  The successful candidate must possess a broad knowledge of labor, employment, and benefits regulations and practices.

Requirements include:  Bachelor’s degree; minimum of ten years of significant HR management in a complex organization; demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion; solid expertise across HR functional areas; and knowledge of federal and state employment laws.

Qualified candidates should electronically submit a letter of interest addressing their qualifications for the position, along with a current resume and complete contact information for a minimum of five professional references to:  To ensure full consideration, application materials should be submitted by September 30, 2019. Review of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Employment with Bradley University is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.

Bradley University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  The administration, faculty and staff are committed to attracting qualified candidates from underrepresented groups.

Essential Functions

  • Leadership: Provides strategic direction and expert consultation to the administration and colleges regarding HR, performance management, discipline, labor and employee relations; ensures compliance and consistency in the application of all HR practices, along with supporting and contributing to the University’s mission.
  • HR Operations:  Oversees the operations and administration of all HR functions including classified staff compensation and the evaluation process, employee orientation, benefits administration, and the HR budget; supervises and evaluates HR staff; monitors their workload and productivity; provides leadership, motivation, holds individuals accountable and encourages professional development, initiative, innovative thinking and continuous learning.
  • Campus Culture: Promotes exemplary customer service, quality services and a work culture that values diversity, inclusion and equity; manages sensitive matters with integrity and appropriate confidentiality.
  • Title IX/Affirmative Action/EEO: Serves as Title IX Coordinator. Ensures advocacy, training, compliance, confidentiality and discretion; oversees complaints and investigations related to Title IX, discrimination, harassment, and related allegations; supports the Deputy Title IX Coordinators’ work with regard to student and employee matters.
  • Legal Compliance: Protects the interests of employees and the University in accordance with governmental laws and regulations regarding HR; ensures University compliance with federal and Illinois employment laws and regulations including but not limited to EEO, AA, IPEDS, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, etc.;  investigates whistleblower complaints relating to HR issues;  oversees the Retiree Drug Subsidy program.
  • Policy: Recommends and implements policies and procedures; prepares manuals, handbooks and other materials to communicate relevant information to employees; ensures HR related services including hiring, compensation, discipline, grievance, resolution, etc., to internal stakeholders are effective, cohesive and consistent with the needs and objectives of the various departments, as well as the institution as a whole.
  • Recruitment and Staffing: Oversees the University recruitment process ensuring compliance with University policies and laws including AA/EEO. 
  • Compensation and Benefits Administration: Oversees the efficient administration of all employee benefits, Worker’s Compensation and Unemployment insurance; participates in the annual insurance negotiation and renewal process and makes recommendations for additions/changes; ensures the classified employee compensation plan is maintained for integrity and equity.
  • Labor Relations: Monitors labor contract compliance for all unions; advises administration on the interpretation of collective bargaining agreements and in the resolution of grievances; participates in the grievance process and contract negotiations with a thoughtful and considered approach.

Required Skills and Knowledge

  • Broad knowledge of HR management principles
  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of benefits, compensation and federal and state employment laws
  • Problem-solving skills including conflict resolution and employee relations
  • Exceptional and effective interpersonal, organizational, analytical and communication skills and an open and collaborative leadership style that encourages teamwork with internal and external constituents
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as a commitment to maintaining a respectful, civil and positive work environment
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of 10 years of significant HR management in a complex organization
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Broad expertise across HR functional areas and knowledge of employment laws
  • Willingness to work outside regular business hours as needed

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in and understanding of HR in the higher education environment
  • Experience leading investigations, including those related to Title IX
  • Experience in labor relations, including, but not limited to, contract negotiations and grievance resolution
  • Knowledge of relevant Illinois employment laws
  • HR Certification – PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP
  • Advanced degree with an HR focus