Director of Human Resources

Arkansas Tech University   Russellville, AR   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on May 7, 2022
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Director of Human Resources

About Arkansas Tech: 

Founded in 1909, Arkansas Tech is a state supported comprehensive institution, maintaining regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and classification as a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) level III institution. It is the third-largest in the state with an enrollment close to 12,000 students. The Russellville campus, located in the scenic Arkansas River Valley between the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains, is just one hour from the capital city of Little Rock and boasts a charming blend of historic and modern architecture, including beautiful grounds and greenery.  Offering over 100 undergraduate degree programs and more than 25 graduate degree programs across seven academic colleges and two campuses, Arkansas Tech strives to provide a solid educational foundation for life-long learning to a diverse community.  For more information about Arkansas Tech University and the surrounding community, please visit our website at www.atu.edu/hr to find our “Live Here” informational resources.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

Supervising Human Resource staff

Participate in developing and administering University personnel policies and procedures

Ensuring compliance with State and Federal employment regulations and preparing for emerging employment laws

Administering benefit carrier renewals and rate agreements

Organizing annual employee benefit open enrollment

Organizing employee training, professional development, and wellness opportunities

Works with University Budget Office to ensure proper employees position maintenance

Oversees job vacancy announcements and hiring processes for all groups of University employees

Provides guidance regarding employee relations to supervisors, faculty, and staff

Coordinate submissions of required and requested information to AR Department of Higher Education

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Knowledge of federal and state regulations
Ability to handle sensitive employment relations legally and ethically
Knowledge of Human Resources best practices and industry benchmarks
Knowledge of classification and compensation requirements as a State of Arkansas Agency
Ability to recognize and uphold employee needs
Ability to help develop and evaluate employment policies and procedures
Serves on multiple University wide committees
Responsible for oversight of diversity initiatives, programs, and strategic outcomes

Minimum Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business administration or related field
Previous supervisory experience
At least ten years progressively responsible leadership and management experience in the area of human resources

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in business or related field
Extensive experience in HR Director role, preferably in Higher Education
Extensive experience in Employee Benefits Administration 
SHRM-CP or SCP Certification

Work Location, Environment, and Physical Demands:

Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse (80%); required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work (10%). Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds (10%). Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts. Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions. Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to: computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, fax, calculator, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals.  Frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule with early morning, evening and/or weekend work may be required.

What to Submit:

To be considered for the position of Director of Human Resources, all applications must be received and processed through our applicant tracking system Cornerstone prior to the closing date on May 16, 2022 before 6:00 pm central time.


Please go to https:// atu.csod.com/ats/careersite/search.aspx?site=1&c=atu to view the full job description and to apply.


This position is subject to a pre- employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non- discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.


Arkansas Tech University is an AA/EOE employer committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.