Director of Human Resources

Director of Human Resources

The Director of Human Resources is directly responsible for the administration, coordination and evaluation of the university’s human resources functions. This full-time position reports to the Vice-President for Finance and Administration but also works closely with all university administrators.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Organizational and Employee Development

• Establish an effective employee recruitment, hiring and retention program
• Coordinate or conduct exit interviews to determine reasons behind separations.
• Maintain an effective onboarding and orientation program, introducing all new employees to the university, key personnel, and key processes
• Establish a system for efficient and accurate processing of payroll
• Establish an effective professional development, leadership, and training program for all classifications of employees.
• Establish an effective Performance Appraisal program for staff aligned with the university’s strategic priorities.
• Develop, implement, and monitor programs in a manner that ensures cost-effectiveness, market competitiveness, and internal equity among employees
• Work closely with Senior Leadership to review, prepare and administer the university’s compensation plan.
• Oversee the development of employee handbooks and training manuals.
• Oversee the review and revision and updating of all job descriptions.
• Identify and communicate trends that could impact organizational objectives and/or operational resources.
• Develop and maintain a human resource information system that meets the organization’s personnel information needs.
• Oversee the development of an employee wellness program.
• Oversee and maintain appropriate employee benefit offerings
• Manage the investigations and resolutions of all employee relations problems, anticipate problems whenever possible. Develop, recommend and initiate appropriate steps for resolution


• Annually reviews and makes recommendations to executive management for improvement of the organization’s policies, procedures and practices on personnel matters.
• Maintains knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation and ensures organization’s compliance.
• Maintains responsibility for organization compliance with federal, state and local legislation pertaining to all personnel matters.
• Communicates changes in the organization’s personnel policies and procedures and ensures that proper compliance is followed.
• Interpret appropriate laws and policies and advise management, employees, and retirees accordingly.
• Monitor the employment processes including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, and training to ensure compliance with college and TBR policies and guidelines, state and federal laws related to equal opportunity and affirmative action.
• Consult with legal counsel as appropriate, or as directed by the College President, on personnel matters.


• Supervises the staff of the human resource department; ensure that the office is run effectively and efficiently and is responsive to the needs of the university and its employees.
• Ensures that the integrity of and the confidence in the HR office is maintained and that sensitive information is handled in a confidential and professional manner at all times by all HR staff members.
• Leads the human resources team to develop, prepare, generate, and analyze ongoing and special reports pertaining to employee personnel information and data, including but not limited to issues such as benefit costs, staffing levels/deployment, turnover, absenteeism, recruitment, applicant tracking, Affirmative Action/EEO, compensation, promotions, etc.
• Ensures that HR staff remains current on the latest HR trends and laws.
• Ensures that all HR office processes and procedures are effective and efficient, and, where appropriate, automated.
• Effectively utilize the data processing system to obtain, store, and analyze pertinent data and information.
• Create an environment of superior customer service in the human resources office.
• Manage the Human Resources budget.

May perform other duties as necessary



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty and responsibilities enumerated above.

Qualifications: Henderson State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a significant commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. In pursuit of this commitment, candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field from an accredited college/university or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree in related field preferred. At least five (5) years of broad-based, progressively responsible human resources experience in a sizable organization with a diverse employee base, or at least three (3) years’ experience in a significant leadership role are also required. Experience as a human resources manager in higher education preferred.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

University: Henderson State University is located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, a charming, family-centered community of 11,000 residents situated one hour south of Little Rock, Arkansas on Interstate 30. Nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, the community is home to two universities, a strong public school system, a thriving medical community, two recreational rivers, the iconic Lake DeGray, and is approximately 30 miles from historic Hot Springs National Park, one of the great American treasures. Please visit, or for more information about Henderson State University and our community.

Application: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references to:

Brett Powell, Vice President for Finance & Administration, at

Review of applications will begin January 22, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. The final applicant for this position will be required to submit to a background screening including a criminal background check pursuant to university policy. The applicant will also be required to provide official transcripts to Human Resources. Under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, applications are subject to public inspection upon written request.