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University of Minnesota
Extension Administration
Saint Paul
Posted: 07/16/2021
Human Resources Director

Working Title: Human Resources Director

Classification: HR Manager 3 – Generalist, Job Code 9363GT

Appointment: Full-time, Academic Professional & Administrative, Exempt

Office location: Coffey Hall, St. Paul Campus

Reports to: Dean and Director of Extension

Apply By: August 8, 2021

About the position:

Human Resources Director is responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight of human resources programs and services in Extension. The director works in partnership with Extension administration, center leadership, and units to develop and implement comprehensive human resources programs for all of Extension The director reports to the Dean and Director of Extension, and is a key member of the college-wide leadership team.


Strategic Leadership – 40%

  • Lead the assessment, development, and implementation of short-term and long-term HR strategies and goals, including anticipating emerging issues that will affect policy and programming within Extension. 
  • Develop long-term HR strategies to increase recruitment, retention and equity of diverse employees within Extension.
  • Provide strategic analysis to identify root problems, employee impacts, and propose solutions in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion and human resources across Extension.
  • Continuously improve the development of and lead a forward-thinking, client-oriented, human resources organization for Extension.
  • Collaborate with Extension leadership to advance strategic directions to facilitate and manage change and ensure compliance with HR policies and laws.
  • Develop strategies, sponsor key initiatives to promote, and achieve a culture of service, excellence and employee engagement.
  • Plan, create, implement, provide training on, and communicate University, Extension HR and Federal benefits policies and procedures within Extension. 
  • Collaborate with Extension’s finance office to manage procedures that affect both units such as payroll actions, position budgeting, and annual merit salary increase processes.
  • Manage the HR departmental budget including setting priorities, ensuring responsiveness to the overall organization, and overseeing implementation of Central and Extension HR initiatives.
  • Establish and implement HR best practices.
  • Oversee and execute HR operations within Extension.
  • Build and maintain networks and relationships within Extension, the University, National Extension collegiate partners, labor/management committees, and consultative committees.

Workforce Planning, Compensation, Performance Management and Engagement 40%

  • Develop and implement policies and practices related to job family studies, compensation, internal and external equity, special pay situations for promotions, augmentations, bonuses, and retention offers.
  • Oversee or conduct investigations into employee/supervisor complaints and advise leadership on response to complaints and resolution of conflict, performance issues, or disputes.
  • Provide on-going advice, risk assessment, and individual counsel to managers and administrators to help resolve employee relation issues.
  • Provide leadership, guidance and training on labor and employee relations issues.
  • Collaborate with Extension leadership, centers and units to develop and implement supervisory training and employee development programs incorporating resources available through the Office of Human Resources.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to ensure a welcoming and diverse workplace.
  • Develop, train and evaluate the performance management program, including supervisor training.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate effective recruitment, hiring, onboarding and existing processes that ensure a diverse workforce.
  • Stay informed of Extension’s priorities and business needs in order to anticipate future changes to the workforce needs.
  • Lead professional development and engagement initiative to improve workplace climate and retain high performing staff.

Supervision 10%

  • Recruit, develop, and evaluate the HR team. 
  • Ensure that HR staff have the resources, training, and knowledge needed to deliver professional HR services and consultation in areas particular to the University, Extension, and Federal employee benefits.

Compliance 10%

  • Ensure that HR and related management practices comply with law, policy, contracts, and rules related to Human Resources and Federal employee benefits.
  • Advise and consult on HR risk management and take appropriate actions to minimize risk.
  • Provide consultation and investigation of HR issues that are particularly complex or sensitive, including partnering with the appropriate University offices, as necessary.
  • Provide oversight of the Safety of Minors Policy within Extension.




  • BA/BS in Human Resources or related field, plus 10 years of related professional HR experience including experience supervising an HR team, and HR generalist work. 
  • Working knowledge of employment laws, rules and regulations affecting human resources.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion, with experience working respectfully and effectively with individuals from racially and culturally diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated success in strategic planning and project management, including organizational and planning skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with ambiguity, use sound judgment and exercise, independent judgement, and discretion.
  • Success working and leading in a complex, multi-layered and collaborative environment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing across all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and an ability to influence others directly and indirectly.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must have reliable internet if/when working outside of assigned office location.
  • Must be able to work regularly at a dedicated/assigned Extension office.
  • Travel (in-state and national) may be necessary to perform the responsibilities of this position. This person may be expected to use a personal vehicle and have appropriate insurance. Mileage and sustenance reimbursement provided according to the University policy.
  • Must have cell phone to use for work-related matters.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in HR or related field and/or HR certifications
  • Significant experience leading a team of professionals including experience in HR management, HR consulting, budget/payroll management, and handling grievances to meet the specific needs of the organization.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of HR practices.
  • Experience with risk management programs such as safety of minors
  • Proven success in workforce planning and organizational design
  • Experience working in a union environment including interpreting collective bargaining agreements and responsibility for corrective actions and grievance processes.
  • Experience working in higher education and/or public sector employment setting.
  • Skills and /or training in change management and conflict resolution.

Desired Competencies:

  • Diversity: Demonstrated experience fostering an equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace
  • Communications and Teamwork: Demonstrates the ability to express thoughts clearly and concisely; shows good active listening skills; and able to tailor messages appropriately to audience. Builds working relationships to resolve problems and achieve common goals. Offers assistance, support, and feedback to others. Ability to communicate effectively, succinctly, and persuasively in writing, orally and interpersonally.
  • Motivation: Shows initiative, anticipates needs, and takes actions. Ability to be self-directed, take appropriate action and be efficient and resourceful in fulfilling responsibilities.
  • Accountability/Reliability: Takes ownership for own work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes and learns from them. Follows through on commitments, is dependable and trusted to work independently.


Salary and Benefits:

● Salary commensurate with career experience and education.

● Full University benefits apply including retirement, health, dental and life insurance,


About Extension:

University of Minnesota Extension (Extension) is the major education outreach arm of the University of Minnesota. Extension is committed to delivering high quality, research-based education programs and information to Minnesota citizens and communities. Complete information about Extension can be found at Extension partners with other University collegiate units to deliver research-based educational programs, conduct applied research and scholarship and collaborate with relevant external partners to address critical issues in Minnesota. Extension educational programs and applied research are organized and delivered through four Extension Centers: Community Vitality; Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Youth Development; and Family Development.



Direct Link To Apply:

Job Opening ID: 341850

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. The following must be included with your online application:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume

Those invited for interviews will be asked to provide three (3) professional references with contact information (name/email/phone). Transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) will also be required during the interview process.

Additional documents may be attached after the application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section. See full instructions at,

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email or call 612-624-UOHR (8647).


Application review will begin on August 8, 2021.


For questions about applying online, contact:

Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources,


For questions about this position, contact:

Lynne Borden, Associate Dean for Organizational Innovation & Research,


Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.


The University of Minnesota Extension shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.