Assistant Dean of HR

    The University of North Carolina
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    Full-time, Part-time

    Job Description

    Posting Information

    Position Type

    Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)


    SPH - Human Resources-460110

    Working Title

    Assistant Dean of HR

    Appointment Type

    EHRA Non-Faculty

    Position Posting Category

    Human Resources

    Salary Range

    Dependent on Qualifications

    Full Time/Part Time?

    Full-Time Permanent

    Hours per Week


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    Position ID


    Posting Open Date


    Application Deadline


    Open Until Filled


    Proposed Start Date


    Position Summary

    The Assistant Dean of Human Resources (HR) serves as the principal senior HR lead within the Gillings School of Global Public Health (SPH). The Assistant Dean of HR provides overall direction of HR strategy and operations across all employee types in all departments and units within Gillings. This includes interpretation of University HR policies, consultation and advice on HR issues and concerns, and development and implementation of HR strategies and plans.
    The Assistant Dean leads and manages the HR unit, supervising all Gillings School HR staff (currently 10), and serving the School's 7 academic departments, one academic program and Central Administrative Units (CAUs). The unit handles HR operations for all employee types including 233 full-time faculty and 332 permanent staff plus adjunct faculty, postdoctoral staff, student workers and temporary staff. The Assistant Dean oversees operations, providing advice and counsel on all HR policies and matters including, but not limited to: recruitment and retention; visa/international appointment issues; role classification and compensation; personnel files and records; employee relations and counseling (EHRA and SHRA); review and feedback of performance plans and reviews; audits and reports; and benefit plan administration.

    The Assistant Dean is responsible for planning, preparation and implementation of new HR-related programs and systems in compliance with University direction and incorporating HR best practices and continuous quality improvement. The Assistant Dean guides and advises the Dean and Vice Dean on a wide range of strategic matters pertaining to HR, including but not limited to policies & procedures, classification & compensation, organizational design & succession planning, recruitment & retention, training & talent development, and employee relations. The Assistant Dean reports to the Vice Dean and is a member of the Gillings School Dean's Council.
    The Assistant Dean serves as the Gillings School's HR Officer, the principal liaison with University central offices regarding HR-related matters, including the Office of Human Resources (OHR), Academic Personnel, the EEO/ADA Office, University Payroll Services, and Office of University Counsel. The Assistant Dean serves as an advocate to and active participant in the University's community of HR professionals.

    The Assistant Dean is responsible for ensuring that all personnel actions and activities are compliant with relevant federal, state, and university policies, and support School and institutional equal opportunity and diversity, equity and inclusion goals. The Assistant Dean acts as EEO/Compliance officer for the School, in charge of preparation, monitoring and reporting on the annual diversity plan.

    Educational Requirements

    Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required with three years or greater of related professional experience; for candidates demonstrating comparable professional backgrounds, will accept a relevant undergraduate degree and five years or greater of relevant experience in substitution.

    Qualifications and Experience

    The successful candidate must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, sound business judgment, tact and diplomacy, and the ability to interact with personnel at all levels of the School and University. Five (5) years or greater of progressive professional-level human resources management (HRM) experience is required, in a setting of similar scope and complexity to the Gillings School. An advanced degree in a field of study directly relevant to human resources may substitute for 2 years of professional experience. The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong working knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations (e.g., FLSA, FMLA, ADA, ADEA) and have prior experience in coordinating or managing some combination of recruitment, compensation, employee relations, position classification or employee benefits matters. Prior experience in the higher education setting is strongly preferred but not required.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

    Inclusive Excellence is a core value at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. We expect our faculty and staff to actively contribute to fostering an academic workplace climate that is welcoming and supportive for all.

    Special Instructions

    Please indicate in your cover letter how you might contribute to an inclusive climate at Gillings.

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    Department Contact Name and Title

    Abbey McLennan

    Department Contact Telephone or Email

    Office of Human Resources Contact Information

    If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to
    Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

    Applicant Documents
    Posting ID: 559537567Posted: 2020-06-04