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Associate Vice President, Human Resources

Takoma Park, Maryland

Associate Vice President, Human Resources

Position is available January 2, 2019.  Open until filled.

Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued.  Nestled in a desirable residential community in Takoma Park, Maryland, WAU offers its faculty and staff an environment where professional expertise is valued and lasting connections between co-workers are formed as we work together to ensure the success of our students.  Regardless of title, every employee supports WAU’s vision of producing graduates who bring moral leadership and competence to their communities.

We are looking for an experienced and energetic HR professional to join the WAU team.  Reporting to the Executive VP for Finance, the Associate VP of Human Resources is responsible for managing the HR functions of the University to include employment, benefits, compensation, employee relations, training, and payroll.  The incumbent is also responsible for strategic planning to identify programs, policies and trends that will support the University’s overall goals.  The ideal candidate will be well-versed in federal and state laws, as well as in denominational HR practices and policies and will have a passion for working in a small and vibrant office, providing hands-on administration of the HR function.

  • Administers, implements, develops, and evaluates the University's human resource function and performance.
  • Participates in the development of the University's plans and programs as a strategic partner,  particularly from the perspective of the impact on people.
  • Coordinates all aspects of HR to include faculty, staff and student hiring processes, employee relocation, orientation, administering mandatory training courses, compensation, performance management, employee relations, HR information system, benefits administration (to include retirement processing), and oversight of payroll.
  • May serve on search committees as requested and provides advice to search committees on hiring practices.
  • Reviews payroll and benefits reports and the HR information system to ensure compliance and accuracy.
  • Prepares various denominational reports (i.e. credentials, service records)
  • Participates in internal and external audits, ensuring that all requested information is provided and adjusting policies and practices as a result of audit findings.
  • Stays current on federal, state and denominational employment requirements and regulations.
  • Makes recommendations on HR policies.
  • Provides technical advice and knowledge to HR team.
  • Manages the HR budget.
  • Attends mandatory Convocation every Wednesday.
  • Supports a spirit of excellence in service.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field
  • 5-7 years of experience in human resources, preferably in higher education or denominational HR, at least 3 years of which was at the managerial level
  • PHR/SPHR preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities effectively
  • Demonstrated capacity for planning and organizing
  • Advanced skills in team building, motivation, and conflict resolution
Benefits package includes:
  • Health care, including vision, dental and prescription drug
  • Flexible Spending Plans
  • Competitive 403B plan Retirement Plan
  • Tuition assistance for employees, spouse and dependents
  • Life insurance including supplemental and accidental death and dismemberment policies
  • Long Term Disability
  • Supplemental insurance products
  • Legal Assistance Program
  • Employee Assistance Program

Title VII Exception Notice
Washington Adventist University is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  As such the University has the legal right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist ("SDA") Church in its hiring process. In the event that a qualified SDA candidate is not identified, the University will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand and respect the mission, purpose, and identity of Washington Adventist University as a condition of their employment.
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