Bridgewater State University — Executive Director, Human Resources & Talent Management

Executive Director, Human Resources & Talent Management

Department Summary:
Bridgewater State University is an inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners.

As the future of work unfolds, the division of Human Resources and Talent Management (HRTM) recognizes the criticality of embracing new work policies, practices, and modalities to retain talent. Changing workforce demographics, the need for racial justice and equity, the importance of employee wellness and mental health, and providing for both the personal and professional enrichment of employees demands a comprehensive human resources and talent management function, which fosters an equity-minded and inclusive workplace supporting the whole employee in a proactive way. Emphasizing these key areas is focusing on the people of our institution, which will help to differentiate the university as an employer of choice and a great place to work.

This search is occurring at an exciting time in Bridgewater State University’s work for racial equity and forms of social justice. Bridgewater State University is a recognized leader in our institutional mission class for closing equity gaps in graduation rates for racially minoritized students, supporting the success of LGBTQIA+ students, and for infusing equity into our award-winning undergraduate research program. Bridgewater State University is also the convener and lead institution of the Racial Equity and Justice Institute dedicated to identifying and implementing data-informed strategies intended to eliminate racial educational equity gaps. Bridgewater State University is also deeply engaged in a campus-wide implementation of comprehensive recommendations offered by a presidentially charged Racial Justice Task Force.

Position Summary:
Do you have a passion for and commitment to racial equity?

Bridgewater State University Division of Human Resources & Talent Management is conducting a search for an Executive Director. Reporting to the vice president, this position will serve as an equity-minded human resources leader helping to effectuate change at BSU and collaborate across the institution to create programs and initiatives that support the strategic direction of the HRTM division and the university, while ensuring these initiatives are accomplished with an equity practice framework.

Learn more about this exciting opportunity here:

Position Type: Professional Non-Unit

Essential Duties:

  • Develop and recommend strategic and creative equity-minded human resources and talent management initiatives designed to improve the employment experience by positively impacting and supporting a diverse employee population.
  • Participate in the divisional strategic planning process and the development of annual HRTM goals, with an emphasis on equity-mindedness in human resources and talent management practices.
  • Establish diversity, inclusion and equity strategies that attract and retain a diverse and talented workforce at all levels at the university – develop a diverse and equitable branding strategy; foster relationships with external partners to build a diverse talent pipeline.
  • Advise the vice president on emerging and best practices key to advancing the university’s strategic priorities focused on employee and student success.
  • Ensure a consistent and inclusive approach in the delivery of HR services and the administration of HR policies and procedures for all.
  • Counsel and advise managers and employees on matters pertaining to employee and labor relations; policies and procedures; and performance management using an equity-minded lens.
  • Identify employee relations trends that impede organizational progress and recommend inclusive interventions.
  • Administer staff collective bargaining agreements and attend labor/management meetings with the vice president; participate in the grievance hearing process.
  • Responsible for oversight of special projects that may require immediate turnaround with minimal assistance; conduct research and recommend actions.
  • Lead, motivate, guide, and develop staff members; ensure staff is fully engaged in achieving the strategic intentions of the division.
  • Serve on university committees as assigned by the vice president.
  • Related work and projects as assigned.

Some of the core responsibilities of this position can be performed remotely and a hybrid telework model can be considered for the position as approved by the vice president.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and experience suitable to fulfill position responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated progressively responsible experience as an equity-minded HR practitioner with a broad knowledge of human resources and talent management practices and principles.
  • Leadership experience; managing staff both directly and indirectly.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diversity of people, thought and perspective, and practices.
  • Demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community.
  • Experience developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and external partners.
  • Ability to work in an environment demanding exceptional levels of confidentiality.
  • Capable of influencing others outside direct supervisory lines.
  • Project management leadership resulting in progress of initiative.
  • Ability to work under deadlines and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of federal and state employment laws.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree.
  • Experience in higher education.
  • Knowledge of national, regional, and local labor market trends.
  • Experience in a unionized environment.
  • Knowledge of federal immigration laws.
  • Proficient in Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) technologies.
  • Linguistic proficiency in Spanish, Cape Verdean Creole, and/or French.
  • Formal training or certification in diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts.
  • Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and/or Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM)
    • HRCI Professional in Human Resources (PHR)
    • HRCI Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
    • SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)
    • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

Work Environment:
Bridgewater State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employee with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for the application process, please complete and submit this electronic form:

Special Conditions for Eligibility:
Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.

This position is not eligible for H-1B sponsorship.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement This position must comply with the University Covid-19 Attestation requirement. All employees must be fully vaccinated and complete the Covid-19 Attestation upon hire.Medical or Religious ExemptionsAn employee may request an exemption to the vaccination requirement based on the existence of medical contraindication to vaccination. In addition, an employee may request an exemption to the vaccination requirement based on a sincere religious belief. In both cases, an employee will be required to submit documentation to support the request for an exemption. Employees who secure an exemption may be required to take additional precautions in the workplace and will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing through the university’s Wellness Center.

Salary Range:
Posting Number: S00765P
Open Date: 03/18/2022
Close Date: 4/18/2022
Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants:

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Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.