Miami University — Director of Staff Development

Job Description Summary:
Under general supervision of the Associate VP for Human Resources, lead the staff development function within the Department of Human Resources. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, planning, development, coordination, and communication of projects, programs, and events for the advancement of the overall goals and objectives of the staff development unit of the Department of Human Resources. Leads research, design, and communication initiatives regarding development and learning.

Essential Duties:

  • Lead planning, design, and development of strategic Human Resource projects and staff development initiatives. 
  • Perform research and analysis as assigned; develop and prepare comprehensive communications and/or reports based on analysis and interpretation. 
  • Participate in strategic planning, and manage and coordinate the development, implementation, and completion of programs and special projects for Human Resources and staff development initiatives. 
  • Review and assessment of the staff development initiatives towards continuous improvement in the level of satisfaction associated with the education and training initiatives. 
  • Research, evaluate, and recommend appropriate staff development programs. 
  • Administer learning incentive program for hourly employees. Monitoring participation and cost of the program to the University. Problem- solve and recommend resolutions. Review program guidelines to align with other university learning programs.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of comprehensive databases for the initiatives of the staff development unit. 
  • Develop and manage project and event budgets as appropriate. 
  • Provide functional guidance/supervisory responsibilities for staff development unit classified staff and student employees as needed. 
  • Provide professional coaching for university staff to promote improved job performance. 
  • Support University Lean initiatives through program development and workshop facilitation.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field and at least seven (7) years of progressive experience in human resources or related field;


  • Associate’s degree in Human Resources or related field and at least nine (9) years of progressive experience in human resources or related field


  • At least 11 years of progressive experience in human resources or related field.
  • A high level of understanding of adult learning principles.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Human Resources, Training, Public Administration, or related field.
  • Human Resources certification. 
  • Eight (8) or more years of experience designing and delivering adult learning classes/ workshops/ webinars. Skill and experience designing on-line learning opportunities. Experience with Talent Management and Succession Planning.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; time management skills; and skills in the use of database management, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products, and at a minimum, intermediate Excel skills.

Application Instructions: Please attach resume and cover letter and three professional references to 

Benefits: Yes

Salary:  $90,000 – $110,000

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