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Director of Human Resources, College of Education

North Carolina State University

Job Description

Posting Number


Internal Recruitment


Working Title

Director of Human Resources, College of Education

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate upon Experience ($66,500 - $76,000)

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Job Location

Raleigh, NC


College Of Education

About the Department

About the NC State College of Education:
As one of the nation’s top-ranked public colleges of education, NC State’s College of Education leads the way in North Carolina in preparing extraordinary educators, conducting transformational research, and engaging communities where they are to improve the educational outcomes of all learners and advance the greater good.

The college’s faculty are widely recognized thought leaders who use their research to transform the practice of teaching, learning, and leading. They have particular strengths in improving technology-enhanced learning and teaching; fostering community-based learning and PK-16 partnerships; increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in education; and innovating leadership and workforce development, educational policy, and evaluation. About two-thirds of the faculty are grant active. They are engaged in over 100 active projects totaling more than $64 million with a three-year average of $26 million in grants awarded, making them the most productive in terms of research activity compared with other colleges of education in North Carolina and among the Top 5% in the nation. In FY22, the college’s research expenditures exceeded $14 million.

The college has over 1,900 students studying across five graduate certificates, seven undergraduate majors, two undergraduate minors, 13 master’s degrees, three Ph.D., and two Ed.D. programs housed in three academic departments: Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education; and Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, with approximately 130 tenure-track and professional-track faculty, 110 support and professional staff, and about 160 graduate and teaching assistants. The College of Education is also home to the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.

The college has over 17,000 living alumni, with over 5,000 working in public schools in North Carolina. Those who are teachers rate the highest in effectiveness on surveys of school employers in North Carolina.

About the College of Education Human Resources Unit:
The College of Education Human Resources (CED HR) team strives to develop and manage value-added human resources policies and procedures, and provide expert consultation, services, and solutions in an efficient and customer-focused manner. We are focused on delivering quality customer service and are committed to assisting our departments and units with recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining a dynamic and diverse workforce. CED HR provides expertise in human resource administration, develops policies, and manages processes for position control and classification, recruitment and hiring, salary administration and compensation, employment, HR transactions, and data management, compliance, payroll, workforce planning, leave administration, performance evaluation, and separation for EHRA Tenured/Tenure Track and Non-Tenure Track faculty, EHRA non-faculty, post-docs, SHRA staff, adjuncts and visitors, no-pay employees, graduate assistants, temporary employees, and student workers.

About Our Commitment to DEI:
NC State University and the College of Education are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Our community values diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. As a public university — a university of the people — it’s essential to welcome and support everyone in our community. That’s why a commitment to a stronger and more inclusive institutional culture is enshrined in the NC State’s strategic plan (https://strategicplan.ncsu.edu/current-plan) and we expect everyone in the Wolfpack community to champion this work and to give of their time, effort and talent to support it.

Essential Job Duties

The HR Director is the College of Education (CED) HR leader responsible for providing leadership, consultation, and guidance to all CED administrators, faculty, and staff regarding HR administration. This position serves as the primary central resource for human resources guidance, policies and procedures, and best practices as they relate to the vision of CED. The HR Director provides strategic advice and counsel to the Associate Dean for Operations (ADO), the Dean, other administrators and faculty/staff of the College to help the college achieve any HR components of its strategic goals. The HR Director provides knowledge and guidance on EHRA (employees exempt from the State Human Resources Act) and SHRA (employees subject to the State Human Resources Act) personnel human resources subject matters (classification and compensation, recruitment and hiring, employee relations, and leave administration). This person also solves problems and compliance issues based on delegated authority. This position applies critical thinking to methodically and strategically make decisions, solve problems, and foster innovation among the HR team.

The position reports directly to the CED Assistant Dean for Operations (ADO). The HR Director has access to the institution’s Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), working with the CHRO to help shape institutional HR strategy. The CHRO contributes to the HR Director’s annual evaluation. The HR Director is supported by subject matter experts in the central HR Office who assist the Director with HR questions or circumstances as needed. The position operates with autonomy and as proficiency is demonstrated, is delegated the authority to see business processes through from beginning to end.

It is expected that the individual in this role provides confidential interface and consultation with and between the CED community (faculty, academic unit heads, staff, etc.) and Human Resources’ central office while demonstrating the ability to independently problem solve, interpret policies, and procedures, and make decisions and/or recommendations regarding significant HR matters.
  • Advises the Dean, ADO, and CED administrators in resolving issues regarding staffing, position management, organizational development, recruitment and hiring, leave administration, employee relations, and performance. Evaluate overall staffing requirements and recommend position actions in response to identified needs.
  • Provides leadership in CED-wide HR strategic planning, implementation, and assessment.
  • Serves in a consultative advisory role to the Dean, ADO, CED administrators, faculty, and staff on HR policies and processes, employee relations, employee compensation, recruitment and selection, employee development, retention, accountability, and organizational change.

This position requires a thorough knowledge of the college and its programs and operations. Responsibilities also require significant knowledge of HR and payroll policies and guidelines related to SHRA and EHRA personnel, federal and state employment law and regulations, and college procedures and best practices. The HR Director position also requires knowledge of applicable technology, web-based data systems, and programs. The incumbent should maintain a proficient working knowledge of HR software programs and upgrades utilized for HR actions, reporting, and recruitment by attending all applicable training when necessary.

Primary duties of the HR Director include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Demonstrates an understanding of academia and the staffing needs within a teaching/extension/ research environment. (administrators, faculty, staff, and students).
  • Serves as the backup Unit Affirmative Action & Equity Officer and provides leadership on hiring and recruitment processes.
  • Monitors searches to ensure best practices are followed throughout the recruiting of candidates through negotiations of conditions of employment of the successful candidate.
  • Collaborates with Deans, Department Heads, and Directors in position development, classification, recruitment, applicant screening, final hiring, and startup requirements. Provides essential information to CED administrators and supervisors seeking advice on new positions or reclassifications. Develops and composes position descriptions, revisions, and reclassifications for EHRA and SHRA. Determines needed level of knowledge, skills, duties of the job, reporting relationships, education, licenses, certification, or other essential qualifications to perform the job.
  • Monitors salary equity and compression issues. Provides recommendations to the Dean, ADO, Department Heads, or Directors for resolution and implementation.
  • Interprets rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Implements changes when necessary and makes recommendations to the Dean and ADO.
  • Develops and implements CED HR processes, standard operating procedures, and best practices to improve services provided. Establishes HR best practices and internal controls for the CED. Monitors and audits internal controls and processes to ensure compliance with state and university rules and regulations.
  • Manages all personnel and human resource data. Accesses, reviews, compiles, and stores multiple sources of data and information to generate appropriate criteria for reports.
  • Gathers data and provides reports for the Dean and CED administrators relevant to accreditation, new programs, salary studies, promotion and tenure, scholarly leaves, faculty history, and others as requested.
  • Researches, compiles, explains, and presents data. Prepares reports in response to internal and external inquiries, providing analysis and projections.
  • Develops non-routine reports for accreditation agencies, university/CED administration, and faculty by gathering information from various offices on campus (i.e. legal, registration and records, payroll).
  • Gathers data and prepares presentations using a variety of media to convey meaningful information to an individual or group.
  • Manages HR records for accurate information.
  • Oversees summer compensation process for faculty. Coordinates the process and assigns tasks to the team involved in the process. Coordinates with the Research Office.
  • Manages position control of active and vacant positions. Balances FTEs and ensures there is a sufficient budget structure to support salary charges.
  • Reviews and approves CED compensating control report every month.
  • Works closely with the Dean and ADO during the Annual Raises Process (ARP). Provides additional data requested by the deans.
  • Works with administrators and supervisors to assist in creating a positive workplace culture that leads to productivity and the retention of good employees.
  • Composes correspondence for the Dean’s signature. Composes correspondence to convey difficult and crucial decisions.
  • Manages employee relations and serves as the primary contact regarding solutions to personnel issues. Participates in disciplinary and dismissal conferences.
  • Manages CED on-boarding and off-boarding processes.
  • Mentors and coaches CED staff to improve their job performance and relationships in their respective departments or units
  • Represents CED in HR Advisory Committee, HR Exchange, and Operations Group meetings.
  • Supervises and leads 3 full-time HR Specialists. Ensures the team has the appropriate training and understands HR processes to carry out their jobs. Leads the team in setting goals and facilitating professional development opportunities.

Other Responsibilities

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Experience/Education

Bachelor’s degree and two years of progressively responsible professional human resources management experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
All degrees must be from appropriately accredited institutions.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including active listening, communication, and a high level of discretion.
  • Experience supporting human resources functions in a higher education/academic environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to work effectively with administration, faculty, and staff at all levels.
  • Previous experience and functional expertise in a generalist HR role that may include employee relations, international employment, payroll, recruiting, and/or knowledge of employment law.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Workspace.
  • Experience using an applicant tracking system (ATS) for creating positions and recruiting.
  • Ability to partner with hiring managers to successfully fill open positions with the best-qualified candidate.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to assess and meet the variable and complex needs of customers
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and meet multiple objectives and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency in coaching and influencing managers on workforce management and HR programs.
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and convey HR best practices.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A minimum of five years of directly related HR experience in an academic environment.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and streamlining HR processes.
  • Experience using PeopleSoft HR, including system entry and the ability to query and analyze data for various reporting needs.
  • Experience in developing successful recruiting strategies for staff, faculty, and non-faculty positions.
  • HR certification or coursework towards PHR/SPHR or SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP.

Required License or Certification


Valid NC Driver's License required


Commercial Driver's License Required?


Job Open Date


Earliest Close Date---- (Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.)


Notice to Applicants

Please ensure the work history on your application matches the work history on your resume. All work history is required on your application and notating “seeing resume” is not acceptable.

Special Instructions

Please upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

This is a re-posting of a previously-posted vacancy. All applications received so far remain under consideration. If you have already applied to this position, you do not need to reapply. 

Position Number


Position Type


Position Classification Band Title

Human Resources Consultant

Position Classification Band Level


Position Classification Salary Range

$39,622 - $94,506

Salary Grade Equivalency


Alternate Option

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)

1.00 FTE


12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Time Limited Position


Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?


Department Id

480401 - HR Talent Acquisition and Employment


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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