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Human Resources Director


Administrative, Lamoni Campus

October 31, 2022

Graceland University has a full-time, 12-month position open for the Human Resources Director on the Lamoni, Iowa campus.

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for the overall leadership, strategic planning, coordination, and execution of the Human Resources (HR) function. This role is responsible for creating, directing, and executing the practices and programs needed to support Graceland’s mission and promote a positive, inclusive culture, including management consulting; workforce planning, organizational design, and effectiveness; employee and leadership development; performance management; recruitment and retention; education, training, development, and mentoring; compensation; engagement; employee and equal opportunity. This role reports to Graceland’s Vice President for Business and Finance.

  • The Director partners with Graceland’s senior leadership to develop and implement a comprehensive human resources program for Graceland faculty, staff, students, and administrators.
  • The Director will create and implement strategic and tactical policies and processes for the human resources function of Graceland.
  • The Director will support and supervise the work of a team of three direct reports whose work supports the payroll, student employment, and administrative needs of the University.


Strategic Leadership

  • Lead and oversee the development, implementation and assessment of short-term and long-term HR strategies and goals, including anticipating emerging issues that will affect policy and program development within Graceland.
  • Recommend, collaborate, and enforce Graceland policies and procedures to help create a positive work environment.
  • Continuously improve the development of and lead a forward-thinking, client-oriented, human resources organization for Graceland.
  • Collaborate with Graceland leadership and stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds and identities to advance strategic direction, to facilitate and manage change and ensure compliance with employment laws, HR policies and best practices.
  • Develop long-term HR strategies to increase the recruitment and retention of staff and faculty from underrepresented identities.
  • Develop strategies and coach supervisors to support a culture of accountability, respect, and employee engagement.
  • Serve on University-wide committees and task forces to ensure alignment with University-wide policies, programs, and strategic initiatives.

Employee Relations

  • Provide leadership, guidance, and training on employee relations issues, including corrective action processes and grievances. Employee relations include faculty, staff and student workers.
  • Oversee, conduct, or participate in investigations into employee complaints and advice on responding to complaints and resolving conflicts or disputes.
  • Consult with collegiate and administrative leadership regarding specific matters of faculty or staff performance and behavior.
  • Provide consultation, risk assessment and coaching to help resolve performance and interpersonal relation issues.

Training and Development

  • Lead the performance appraisal processes across the University, performance development plans and programs.
  • Establish an employee training system that addresses Graceland’s training needs including training needs assessments, new employee orientation and onboarding, staff and faculty development programs, and the measurement of training impact.
  • Ensure implementation of action plans related to the employee engagement survey results.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Provide advice and expertise on evaluating appropriate starting salaries and increase requests, ensuring internal equity and competitive compensation.
  • Develop and implement compensation policies and practices including special pay situations for promotions, stipends, bonuses, merit increases, and retention offers.
  • Provide advice and expertise on evaluating appropriate benefit plans to ensure that Graceland can attract and retain qualified faculty and staff.
  • Lead competitive market research, University-wide analysis of pay and benefit practices and levels to recruit and retain superior faculty and staff.
  • Monitor all pay and benefit practices and systems for effectiveness and equity.


  • Ensure that HR and related management practices comply with law, policy, rules and contracts in addition to HR best practices.
  • Maintain knowledge of relevant employment laws. Oversee investigations into complaints of violations of employment laws or policies. Ensure that HR team members maintain knowledge of applicable employment laws and HR policies.
  • Advise and consult on HR risk management. Take appropriate actions to minimize risk, including providing timely and effective investigations, as well as consultation and advice to managers, leaders, and other HR professionals.

Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree in HR or related field, plus 10 years of related HR experience to include supervisory responsibilities.
  • Strategic thinker and ability to work with all levels within the University to develop strategic leadership initiatives.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace with individuals with diverse identities and underrepresented groups.
  • Success working and leading in a complex, multi-layered and collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and an ability to influence others directly and indirectly.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in HR or related field, such as SHRM or PHR.
  • Working knowledge of employment laws, rules and regulations affecting human resources.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge in HR practices areas.
  • Ability to work effectively with ambiguity, use sound judgment and discretion.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing across all levels of the organization.
  • Experience in higher education and/or public sector employment setting.
  • Skills and/or training in change management and conflict resolution.

Desired Competencies

  • Communications and Teamwork: Demonstrates the ability to express thoughts clearly and concisely; shows good active listening skills; and able to tailor messages appropriately to audience. Builds working relationships to resolve problems and achieve common goals. Offers assistance, support, and feedback to others. Ability to communicate effectively, succinctly, and persuasively in writing, orally and interpersonally.
  • Diversity: Is respectful and effectively works with individuals from culturally diverse populations. Demonstrates a commitment to and understanding of diversity and inclusiveness. Demonstrates sensitivity and awareness of challenges and institutional barriers for people from under-represented populations, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
  • Motivation: Shows initiative, anticipates needs, and takes actions. Ability to be self-directed, take appropriate action and be efficient and resourceful in fulfilling responsibilities.
  • Accountability/Reliability: Takes ownership for own work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes and learns from them. Follows through on commitments, is dependable and trusted to work independently.]

The applicant must be willing to undergo background and credit checks.

Application Procedure:

Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Obtain applications from Graceland University, Human Resources, 1 University Place, Lamoni, IA 50140, or apply online below. Call 641.784.5447 or email: EOE. For additional information, contact David L. Siddall, Vice President for Business and Finance at


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