Human Resources Director

Human Resources Director

The University of Michigan Library

Ann Arbor, MI   |   July 1, 2021

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The University of Michigan Library seeks an accomplished, thoughtful, and inclusive HR leader to be the Human Resources Director. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Libraries, the HR Director will be a proactive and collaborative partner and team leader providing comprehensive HR services and support for the 450 library staff, librarians, and administrative leadership team in the library. This is a unique opportunity to lead the HR and Organizational Learning and DE&I teams in building and supporting a cohesive, collaborative, engaging, and inclusive work environment.

About The University of Michigan Library

The University of Michigan Library is consistently ranked as one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant University community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. There are multiple physical locations throughout the campus that offer a wealth of resources in traditional as well as digital formats, encompassing more than 8.5 million print volumes and one of the finest digital collections in the world. The University of Michigan is a founding member and host to HathiTrust, a non-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries founded in 2008 preserving more than 17 million digitized items.

To enable the University’s world-class work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age. The Library mission is to support, enhance, and collaborate in the instructional, research, and service activities of faculty, students, and staff and contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, sharing, and creating the record of human knowledge.

The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work. We champion diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work engages a broad and diverse community with wide-ranging needs and concerns, and we empower all employees to actively participate in the ongoing process of learning about and responding to these needs. We value the synergy that results from sharing and leveraging our different experiences, backgrounds, skills, talents, and interests to build an environment in which all our community members can flourish. Learn more in the Library’s Diversity Strategic Plan.

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The Opportunity

The Human Resources Director is a member of the Library’s administration team and plays a key role in supporting and realizing the Library’s Strategic Framework. The Director works with colleagues to find alignment regarding organizational direction, and with their teams to design and deliver department activities and services that embody library values (diversity, interdependence, humanity, engagement, excellence), cultivate a positive climate, and a diverse and inclusive, organizational culture. They are responsible for strategic direction, goal-setting, planning, change management, professional development and learning, and assessment of their teams.

The HR Director reports to the Associate Dean, guides both the HR and Organizational Learning & DE&I teams, and directly supervises the leads of both teams.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Define and implement the University Library’s people strategy, in alignment with the Library’s Mission, Values, and Strategic Direction and Objectives.
  • In partnership with Library leadership and with Central HR, lead planning and strategic activities related to achieving Library goals. Keep teams apprised of trends and emerging issues and advise on solutions to proactively address them.
  • Work with the Human Resource Manager to manage the operations of the library human resources unit and team.
  • Work with the Organizational Development and DEIA teams as they develop and facilitate both a library organizational development program and diversity plan.
  • Participate in the development of enterprise learning solutions and organizational development methodologies and toolkits.
  • Consult with Deans, Associate University Librarians, and Deans’ Office Leads –finance, communications, project management, assessment, development (fundraising) — to integrate people strategy within the greater strategy of the library and its divisions.
Candidate Profile

The Human Resources Director of The University of Michigan Library will possess most of the following attributes, skills, and competencies:

  • Demonstrated progression and success in responsible HR leadership and management experience in at least two aspects of human resources or people strategy, including culture change, diversity, equity, and inclusion, employee engagement and development, talent management, compensation and classification, or equivalent.
  • Strategic understanding and practical application of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, modeling, service methods
  • Awareness and practical application of human resource policies and procedures, and federal and state laws.
  • Demonstrated success leading impact-driven collaboration involving diverse perspectives, particularly in the alignment and design of employee-centered programs and services.
  • Experience in and comfort navigating highly decentralized, complex, matrixed work environments, with multiple constituents.
  • Success in creating and fostering an environment of continuous learning and improvement through partnership and collaboration, and the ability to keep current with best practices in HR and ever changing compliance and legal issues.
  • Sound judgment led by data-driven decision making and analysis skills. The ability to employ relevant data to influence and inform decisions that impact HR outcomes. Uses human resources analytics as one of many variables in management decision making.
  • Experience and commitment to cultivating a culture of leadership, building high performing teams, and empowering others to build their leadership and decision making skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Human Resources, Instructional/Organizational Design, Education, Business, or any related field or discipline.

In addition, strong candidates will also possess:

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Instructional/Organizational Design, Education or Human Resources.
  • Expertise and success in equitable recruitment, selection, and promotion practices, including identification and mitigation of bias.
  • Demonstrated success working with and managing cross-functional teams, committees, councils in identifying organizational development gaps, defining solutions, and managing the implementation with tangible results.
  • Experience leading outcomes measurement, metrics, and analysis in an applied organizational setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to help leaders determine links between organizational culture, strategic initiatives, and talent.
  • Experience conducting employee focus groups to complement quantitative surveys.
  • Management experience involving employee-led groups.
Compensation & Benefits

The Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience for this role, with a salary range that starts at $110,000.


Kim Morrisson of Diversified Search and Beth Schaefer of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

About Koya Partners

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