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University of Washington DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 222671

Department: BURKE MUSEUM

Posting Date: 05/26/2023

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: $5538 - $8306 per month

Shift: First Shift

Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here. (

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

About the Burke Museum: The Burke Museum cares for and shares natural and cultural collections so all people can learn, be inspired, generate knowledge, feel joy, and heal. The Burke was founded in 1885 by the Young Naturalists, a group of curious teenagers inspired by seeing Seattle transform before their eyes. For 135 years, the museum has built upon this legacy, collecting objects that help us understand how the Northwest has grown and changed.

Totaling over 18 million objects, the Burke’s collections help sustain cultural traditions, enable groundbreaking scientific research, and advance timely conversations that matter to us all. The collections are records of our past and investments in our future. The Museum’s curators—faculty members at the University of Washington—grow collections in the anticipation of change: continued disruption to ecosystems, shifting cultural landscapes and advances in technology we have yet to imagine. Our work is collaborative; we partner with institutions, students, communities and people around the world to understand our past and create positive change in the future.

As both a University and State museum, the Burke Museum is a public resource committed to building an inclusive environment that welcomes and values all people. We recognize that our history, from the founding to the present day, is built upon a colonial model of museums that consistently privileged collections, preservation, and research over cultural autonomy and community survival.

The Burke is committed to decolonization as a key institutional priority, and across the museum, we now work as facilitators and stewards, not as gatekeepers and sole authorities, in order to honor our mandate to truly be a museum for all.

In October 2019, the Burke opened a new building turning the work of a museum “inside-out” with visible labs, workrooms, collections storage, and an artist studio. Removing these barriers enables us to make the collections and work that happens here daily accessible to everyone. Every visit to the New Burke is different because every day brings new work. And because we’re doing this work right out in the open, everyone can experience it and join in.

Job Summary: The Director of Human Resources oversees all aspects of Human Resources for approximately 80 Burke Museum/UW employees, approximately 115 hourly employees. The Director of Human Resources provides guidance, coaching, and support for all division managers and staff members. This position ensures that all employee relations, training, employment processes, volunteer managing, recruiting programs, and safety programs follow established procedures and remain in compliance with Burke Museum and UW policies as well as local, state and federal law. The Director of Human Resources has a leadership role in setting the tone, culture and customer service levels for the museum. The role includes on-going training and staff development responsibilities. An HR leader that exhibits strong business acumen, coaching skills, excellent communication skills, strategic thinking, and planning/project management are key for this position.

Job Duties: HR Management-20%: Remain current on all laws, regulations, and policies, to include Union rules, leave, payroll, hiring, volunteer management, and performance management. Communicate with and train staff on Human Resources policy/standards, particularly as it pertains to managing organizational risk. Counsel Burke leadership on organizational effectiveness to ensure that Burke is functioning at optimal levels. Provide strategic direction and input to departmental leaders in regards to organizational structure, people management, and strategies that support the Burke’s mission. Manage the Staff Recognition Program; creatively implement new strategies for appreciating staff. Working with the Director of Communications provide leadership to foster effective overall staff communication and communication between management, staff, and volunteers. Provide insight and support regarding change management and internal communication strategy.

Training & Development: Continually assess training needs and facilitate training and learning programs to allow for continued growth and development. Partner with the Executive Director to award professional development funds to staff.

DEAI: Prioritize decolonization, diversity, equity, access, and inclusion throughout all departments, recruiting, and HR initiatives. Partner with leadership to provide an inclusive environment.

Recruitment/Hiring/Compensation-30%: Manage all aspects of the recruitment process, from job description development to final hire. Work with the Assistant Director of Personnel Experience to provide orientation to new staff, and prepare onboarding materials. Ensure the employee onboarding experience provides a seamless candidate experience. Proactively evaluate and recommend reasonable and equitable results for compensation issues and concerns. Leads efforts in annual salary reviews against market data. Work closely with the Director of Finance & Operations to ensure competitive compensation to recruit and retain top talent.

Employee Relations-30%: Provide guidance and coaching to managers relating to employee concerns, problems, and disciplinary actions. Counsel employees directly when necessary. Handle complaint investigations, grievance and discipline handling, crisis intervention and dispute resolution. Works closely with UW HR as needed.

Records Management-10%: Prepare new employee personnel files; maintain all HR-related files/forms. Assist managers/employees in writing and formatting job descriptions. Assist with the preparation and management of UW payroll, and leave records. Conduct exit interviews to identify issues within departments and the museum and provide recommendations on action plans for improvement.

Volunteer Program Management-10%: Supervise and hire the Assistant Director of Personnel Experience. Provide support to the Assistant Director in their work managing the Burke’s student and community engagement programs to provide exceptional, inclusive opportunities for non-staff personnel to connect with the mission and resources of the museum. Collaborate with the Assistant Director to develop and direct cross-departmental training and learning initiatives for museum personnel.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in human resources, management, business or related field, and 5 years experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Sound judgment, confidentiality, and great communication skills are required.

  • This position must be able to advocate for staff and enforce policy.

  • Demonstrates sound judgment

  • Ability to adhere to strict confidentiality

  • Experience with personnel management and employee counseling

  • Interest in natural history and the cultural world; strong cultural sensitivity

  • Previous supervisory experience Desired:

  • Experience with University of Washington policies, personnel, leave, and payroll systems, such as Workday, UWHires, etc.

  • HR certification (PHR/SHRM-CP or SPHR/SHRM-SCP)

  • Familiarity with faculty personnel processes.

  • Experience working in a union environmentConditions of Employment:

  • Able to work a flexible schedule that occasionally involves work on weekends and holidays

  • Able to work in an environment visible to the public with visual and audible distractions

  • Wear required credentials at all times and work attire/uniforms and name tags as required by positionApplication Process:The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.