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Associate VP of Human Resources
at Management Business Solutions
Big Rapids, MI

Associate VP of Human Resources
at Management Business Solutions
Big Rapids, MI

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Job Description

Management Business Solutions has been retained by Ferris State University to be a “value-add” partner to their recruitment for this position. As a solution based staffing organization; we have aligned our processes to mirror Ferris’s talent strategies to identify, screen and recruit qualified candidates.

To apply for this job, and to learn more about the possibilities at Ferris State University, please visit their website at https://employment.ferris.edu

Provide vision, direction and leadership in the formulation of policy recommendations, procedures, systems and strategies to achieve optimal Human Resources services to the University community. Direct and coordinate all Human Resources activities of the University including employment, compensation, benefits., staff Center for Training and Development, HRIS, employee relations, and employee safety.


  • Oversee the administration of the wage and salary progran1s and assure that the University's compensation programs are competitive, equitable and consistent with University philosophy.
  • Advise and work in consultation with department managers and administrators of University policy regarding human resources policies, programs and practices appropriate communications to resolve human resources concerns.
  • Maintain overall direction of the University's employment activities to assure that employment needs are projected, and qualified employees are recruited and hired.
  • Ensure compliance with University Human Resources policies and appropriate governmental laws and regulations.
  • Develop long term and short-term goals for achieving optimal Human Resources services to the University community.
  • Administer responsibilities in accordance with University objectives, government regulations, and labor contract terms.
  • Oversee the administration of all Human Resources budgets and accounts.
  • Direct the collection, compilation and maintenance of information necessary to carry out the functions of the Human Resource Office. Prepares periodic reports as necessary or requested.
  • Assist with labor contract negotiations and labor contract administration.
  • Study legislation, arbitration decisions, professional literature and collective bargaining contracts to assess industry trends and keep abreast of new developments.
  • Recommend Human Resources policies, policy revisions and practices.
  • Lead selected committees and task forces as requested by the VP Administration and Finance.



  • Serve as a member of appropriate University committees.




  • Minimum: A Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management, Labor Relations, Business Administration (with Human Resources concentration), or closely related field.


  • Minimum: Seven years of progressively responsible human resources/labor relations management experience in a complex organization which provides the knowledge to administer the full range of services provided through Human Resources.



  • The above minimum work experience in higher education OR
  • Master’s Degree with at least five years of experience at or above the Director level
  • HR Certification


RESPONSIBILITIES/REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES: To perform this job successfully and individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with University policies and applicable laws.
  • Exercise general supervision over all Human Resources programs and services and direct the activities of the Human Resources Office to promote and maintain a high level of employee morale.
  • Report directly to the Vice President for Administration and Finance and maintain the confidentiality of designated information.
  • This description is intended to indicate the typical responsibilities and various levels of work difficulty that will be required of this position. It is not intended to restrict in any way the right of the supervisor to assign or direct the work of employees under his/her supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability in conflict resolution and employee relations.
  • Experience working with a unionized workforce.
  • Knowledgeable in human resources information systems and proficiency with computer applications such as Microsoft Office, database systems, etc.
  • Must have demonstrated success in designing and implementing personnel, benefit and compensation systems.
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communications skills.


This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of this position. It is not intended to limit or in any way to modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of employees under his/her supervision. The use of a particular expression of illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind of level or difficulty.



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