Director of Workforce Strategy at The University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois

Posted in Other 3 days ago.

Job Description:


BSD HRO - Human Resources

About the Department

Advance your career by joining our team! We support University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division (BSD) researchers and physicians at the forefront of science and modern medicine.

We are hiring a Director of Workforce Strategy who will partner with leaders to create proactive solutions to workforce planning, internal mobility, and employee engagement.

The Biological Sciences Division (BSD) is the largest academic unit of the University of Chicago. Established in 1930, the BSD is comprised of faculty, research staff and administrative leaders across clinical and basic science departments. The BSD is home to 10 basic science and 14 clinical departments, ranging from Ecology & Evolution and Human Genetics to Medicine, Surgery, and Pediatrics. BSD scientists and physicians have been pioneers and leaders in many important fields of scientific investigation, including cancer, digestive diseases, evolutionary biology, paleontology, diabetes, organ transplantation, and sleep research. Twelve Nobel Prize winners in physiology or medicine have been affiliated with the Biological Sciences Division. In this unique academic community, the BSD delivers undergraduate, graduate, medical, and postgraduate education in the biological sciences as well as providing outstanding patient care and world-renowned research in the life sciences.

In line with the University of Chicago's mission of cultivating an inclusive community, the Biological Sciences Division is home to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI). Over the past three years, BSD's Office of Diversity & Inclusion has distributed over $100,000 in small grants to faculty, students, and staff to support research, develop novel pathway programs, and cultivate initiatives that address inclusion.

The Biological Sciences Division is located on the beautiful Hyde Park campus of the University of Chicago, 20 minutes south of downtown Chicago.

Job Summary

The job manages a team of professional staff responsible for designing, implementing, and monitoring a variety of human resource programs. Develops department plans to address long-term human resource needs and trends.

The Director of Workforce Strategy creates strategy and policy for the BSD workforce on matters of workforce planning, career progressions, and employee recognition, ensuring we have a skilled and engaged workforce supporting the BSD tripartite mission of research, education, and patient care. The position reports to the Executive Director of Human Resources for the BSD and acts as an internal consultant to HR Partners and Executive leadership on matters of workforce planning, career progression, employee reward and recognition.


  • Lead workforce planning process with Executive Administrators identifying mission critical skills and roles across 40 BSD departments including Basic Science, Clinical Research, technology centers, core resource groups during the annual budgeting and planning process.

  • Lead the design and implementation of internal mobility and succession planning policy and models for mission critical roles ensuring transfer of organizational knowledge across all levels of staff including BSD leadership roles such as Executive Directors, Section Administrators, Grants Administrators, Department Financial leaders, Academic Affairs staff etc.

  • Provide leadership and mentoring to BSD HR Partners on identifying mission critical vacancies and building unit level internal mobility plans.

  • Partner with the BSD Talent Acquisition leader to identify areas of vacancies and create proactive staffing and recruitment plans.

  • Consult with University of Chicago EEO Office to identify areas of improved and proactive DEI representation improving opportunities for internal career mobility.

  • Act as an internal consultant to BSD HR Partners and Division leadership on requests for departmental leveling, creating of job hierarchies, matching to University job architecture, ensuring consistent application of University compensation guidelines within the Division.

  • Lead the BSD position review and approval process in collaboration with BSD Finance and BSD HR.

  • Consult with University compensation team on proposals or modifications for short-term and long-term base pay, and alternate reward strategies for BSD life sciences positions helping to create an engaged workforce with reduced turnover. Support design and action plans for implementation within BSD.

  • Partner with University of Chicago Medical Center on creating career opportunities and rewards and incentives, for mission critical roles supporting both the BSD and UCM in research, data science, direct patient care.

  • Serve on University of Chicago HR committees and workgroups as the BSD HR representative.

  • Perform other duties related to workforce planning, internal mobility, and career progression.

  • Ensures and may help develop short- and long-term human resources plans and operational policies for a unit. Develops and administers the HR budget for the unit and manages expenses.

  • Develops and administers the HR budget for the unit and manages expenses.

  • May represent the unit in grievances, complaints, or legal issues, and works with the appropriate University offices to coordinate resolutions.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • At least 7 years of experience in either workforce planning, compensation and rewards, or organizational design and development.

  • Prior experience working within a university or OFCCP compliant environment.

  • Experience in life sciences, research, bioinformatics, or healthcare.

  • Experience with creating alternate reward programs.

  • Experience with annual merit planning and annual performance cycle management.

  • Experience working with HRIS reporting, preferably using Workday.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).

  • Certified Career Development Professional.

Preferred Competencies

  • Ability to successfully navigate a matrixed business and academic environment.

  • A desire to drive continuous improvement and growth.

  • Ability to influence others without formal authority by building positive working relations and partnerships with confidence.

  • Ability to understand leader's needs, assess the range of solutions, provide relevant guidance, and coach to facilitate change.

  • Ability to interact effectively with all leaders of the institution.

  • Ability to cultivate a learning environment that appreciates cultural diversity.

  • Ability to create mission driven, cohesive teams by building talent infrastructure.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Human Resources

Role Impact

People Manager

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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