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Bellevue College invites applications for the position of Vice President of Human Resources.

Located in the greater Seattle area, Bellevue College (BC) has developed a culture of excellence since its founding in 1966.  Bellevue College is clearly focused on the community, with special emphasis on student success, open access, and social justice.  BC serves over 30,000 students annually, making it the third-largest institution of higher education in Washington State. The college offers a comprehensive array of programs including bachelor’s degrees, associate degree transfer programs, professional and technical associate degrees and certificates, and a myriad of training programs.

The main campus is situated on wooded acres within sight of the Cascade Range and the Puget Sound, approximately five miles from downtown Bellevue, and ten miles from downtown Seattle. BC plays an integral role in the economic development of the region, preparing students through two and four year degrees for high-wage jobs at some of the nation’s largest companies in fields like information technology, healthcare, and business.  The college strives to create a vibrant community that supports its diverse student body, faculty and staff.  Bellevue College has long been known for not only preparing its students for careers, but also molding the next generation of leaders.

Summary of Position:

Reporting to the President of Bellevue College, the Vice President of Human Resources is responsible for providing strategic human resources leadership consistent with Bellevue College’s goals and strategic plan.

As a member of President’s Cabinet, the vice president is a key collaborator in college policy formulation, planning, and budget development. The vice president is responsible for the development, direction, and oversight of formal and articulated human resources strategies, programs, policies and procedures for all employment and personnel operations of the college. The vice president directs  professional staff who are responsible for the administration of HR functional areas, including: recruitment and employment; payroll, compensation and benefits administration; contract and labor relations; employee relations; training and employee professional development; and affirmative action/equal employment opportunity, and compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulatory requirements. The following are specific expectations of the vice president:

  1. Leads strategies and efforts to improve the department’s effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of outstanding professional, customer-centric human resources systems, support, services, and programs.
  2. Collaborates with the president and Cabinet to ensure that the College’s goals and values of equity, inclusion and diversity are reflected in a working and learning environment that is safe, and free from all forms of harassment and discrimination.
  3. Maintains an effective affirmative action and non-discrimination program.  Serves as the college Affirmative Action Officer and Title IX Compliance Officer for college employees.I
  4. Implements effective recruitment, training, and development resources and programs to achieve and retain the diverse, skilled, and committed college employee workforce.
  5. Leads initiatives for exempt and classified staff leadership development, on-boarding of new employees, and supervisor compliance with labor contracts and regulations.
  6. Assures that compensation and benefits are accurately enacted in accordance with college procedures and applicable state and federal regulations in a timely manner.
  7. Administrates labor relations and negotiation processes, serves as the contract administrator for the college’s collective bargaining agreements and represents the college administration in negotiations and Labor/Management Committees with the faculty and classified collective bargaining teams;
  8. Coordinates the talent acquisition including searches and hiring  for all classified and exempt staff;
  9. Coordinates resolution of disputes and provides consultation to supervisors and employees as needed for progressive discipline and grievances.
  10. Provides timely and accurate information in all areas of responsibility to the President, the Board of Trustees, other college governance groups such as College Assembly, applicants, employees and other customers, and state and federal agencies.
  11. Represents the college at the Washington Association of Community and Technical College’s (WACTC) Human Resources Management Commission and other local, state and national organizations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree in business, human resources management, public administration, organizational development or a related field from a regionally-accredited college or university.
  2. Five or more years of progressively responsible experience in human resources, including three or more years of supervisory and management experience.
  3. Experience with bargaining and with dispute and grievance resolution.
  4. Experience with attracting, developing, and maintaining a diverse workforce.
  5. Excellent management, interpersonal, communication and problem-solving talent, combined with a collaborative work style.
  6. Ability to articulate a commitment to equity and pluralism.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Ph.D., JD, or other advanced degree in human resources management or related field.
  2. Experience with higher education personnel practices and law.
  3. Experience with automated management information systems.

Required Information

How To Apply:

Click on the word Apply located above and to the right of the Job Summary section. Individuals interested in this position are encouraged to apply. Your application must include a complete online application and all of the required documents below to be considered complete:

  • Complete an online Application
  • Attach a cover letter of no more than four (4) pages describing how you meet the professional and desired characteristics of the position, including specific examples of how your educational and/or professional experiences, background, or philosophy demonstrate your commitment to diversity and equity, and how these prepare you to contribute to Bellevue College.
  • Attach a current resume, including educational background, professional experience, achievements and professional activities.

Our Office is Located at:

Human Resources Department, R130, Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed weekends and holidays. Bellevue College is committed to increasing cultural diversity among its staff and faculty. Applicants with multicultural experience and/or backgrounds, which will add richness and diversity to Bellevue College, are encouraged to apply.

BC is an Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations. BC reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, or status as a disabled veteran, or Vietnam veteran. Bellevue College is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. For further information, please visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/equal or contact Human Resources at 425-564-2274, Fax 425-564-3173 or email hr@bellevuecollege.edu

The college strongly encourages all qualified applicants to apply. The successful candidate must provide proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for employment in the United States.

Bellevue College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request disability accommodation in the application process, employees and the general public should contact Human Resources at the contact information listed above.

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