Job Location:
Chicago, IL


Crown Administrative Office

About the Department

As one of the first schools of social work in the United States, the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice has shaped the field for more than 100 years. As part of the University of Chicago, the Crown Family School shares the University’s core values and distinctive intellectual culture. Crown Family School faculty, staff and students focus on identifying solutions to complex problems affecting society’s most marginalized individuals and communities through the integration of research, training, and direct community engagement. Guided by an interdisciplinary tradition, Crown Family School scholars conduct innovative research to address interconnected social challenges such as educational inequality, health disparities, crime and violence, poverty, and child and family welfare—working at multiple scales, from individual to policy-level interventions. The Crown Family School is the home of several academic centers. These include the Susan and Richard Kiphart Center for Global Health and Social Development, the Urban Education Institute (UEI), the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention, the Center for Health Administration Studies, the Smart Decarceration Project, the Employment Instability, Family Well-being, and Social Policy Network (EINet), and the Network for College Success.

Today, our work has never been more important. More than 8,000 Crown Family School graduates in the US and globally hold leadership positions in academia, at nonprofits, and at governmental agencies – committed to create a more just and more humane society through principles of inclusion, equity, and diversity.

Job Summary

The Director of Human Resources and Faculty Affairs is responsible for the overall strategic direction, planning, coordination, administration and evaluation of the staff and academic human resources functions at The Crown Family School of Social Work, Practice, & Policy. The role manages a team of professional staff responsible for designing, implementing, and monitoring HR programs to address long-term human resource needs and trends.


Strategic Direction and Leadership

  • Overall accountability for creation and execution of human resources programs that supports the School’s strategic goals, managing both staff and academic HR functions.

  • Manages all operations for the HR department and directly supervises the work of the HR team responsible for executing the day-to-day HR workload.

  • In coordination with School Administration, sets policies and establishes and maintains goals, priorities, and programs for administrative services that are consistent with the School’s mission, values, and strategic plan.

  • Develops human resources procedures, and workflows and oversees their implementation.

  • Manages restructuring and reorganization planning and implementation.

  • Ensures compliance with University Human Resources and Provost’s Office policies and standards, as well as all relevant employment laws. Advises and counsels supervisors and managers on federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations.

  • Keeps abreast of changes affecting human resources and assumes an active leadership and advocacy role within the field.

  • Represents the School’s human resource needs to the Provost’s Office, University HR, and other University administrative units.


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

  • Manages annual compensation planning and oversees administration of payroll-related activities.

  • Oversee and approve all staff classification and compensation activities including development, review, and maintenance of staff job descriptions and classification of positions.

  • Reviews and evaluates internally consistent and externally competitive compensation programs; oversees the execution of salary adjustments, reclassifications, and promotions.

Employee and Labor Relations

  • Represents the Crown School in all labor and employee relations matters, including grievances, complaints, and legal issues. Works with the appropriate University (Legal, Employee, and Labor Relations) and external offices (union representatives) to coordinate effective handling of dispute resolutions.

  • Assists managers and staff in understanding of employment law, University and School policies and procedures, and the collective bargaining agreement.

  • Leads and supports supervisors and the Staff and Academic HR Associate Directors through disciplinary procedures, including coaching and other corrective action activities, and assists managers and staff in resolving personnel issues while ensuring compliance with guidelines and laws.

Academic and Staff Recruitment

  • Leads the HR team responsible for recruiting and hiring process for both staff and academic hiring.

  • Provides a leadership role to develop programs to recruit and retain a diverse staff, and to foster a workplace that centers diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.

  • In partnership with the Provost’s Office, leads the HR team responsible for recruitment, reappointment, and promotion processes for Faculty and Other Academic Appointees using the University's applicant tracking system, and facilitates all faculty and academic candidate visits.

  • Staff the faculty search committee and support searches for new faculty and other academic appointees, including oversight of the development of offers of appointment, onboarding new appointees, managing the reappointment and promotion of faculty and other academic personnel, and coordinating leaves, retirements, and other departures.

  • Leads the HR team responsible for the staff recruitment process, including interviewing, offer development, and onboarding, and guides clerical, exempt, and non-exempt searches.

Performance Management

  • Oversees the School's annual performance management process, including the review and improvement of performance management tools.

  • Counsels/coaches employees and management, including advice on professional development alternatives and union relations.

Professional Development

  • Works collaboratively with School staff to provide Crown School-specific professional development and training programs that ensure organizational readiness.

  • Coordinates and monitors professional development programs and works to ensure their success.

  • Advises unit management and professional staff on the strategy of the unit and on federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations.

  • Develops and implements 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.

  • 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


  • Master’s degree in the related field.


  • Broad experience in multiple HR functions.

  • Previous successful management and supervisory experience.

  • Academic setting.

  • Working in HR at the University of Chicago.

  • Practicing HR in a union environment.

Licenses and Certifications:


Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Demonstrates proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), Outlook, Workday HRIS, and Interfolio.

  • Demonstrates experience working with human resources information systems (HRIS) and applicant tracking systems.

  • Experience using meeting software and applications such as Skype, Goto meeting, Zoom, etc.

  • Working knowledge of relevant federal, state, and municipal employment laws and regulations (including those related to EEO/AA; FLSA; FMLA; ADA; and OSHA).

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrates critical thinking and analytical skills.

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Demonstrates ability to handle sensitive information, exercise discretion, and maintain confidentiality.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

  • References (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be 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


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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