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UC Berkeley People & Culture (formerly Central Human Resources) has an opportunity for a strategic leader to serve as the Director of Total Rewards. The position will guide Berkeley's Compensation and Benefits Teams. Reporting to the Chief People & Culture Officer/Assistant Vice Chancellor-Human Resources and serving on the HR Leadership Team as an influential leader building synergies across the HR portfolio, the Director of Total Rewards will deliver compensation and benefits programs designed to recruit, retain, and motivate highly qualified employees.
Berkeley's Compensation team is responsible for managing compensation, job evaluation and salary administration programs. The Director of Total Rewards provides strategic leadership on compensation issues, develops the campus compensation philosophy, and manages the policies and procedures to achieve organizational goals. The position will also manage the Benefits Team responsible for benefits administration and communication in support of UC's employee benefit programs which includes plan options, policy features, enrollment and other plan requirements.
This role ensures effective delivery of compensation and benefits in compliance with regulations, collective bargaining agreements, system-wide policies, and alignment with campus goals. The Director of Total Rewards is a key advisor to the CPCO on compensation and benefits matters, and acts as a liaison with the Office of the President in system-wide discussions, initiatives, and decisions.
The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of large scale compensation and benefits programs and practices and a track record of serving as a strategic advisor able to conceptualize strategies, lead action plans, and enable execution of organizational goals.
Advises senior management on matters concerning Compensation and Benefits
Recognizes issues that have campus impact or future implications and advises the AVC of HR and senior managers appropriately
Develops and recommends changes to existing procedures and programs to maintain compliance with policies and regulatory requirements.
Interprets policies for campus staff, managers, and key stakeholders.
Guides the campus on compensation, salary administration, and benefits programs.
Compensation and Classification
Develops and administers campus job standards
Works strategically to define staff jobs to meet current and emerging campus needs.
Leads a team that classifies staff jobs, and works with campus managers to address classification issues.
Develops campus-wide salary structures and programs aligned with the related campus budget, policies and procedures.
Develops and administers non-represented staff salary programs.
Reviews business processes to identify and address opportunities for improvement.
Guides the unit in the assessment of competitive market trends using salary survey analyses and other data to develop compensation programs to achieve organizational goals.
Oversees analyses of highly complex compensation issues and processes.
Oversees the development and implementation of changes to existing compensation policies and programs.
Oversees the campus implementation of systemwide benefits programs, which include plan options, policy features, enrollment and other plan requirements.
Guides campus administration of UC benefits programs, providing policy guidance to the campus, and handling escalated issues involving vendors and/or complex cases that may involve UC Office of the President.
Management of the unit.
Provides oversight for the compensation and benefits teams.
Establishes department objectives, administering schedules and establishing performance expectations for staff.
Develops the unit budget and manages projects within that budget.
Aligns individual team member goals with unit goals and ensures that staff are developed and trained to meet performance expectations.
Develops unit metrics that enhance business process improvement and customer service.
Maintains an inclusive work environment.
Represents the AVC-HR and campus goals and priorities at system-wide.
Handles sensitive and complex matters with a high degree of political acumen and sophisticated problem resolution skills.
Maintains a thorough understanding of the goals of the University and the ways in which this position can support those goals.
Maintains a positive working relationship with other UC locations and builds a professional network with functional experts in the field.
Anticipates future needs, challenges, and opportunities and collaborates with HR colleagues on long range planning.
Thorough knowledge of compensation and classification strategies, programs and initiatives including base pay, incentive/bonus programs; and strategic administration of job standards.
Demonstrated expertise in applying compliance, regulatory, and policy requirements, including labor contracts, that affect all primary areas of responsibility.
Seasoned analytical, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.
Ability to synthesize large amounts of data to produce succinct summaries that support main objectives, and communicate effectively to senior leadership.
Ability to exercise good judgment in recommending and developing diverse compensation programs and to understand the interrelationship of such programs with other areas of human resources and other campus functions.
Skilled at handling sensitive matters effectively to reach amicable solutions.
Works well in a highly collaborative, matrixed organization where relationship building is a key to success.
Understands current business trend data and is experienced utilizing analyses from third party sources.
Supervisory skills to manage and develop subordinate staff.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally with a wide variety of audiences
Effective decision maker who can be flexible and respond positively to ambiguity.
Experienced with using project management approach to large scale initiatives.
Effective interpersonal and organizational leadership skills.
Experienced with managing a diverse and high-performing team, and demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
Consistently demonstrates a high level of integrity that instills trust in all clients.
At least 5 years experience administering a compensation program in a large, complex organization.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
Knowledge and experience in a higher education institution.
Knowledge of UC policies and procedures.
Thorough knowledge of human resources practices.
Graduate degree preferred.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $103,000.00 - $208,200.00 annually.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see: http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf
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