Notre Dame of Maryland University is a private, independent institution anchored in the lovely Homeland neighborhood of Baltimore City with outreach programs in the state serving central and southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

Senior Director of Human Resources

Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) invites applications for the position of Senior Director of Human Resources.  Reporting to the Vice President of Finance & Administration (VPFA), the Senior Director of Human Resources is responsible for developing and administering policies, procedures, and programs for a variety of functions including compensation and benefits, recruitment and retention, on-boarding/orientation, professional development and training, payroll, reporting, employee relations, diversity, equity and inclusion, and EEO. The Senior Director will provide advice and counsel to the University’s senior staff and hiring managers and is expected to be knowledgeable in industry best practices and the legal and cultural aspects of human resource administration. The Senior Director serves as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

Essential Functions:

  • Employee Relations – Works with all levels of employees to foster a positive working environment. Investigates and resolves complaints and other problems in a timely manner that is fair to employee and the University. Determines, recommends and designs employee relations practices and programs necessary to establish a positive employer-employee relationship and promote a high level of employee morale and an inclusive and equitable culture.
  • Compensation – Establishes and maintains classification program ensuring internal and external equity and competitiveness, including establishing and/or maintaining University salary band matrix(s), and performing and/or managing periodic peer institution (or other comparative baseline) salary comparative analysis projects. Responsible for preparing and monitoring the faculty and staff salary budget.
  • Benefits – Analyzes and reviews employee benefits to ensure cost competitiveness, and employee value. Responsible for preparing and monitoring benefits budget.
  • Performance Management – Develops and maintains appropriate performance appraisal systems. Assists supervisors in determining appropriate corrective action while ensuring fairness, equity and proper documentation. Consults with legal counsel as necessary.
  • Recruitment – Establishes and/or maintains an effective employee recruitment and selection program to attract and recruit a diverse workforce of high ability to NDMU.
  • Policies and Procedures –Establishes and/or maintains HR related policies and procedures in alignment with industry best practices and standards and applicable federal, State, and local laws. Engage in continuous evaluation and improvement of University policies, procedures, and practices, including initiating or revising policies as appropriate, and assisting managers in the interpretation and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Payroll and Reporting – Oversees departmental responsibility for faculty/staff and student payroll management, execution and required reporting.
  • HRIS – Responsible for HRIS and other related vendor selection and contract maintenance. Periodically evaluates HRIS use and recommends changes or enhancements to ensure maximum utility of system.
  • Professional Development and Training – Establishes internal and external training programs that address University professional development and training needs across department lines, including new employee on-boarding and orientation. Works with senior staff to identify and meet these needs via internal and external training resources.
  • Worker’s Compensation & Unemployment – Responsible for maintaining the OSHA compliance, integration with existing safety initiatives, and return to work policies. Manages workers compensation claims. Responsible for maintaining Unemployment claims and monitoring with the State of Maryland, and applicable compliance.
  • Consults and advises senior staff and supervisors on a wide variety of personnel issues (e.g. hiring, promotions, discipline, leave policies, etc.) related to effective college operations, decision making and fidelity to all relevant policies and procedures.
  • Conducts routine and ad-hoc data analysis and reporting of human resources information to internal and external stakeholders including the VPFA, President’s Cabinet, CUPA-HR, IPEDs, AAUP, etc.
  • In collaboration with the Director of International Programs, manages applications for H1-B and permanent residency for faculty and staff.
  • Provides leadership, supervision, and counsel to the Office of Human Resources staff to ensure efficient and effective operations and the use of best practices in their respective functions. Responsible for effectively allocating and monitoring HR resources within scope of department budget.
  • Selects and coordinates use of HR consultants including benefits broker, insurance carriers, retirement savings administrators, training specialists, labor counsels and other external resources.
  • Ensures proper management of sensitive and confidential data and information in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and University policy.
  • Maintains and enhances professional knowledge and skills by attending training sessions, workshops/seminars and reviewing published literature.
  • In coordination with the Title IX/504/ADA Coordination, develop, coordinate, facilitate, and conduct Title IX and other non-discrimination related-trainings, awareness events, and other compliance efforts for new and continuing faculty and staff. Conduct Title IX and other non-discrimination-related investigations, in collaboration with other human resources staff, which may include meeting with reporting and responding parties, witnesses, and other parties to reach an investigative finding of responsibility.
  • Serves on University committees, taskforces, workgroups, etc. as designated.
  • Performs such similar, comparable, or related duties as may be required or assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, business or non-profit management, or a related field from an accredited college or university required. Master’s degree preferred. SPHR or SHRM-SCP certification preferred. Some knowledge of or exposure to diversity, equity and inclusion concepts and practices preferred.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in Human Resources administration, with at least two (2) years in a supervisory role. Experience in higher education is strongly preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of HR policies, procedures and practices, including equal employment opportunity, recruitment, classification and compensation, benefits, payroll, training, and employee relations.
  • Knowledge of federal, State, and local employment laws, including Title IX.
  • Methods and techniques of conflict resolution, investigations, and documentation.
  • Demonstrated ability to build effective working relationships and work collaboratively among all organizational levels.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and documentation skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and perform multiple, concurrent projects.
  • Ability to conduct analysis of salaries, benefits and other human resources metrics.
  • Discretion to maintain confidentiality of sensitive and/or personal information.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office Suite, with particular experience in Excel.

Notre Dame of Maryland University is a private, independent institution anchored in the lovely neighborhood of Baltimore City with outreach programs in the state serving central and southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore. Founded as a Catholic women’s college by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1895, NDMU, now a comprehensive university, offers baccalaureate degrees in the Women’s College and co-ed undergraduate programs for adults, and graduate programs through the School of Arts, Sciences, and Business, the School of Education, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy, and the Department of Occupational Therapy.

NDMU prides itself on its inclusive community and is committed to building an administration, faculty, and staff that reflects the rich diversity of its student body. The University particularly welcomes applications from members of those groups who have traditionally been underrepresented in American academia.

NDMU is being assisted by the partners of Hyatt-Fennell, Executive Search.  Submit nominations and application materials electronically to  Applications include a cover letter, a current résumé/cv, and contact information for three professional references, in separate documents. All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential.  The review of material will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.

Notre Dame of Maryland University does not discriminate in offering equal access to its educational programs and activities or with respect to employment terms and conditions on the basis of age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or protected veteran’s status. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policy: Greg FitzGerald, Chief of Staff, Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210, 410-532-5109.   Notre Dame of Maryland University is an EEO/AA employer.

Interested in this position?

Cheryl Hyatt


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