• Full Time
  • Denver
  • October 8, 2021
  • 90000 - 115000

Website Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC)

Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC or “the Auraria Campus”) is a dynamic and vibrant higher education community located in the heart of downtown Denver. The 150-acre campus is shared by three separate and distinct institutions of higher learning: Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and University of Colorado Denver. AHEC is a separate state entity whose role is to provide and manage shared services, facilities, and property to support these prominent institutions in achieving their goals. The collective student population is approximately 38,000, with an additional 5,000 faculty and staff.

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Director of Human Resources provides overall strategic human resources leadership for the agency, including providing information and guidance to managers, supervisors, and employees. He/she will oversee the development, implementation and maintenance of human resource policies, programs and services, including recruitment, selection, retention, legal compliance, employee benefits, employee relations, performance management, training and service awards. The Director of Human Resources will provide overall administration and management of the staff and operations of the Human Resources department, ensuring a customer-driven and responsive program. The position further supervises the functions of the agency payroll program, coordinating with Business Operations, as required. The position will provide oversight of the systems associated with the operations of the Human Resources department, ensuring the integrity of operation and required integrations.

Essential job functions include:

  • Administer and oversee the staff and operations of the agency’s Human Resources department, providing for a comprehensive agency services which includes traditional human resource functions and payroll. Manage all HR functions and programs including, but not limited to, workers compensation, shortterm disability, FMLA, FLSA, PERA, Training, New Employee Orientation, Unemployment and Exit Interviews, and oversight of non-classified employee wage and salary administration. Oversee employee benefit programs, including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, 401K programs, and other leave benefits (balance tracking and requests, etc.)
  • Administer the delegation agreement from the State in the areas of recruitment, selection, job evaluations, performance management, and personal services including the corrective and disciplinary actions, compensation, and benefits. Educate employees and supervisors on performance management, planning, and evaluating.
  • Provide direction and supervision for the agency payroll functions, ensuring accurate and timely administration of all payroll activities. The includes, but is not limited to, proper processing of bi-weekly and monthly payroll (and related pay advices, proper administration of benefits and related deductions, and ensuring processing of year-end W-2’s and other related documents in the MIP System). Further, direct and oversee the automated payroll systems, ensuring integration into the overall financial system and functional elements for utilization.
  • Provide consultative services regarding performance management, organizational development and other high-level initiatives. This includes, but is not limited to, reviewing and assessing operations internal and external to the department, working closely with executive-level staff to identify opportunities for efficiency, enhancement and development. Serve as a consultant to managers in employee situations that may require discipline. Advise management regarding all employee terminations and oversee all aspects of the employee terminations. Oversee ongoing personnel related training programs (sexual harassment, workplace violence, etc.)
  • Provide for an effective performance management program that includes monitoring and reviewing all performance plans and evaluations to ensure 100% compliance. Review and monitor departmental compliance with performance management to ensure that all phases are implemented as planned and evaluations are performed in a consistent and timely manner throughout the agency. Modify and develop new evaluation tools and methods that enable the agency to provide valid performance input, while streamlining the process and providing for a more effective methodology.
  • Develop and recommend AHEC personnel policies and procedures, implementing, administering, and maintaining approved policies and procedures. Advise management-level staff to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws related to employee benefits, compensation, employment and training. Represent the agency at legal hearings, involving and coordinating with legal counsel and other appropriate executive-level staff on high-exposure/high-risk cases.
  • Represent AHEC and manages decisions as a Trustee of the Colorado Higher Education Benefits Alliance (CHEIBA) related to the purchase and administration of employee benefits for non-classified staff, including plan design, rate setting, contract renewal and policy development. Coordinate these efforts with the CEO, ensuring agency benefits are administered in recognition of agency requirements. Further attend/participate in associated CHEIBA meetings held throughout the State.
  • Responsible for reviewing and approving AHEC Personal Services Agreements to ensure they meet State and agency requirements.
  • A commitment to weaving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into all aspects of Human Resources and AHEC staffing.

Among the key stakeholders, both internal and external to AHEC, the Director of Human Resources will interact with are the following:

  • CEO, CAO, CFO, other executive-level leaders, managers and staff of AHEC to provide advice and training, share knowledge and interpret rules and policies.
  • Other HR Directors at the State, regional and national level to share ideas and problem solve.
  • Coordinate with agency legal counsel, as necessary.

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for developing and managing the Human Resources program and operation on behalf of the agency. He/she is accountable for ensuring sound employment decisions are made in hiring, termination, discipline, workers compensation and unemployment so that the agency is able to reduce its cost and is not liable for large settlements or litigation expenses.

The Director of Human Resources oversees a total staff complement of 8 that includes four HR Specialists, a Benefits Administrator, a Payroll Specialist, and two student employee receptionist positions.

AHEC seeks a results-oriented, experienced and highly mission-driven leader for this role. Other qualities sought include:

  • An undergraduate degree in Personnel Administration, Business Administration, or closely related field of study; an advanced degree will distinguish the most attractive candidates.
  • Professional certification as a SHRM or PHR is highly desired.
  • Ideally five or more years of progressively responsible Human Resources in a complex, multi-department organization of comparable size.
  • Desired competencies include the interpretation of appropriate laws and regulations, compensation administration, selection and classification experience, and advising stakeholders on performance management, corrective actions and disciplinary measures.
  • Previous experience in higher education or governmental agency with complex multifunctional operations is preferred
  • Proven ability to develop and manage a budget
  • Demonstrated experience with refining organizational processes in the spirit of continuous process improvement.
  • Demonstrated staff management and development experience, a strong record of effective and inclusive team building.
  • A passionate personal alignment with the vison and mission of AHEC.


  • An energetic, hands-on, confident but down-to-earth leader who embodies AHEC’s core values.
  • An inspirational leader; proven ability to support the leadership team and diverse groups of staff members to reach agency goals.
  • A combination of solid business experience and acumen and an appreciation for revenue generation and sustainability especially within the higher education or governmental sectors.
  • Results-oriented and driven to move things forward; strives toward continuous improvement and measurement against goals.
  • A “people person” who is compassionate, operates with humility and effectively integrates into AHEC’s culture and environment, rapidly gaining the trust and respect of colleagues and team members throughout, even as he/she simultaneously drives change and operational process improvements.
  • A relationship builder who is able to develop strong relationships with senior management, external partners and stakeholders.
  • Oral and written communication abilities – strong presentation skills; persuasive and articulate; diplomatic and open style; a good listener; credible.
  • Impeccable ethics and highest integrity.
  • A proactive leader; intellectually curious; regularly investigates and brings new ideas to the organization, especially with regard to operational best practices and staff leadership; skilled in critical and creative thinking to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to issues.

AHEC will offer the successful candidate a competitive base salary targeted to be in the $90,000 to $115,000 range, dependent on experience and qualifications. As a participating member of the Colorado Higher Education Insurance Benefits Alliance (CHEIBA), AHEC offers a full range of benefits that includes health, dental, vision, drug, LTD, life & AD&D insurance coverage, a generous PTO policy, and participation in the Colorado Public Employee Retirement Association.

To apply for this job email your details to lmcelderry@eflassociates.com