Director of Human Resources

Montana State University Foundation

Job Description


  • Administrator: Vice President of Operations
  • Preferred Experience: 10+ years of progressive human resources experience in a professional setting; SHRM or HRCI (PHR or SPHR) certification required
  • Education Required: Baccalaureate degree in Human Resources, Business Administrations, or a related field; Master's degree preferred
  • Overtime Status: Exempt, not eligible for overtime
  • Full Time Equivalent: 1.0 FTE
  • Benefits: Eligible for full employment benefits
  • Work Location: Bozeman, MT; hybrid opportunities available for consideration after 3 months of employment per policy


The Director of Human Resources for the Montana State University Alumni Foundation (“Alumni Foundation”) is responsible for managing all aspects of the Human Resources (“HR”) function of a dynamic, professional, and growing organization. The Director of HR oversees the strategy, initiatives, policies and programs of the HR department focused on creating a strong culture of teamwork, professional development, training, and talent attraction and retention. The Director of HR supervises the Associate Directors of HR, works closely with the Alumni Foundation’s leadership team and reports to the Vice President of Operations.


  • In collaboration with Alumni Foundation leadership, administer and implement the HR department’s strategies and initiatives including but not limited to staffing, benefits and retirement, compensation, performance management, safety/workers’ compensation, training and development, employee relations and retention, and legal compliance.
  • Lead and implement organization-wide professional development, coaching, and training initiatives that support the Alumni Foundation’s strategic plans and objectives, as determined by the President & CEO. Identify similar external opportunities and coordinate delivery to staff.
  • Lead and oversee the Alumni Foundation’s employee engagement initiative including the implementation of engagement surveys and appropriate follow-through on results. Monitor employee morale and execute best practices for talent management.
  • Partner with managers and leadership team members to effectively manage performance through individualized professional development plans, performance improvement plans, direct coaching, and annual performance reviews to ensure that employees are provided the opportunity to continually improve and positively impact the organization.
  • Conduct investigations into employee grievances or complaints, personnel matters and policy violations as needed, collaborating with appropriate staff members when necessary, for the purpose of reaching resolutions that contribute to a positive working environment.
  • Work closely with the Alumni Foundation’s leadership team and as an advocate for the mission, vision, values, and strategic goals of the organization.
  • Supervise and support the Associate Directors of HR through oversight of day-to-day areas of focus and performance management; provide opportunities for professional and personal development and lead recruitment, training, and retention efforts for the roles as needed.
  • Serve as liaison to the Chair and Vice Chair of the Alumni Foundation’s Board of Governors as it relates to the personnel matters of the President & CEO, including but not limited to contracts, compensation, benefits, and performance reviews. Present annually to the Board on the HR matters of the organization.
  • Advise managers and leadership team members on a variety of sensitive personnel and HR issues to support effective decision-making and change management and to create an environment that encourages open communication, constructive feedback, and values individual differences and contributions.
  • Monitor and ensure the organization’s compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations. Work closely with external employee relations and ERISA attorneys as needed to maintain compliance.
  • Develop and implement departmental budget.
  • Oversee the Alumni Foundation’s compensation strategy and implementation, including monitoring compensation trends and benchmarking.
  • Oversee and administer the Alumni Foundation’s employee benefit program including coordination with benefit administrators on benefit selection, annual enrollment, mid-year benefit changes, quarterly benefit plan reviews, and employee communication, ensuring employees are aware of their options and changes and timelines are well communicated.
  • Oversee the termination process for voluntary and involuntary separations according to the Alumni Foundation’s personnel policy. Conduct exit interviews and provide guidance and feedback to managers through voluntary terminations and progressive discipline situations.
  • Affect and maintain a professional, proactive, positive, highly collaborative, and performance-centric work environment.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Vice President of Operations.

Duties and responsibilities may change at any time.


  • Effective interpersonal skills including the ability to work with a diverse group of individuals and to establish and maintain relationships.
  • Strong leadership skills including confidence and strength of character to point out gaps between the organization’s mission, vision, values and actions to guide individuals toward improved behavior.
  • Ability to adapt to the needs of the organization and employees.
  • Advanced skills in employee training, coaching, and leadership of professional development planning.
  • Strong working knowledge of employee benefit plans.
  • Thorough knowledge of employment related laws and regulations.
  • Proven ability to work with sensitive and/or confidential information.
  • Strong meeting facilitation and group collaboration skills.
  • Ability to work independently with a sense of urgency to serve customers, both internal and external.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including group presentation skills.
  • Exceptional time management and prioritization abilities.
  • Project management skills including the ability to set timelines and goals, work independently, and complete tasks according to strict deadlines.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and demonstrated ability to work with multifaceted HR computer systems.
  • Ability to understand complex documents and convey information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, a resume, and three professional references online. Recruitment will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The MSU Alumni Foundation is an equal employment opportunity employer who believes that diversity, equity and inclusion allow us to better serve our students and communities and are critical to supporting the mission of Montana State University as a land grant institution.

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