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MidAmerica Nazarene University - Olathe, KS
Olathe, KS, United States
23 days ago
MidAmerica Nazarene University - Olathe, KS
Olathe, Kansas, United States
23 days ago


MidAmerica Nazarene University, in Olathe, Kansas, has an opening for a full-time Director of Human Resources reporting to the Vice President for Finance.  The director is responsible for developing, planning, organizing, and overseeing the university's human resources management functions.  Areas of expertise include employee relations, strategic planning, legal compliance, compensation administration, payroll, HRIS, and faculty/staff planning and development.  This position is a resource for all levels of the organization regarding employment, compensation, employee performance, benefits, and other employee-related issues.   In addition, this position acts as a liaison for university Risk Management issues with the carrier and various other departments.

Candidates for the above position should possess a commitment to Christian higher education, model servant leadership, and be willing to assume the duties listed in the following general position description.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

HR Related Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, organize and oversee the university human resources management functions, including employee relations, strategic planning, legal compliance, compensation administration, HRIS, and faculty and staff planning and development.
  • Plan, coordinate and assist with employee relations and training activities; provide information to applicants and employees with human resource-related questions; conduct investigations related to human resources issues as appropriate.
  • Identify issues and recommend improvements for effective Human Resources functions including benefit renewal, plan design changes, Employee Handbook, and university policies and procedures.
  • Plan, organize, and implement compensation administration practices and procedures.   This includes monitoring, setting, and changing pay ranges for staff personnel, running reports for the annual budget process, and coordinating pay increases/promotions.
  • Develop, organize and implement performance management process.
  • Administer and oversee the recruitment process.  An active member of the Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC).
  • Plan, coordinate, and oversee activities related to benefits administration.   Such as benefit renewal, coordination with providers for problem resolution, and dissemination of changes to employees.
  • Plans, organizes, and implements events connected to employee recognition, benefits enrollment, and wellness activities, as well as Administrative Staff Assembly meetings (ASA).
  • Works with the Faculty and Staff development director regarding training opportunities for staff.  This includes being a member of the Faculty Welfare Committee.
  • Manages Communication staff (the University Receptionist) to ensure that the university phone and reception area runs efficiently and effectively.
  • Responsible to maintain HR and Communication departmental annual budget and expenses.
  • Manage HR and communication staff.
  • Explores all opportunities to maintain budgeted funds and cost-saving initiatives in benefits, staffing, and other areas within this position’s span of control.

Payroll Related Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage payroll staff to ensure proper payment process and all legal compliance of payroll payments for all University employees.
  • Audits reports (maintains compliance) on federal withholding, state withholding, unemployment compensation as well as payroll edits each pay period.
  • Facilitates improvements in payroll operations/functions by assisting in the development and maintenance of computer systems used in payroll operations.
  • Completes salary survey information as needed and annually for the Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS).
  • Ensures that MNU is collecting deductions from employees accurately and processes the invoices for benefit carriers and other vendor payments in a timely manner.

Risk Management Duties and Responsibilities

  • Liaison for university Risk Management issues with the carrier and coordinates renewal reporting and processes with the VP for Finance.
  • Works with other departments regarding Risk Management issues such as Facility Services.  Reports liability claims to the carrier and works with departments with required areas of improvement.
  • Serves on the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) committee.
  • Coordinates and reports worker compensation claims with the injured party and the carrier.
  • Oversees approval and education for those employees, including students, that drive MNU vehicles and equipment.
  • General understanding of basic to intermediate accounting and payroll processing.
  • Demonstrated and proven ability in the understanding/knowledge of all legal requirements for payroll and Human Resources compliance.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to relate to a diverse clientele and all levels within MNU. 
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to problem-solve effectively and quickly.
  • Ability to be personally supportive of the Christian character and mission of the University to encourage and sustain mission-fit personnel recruiting.
  • Solid computer skills including Microsoft Office Products.
  • Excellent listening and analytical skills to manage and guide others through conflict resolution and management.   This includes skills to discern when issues can be resolved or when they need to be moved to a higher level.


Education and/or Experience:  

  • Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated ability and experience in payroll and Human Resources, 3 years of experience in higher education is preferred.
  • Experience using payroll software and ability to understand/adapt to various computer software programs.

Application: Interested individuals who meet the criteria outlined above should upload all of the following documentation to be considered for the position at www/ – VIEW JOBS  or

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • List of professional references (minimum of 3 with phone number and email address included)
  • Statement of faith, including details on how Christian faith impacts coaching (1-page maximum). 

Statement of Faith:  MidAmerica Nazarene University is an intentionally Christian Community and desires that all employees in positions of leadership reflect a foundational Christian position in word, attitude, and action.  While there is no predetermined length or format for the Personal Statement of Faith, the norm is a one or two-page narrative document describing the applicant’s central Christian beliefs, significant formative influences in the applicant’s Christian experience (e.g., religious experiences of conversion or the affirmation of one’s faith, one’s family and/or home life, spiritual aspirations), and ways in which the applicant’s faith is being demonstrated in daily patterns and practices.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

MidAmerica is very much interested in reviewing applications from qualified members of traditionally underrepresented groups in America, including women and racial and ethnic minorities.

MidAmerica Nazarene University policy prohibits discrimination based on race, sex, religion*, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected class in the recruitment and admission of students, in the hiring process, during employment, and in the operation of all university programs, activities, and services.

*Christian faith and employment at MidAmerica Nazarene University: MidAmerica Nazarene University is an expression of the Church of the Nazarene. It reserves the right to prefer employees based on religion (Title VII, Section 702-703, U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964). Preferred candidates demonstrate a strong commitment to the Christian faith, active participation in a local church, and a philosophy of Christian higher education consistent with the Wesleyan tradition.

Read the university’s full Non-Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement at

Job Information

  • Job ID: 58483290
  • Location:
    Olathe, Kansas, United States
  • Position Title: HR Director
  • Company Name: MidAmerica Nazarene University - Olathe, KS
  • Job Function: HR Director
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
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