SDSU Research Foundation

Director- Human Resources

Req No.
Full-Time Central Staff
Salary commensurate with experience with anticipated max of $140,000
Dept/Proj Name
SDSURF - Human Resources


The Research Foundation’s primary purpose is to advance the research vision of San Diego State University (SDSU) and support the educational and community service mission of the university. The Human Resources Department supports the Foundation’s mission by providing the full range of human resource services. Established in 1943, the research foundation is organized as a 501(c)3 corporation and is governed by a board of directors composed of SDSU faculty, staff and community members. In fiscal year 2016-2017, the research foundation administered $179 million in revenue from grants, contracts and campus program activity. The foundation’s central and agency employee count is 165 and 400 respectively with approximately 1700 additional grant project employees.


The Director of Human Resources is the Research Foundation’s chief human resources officer, responsible for leadership and management of the human resources department, serves as a member of the senior management team and reports to the Executive Director. The Director is responsible for planning, organizing and implementing a strategic, comprehensive, and effective human resource program including responsibilities such as: labor and employee relations; classification and compensation; recruitment; benefits, human resources information systems; equal employment and affirmative action planning; employee training and development; performance management program administration; immigration and visa compliance; human resource policy development, implementation and monitoring; and risk management and legal oversight. The Director provides expert counsel and advice to senior management and supervisors regarding the full range of human resource issues.


This position will remain open until filled with first review of applicants on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Pacific Standard Time).


The Director is responsible for but not limited to:

  • Develop, implement and be actively engaged in a robust array of human resource programs, policies and procedures in support of the research foundation’s mission;
  • Implement and monitor competitive compensation and benefit programs consistent with federal and state laws which support the recruitment and retention of quality staff;
  • Maintain effective human resource information systems;
  • Implement and maintain effective classification and compensation practices in support of recruitment and fair and equitable pay practices;
  • Develop and maintain effective recruiting practices necessary to identify, select and hire the talent needed by the Research Foundation;
  • Advise management and the Executive Director on matters relating to labor/employee relations, labor laws , union contractual obligations and work disputes;
  • Hire, develop, and retain a competent human resources department staff;
  • Provide effective and confidential consultation and advice to senior administration, managers, principal investigators regarding recruiting, pay, performance and employee conflict resolution;
  • Develop, implement, and monitor employee performance management programs and recognition systems;
  • Implement and monitor compliant immigration and visa processing systems;
  • Develop, implement and monitor effective equal employment and affirmative action programs and processes to ensure compliance with federal and state laws;
  • Develop, implement, and monitor training and development programs in areas such as supervisory and managerial skills, conflict of interest, health and safety, discrimination and sexual harassment prevention, performance management and conflict management;
  • Work collaboratively to develop, and enforce risk management and legal program safeguards to prevent losses and impact on the reputation of the Foundation;
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with SDSURF staff, department directors, and senior management, as well as SDSU Human Resources department leadership and other key constituents at the university;
  • Understand and advise Research Foundation senior leadership on SDSU and CSU human resources policies;
  • Serve as a consistent force for positive continuous improvement for our organization’s people, processes and workflow while ensuring adherence to applicable policies, rules and regulations. Model collaboration and cooperation across organizational units to ensure customer-focused and efficient application of service;
  • Track and report on strategic HR Key Performance Indicators supporting data-driven decision making;
  • Develop and maintain the human resources department budget.


• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business or public administration, political science, human resources management, organizational development or related field
• Ten years of increasing complex experience in a full service human resources department with five years of managerial experience.


Preferred Experience:

• Master’s degree or juris doctorate
• Public or private research institution, higher education or non-profit experience
• California employment law experience
• Experience with HRIS systems and management of human resources data
• SPHR or SPHR-CA certification


San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation


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