Human Resources Director

Whole Health School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Bentonville Ar
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The goal of Whole Health School of Medicine and Health Sciences is to reimagine medical education in America by creating a pipeline of medical professionals trained in conventional medicine and Whole Health concepts - an approach to health that equips and empowers individuals to actively optimize their own mental, physical, and spiritual health and well-being in collaboration with an integrated team of healthcare providers. Together, we will lead the transformation of healthcare to build a more whole and healthy society.


Job Summary


This position directs all human resources functions associated with the Whole Health School of Medicine (WHSOM) including developing and implementing HR programs and functions of the most complex nature for the WHSOM enterprise - an emerging startup 501c not-for-profit medical school based in Bentonville, Arkansas. Provides business-focused HR consulting and partnership to WHSOM cabinet members/Senior Leaders with large scope, impact and size. Develops strategies and solutions to address current and future talent, organizational and business needs. Implements School HR policy at the enterprise level. Facilitates organization

and leadership development efforts, working with employees and managers to address root causes of human resources issues. Develops and implements HR programs and initiatives (e.g., salary review, workforce planning, and organizational change). Collaborates with other departments and with other business partners to leverage technical expertise in developing and implementing business-wide solutions to drive organizational performance. Viewed as a strategic business partner, change agent, and member of the business leadership team. Selects, develops, and evaluates staff members to ensure the efficient operation of the function. Actively participates in strategic planning for the School.


Essential Responsibilities

• Develops and leads WHSOM's human resources function for multiple business development efforts including a high-tech medical education, academic and community affairs, academic departments, research and scholarship, student affairs and services, and administrative operations, focusing on human resources activities from idea generation, due diligence, and establishment of operations and, business integration.

• Provides senior level vision, leadership, direction and oversight to a department of HR professionals. Formulates effective strategies consistent with the business and competitive strategy of the organization and/or functional area. Examines policy issues and strategic planning with a long-term view as well as short term perspective. Determines objectives and sets priorities; anticipates potential risks or opportunities and vets them within the HR team and with the client as appropriate.

• Manages workforce planning for an extremely complex organization includes multiple lines of business which are generally led by a Vice or Assistant Dean. Manages the efforts of direct and indirect reports, and collaborates with, provides guidance to and influences employees, clients and matrix partners.

• Provides support to the WHSOM Board of Directors for compensation matters concerning officers of WHSOM (as disqualified persons with substantial influence over the tax exempt organization, per IRC 4958), as needed.

• Responsible for selecting, developing, and deploying staff in the most effective manner to meet assigned business objectives. Provides overall direction for employee engagement, workforce planning, compensation planning, talent development and succession planning/development.

• Ensures that effective controls are developed and maintained to ensure the integrity of the organization. Develops business-focused talent strategies and ensures the implementation and operationalization of program-wide human resource initiatives, processes, systems, and tools in support of achieving business results. This includes direct delivery of employee relations and/or labor relations support. Requires significant partnership, alignment and coordination with Regional HR, Labor and the National Centers of Excellence.

• Proactively engages HR staff, client leaders and matrix partners to actualize change initiatives. Develops and/or encourages new ideas/approaches. Uses efficient and cost-effective approaches to integrate technology into the workplace and improve program effectiveness. Acts as an integrating leader of workforce information and delivers key

workforce metrics for executive management decision-making.

• Engages in highly complex work involving many work streams that need to be created, managed, and executed to ensure a smooth business outcome. There is a high level of human resources, financial, reputational, and business risk to be managed and addressed from the identification and design of new HR programs for a newly establishing academic enterprise.

• Partners with regional and national business development leadership/functions to ensure proper consultation, and analysis is provided supporting HR program design and decisions. This includes application of models, scenario planning, risk assessment, and sensitivity analysis.

• Works with the legal, finance, audit, and other business partners to define the scope of the due diligence work needed.

• Defines the work structure, including identifying subject matter experts and defining their roles for financial processes, systems, and reporting.

• Mentor and manage teams and/or resources and check the quality of work.


Qualifications required for your success

• Bachelor's degree in business, marketing, statistics, or related field required

• Minimum ten (10) years of progressive human resources experience within higher education including leadership/management, consulting, strategic planning and/or project management experience.

• Minimum eight (8) years of experience in managing HR departments with a broad scope including management of large-scale initiatives or projects.


Preferred Qualifications

• Extensive experience working in a higher education setting.

• Medical School experience.

• SPHR and/or CCP certification.

• Experience to include Business Partner-to-client groups at the senior most level; provides expert council to senior management on various HR related issues (e.g., organization development, employee relations, etc.).

• Thorough knowledge of human resources policies, practices and systems.

• Demonstrated extensive experience with and expert knowledge of workforce planning, compensation, and employee relations.

• Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral), highly developed organizational and leadership skills, and an ability to work collaboratively with Whole Health regional and national partners, WHSOM Senior Leaders, faculty, staff, students, and accreditors.

• Outstanding writing skills and attention to detail.

• Comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamically changing environment.

• Strong presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills.

• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and to promoting a inclusive culture.

• Demonstrated computer competency including various software packages and applications.

• Master's degree


All offers of employment are contingent on your successful completion (where permitted by state law) of a confidentiality agreement and background check. WHSOM requires all employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, subject to accommodations. In addition, you will need to provide proper identification verifying your eligibility to work in the United States on your first day of work.


The Whole Health School of Medicine and Health Sciences is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

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