Human Resources Director - Call for Applications

Director of Human Resources,

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

The President of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Human Resources.

Salary will be based on qualifications and experience.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, with additional facilities in Wyoming and Hawaii and total staff of approximately 1,400 people. UCAR is a consortium of more than 100 member colleges and universities that grant degrees in the atmospheric and related sciences.


Strategic Leadership

Serve as a member of the UCAR President’s Council and provide leadership in fulfilling the mission and strategic goals of UCAR and NCAR.

Serve as a strategic advisor and partner to senior management in matters including employee engagement, performance management, conflict resolution, and succession planning.

Provide leadership to advance policies, programs, and processes that inspire a culture of excellence among staff, foster an engaged and inclusive workforce in which all employees feel recognized and valued, and make UCAR an employer of choice.


Hire, develop, coach, appraise, reward, and retain a high-performing HR team. Maintain a culture of trust, integrity, and the highest degree of professionalism within the HR department. Design the department’s work and manage operations to ensure an exceptionally high level of service delivery in a fast-paced and changing environment while establishing department accountabilities.

Develop financial strategies for HR operations by estimating, forecasting, and anticipating departmental needs. Develop action plan(s) in order to maintain budgetary constraints.

Develop and implement employee orientation and staff development programs and provide coaching and support to managers to meet the business needs of the organization.

Oversee the maintenance of a comprehensive HR information system to provide data to management that can be used to guide operations, decision-making and planning. Utilize technologies to measure and enhance the effectiveness of human resources programs and frequently benchmark best practices.

Compensation and Benefits

Effectively structure and administer employment and compensation packages and benefits schemes to support the goals and needs of the business, to appropriately reward all our staff, and to attract and retain top talent.

Oversee role evaluations, position descriptions and related compensation recommendations in order to maintain equitable practices.

Compliance and Policy

Develop, implement and interpret equitable HR policies, and assure compliance with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to human resources management.

Ensure compliance with all Employee Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations and requirements in recruiting, compensation, and training programs. Provide organization-wide training, coaching and counseling, and reporting for equal employment opportunity.

Special Projects

Serve on internal and external advisory committees. Oversee special compensation and benefit projects as needed.


  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to motivate a team, and a track record of successful team leadership and change management.
  • Ability to think strategically and to manage and operate at both a strategic and hands-on level as needed.
  • Expert knowledge of HR best practices.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of state and federal regulations governing employment, compensation, and benefit practices.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong facilitation skills; ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization.
  • Negotiation skills and the ability to communicate to leaders at all levels of the organization.
  • Proven record of introducing change and fostering a positive organizational culture.
  • Demonstrated success in providing superior service to internal stakeholders.
  • Track record of identifying, designing, and implementing business improvement processes to increase the quality of programs.
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks within critical deadlines.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated skill in leading others effectively and in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Advanced computer skills including Microsoft suite.
  • Ability to travel occasionally as business needs dictate.


  • Project management experience.
  • PHR/SPHR certification.


Master’s Degree in psychology, human resource management, organizational behavior, or business, plus 10 years of broad Human Resources experience, including 5 years of leadership experience; or an equivalent combination of education, certification, and experience.

The search committee plans to conduct interviews at the end of August–beginning of September. The successful candidate will be named shortly thereafter, and will assume the HR Directorship around October 1, 2014. Initial consideration will be given to applications received by August 4, 2014.

Applications will be kept strictly confidential. Please submit a cover letter and a resume to the email address below. Do not submit applications via UCAR’s employment website.

Please email application materials to:

Human Resources Search: Attn Konnie Carrillo

Search Committee Members

Tom Bogdan, Chair
President, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Emily CoBabe-Ammann
Director, UCAR Community Programs

Marie Gambon
Vice-President for People, Boulder Brands

Meg McClellan
Chief Legal Officer, UCAR President’s Office, UCAR

Loretta Quinn
Management Planner, JOSS

Katy Schmoll
Vice-President, Finance & Administration, UCAR

Michael Thompson
Deputy Director and COO, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity employer.