Executive Director of Compensation, System Human Resources

The university of Tennessee system

Knoxville, TN

ID: 7071124
Posted: October 19, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The University of Tennessee is comprised of campuses at Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Martin; the Health Science Center at Memphis; the Space Institute at Tullahoma; and the statewide Institute of Agriculture and Institute for Public Service.

The UT System has a presence in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Through the combined force of education, research and outreach, the University serves students, business and industry, schools, governments, organizations, and citizens statewide.

The University of Tennessee System, through its multiple campuses and institutes, serves the people of Tennessee and beyond through the discovery, communication, and application of knowledge. The System is committed to providing undergraduate, graduate and professional education programs in a diverse learning environment that prepares students to be leaders in a global society. The UT System’s delivery of education, discovery, outreach, and public service contributes to the economic, social and environmental well-being of all Tennesseans.

The Opportunity

The University of Tennessee System invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director of Compensation. Reporting directly to the Chief Human Resources Officer and serving as a member of the System Human Resources Executive Leadership Team, the Executive Director of Compensation is the strategic lead in the conceptualization, development, implementation, and evaluation of contemporary job design and compensation programs for the University of Tennessee System.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Director will perform the following System-wide duties in fulfillment of the role:

Pro-actively support the business goals of the University
Develop compensation programs that attract, retain, and motivate high performing employees and metrics to evaluate their effectiveness
Serve as subject-matter expert on all federal, state, and local compensation laws and regulations to ensure compliance
Develop compensation strategies, in consultation with senior leadership, that are effective, competitive, and fair
Devise and design methods to continually improve the overall effectiveness of compensation services and programs
Set appropriate infrastructure to manage jobs (families/functions, pay grades, job data storage) and salary schedule updates
Oversee salary survey participation and manage the University’s participation in salary and variable compensation surveys to ensure that accurate data are collected and reported
Lead conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and evaluating direct and indirect reward and pay delivery systems that support the recruitment and retention of top talent
Provide consulting support for changes at all levels, including competitive pay strategies, salary increase practices, bonus structures, pay for performance plans, promotional philosophy, and total compensation approaches
Work closely with HR partners and senior leaders to review and revise the University’s compensation plans, programs, and policies
Develop and recommend customer assessment tools and metrics
Provide benchmarking and data analytics for compensation plans
Provide accurate data to Compensation Advisory Board and senior staff to assist in setting University compensation strategy, planning, and programming
Partner with the IRIS team and others as needed to enhance compensation tools available to managers statewide
In partnership with IRIS, enhance the use of technology to deliver value to HR customers statewide
Draft communications to provide information and updates for compensation to multiple audiences
Champion a culture of engagement and belonging by providing leadership in an environment that actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion
Possess a deep commitment to these values and demonstrates action and accountability in advancing strategies to support them at all levels of the University
Develop and effectively manage assigned staff by establishing clear performance expectations and metrics
Perform other related duties as required


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