Date:  April 18, 2024

Position Available:  Director of Workplace Culture and Engagement

Position Reports to:  Executive Director of Human Resources

Department:  Human Resources

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Schedule:  Full-time; Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., occasional evenings and weekends


Please apply online:  https://franciscan.edu/director-of-workplace-culture-and-engagement/



Reporting to the Executive Director of HR, the individual in this position works as a collaborative member of the Human Resources and broader University management team to identify, evaluate, develop, lead and implement initiatives and programs that deliver on the University’s strategic priorities and employee value proposition. This strategy-driven and strategy-driving role provides a key linkage between the institution’s future needs (mission, vision, value and strategic pillars) and the culture, organization, talent and capabilities needed to meet those needs. The role entails broad-based HR Generalist responsibilities while providing in-depth expertise in several specific functional areas as further described below.




Employee Value Proposition

Refine, communicate and leverage our EVP focusing on Spiritual, Developmental, Social and Material wellbeing; plan and guide how best to continually integrate, advance and measure the efficacy of each element.


Engagement & Retention

Focus groups, surveys and Staff Council engagement; stay & exit interviews; new hire debriefs (hires and hiring managers). Coordination and integration of various forums and topics (e.g., engagement, satisfaction, culture, vision / values, rewards, benefits, family-friendly practices, leadership effectiveness, etc.). Facilitate related data analytics, reporting and action planning.


Culture & Community Building

Create and manage a comprehensive annual CCB plan of Lunch and Learns – – continue, expand and track; community / socializing events – – continue, expand and track; spiritual, recognition & celebration events – – continue, expand and track; Animating our values by incorporating them explicitly into these events and activities; creating ways to build awareness, appreciation and empathy across departments.


Operational Effectiveness & Productivity Tools & Support

Develop personal skill set for conducting process reviews; develop and implement a plan for building that capability within FUS; develop and implement a plan for supporting various departments’ efforts in process review and improvement such as RAMP, Spans & Layers, Controls, Six-Sigma.


Employee Relations

Provides manager coaching, conducts fact-finding investigations, facilitates joint resolution meetings, and guides managers in determining and implementing discipline as needed.. Ensures regular maintenance (review/updating), and periodic related communications as needed, of the Staff Employee Handbook and University-wide Organization Chart.




Career Pathing & Internal Mobility

Continually gage external best practices and internal efficacy of internal mobility, career pathing, planning and development opportunities and processes. Develop and implement an L&D strategy including skills needs analyses, skill and knowledge building training offerings and related support.


HR Operations, Services and Compliance

Primary responsibility for effectively balancing employee needs, industry best practices, compliance and affordability in one or more of the following areas: Benefits Plan evaluation, recommendations, and TPA management; Compensation Strategy including salary administration practices, market pricing and pay-for-performance; HRIS roadmap, legacy system transition and related HR process improvement efforts.


This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list. Additional duties, expectations and responsibilities may be added or changed as needed to meet the University’s needs.



Must understand, support, and embrace the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville and possess the following:


Work Experience

Minimum of 8 years of direct human resources generalist or specialist experience including significant project / program management; higher education or related industry experience is a plus. Substantive experience in one or more of the following areas is a plus: Employee Benefits Planning & Management; Compensation Planning and Management; and/or HRIS and HR Analytics Implementation.



·         Action oriented: Self-starter, displays internal drive and initiative, forward looking, researches best practices and champions ideas for improvement.

·         Process oriented:  Sees different functions and activities as part of a broader process and is effective at identifying and organizing various actions and tasks into an effective process.

·         Project Management:  Effectively identifies and organizes key steps, resources and timing needed to accomplish goals.  Defines and facilitates project completion and target outcomes.

·         Teamwork:  Creates and effectively uses opportunities to collaborate with others – genuinely seeks their feedback and buy-in, appreciates and leverages individual differences and views.

·         Interpersonal skills:  Relates well to people at all levels of the organization.  Demonstrates effective listening skills. Uses diplomacy and tact to diffuse high-tension situations.

·         Verbal and written communication:  Clearly and comfortably expresses one’s views and thoughts to different audiences both orally and in writing.  Is effective at identifying and organizing the key points needed for an effective presentation or written communication.


Education / Credentials

·         Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in the field of Human Resources, Business, Communications, Education, Marketing, Social Work / Counseling or other program of study directly related to the position responsibilities

·         Human Resources (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, PHR, SPHR) or Benefits Administration (CEBS, IFEBP) Certification is a plus.

Technical Skills

·         Must have demonstrated experience and track record of achievements in at least one area of human resources management / administration. Generalist experience is a plus.

·         Demonstrated understanding of and experience working with Federal and State employment laws and regulations.

·         Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel in particular). Database management, Adobe and / or Paycom HRIS experience is a plus.


Workplace Factors

·         Occasional Travel

·         Occasional Evenings and Weekends


Candidates must submit an online application, a resume, list of references, and a cover letter that demonstrates their fit for the position based on their experience, accomplishments, and skills as well as their desire to advance the mission of Franciscan University.


Please apply online:  https://franciscan.edu/director-of-workplace-culture-and-engagement/


For other information and job postings, visit our website at https://www.franciscan.edu


Franciscan University of Steubenville is committed to principles of equal opportunity and is an equal opportunity employer.

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