• Division Director of Human Resources - Yerkes National Research Center

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Yerkes National Primate Resear
    YRK: Human Resources
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Not Applicable
    Job Category
    Business Operations
  • Description

    The Yerkes National Primate Research Center (YNPRC) is a major biomedical research institution with two campuses:  the 25 acre Main Station on the Emory University Atlanta Campus and a 117 acre Field Station campus in Lawrenceville, GA. The position will primarily be based at the Main Station on the Emory University campus but will work with personnel at both locations.


    The individual will provide Human Resources services to approximately 500+ faculty, staff, students and external collaborators who participate in research at the Center and requires strong interpersonal skills and flexibility. Will work closely with Yerkes Business and Finance Administration, Information Technology, Animal Resources, Public Affairs and Research Divisions at the Center. 


    In addition, will work with the International Student and Scholar Services office in relation to initiating and processing visas for international employees and collaborators. He/she will coordinate with the Office of Equity and Inclusion to provide relevant programs for the faculty and staff at Yerkes; will also work with Office of General Counsel with regard to MOUs and Liability Agreements required for personnel at the Center; will be expected to develop innovative programs to support diversity and inclusion efforts and improve employee engagement.


    The successful candidate will have a broad understanding of the human resources issues related to faculty and staff supported primarily on extramural research funding.  He/she will be a team player who will engage fully with dynamic and active units within the Center. The ideal candidate should have familiarity with staffing clinical and laboratory operations and any concomitant employee relations matters.  He/she must be able to diffuse situations in a calm and reassuring manner. The person in this position will represent Yerkes on campus committees and initiatives.



    • Directs and supervises human resources programs for a university division, including all policies and procedures related to recruitment, employee relations, appointments, performance evaluations, employment transfers, classification actions, and terminations; serves as liaison with the University Human Resources Division, Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, and Faculty/Staff Assistance Program.
    • Manages the program for national recruitment of new employees, including serving as an the divisional executive recruiter; coordinates with the Human Resources Division the posting of positions and the selection and hiring process; interprets policies and procedures and provides counsel to leadership and employees concerning their administration; consults supervisory and management staff on human resources issues; participates in the development and administration of the human resources budget; manages divisional job documentation, such as job descriptions, position questionnaires, etc.; consults with supervisors and managers regarding staffing needs.
    • Assesses training needs, and plans and implements a comprehensive program for training and developing staff; develops in-house workshops, seminars, and training programs; coordinates divisional performance management process, ensuring the regular and timely evaluation of staff.
    • Manages a small HR staff; reports to divisional head or divisional operations head.
    • Performs related responsibilities as required.


    • Bachelor's degree in human resources, business administration or a related field.
    • Seven years of human resources experience encompassing multiple specialties, five years of which are in a managerial or supervisory capacity.
    • Certification as a Senior Human Resources Professional is strongly preferred.


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