Industry: Education, Government & Non-Profit•
11 - 15 years
Posted 60 days ago
Overview of RAND
The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND's research and analysis address issues that impact people everywhere, including security, health, education, sustainability, growth, and development. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, RAND has close to 1,850 people from approximately 50 countries working in offices in North America, Europe, and Australia, with annual revenues of more than $315 million.
RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest. Our research is sponsored by government agencies, international organizations, and foundations. We rely on philanthropic support to pursue visionary ideas; address critical problems that are under-researched; and devise innovative approaches for solving acute, complex, or provocative policy challenges. RAND values objectivity and integrity in both its research processes and internal interactions. We emphasize a collegial environment that respects the contributions and dignity of all staff.
RAND's Human Resources Department supports a diverse community of highly skilled research, professional and support staff. This individual reports to our Vice President, Human Resources, and will play a key role in supporting our mission by leading our generalist function (our generalist business partners are called HR Service Managers) to ensure that we are providing robust HR support to our internal client groups/managers and supporting our employee population. The Director will be HR's lead in collaborations with others to foster a supportive "employee experience" and workplace, and in positioning HR's communications accordingly.
The HR Generalist team provides a broad range of HR support to both RAND staff and management on a variety of complex HR issues including employee relations and performance management and serves as the primary liaison to HR for RAND staff. This includes helping to ensure that HR's communications and interactions with employees are service-oriented and user-friendly, and that processes are effective. The Generalist team also partners with hiring manager and the recruiting team on staffing activities, with our compensation group, and with benefits colleagues on the administration of leaves of absence. The Director position will lead and oversee various special projects and will help initiate and achieve policy and process improvements within the HR function. In addition, this role supports some international HR activities.
RAND has a unique and very talented workforce that is highly engaged and committed to RAND's mission; we aim to provide effective HR support for our broad range of internal clients and staff, and to help foster a culture that values and supports our people. A work environment that is supportive of diversity and inclusion, employee wellbeing, and where a strong service orientation is the norm is critical to our employment value proposition.
RAND will implement a new cloud-based enterprise system (Workday) in 2019, and there are many opportunities to realize the potential the new system will provide.
The Director must be an analytical, flexible, proactive problem solver with exceptional judgment who is adept at achieving results in a team oriented and highly collaborative environment. The successful candidate will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a strong service orientation. He/she will be someone who can effectively influence, collaborate with and coach a diverse group of staff at all levels of the organization, and who has exemplary supervisory and mentoring skills. Proven project management skills are important, and the individual should have a history of leading projects and supporting change management efforts, while also having a keen eye for (and comfort with) detail and nuance. The candidate is comfortable with using data and metrics and can capably manage and navigate multiple priorities in a multi-faceted and complex work environment.
Occasional U.S. travel is required.
Primary responsibilities include:
Specific technical skills required:
BA/BS required, MS/MA/MBA preferred. PHR/SPHR certification a plus.
More than 10 years.
Ability to obtain a U.S. security clearance is required