Prairie Research Institute

Executive Director


The Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking applicants for Executive Director to provide leadership ensuring the Institute’s position as a premier natural and cultural research and service organization. The Institute houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology. The Executive Director reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research.

The Prairie Research Institute executes coordinated research agendas across the disciplines of the five surveys which are responsive to current and emerging societal needs around the world with strong foci in the Midwest and State of Illinois. The Institute receives base funding from the State of Illinois and is charged by statute to provide scientific support to Illinois governments and businesses. More than 1,000 scientists and staff work in 75 locations across Illinois, pursuing both basic and applied research projects. FY14 expenditures (including externally funded research expenditures) totaled nearly $78 million. Learn more at www.prairie.illinois.edu.

PhD or equivalent in a science, engineering or other field relevant to the mission and goals of the Institute and significant administrative experience in bringing science to bear on public policy decisions required. The Institute is part of the flagship University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—a world leader in research, teaching, entrepreneurship and public engagement—and is located in a micro-urban community that combines cultural vibrancy with affordability and quality of life. Urbana-Champaign is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis: http://welcometochampaignurbana.com/the-cu-community/micro-urban/.

For full position announcement and application requirements, please visit: https:jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board to complete an online profile by 4/15/2015.

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Assistant/Associate Director for Human Resources


The Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses 5 large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a large campus with many opportunities and programs. The twin cities offer a variety of features including theaters, museums, restaurants, concert venues, parks, and recreation facilities. The expanding industrial and business commerce throughout the area is an exciting proposition for Urbana-Champaign, yet we still are able to preserve a small-town feel. Even with this growth, the area maintains a sense of community with smaller, established neighborhoods dominating the interior of both towns, while larger suburban housing is available on the outskirts. There are also delightful small towns within 20 miles of campus. The commute to work is not an issue in Urbana-Champaign! Most employees live within a 20 miles radius, and are able to make the trek within 20 minutes. Our area also has the pleasure of experiencing all four seasons, with average winters and summers in comparison to other US locales. The local public schools within C-U and surrounding areas offer a wide range of gifted programs, and there are several private schools within the area. Please visit the links below to learn more about the hiring units, the University of Illinois, and surrounding areas.


The mission of the Prairie Research Institute is to provide objective, integrated scientific research and service, in cooperation with other academic and research units of the University of Illinois and elsewhere, that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois.

This is a regular academic professional, full-time12-month position, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. The estimated starting date is April 16, 2015 (negotiable).

The Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking to hire an Assistant/Associate Director for Human Resources who is responsible for all human resources activities within the Prairie Research Institute and will serve as a member of the PRI Operations Team. Major duties and responsibilities include: Develop organization strategies by identifying and researching human resources issues; contribute information, analysis, and recommendations to organization strategic thinking and direction; establish human resources objectives in line with organizational objectives. Advise the Executive Director and Survey Directors on strategic planning initiatives involving hiring, retention, and budget matters; Develop human resources operations financial strategies for input into budget development by estimating, forecasting, and anticipating personnel requirements, trends, and variances; align budgeted monetary resources with personnel services demands; develop personnel action plans; measure and analyze results; initiate corrective actions; minimize the impact of variances in hiring, employment; and severance. Advise and consult with the Executive Director, Associate Executive Director and other members of the Institute’s management team regarding personnel related topics and issues; Provide an overall strategic mission and develop goals for the human resources offices of the individual surveys; Design and lead strategies for facilitating organizational and behavioral change. Perform needs assessment and process improvement; make recommendations on organizational design and development issues; establish metrics and monitor trends. Serve as a resource to administrators and individual survey HR staff, assisting with interpretation and implementation of institute and campus/university policies and procedures regarding academic professional and civil service issues and performance management; Provide consultation to individual survey HR staff regarding employee rights and responsibilities within their respective roles, and work with campus and unit supervisors to address academic and civil service employee labor relations issues. This includes advising on initiation of correspondence, coordinating and participating in pre-disciplinary meetings, and management of and involvement in complaints and grievances; Prepare a wide variety of complex written materials related to HR (e.g. plans, budgets, funding requests, investigative reports, analyses, recommendations, procedures, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities and issues, meeting compliance requirements, providing audit references, making presentations, and/or providing supporting materials for requested actions; Provide guidance and oversight of compliance-related activities under the ADA, FMLA, FLSA, and other state and federal labor laws and university policies;-Function as primary liaison for PRI to campus-level Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research; Academic Human Resources; Staff Human Resources; Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access; Claims Management, and Legal Counsel for all human resource-related issues. Participate in various campus committees related to HR matters; Identify and participate in continuing education programs related to HR.

Education required for Assistant level: Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business or other related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted if accompanied by equivalent experience, depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to this position.

Education required for Associate level: Master’s degree in Human Resources, Business, or other related field.

Experience required for Assistant level: At least 5 years' experience with upper level HR issues including employment and labor law, staffing, compensation, and performance coaching. Preferred: Academic or research institution experience.

Experience required for Associate level: Demonstrated experience of more than five years as a consultant and advisor to senior management in all human resources areas, including employee relations, employment and labor law, compensation, staffing and employment, training and development, performance coaching and management, and organizational development. Strong supervision/management and staff development experience. Preferred: Experience with executive coaching and/or organizational design with in a research or laboratory environment. Academic or research institution experience.

Training for Assistant level: Preferred: Certification in field, such as PHR or SPHR or other relevant certification to demonstrate proficiency in field.

Knowledge for Assistant level: Required: Ability to perform multiple, highly complex, technical tasks with a need to occasionally upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Ability to operate standard office equipment including utilizing pertinent software applications; plan and manage projects; develop effective working relationships; administer personnel policies and procedures; effectively listen; facilitate meetings; manage staff/performance; monitor activities; maintain confidentiality, tact, and diplomacy. Knowledge-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include personnel processes; policies, regulations and/or laws; English grammar/punctuation/ spelling/vocabulary; office equipment/software; and office practices. Exceptional interpersonal skills and understanding of group dynamics. Demonstrated ability to advise on and implement organizational change. Demonstrated end-to-end experience in the development and execution of organization-wide initiatives. Excellent change. Demonstrated end-to-end experience in the development and execution of organization-wide initiatives. Excellent facilitation and oral and written communication skills. Ability to prepare clear and concise reports and deliver formal presentations or training to senior management and other audiences.

Training for Associate level: Preferred: Certification in a field such as PHR or SPHR or other relevant certification to demonstrate proficiency in field. Training or coursework in business administration, personnel relations, management, human psychology, business practices and/or ethics.

Knowledge required for Associate level: Required: Strong analytical, critical thinking, creative problem solving, judgment, negotiating, influencing, and strategic decision-making skills. Ability to maintain confidentiality, tact, and diplomacy. Exceptional interpersonal skills and understanding of group dynamics. Successful track record of establishing credibility and trust with a diverse client group, including senior leaders. Demonstrated leadership skills and management courage. Demonstrated ability to advise on and implement organizational change. Demonstrated end-to-end experience in the development and execution of organization-wide initiatives. Excellent facilitation and oral and written communication skills; ability to prepare clear and concise reports and deliver formal presentations or training to senior management and other audiences. Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite and human resource information systems.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and education

Benefits: Generous vacation and sick leave. State Universities Retirement System. Group health, dental, vision and life insurance.

Applications must be received by April 30, 2015. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu by the close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload a cover letter detailing qualifications and skills, curriculum vitae or resume’, working e-mail address, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete information will not be reviewed. Applications may be reviewed prior to closing.

For further information please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources, Prairie Research Institute, 217-333-6897, elhanson@inhs.illinois.edu.


Please see the individual Surveys for their open positions:

Illinois Natural History Survey
Illinois State Archeological Survey
Illinois State Geological Survey
Illinois State Water Survey
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu


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Champaign, IL 61820
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