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Director of Human Resources, Information Sciences Institute Marina del Rey, CA

The University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI) seeks an accomplished, innovative, and collaborative leader to serve as its next Director of Human Resources (HR). Reporting to the Executive Director, the HR Director will provide strategic vision and guidance over the operations of the Institute’s critical human resources functions. As a member of the Executive Director’s leadership team, the HR Director will provide clear information, advice, and counsel regarding human resources processes, policies, and procedures to ensure the best possible support and environment for Institute faculty, students, and staff.

The Information Sciences Institute, a unit of the Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and development of advanced artificial intelligence, computer networks, cybersecurity, medical informatics, and other computing and communications technologies. ISI’s faculty, professional staff, and graduate students carry out extraordinary information sciences research at three distinct locations—Marina del Rey, California, where this position will be located; Arlington, Virginia; and Waltham, Massachusetts.

USC Viterbi School of Engineering, consistently ranked in the top ten engineering schools in the United States, is achieving new heights through research and educational leadership in crucial realms of technology and innovation: information sciences, biomedical engineering, and homeland security, among others. In addition to the Information Sciences Institute, Viterbi is home to more than 45 research centers and institutes, including three National Science Foundation-funded engineering research centers and the first University-based center of excellence funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ISI is by far the largest research institute in Viterbi, raising more than 50% of all external research funding of the Viterbi School.

Founded by civic leaders at the dawn of the Western region’s prominence, USC has always been a pioneering institution with discovery and exploration at its heart. Its aspirations— and embrace— were as expansive as the region it grew to represent. Since opening its doors in 1880, USC’s drive to break boundaries and transcend its own geography put it on an impressive trajectory. USC has established itself as a leading institution in the academy, distinguished for its unique, nimble, and inventive culture.

ISI’s incoming Director of Human Resources must be an experienced and entrepreneurial professional with a demonstrated understanding of human resources practices and strategy, including benefits, compensation, employee relations, employment policies, and human resources workforce management systems, preferably in the information technology and/or education sectors. The HR Director will partner proactively with ISI leadership to establish human resource objectives in line with organizational objectives, identifying and researching human resources issues and contributing information, analysis, and recommendations to ISI’s strategic thinking and direction. They will play a key role in planning human resources initiatives and services that are essential to the Institute, including recruitment, workforce planning, diversity promotion, organizational development, change management, compensation planning and administration, and performance management, as well as other human resources services essential to ISI’s cutting edge and competitive information technology research environment.

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process/until the position is filled. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be submitted via this website. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.
 Courtney Wilk-Mandel is leading this search with Carley Davenport

The University of Southern California is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing education and employment opportunities to outstanding, qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience. The University strives to maintain a welcoming community in which all its members may live, work and learn in peace and dignity, be proud of who they are, and have equal opportunity to realize their full potential as individuals and members of society. To this end, the University places great emphasis on those values and virtues that bind us together as human beings and members of the Trojan Family. The University enthusiastically supports the principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity in their entirety, and expects that every person associated with the University will give continuing support to their implementation.

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