Director of Human Resources



Director of Human Resources


Director of Human Resources


Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), a comprehensive Christian university, offers over 60 areas of study, 19 master’s degrees in seven different disciplines and one doctoral degree.  In addition to its 90-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers 26 online degree programs as well as courses at a regional campus in Idaho Falls.  Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and more than 11,000 continuing education and concurrent credit students.  NNU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities, and has been rated by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top master’s level universities in the West and a “Best Value” for delivering a high quality education at a remarkably affordable price.  The university’s location in the Boise valley provides a wealth of regional opportunities:  easy access to local ski resorts, mountain hiking, and river rafting; and a wide array of cultural opportunities from the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra to the National Oldtime Fiddlers Festival.  NNU has a long and deep association with Church of the Nazarene, and all University faculty commit themselves to living out their faith in a community shaped by serious scholarship and vital Christian piety.


Position Description
The position of Director of Human Resources oversees and manages the human resources programs including recruitment, training, employee relations, compensation, benefits, performance evaluation, payroll, and policy/procedure development and implementation.  This position reports to the Vice President for Finance and Operations.  The position is an exempt, 12-month, 1.0 FTE position. 


Northwest Nazarene University is sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene and seeks to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the body of Christ in its faculty, staff administration and students. All those interested are encouraged to apply and will be evaluated equitably.


Essential Functions:

  • Be a leading voice on campus in the resourcing of NNU culture development
  • Support the Office of HR team values to provide excellent service and build positive relationships on campus with a focus on building and maintaining culture 
  • Provide leadership to the Office of Human Resources and Payroll team
  • Consult with Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors and other managers on personnel and employment relations issues, provide regular training to campus supervisors 
  • Manager the strategic compensation and benefits planning, including overseeing both the University’s salary and wage programs and employee benefit programs
  • Oversee and administer the staff performance evaluation process 
  • Develop and update human resource policies, procedures and practices in collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team, provide input on improvement and policy
  • Interpret NNU employee-related policies and procedures to insure compliance to the Staff Policy Manual, state and federal law, the I-9 and hiring process, etc.
  • Administration of Human Resources Information System (HRIS) in Paylocity
  • Establish and maintain relationships with broker and benefit vendors
  • Assure compliance with all applicable state and federal laws
  • Act as a liaison and the “people” representative in various committee assignments 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; preference will be given to those with studies in human resources, business, public administration, or a related field  
  • Professional Human Resources certification preferred, may be obtained within one year of employment 
  • Administrative experience with a thorough understanding of employment, labor, benefit and related laws  
  • The candidate must demonstrate high motivation and commitment to the University, including the ability to self-start, be calm under pressure, meet deadlines in a deadline-oriented environment, work with minimal supervision, tolerate ambiguity, and relate to a variety of personalities under diverse circumstances  
  • The candidate must demonstrate strong communication skills (both oral and written) and the candidate must be able to work with and maintain confidential information 
  • Proficiency with HRIS systems 
  • Strong Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point skills 
  • Ability to present and speak well in large gatherings   
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Candidates must be a person of Christian faith (preferably with a Wesleyan Theological persuasion), and be comfortable with and in agreement with the mission and lifestyle values of NNU


The salary will be determined by the educational background and experience of each applicant and will be discussed with individual candidates as they are invited to interview for this position.  Full-time personnel will be offered access to a benefits package including health, vision and dental insurance for employee and family, life and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending plan, tuition benefits for employee and dependents, opportunities for professional development, and a retirement program.

Application Process

To be considered for this position, a complete application packet must be received. Complete application packet will include the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • NNU application
  • Resume
  • Letter of reference from current pastor
  • Two current letters of recommendation from professional associates

For Faculty positions, also include:

  • Statement describing your philosophy of Christian higher education
  • Statement describing your philosophy of teaching

Send, fax or email a complete application packet to:

Human Resources Office
Northwest Nazarene University
623 S. University Boulevard
Nampa, ID 83686
Phone: (208) 467-8036
Fax: (208) 467-8587

Employment at Northwest Nazarene University is contingent upon the results of an independent background check.

Reviewed 2 Nov, 2020

Northwest Nazarene University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an educational institution operating under the auspices of the Church of the Nazarene, Northwest Nazarene University is permitted, and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Sections 702-703, United States Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended).