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Director of Human Resources (UAE National Preferred)

Date: Jun 12, 2022

Location: Administrative Job

Company: Ajman University

Summary of Functions:

The Director of Human Resources will plan, lead, direct, develop, and adopt human resources strategies, activities, initiatives, projects, and best practices to ensure full alignment of the human resources function with University’s strategic goals, mission, and vision. The Director of Human Resources will ensure maintaining highly organized, engaged, and motivated staff members, attractive working environment, robust and sustainable HR systems, policies, and practices.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Recruit, hire, and retain a diverse group of staff members.
  • Lead and oversee the daily workflow of the Office of Human Resources.
  • Provide constructive and timely performance management cycles.
  • Ensure full compliance of HR policies, procedures, and practices with the University’s strategic plans and applicable laws and regulations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Identify key strategic and operational improvement areas in the field of human resources management and development.
  • Design the University’s structures that facilitate the accomplishment of the organizational strategic goals and objectives.
  • Establish and implement short and long-term human resources goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and standard operating procedures.
  • Plan, lead, develop, coordinate and implement policies, processes, training, initiatives, and surveys to align the University's human resources with its strategic needs and priorities.
  • Conduct research, benchmarks, and analysis of HR trends; including review of reports and metrics from the human resources information system (HRIS) and talent management system.
  • Monitor and ensure the University's compliance with federal and local employment laws and regulations, adopt best practices, review and modify policies and practices to maintain full compliance.
  • Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources and talent management; apply this knowledge to communicate changes in policies, practices, and resources with senior management.
  • Provide strategic advice on the optimal staffing structures, salaries, and benefits; ensure full regulatory compliance and recommend effective approaches to attract, develop and retain qualified and competent staff members.
  • Manage and follow up the grievances and disciplinary affairs of staff members and pursue satisfactory resolutions with all concerned parties.
  • Implement various strategies and initiatives in line with University’s strategic plans to maintain an attractive and stable work atmosphere; plan and implement entertainment, recreational, and staff recognition events.
  • Ensure impartial and transparent performance appraisal system, and recommend fair and equitable compensation programs.
  • Contribute to long-term goals around business and people development, including succession planning, talent acquisition, and retention.
  • Lead the analysis of employee feedback and data, with the aim of creating a better working environment and culture.
  • Responsible for continuous improvement and innovation related to refining processes, addressing performance issues, creating action plans, and ensuring proper training and professional development of staff members.
  • Advise the senior management and guide staff members by developing HR guidelines, communicating them across all levels, and enforcing the University’s values.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. 


Report to: Chief Operating Officer

Subordinates: Office of Human Resources staff.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Master’s degree in human resources management, MBA, and professional certification (CIPD Level 5, 7, SHRM Certificate) is highly preferred.
  • B.A. degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, or any related field.
  • A minimum of ten years works experience within the human resources domain or any related field, with a minimum of five years’ experience in a supervisory/ managerial level, preferably within higher education.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to develop strategies, policies, procedures, and KPI’s.
  • Strong computer skills and digital transformation oriented.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and ERP environment.
  • Solid knowledge of budget preparation and implementation techniques.
  • Ability to lead and train staff members and schedule work assignments.
  • Analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain highly automated and paperless systems.
  • Ability to deal with complex situations and use independent judgment.
  • Ability to work effectively, under pressure, and within a diverse community.
  • Ability to analyze problems and develop creative solutions.
  • Knowledge of contemporary practices of human resource management.
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proven time management skills and ability to meet strict deadlines.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
  • No or very limited physical effort is required.
  • Willing to travel.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.