THE OPPORTUNITY

Founded in 1923, Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) is a public university located in Nacogdoches, Texas, and is one of four independent public universities in Texas. Though the university is located in the rural east Texas college town of Nacogdoches, the vast majority of SFA students come from the greater Houston or Dallas-Fort Worth areas. SFA has also served students from 46 states outside Texas and 42 countries outside the United States. SFA enrolls more than 13,000 students, offering 120 areas of study, including more than 80 undergraduate majors, nearly 60 graduate degrees, and three doctoral programs through its six colleges. The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks are members of the Southland Conference and compete in Division I for all varsity sports.

The Position

ROLE OF THE DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES FOR STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY

Reporting to the vice president for finance and administration, the director, human resources, is responsible for the overall operation and management of human resources in providing direction in strategic operations and planning. Work involves establishing, directing, administering, and monitoring the development and operations of the human resources office and ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Leads the university-wide human resource function, including recruitment, retention, compensation administration, benefits, training and development, compliance and performance management, and policy development. Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of 11 full time human resources staff. The director oversees a budget of $900,000. Works under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Specific duties include:

  • Provides direct supervision and guidance to all human resource functional areas to ensure the quality and effectiveness of HR programs and services.
  • Collaborates with key university administrators and provides strategic leadership and direction to all human resource aspects of the university’s units, operations, policies, objectives and initiatives.
  • Utilizes technology and effective business working relationships in the design and delivery of HR services that support the strategic direction of the university.
  • Administers employment process for all faculty, staff, and student positions including posting positions, providing training and guidance to search committees, and reviewing hiring information.
  • Resolves operational issues and conflicts at the appropriate organizational level, including counseling and advising employees and supervisors, processing and documenting complaints regarding grievances and discrimination, and mediation of conflicts.
  • Develops and implements training programs, including training needs assessment, documentation and evaluation of training for all employees to improve employee skills, knowledge and abilities.
  • Develops and modifies policy statements for legal compliance and operational efficiency.
  • Develops and administers the compensation plan for staff employees including preparation and revision of job descriptions, job analysis, performance evaluation process, salary grade structure, position reclassifications and promotions, and merit increase process.
  • Provides advice and assistance to departments hiring immigrating aliens, assisting them with the paperwork process required to present to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for employment authorization.
  • Provides security for employee personnel data and private information including social security numbers and other security-sensitive information held in the Human Resources Information System and employee files.
  • Administers benefit programs including medical, dental, other various insurance options and retirement programs, including TRS, ORP, and Supplemental Retirement programs.
  • Interprets state leave policies and other state and federal human resource related laws and regulations.

HISTORY OF THE POSITION

This position has been held since 2016 by Loretta Doty who plans to retire in January 2020. Doty was hired from another state agency before she came to SFA as director. Prior to 2016, the position was held by Glenda Herrington who served in the director role for over 20 years.

The human resources office is housed in the Austin Building which serves as the administration building for the university. It is a centralized, comprehensive human resources office that serves over 1750 employees. The human resources office works within state guidelines and with the university’s general council and auditors.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

  • The new director of human resources will need to be collaborative and be able to harness and direct a strong team that works seamlessly with each other, across the division, and institutionally.
  • It is preferable that the director have a strong background in leading a human resources unit as they assess the current system to determine needed refinements and adjustments to maintain current best practices and standards for compliance and service.
  • The director will need to be politically savvy and be able to coordinate services and collaborations within the university units, and with a variety of employee classifications/types such as: full time, part-time, administrators, faculty, contractual, coaches, students and international.
  • The director will need to be a creative problem solver who is nimble and efficient in response to leadership at the institution.
  • The director will be expected to design, implement, and lead a training strategy for university wide policies and professional development.
  • A knowledge of student development and training strategies for students will be helpful as the office serves student employees whose supervisors may need specific training for this population.
  • The director will have reviewed the office’s cycle of processes, trainings, and services for efficiencies, for the level of employee support and engagement, and for the opportunities to build more collaborations throughout the university.
  • It is expected the new director will recognize and provide leadership to address the need to develop talent and benchmark strength at SFA as well as continue to support and renew the recruitment and retention of diverse talent. This will position SFA as an employer of choice in the region.
  • While much of the director’s job is transactional in nature, SFA also desires a knowledgeable and forward-thinking human resources professional who can implement best HR practices at the institution.
  • Stakeholders repeatedly noted that SFA has an institutional culture that emphasizes a strong sense of community, mutual support, and a collaborative approach to work. The director will find a supervisor and administrative peers who are welcoming and promote open communication.
  • Provide policies, procedures, and platforms that allows the HR office to operate more efficiently.

MEASURES OF SUCCESS

At an appropriate interval after joining Stephen F. Austin State University, the following items will initially define success for the new director. The new director will have:

  • become a visible, credible leader on campus that is knowledgeable of current and emerging trends and policies;
  • built relationships with all staff members of the office, the business and administration division and with other stakeholders throughout the campus community;
  • upgraded technology usage for faculty, staff and students;
  • improved efficiency within the unit by streamlining processes;
  • assessed staffing trends and needs for greater effectiveness;
  • improved processes for required training while introducing innovation professional development options for employees.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

A bachelor’s degree in business, management, or a related field and at least ten years of progressively responsible experience in human resources is required. Supervisory experience is required. A master’s degree is preferred. Experience in a management role at a major college or university is preferred. Professional in human resources (PHR), senior professional in human resources (SPHR), or other HR certification is preferred. This is a security-sensitive position subject to criminal record check. This is an IT-sensitive position subject to the Computer and Network Security policy.

Additionally, various stakeholders identified the following characteristics as important attributes of the director of human resources:

  • strong subject matter expertise in generalist human resource functions;
  • ability to interpret and apply state, federal, and university policies, regulations, and law.
  • demonstrate strong supervisory and team-building capabilities;
  • flexibility and the ability to manage issues nimbly and keep processes/protocols moving forward;
  • knowledge of evolving employment and policy trends;
  • strategic thinking and planning process experience;
  • experience with title IX policies and compliance;
  • possess a goal-oriented, data-driven approach to generating measurable outcomes and assessments of services;
  • ability to set priorities to achieve objectives, and manage multiple projects concurrently;
  • holistic thinker with the ability to network with colleagues and build trust;
  • an open, transparent, and collaborative work style;
  • strong interpersonal skills and the executive presence to build and cultivate influential and credible relationships across the organization;
  • political savvy, and the skills to de-escalate polarizing conflicts and issues;
  • a high level of discretion and commitment to confidentiality;
  • strategic change management skills coupled with strong organizational development, and budget management abilities and;
  • high ethical standards and professional integrity.

Human Resources Organizational Chart

THE DIVISION OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION: AN OVERVIEW

Departments

  • Budget Office
  • Controller’s Office
  • Environmental, Health, Safety, & Risk Management
  • Financial and Administrative Services
  • Human Resources
  • Physical Plant
  • Procurement and Property Services

Mission Statement

The Stephen F. Austin State University Division of Finance and Administration will promote and actively support the academic mission of the university. In association with that primary mission, the division also will actively support the student life, infrastructure and institutional needs of the university. The division will provide professional service and promote open communication in our business relationships with students, faculty, staff and external constituents. We will utilize strategic thinking and apply best practices in order to maximize productivity and efficiency. Students, faculty, staff and the general public will be accorded professional respect and courtesy. All employees in the division will exercise prudence and stewardship over the financial and physical resources of the university.

Division 4 -S Approach

To support our mission, division employees utilize a 4-S approach that includes a commitment to students, stewardship, service and stakeholders. The 4-S approach includes components that also serve as division values. The following categories comprise our 4-S approach and commitment:

  • Students represent the reason for our existence and are our first institutional priority
  • Stewardship of institutional resources is essential for student support
  • Service defines our professional and functional responsibilities
  • Stakeholder interests guide our comprehensive professional responsibilities

Division Values

The Division of Finance and Administration is the circuit that provides stability, energy, operational capability and maintenance to support and promote the academic mission of Stephen F. Austin State University.

Division values are:

  • Service
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Commitment
  • Ethics
  • Trust
  • Stewardship
  • Ingenuity
  • Resourcefulness
  • Conviction
  • Excellence
  • Truth
  • Success
  • Initiative
  • Responsiveness
  • Courtesy
  • Enthusiasm
  • Teamwork

Organizational Chart for the Division

Institution & Location

INSTITUTION: AN OVERVIEW

Institutional History

Founded in 1923, Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) is a public university located in Nacogdoches, Texas, and is one of four independent public universities in Texas. Though the university is located in the rural East Texas college town of Nacogdoches, the vast majority of SFA students come from the greater Houston or Dallas-Fort Worth areas. SFA has also served students from 46 states outside Texas and 42 countries outside the United States. SFA enrolls nearly 13,000 students, offering more than 120 areas of study, including more than 80 undergraduate majors, nearly 60 graduate degrees, and three doctoral programs through its six colleges. The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks are members of the Southland Conference and compete in Division I for all varsity sports.

Stephen F. Austin State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture is nationally recognized, and houses one of only two schools of forestry in the State of Texas (and the only forestry college in the timber-producing East Texas region).

In addition to the main campus, which is located on 430 acres, the university maintains a 642-acre agricultural research center for beef, poultry, and swine production and an equine center; an observatory for astronomy research; a 2,650-acre experimental forest in southwestern Nacogdoches County; and a 25.3-acre forestry field station on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

Since 2007, Stephen F. Austin has served as the headquarters of the Association for Business Communication. It is also the home of the National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops, which in 2011 discovered a potential cancer-fighting agent from the extract of giant salvinia, one of the world’s most notorious invasive species.

About Nacogdoches, Texas

Nacogdoches is a 300-year-old city known as the “Oldest Town in Texas.” It is located in the heart of Deep East Texas, almost equidistant between Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and Shreveport, Louisiana. Nestled between three national forests and only a short drive from two of the largest lakes in Texas, Nacogdoches is home to Stephen F. Austin State University and has a population of 33,000. Also designated the Garden Capital of Texas, Nacogdoches is recognized for its natural beauty, creeks, and trails.

Education was one of the major issues faced by the Republic of Texas after it gained its independence in 1836. In 1844, the citizens of Nacogdoches petitioned the new government for a charter to establish Nacogdoches University. The charter was granted in February 1845. The university operated in a temporary home until January 1858, when it moved into a building on Washington Square. The University Building is one of the finest architectural structures in Texas, and it is the only building from a university chartered by the Republic still standing. It has been in continuous use for school purposes, except for two years during and after the Civil War.

In 1845, Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a United States annexation proposal, and Texas was admitted into the Union as the 28th state. When states began leaving the union to form the Confederacy, Governor Sam Houston fought to keep Texas in the Union. He lost this battle, however, and Texas seceded from the Union in 1861. Nacogdoches had both Confederate and Union soldiers on her soil during and after the war. Nacogdoches University served as a hospital for two years during this period.

The town suffered with the rest of the South in the Reconstruction years that followed the war. However, by 1880 there were brick buildings and the town’s first bank had been established. In 1882, the Houston East and West railroad came to Nacogdoches. After the turn of the century, local citizens began to lobby the state to establish a teachers’ college in Nacogdoches. This dream became a reality in 1923 when Stephen F. Austin Teachers College was opened. The institution went on to become a university offering a broad range of academic studies. Nacogdoches is considered one of the most historic towns in Texas, and its rich heritage attracts visitors from around the world.

For more information about Nacogdoches, visit the Chamber of Commerce website at:

http://www.nacogdoches.org/

Mission and Vision Statements

Our Mission

Stephen F. Austin State University is a comprehensive institution dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative work, and service. Through the personal attention of our faculty and staff, we engage our students in a learner-centered environment and offer opportunities to prepare for the challenges of living in the global community.

Our Vision Statement

An aspirational vision of the future to guide our work

[1] Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) will have a distinct and stellar reputation based on the transformational learning experiences we provide for all our students in an exceptional setting. We will not use the term “transformational” lightly. We will be deeply committed to providing high impact, experiential learning for all SFA students.

[2] Our students will be engaged and empowered. They will know that we care about them and that we have high expectations for their performance and success. Our students will graduate with the marketable skills and qualities necessary to be leaders in their respective fields. Employers will seek out our students because of a demonstrated reputation of a solid work ethic. Their moral compass will be strong and true.

[3] We will expand our reach and increase our enrollment, not merely for the sake of growth, but because we are committed to our responsibility to the people of Texas to prepare more citizens to lead our state into the future. By seeking and accepting diverse students with a strong potential for success and providing them the resources and experiences to capitalize on their promise, the percentage of SFA students graduating also will increase.

[4] We will achieve financial sustainability by meeting tough choices head-on and making smart decisions about the future of the university. We will diversify our revenue streams, allocate our resources strategically, increase our private funding, and achieve meaningful enrollment growth. We will invest in our people and achieve appropriate levels of compensation, reward, and recognition. Professional development for faculty and staff will be seen as an investment and not an expense because our people are the greatest asset we have.

[5] We will be an innovative university. We will reach our students where they are and prepare them for life-long learning and career responsiveness in the twenty-first century. We will use cutting-edge teaching techniques and advanced research methods both inside and outside the classroom. We will be a forward-thinking university that not only is responsive to the realities of higher education but also is a leader in academia. Technology will be appropriately and sensibly infused throughout the campus in our classrooms and operations. It will facilitate-not drive-how we teach and work together.

[6] Our campus culture will be open, collaborative, and engaged. We will have an energetic and respectful workplace where civility, inclusivity, and accountability are guiding principles for everyone. We will become well known for the high quality of our faculty and staff. People will feel valued as employees of the university and work hard to sustain the sense of community that distinguishes us. Communication will be robust, transparent, and trusted.

[7] Our brand and identity will be authentic, clear, and understood by all our stakeholders. People will know who we are, what we contribute to the local, regional, and state communities, and what matters to us as a university. We will be known as trusted partners. We will leverage the strengths of our stakeholders, including community colleges, businesses and industries, K-12 institutions, and government entities. These partnerships will enable us to provide a stellar learning experience for our students and contribute to the quality of life of everyone we touch.

Strategic Plan Overview

Our Overarching Goal: Transformative Experiences for SFA Students

We will engage our students in experiences that prepare them for the challenges of living in a global community.

Our Foundational Goal: Meaningful & Sustained Enrollment Growth

Through an appropriate mix of relevant programs, delivery methods and locations, we will attract an increasing number of students seeking to prepare themselves for the future. Enrollment growth will be evidence of our productive participation in achieving the state’s strategic goal for developing a more educated population. In addition, growth provides the foundation for our ongoing fiscal sustainability.

Our Supporting Goals:

  • Attract and Support a High-Quality Faculty & Staff
    Our faculty and staff are the university’s greatest assets. It is all of us together who engage our students in the high-impact practices that provide the transformative experiences they seek. To successfully fulfill our mission, we must attractand retain highly qualified people.
  • Foster Academic & Co-Curricular Innovation
    As the needs of our students evolve, so should our curricular and co-curricular programs. We will be innovative in the ways we reach our students and prepare them for lifelong learning and successful careers in the 21st century.
  • Redefine University Culture
    We will have an energetic and respectful workplace where civility, inclusivity, and accountability are guiding principles for everyone.
  • Increase Connections
    We will embrace the strengths of our stakeholders to better enable us to provide a stellar learning experience for our students and contribute to the quality of life of everyone we touch.

To read more about the strategic planning process:

http://www.sfasu.edu/strategicplan/

Leadership

 

Dr. Scott Gordon–President

Dr. Scott Gordon was confirmed as the ninth president of Stephen F. Austin State University on Aug. 17, 2019.

A native of Malone, New York, Gordon was a first-generation college student and received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the State University of New York at Cortland. He earned a master’s degree and doctorate in botany and mycology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and holds certifications from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in educational management and leadership.

Previously serving as Eastern Washington University provost, Gordon oversaw more than 500 faculty members in six academic colleges, with responsibility for academic policy and planning, distance education, international programs and institutional research.

Danny R. Gallant, Ph.D.
Vice President for Finance and Administration

“I believe that a college degree is a symbol of a process that can positively change people’s lives. My higher education philosophy is embedded in the SFA mission, which is to provide the highest possible quality college degree to our students. I believe that is both our professional and moral responsibility. In that endeavor, we will assist SFA students in changing life’s circumstances, attaining life dreams and helping shape new beginnings and opportunities.”

What drew you to the higher education world?

My mother provided the example for me. She was born in 1916 to East Texas sharecropper parents and, through remarkable perseverance, completed a bachelor’s degree in 1940 from Sam Houston State University and a master’s degree from the University of Texas in 1953. Her higher education commitment provided opportunities for our family and helped shape my educational focus. Her example provided the inspiration for me to enter college after military service and embrace life-long learning.

What do you enjoy most about your role at SFA?

I enjoy being a part of an organization that can positively change students’ lives by creating significant life opportunities. With respect to my specific job responsibilities, my role is guided by stewardship. It is a privilege to help support the academic mission of the university through the thoughtful, efficient engagement of human and financial resources.

What do you hope students gain from SFA?

I believe that our students should be developed academically, professionally and socially. To that end, SFA should strive to provide the best possible academic, career and life-developing opportunities for our students. To support our students’ life development, I believe we must help students understand the importance of ethical standards, support initiatives to enhance communication skills and provide opportunities to promote the importance of social relationships and responsibilities.

What are you passionate about outside of your role at SFA?

My Christian faith is the basis for my life’s perspective. My family is the most important focal point of my life. It is important to me to communicate and reflect values to my children and grandchildren that will help guide them in life’s opportunities and decision-making. With respect to personal interests, I enjoy playing music, hunting, fishing and farming. I enjoy those activities and moments with family members.

Academic Experience

  • Vice President for Finance and Administration
    Stephen F. Austin State University (2007-present)
  • Associate Vice President for Budget and Finance
    Stephen F. Austin State University (2006-2007)
  • SFA 101 Instructor (1998-2006)
  • Director, Financial Services
    Stephen F. Austin State University (1993-2006)
  • Business Manager
    Stephen F. Austin State University (1989-1993)
  • Assistant Business Manager
    Stephen F. Austin State University (1987-1989)
  • Adjunct Faculty Economics and Finance
    Stephen F. Austin State University (1986-1993)
  • Accountant
    Stephen F. Austin State University (1983-1987)
  • S. Army (1973-1976)

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

Stephen F. Austin State University

  • Master of Business Administration
    Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Management
    Texas A&M University Bush School
  • Doctor of Higher Education Administration
    Texas A&M University

Awards/Achievements

  • S. Army National Defense Service Medal
  • Alpha Chi, professional honor fraternity
  • Beta Gamma Sigma, professional business fraternity
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, professional music fraternity
  • Stephen F. Austin State University’s President Achievement Award (1997)
  • S. Army Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Service (1975)
  • Pi Lambda Theta, professional educators’ honor fraternity

The Student Body

2018 data:

Stephen F Austin State University has a total enrollment of 13,144 students. Undergraduate enrollment is 11,398 and graduate enrollment is 1,746. Eighty-two percent of undergraduate students enrolled at Stephen F Austin State University are enrolled full-time. For graduate students, the percentage of students enrolled full-time is 31%.

Undergraduate student gender is 64% female and 36% male.

The undergraduate enrolled student population at Stephen F Austin State University is 58% White, 15% Black or African American, 19% Hispanic or Latino, 4% Two or More Races, 1% Asian, and 1% each for Race/ethnicity unknown and Non-resident alien.

Academic Programs and Faculty

The student-faculty ratio at Stephen F. Austin State University is 20:1, and the school has 28.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at SFA include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 70 percent.

SFA is home to six colleges renowned for exceptional faculty, research, and teaching. Stephen F. Austin offers more than 120 areas of study, including more than 80 undergraduate majors, 44 graduate degrees, and three doctoral programs.

The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture is nationally recognized and houses one of only two schools of forestry in the State of Texas (and the only forestry college in the timber-producing East Texas region).

In addition to the main campus which is located on 417 acres, the university maintains a 642-acre agricultural research center for beef, poultry, and swine production and an equine center; an observatory for astronomy research; a 2,649-acre experimental forest in southwestern Nacogdoches County; and a 25.3-acre forestry field station on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

Since 2007, Stephen F. Austin has served as the headquarters of the Association for Business Communication. It is also the home of the National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops, which in 2011 discovered a potential cancer-fighting agent from the extract of giant salvinia, one of the world’s most notorious invasive species.

Colleges and Schools

  • Nelson Rusche College of Business
    • Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy
  • James I. Perkins College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts
    • School of Art
    • School of Music
    • School of Theatre
  • Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
  • College of Liberal and Applied Arts
    • School of Social Work
  • College of Sciences and Mathematics
    • School of Nursing
  • Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing
  • School of Honors
  • The Graduate School

Organizational Charts for the Campus

http://www.sfasu.edu/common/docs/orgcharts.pdf

Benefits Overview

As an employee of Stephen F. Austin State University, you have the following benefits available to you:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plans
  • Supplemental Retirement Options
  • Leave Options
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Discounts
  • Meal Plans
  • Wellness Plans

Application & Nomination

Applications received by October 21, 2019, will be assured full consideration. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Laura Puckett-Boler at lpb@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Stephen F. Austin State University website at www.sfasu.edu

Stephen F. Austin State University, an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and Educator, is committed to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, creed, color, age, national origin, religion, or physical or mental disability as required by law.