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Senior Director, Global Mobility & HR Integration

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Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus - Eligible for Alternative Work Location
Categories: Human Resources

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


About the Opportunity:

Reporting to the Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, the Senior Director for Global Mobility & HR Integration will design and lead all facets of global mobility at Northeastern University for its employees and candidates.  Creative programs and comprehensive communications that enable the strategy are required; success will also be defined through the effective establishment of collaborative partnerships with all key stakeholders locally and globally. The Senior Director will additionally serve as the focal point and leadership integrator of all HR merger and acquisition activities necessary to seamlessly add new campus locations or partners in a manner that aligns with the goals, values, and mission of the university. 


HR Global Mobility Accountabilities:

• Lead the design of the global strategy for employment, relocation, tax and immigration; develop creative solutions to meet immediate and long-term business objectives.

• Lead the tactical transition of human resources services from local and domestic to global operations; this includes creating policies, procedures and guidelines for faculty and staff mobility within the global university system as well as international hiring and appointments, payment and budget considerations, relocation costs and services, global mobility vendor management and HR support.

• Build and lead/organize a global team of direct and indirect resources to implement and administer highly impactful immigration and relocation programs; this may include third-party vendor selection and management for PEO/EOR or other arrangements.

• Develop the global mobility policy and program guidelines ensuring industry competitiveness and compliance with legal, tax and local employment regulations; serve as the integrator with university experts in tax, risk services and compliance, legal services, etc.

• Continually assess all global mobility vendors, processes, and policies to ensure an optimal experience for employees, candidates, and managers.

• Provide strategic global mobility-related expertise and guidance to the HR Business Partners, Talent Acquisition Specialists, local HR contacts, managers, and others.

• Broker the subject matter expertise and services of University HR COE’s to build or modify workforce strategies, programs or policies.

 HR Merger & Acquisition Accountabilities:

• Serves as the subject matter expert and integrator who leads HR merger and acquisition activities necessary to seamlessly add new campus locations or partners in a manner that aligns with the goals, values, and mission of the university.

• Recommends and effectively establishes cross-functional teams who are appropriately positioned to execute on the HR activities necessary to integrate new campus locations or partners into the university system; works with university PMO office on merger project plans and effectively leads the work assigned to team members.

• Curates a comprehensive system of external experts (e.g.: employment counsel, benefits counsel, M&A counsel, PEO/EOR vendors, etc.) who can be uniquely leveraged for specific needs and for guidance on unique or complex scenarios.

• Partners extensively with leaders at Northeastern and the new campus or partner location; extensively collaboration is needed to ensure alignment of goals and successful outcomes.

HR Network Integration Accountabilities:

• Works collaboratively with the VP & CHRO and HR Leadership team to integrate strategies to university locations outside of greater Boston; goal is to meet the unique needs of node locations while establishing commonality and consistency of HR services and employee experience.

• Responds effectively to shifting HR priorities by taking on assigned projects in all areas of HR including employee relations, total rewards, communications, talent acquisition, learning and development and HR Information Technology on an as needed basis, and in partnership with HR functional leadership to meet organizational goals.

• Actively cultivates cooperative and productive relationships with key constituents across the University.


The successful candidate will have HR leadership experience across the US, Canada, as well as Global HR Management exposure in rapidly changing, highly matrixed organizations. The ideal candidate will have led both HR centers of excellence, as well as HR Business Partners teams, and demonstrated success in implementing HR initiatives across an organization. The successful candidate will bring many of the following skills and qualities:

•            Progressive HR leadership experience in large and complex, rapidly changing, highly matrixed organizations with a focus on growth and continuous innovation.

•            Knowledge on what is required to execute human resource operations on a global level, with relevant experience in the international domain.

•            Experience with the following areas: HR systems, compensation, benefits, talent management/acquisition and employee/ labor relations.

•            Demonstrated expertise in HR analytics for decision making purposes.

•            Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong presentation and influencing skills.

•            Ability to work effectively and productively in a collaborative team capacity with creative approaches to organizational development opportunities.

•            Ability to create and implement effective communications strategies to broadly disseminate information regarding human resources strategies, objectives, priorities and accountabilities.

Key Required Attributes:

•            Natural abilities to operate collaboratively, build strong relationships and drive change through consensus building.

•            Strong management skills with experience working with decentralized and highly independent business units/divisions.

•            Demonstrated knowledge of the laws, regulations, and executive orders relating to human resource and affirmative action/equal employment opportunity issues and concerns.

•            Excellent negotiation skills to successfully manage key stakeholder relationships including HR functional leadership, University Senior Leadership and employees.

•            Track record of effective staff development through coaching methods that ensure staff optimize capabilities by providing feedback, advice and suggestions to ensure success.

•            Demonstrated experience managing an HR function across most, if not all US states.

•            The successful candidate requires a Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or public administration or a related field, with a Master’s degree and HR certification strongly preferred.

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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see



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