Human Resources Manager

Fairfax County, Virginia
$65-70k plus full benefits package
Mar 18, 2017
Apr 22, 2017
Human Resources
Full Time

Company background

INTO George Mason University (INTO Mason) is a joint venture between George Mason University and INTO North America. INTO Mason’s unique programs for international students provide tailored academic and English language instruction coupled with a highly supportive learning environment that supports adjustment to life in the U.S. and long-term academic success.  The INTO Mason partnership is based on a shared mission to lead the way in extending US higher education internationally while enriching the educational experience domestically.

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William as well as at learning locations across the Commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.  Mason is only minutes from the nation's capital, close to cultural activities, excellent schools, and vibrant neighborhoods in a region known for its dynamic growth.

INTO is an organization working in partnership with leading Universities and investing in the development of world class international student centers. Each INTO Center is managed by a board in which INTO and the partner university are equal shareholders. Since 2006, INTO has successfully launched partnerships with 21 universities in the United Kingdom, United States and Asia.

Job overview

The Human Resources Manager serves as an integral part of the INTO Mason leadership team. This position plans, administers and evaluates the provision of Human Resources services for the INTO Mason joint venture (“the center”) in conformance with policies of the contributing partners, INTO, N.A. (“INTO”) and George Mason University (“Mason”) and laws and regulations at the Virginia state and US federal levels.  The HR Manager originates and promotes HR objectives and practices that will nurture a culture of excellence and collaboration and sustain the recruitment and retention of a high-achieving workforce.

Reporting line

Reports directly to the INTO Mason Operations Manager with dotted reporting line to the HR Director for INTO North America, based in San Diego.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Develops and maintains HR policies, procedures and programs to support the mission, vision and goals of the center and the partners.  Evaluates these regularly for improvement and to resolve any discrepancies among partner and center practices. 
  • Develops and maintains strong working relationships with related departments in the center and with both INTO North America HR and the Mason Provost Office. 
  • Communicates regularly with employees, Hiring Mangers and other stakeholders to explain and promote HR practices and objectives.
  • Works directly with center managers to assist them in carrying out their responsibilities in personnel matters.
  • Maintains current knowledge of industry trends to inform center practices. 
  • Maintains current knowledge of employment legislation, accreditation requirements, partner policies and other relevant rules and regulations to ensure center compliance; maintains records and reports as required.
  • Protects the interests of the employees, the center and the partners in all personnel matters.



HR Administration

  • Plans, organizes and controls all activities of the HR team.  Sets team goals and objectives and evaluates them regularly to continually improve team efficiency and service quality
  • Develops and maintains an HRIS that meets the organization’s personnel information needs. Serves as the center HR Document Steward maintaining all personnel documents and records.  Serves as the center HR Data Steward maintaining digital records and reports including the center organization chart and directory.
  • Hires and manages the HR Specialist and Student Assistants (in coordination with the Operations Coordinator).
  • Manages the HR Cost Center budget



Recruitment and Selection:

  • Conducts recruitment effort for all employee types; works with hiring managers to write and place advertisements, screen and interview candidates and conduct reference checking
  • Extends job offers; conducts new-employee orientations



Compensation and Benefits

  • Creates payroll requests as needed; monitors pay distribution reports; documents and tracks leave requests as required by partners.
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of the compensation program; revises job descriptions as necessary; analyzes compensation;
  • Monitors benefits provision; provides employee benefit descriptions and refers questions to appropriate resources;

Training and Development

  • Assesses and analyzes organization training and professional development needs and measures impact of training and development
  • Monitors staff and faculty professional development programs, serves on the center Professional Development Committee
  • Maintains a training program for mandatory employee trainings, cross-department trainings and orientation and leadership training for management positions.



Performance Management

  • Monitors the performance evaluation program and revises as necessary
  • Monitors employee relations counseling and maintains official records
  • Reviews all recommendations for termination; conducts exit interviews

Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

Knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Leadership and Navigation, Critical Evaluation, Business Acumen, Ethical Practice, Relationship Management, Consultation, Global and Cultural Awareness, Communication, and HR Expertise
  • Ability to apply HR competencies in a growth environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Eligibility to work in and travel freely to and from the U.S.
  • Ability to work independently or with limited supervision
  • Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, work under pressure and, when necessary, with minimal resources



Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 3 years HR experience
  • Minimum SHRM CP or aPHR certification OR ability to gain SHRM certification within 12 months
  • Experience working in a higher education setting



Preferred Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Experience using numerous job posting sites
  • Experience with Banner and eWork systems
  • Experience working with George Mason University Human Resources policies and procedures.



Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Exceptional MS Office skills, especially in Access
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Knowledge of CEA Accreditation standards and process


This position is based at the George Mason University, Fairfax campus.  Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.


This is an exempt full-time position with a salary of $65,000 – 70,000 per year, plus a full benefit package including Medical, Dental, Life and more. We offer up to 6% match on 401k, professional development, tuition assistance, at least 10 paid holidays, and 22 days of PTO. We offer a positive work environment, Spirit Fridays (wear your Green and Gold), on-site dining and INTO Mason sponsored events.

Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This position frequently requires long hours and weekend work.  Flexible work options are available and remote work will be required. Start date April/May 2017.

INTO University Partnerships provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. INTO University Partnerships complies with applicable
state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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