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#103586 Director of Classification and Compensation

Initial Review Date: Mon 2/10/2020

UC San Diego is recognized as one of the top 8 public universities and one of the top 15 research universities worldwide. Our culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact. Innovation is central to who we are and what we do, and we want this reflected in our HR practices.

  • This position is open until filled. Initial review date is 2/10/2020.


UC San Diego Human Resources is searching for a strategic and innovative leader to serve as the Director of Classification and Compensation. Reporting to the CHRO and serving on the HR leadership team as an influential leader building synergies across the HR portfolio, the Director of Classification and Compensation will deliver forward-thinking compensation programs designed to attract and retain exceptional talent. This leader will join our organization at a critical time as we build from a position of considerable strength to become an even more strategic and agile partner to our campus stakeholders.

The Human Resources Compensation division is responsible for managing compensation, classification and salary administration programs. The Director provides long-term strategic leadership on compensation issues, develops the campus compensation philosophy, and administers the corresponding policies and procedures to achieve organizational goals.

This role ensures effective delivery of services and compliance with regulations, collective bargaining agreements, system-wide policies, and alignment with campus goals. The Director of Classification and Compensation functions as chief advisor to the CHRO on compensation-related matters, and acts as a liaison with Office of the President in system-wide discussions and decisions regarding compensation related initiatives.

The ideal candidate will have an in-depth understanding of large scale compensation and classification structures, and a track record of serving as a strategic advisor able to conceptualize strategies, lead action plans, remove barriers and enable execution of organizational goals.

This position is designated as confidential under HEERA.


  • Thorough knowledge of compensation programs and initiatives including base pay and internal equity, progressive compensation principles and theory, salary survey methodologies, and emerging trends in pay administration.

  • Proven track record of managing a diverse and high-performing team, and demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

  • Thorough knowledge of the ways in which federal/state legislation and labor contracts impact compensation policies.

  • Excellent management and interpersonal skills, including tact, discretion, and high ethical standards in dealing with confidential information. Ability to work in a collaborative manner at all levels across the organization, and to navigate through conflict effectively.

  • Skills to manage and develop staff members. Experience in a leadership role with responsibility for coaching, developing direct and indirect reports, motivating and inspiring a team to deliver exceptional results, and developing knowledge and skills that position staff to confidently and autonomously pursue challenges and opportunities.

  • Ability to exercise a high degree of judgment in recommending and developing diverse compensation programs and to understand the interrelationship of such programs in other areas of human resources and the organization.

  • Demonstrated highly effective communication, decision-making, analytical, problem solving, critical thinking, project/initiative management, interpersonal and organizational leadership skills.

  • Strong project management skills. Ability to effectively plan projects with campus-wide impact, manage support staff, and successfully close projects within established timelines. Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.

  • Advanced knowledge of organizational policies, procedures, initiatives and fiscal/budget processes in addition to a thorough knowledge of human resources practices and procedures.

  • Demonstrated track record in moving ideas and models through implementation.

  • Thorough understanding of how compensation practices fit into and support the overall employee experience.


  • Job offer is contingent upon a satisfactory clearance based on background check results.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.

This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:
a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance.
b) Vacation/holidays (18 vacation days & 13 paid holidays a year).
c) Work/Life Balance.
d) UC Retirement Plan.

For more information about UCSD Benefits please visit and UCSD Work/Life visit.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit smokefree.ucsd.edu for more information.

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$170,000 - 190,000 /year
Torrey Pines Center South
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Days, 8 hrs/day