Senior Director, Total Rewards

Orlando, Florida
$122,980.00 to Negotiable
Dec 12, 2022
Feb 10, 2023
Education, Non-Profit
Contract Type
Full Time
Career Level

Unleash YOUR Potential With Us

As a next-generation public research institute, we are an inclusive community of thinkers, doers, creators, innovators, healers, and leaders striving to shape the future and solve the world’s most challenging problems. No matter what your role is, when you join Knight Nation, you’ll play an integral role in pushing us forward to become among the most impactful universities in the country. You’ll be met with opportunities to connect and collaborate with uniquely talented faculty, staff, and students across 13 colleges and multiple campuses and regional locations. That means greater challenges to tackle, more meaningful opportunities to grow, and rewarding experiences that go beyond a paycheck. We’re seeking qualified, motivated individuals who will help UCF fulfill its mission of unleashing the potential of every individual, enriching the human experience through inclusion, discovery, and innovation; and propelling broad-based prosperity for the many communities we serve.

The Opportunity:   

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources and as a member of the HR leadership team, this position, through the engagement of key stakeholders, will create, implement, and administer a multi-layered total rewards philosophy and program that supports UCF's mission and objectives to attract, engage and retain talented employees. This position requires strategic thinking and vision to lead the organization forward and create policies and procedures that support daily needs. As a functional leader, you will ensure industry and market competitive program design, legal compliance, and cost-effectiveness. Over time this role will evaluate customer feedback, service metrics, and ensure the overall strategy and design are continuously optimized for supporting the colleges and divisions. 


Strategy/Total Rewards Expertise:  

  • Serve as a subject matter expert and own the total rewards philosophy and approach.  

  • Leverage knowledge of market conditions and competitive talent landscape to design tailored strategies for compensation concerning key talent segments.  

  • Collaborate with external benefits and compensation advisors to stay abreast of emerging trends and proactively put forward recommendations that enable UCF to be competitive and resourceful in our total rewards programs.  

  • Team with other HR subject matter experts and campus partners on employee experience, engagement, and success initiatives to attract and retain employees and help UCF become an employer of choice.  

  • Through communication and education, drive organization-wide understanding of UCF's total rewards programs.  

  • Develop and deliver communications that help our employees appreciate and value their total compensation package benefits, base, bonus, equity, time off, etc., through total rewards statements and materials.  

  • Keep abreast of legislation and best practices in all reward areas (retirement plans, benefits, healthcare, equity plans, administration, FLSA, etc.). Ensure that all programs are compliant with applicable laws and regulations.  

  • Create and sustain an inclusive culture that encourages feedback and recognizes the need for consistent, transparent communication using multiple approaches with internal and external stakeholders.


  • Direct, develop and manage the total rewards function, including all compensation, classification, workforce planning, career pathing, benefits, and leave programs, ensuring excellent offerings and timely service delivery to the campus community.  

  • Lead, manage and administer the compensation and benefits and leave functions to ensure compensation, equity, bonus programs, recognition, leave, and health and wellness benefits are competitive, valued, and aligned with UCF business strategy and financial plans.  

  • Ensure delivery of job leveling, salary surveys, and market analysis to make comprehensive recommendations.  

  • Ensure HRBCs and Central staff are provided timely training and information to assist them in performing their duties accurately and within UCF policies, regulations, and federal and state laws.  

  • Oversee modeling, costing of base salary, statistical analysis, and incentive and equity programs and provide data and analysis on outcomes and gaps.  

  • Build internal tools and resources for leadership and team members to manage compensation decisions.  

  • Hire, supervise, develop, and retain a high-performance team of diverse, professional, motivated, and engaged staff, creating a shared vision of excellence and superior customer service, leading visibly with confidence and resiliency.  

  • Utilize effective training, performance management, and career-development activities to lead the team to achieve established business results and performance metrics.  

  • Lead and manage in an environment that fosters innovation, promotes creative problem-solving, addresses pockets of resistance, and raises awareness about risks. 

Minimum Qualifications:   

Bachelor's degree and 8+ years of broad-based and progressive experience in total rewards, compensation, and benefits; including 3+ years of leadership experience.    

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designation, SHRM-CP or SCP certification, or other related certification.  

  • Higher education experience.  

  • Experience working with collective bargaining agreements.  

  • Experience in executive compensation trends.  

  • Understanding of Workday ERP and web-based computing tools.  

  • Ability to lead major project initiations from inception to conclusion, including but not limited to strategy, requirements definition, solutions design, planning, procurement, implementation, operation, and lessons learned.  

  • Demonstrated competence in other human resource disciplines, including change management, talent acquisition, organizational diagnosis and planning, and diversity and equity.  

  • Demonstrated experience reporting to and providing actionable information to governance organizations and other external stakeholders.

Special Instructions to the Applicants:  

  • The position will close on 1/2/2023, with priority given to those who apply by 12/19.  

  • University will be closed from 12/21/2022 - 1/2/2023. 


Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks!  In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages, including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending, and Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays
  • Retirement savings options
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando attractions
  • Education assistance
  • Flexible work environment
  • And more…

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete, online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.

Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

The University of Central Florida is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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