Director of Human Resources and Finance | Michigan Radio

Director of Human Resources and Finance

Mar 5, 2021

Michigan Radio, NPR’s largest member station in the state, covers the big stories, but also tries to focus on what other news outlets have not.  We have produced projects like the Peabody-winning podcast Believed, and nationally recognized coverage of the Flint Water Crisis.  Come join our team! 

As the Director of Human Resources and Finance, you will lead the finance and human resource functions for us including building strategic, long-term programs in those main functions. You have oversight for all HR-related programs, budgeting, and financial reporting following station and University policies and government regulations including the Federal Communications Commission and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. You will be a member of the senior management team, and will report directly to the General Manager of Michigan Radio. You will lead the business office, managing and supervising 5 professional and administrative staff. Diversity, equity and inclusion are cornerstones for this position and the initiatives it supports.


Human Resources:

  • Be a strategic advisor and functional expert to support all areas of the employee life cycle experience.
  • Analyze operations and make recommendations for areas of reorganization, workforce planning, or outsourcing.
  • Use HR data to support decision-making about issues that impact employee or organization-wide effectiveness.
  • Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, inclusive practices, and employment law; apply this knowledge to evolve practices and implement those changes.
  • Make recommendations for and implement the annual compensation plan, equity review process and non-financial recognition of staff.
  • Coach supervisors and individual contributors on strategies for building positive work relationships and engagement.
  • Ensure we are compliant with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations.


  • Work with teams to develop annual operating budgets and operationalize ongoing forecasting.
  • Use strategic planning outputs to recommend solutions and prioritize expenditures.
  • Plan for long-range financial stability to align with programming and operational needs.
  • Establish financial practices and systems to manage revenue and expenses.
  • Manage the entire financial reporting function for the department while following GAAP, GASB and non-profit regulations.
  • Lead the team in completing the annual audit.


  • Lead and implement processes, training, projects, and feedback mechanisms.
  • Manage change within the organization including communication and training.
  • Develop relationships within the department and across U of M to support these programs.
  • Be an escalation point for any issues related to financial, payroll, human resources and purchasing activities.
  • Create and communicate guidelines for the department related to internal controls, compliance and documentation.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance or Nonprofit Management or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5+ years of progressively responsible administrative responsibilities focused on financial and human resources in a medium sized organization.
  • 3+ years supervising and managing professional staff.
  • Applied experience translating organizational strategy into people-related initiatives and measuring outcomes.
  • Knowledge of anti-racism and inclusive organization principles.
  • Knowledge of GAAP and GASB standards as they relate to non-profits or government entities.
  • Intermediate to expert level proficiency in budgeting, financial reporting and administration of grants and contracts.
  • Proficient in financial and HR management systems.
  • Applied experience with data analytics
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (can perform complex functions in Excel), Google Collaboration tools or related software.

Salary Range:

  • $95,000 - $120,000

Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

Michigan Radio EEO Statement:

Michigan Radio is committed to attracting and retaining a creative workforce filled with varied perspectives and experiences to enhance and continue our mission of producing trusted content to grow a diverse community of listeners.

University of Michigan EEO Statement:

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.

Application Deadline: 

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting.  This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. 

How to Apply

In addition to your resume, please submit a cover letter where, in two pages or less, you describe your interest in the role and how it aligns with your career goals. Your submissions will be used to assess writing skills during the initial screening process. (Note that the system only allows for one single file attachment).

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