Director of Human Resources Office

Open for Employee Referral
Application deadline: 
Open until filled
Starting date: 
As soon as possible

Main responsibilities:

HR strategy and projects

  • Work with the COO in defining and implementing HR strategy
  • Support COO and academic leadership in creating effective organizational structures
  • Work with managers of Contracting, Payroll and HR Process & Systems team in order to ensure proper contracting, payroll, full employee life-cycle processes and HR projects
  • Ensuring development and updating of HR policies and procedures supporting and regulating the operation in both Vienna and Budapest
  • Lead learning and development, talent management, and succession planning
  • Complete major projects already launched or are initiated by the Chief Operating Officer
  • Ensure proper reward and benefit systems in both locations to continue to provide competitive compensation packages for all CEU roles
  • Implement HR reporting and data management including also developing the structure of regular HR reporting for SLT and Board of CEU
  • Lead organization development of HRO
  • Contribute to a pleasant working culture.

People management

  • Lead and inspire HR team leaders and team members
  • Effectively manage performance in HRO sub-units
  • Invest personally in coaching in capability building in HRO.

Managing employee relations

  • Provide support and supervision as legally needed in setting up the Workers’ Council in Vienna
  • Conduct regular consultations with employee groups
  • Engage community members among students, faculty, and staff in preparation of and while running new initiatives and human resources related change projects
  • Work with CEU committees, the Equal Opportunity Officer, and the Gender Officer (SUPERA project), guide and implement their recommendations.

Required skills and competencies:

  • MSc in HR, business administration, or law
  • At least 10+ years of experience in HR management
  • Proven track record and experience in managing large scale HR transformations, organization developments, and projects
  • Experience in managing HR departments of at least 10 employees and in the organization (preferably across at least two locations, also abroad)
  • International education or work experience (minimum two years outside of Europe preferred)
  • Fluent English is a must, German language knowledge is an advantage



We offer a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience as well as a dynamic and international academic environment.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit:

  • CV.
  • Letter of interest.

Please send your complete application package to  - including job code in the subject line: 2021/040

Employee Referral Program application:

If one of our employees has drawn your attention to this job opportunity, please apply via this email address, and mention our colleague in the cover letter:  - including job code in the subject line: 2021/040.

 Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

 We do not ask for reference letters at the first stage of application; the referees of long-listed candidates may be contacted for references later by CEU.

About CEU

Central European University (CEU) is a research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. It is accredited in the United States, Austria and Hungary. CEU's mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, research-based teaching and learning and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies. CEU offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs and enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of resident faculty from over 50 countries and prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

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CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

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