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September 8, 2017, 12:00am

From Kelley Stuck: Bryan Garey, whom many of you know from his nine years of service in University Human Resources, has accepted a leadership position as Assistant Vice President, Talent. Since 2016, Bryan has guided HR operations for the Academic Division, and in the course of his UVA career, has led numerous initiatives that delivered process improvements and enhanced service. He brings extensive learning and organizational development experience, including design of the Center for Leadership Excellence at UVA. Bryan is also a key contributor to the Ufirst HR transformation project. His career includes stints at the University of Florida and in the private sector. Bryan holds a Master of Fine Arts from UVA, and a Master of Science in Management from the University of Florida, as well as several HR professional certifications (SHRM-CP, PHR, Center for Creative Leadership). He is active in the local SHRM chapter and is a graduate of Leadership Charlottesville.

September 8, 2017, 12:00am

From Kelley Stuck: Jennifer (Jenn) Oliver will join the team as Senior Director of Service for the Academic Division. Jenn’s 15 years of progressive HR management experience at UVA will be a tremendous asset to the HR Business Partners she will lead and the Academic Division customers they will collectively serve. Jenn has worked in UHR and the College of Arts and Sciences, but has spent the majority of her UVA career in HR positions at the School of Medicine, where she currently serves as the HR Director. She has overseen day-to-day operations, strategic initiatives, and special projects around recruitment, compensation, employee relations, and talent management, applying Lean methodologies to improve organizational performance and service delivery. She has been a key contributor to the Ufirst project, and has led other successful change management initiatives related to faculty hiring and Patient-Friendly Access. She holds several HR professional certifications (SPHR, SHRM-CP) and is an active member of SHRM and the Virginia chapter of CUPA-HR.

September 8, 2017, 12:00am

From Kelley Stuck: Adam Weikel will join the UVA Human Resources organization as the Assistant Vice President, Service. Adam has spent the last decade serving in a blend of higher education, human resources, and public sector roles. He joins us from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts government, where he serves as Associate Chief and Director of Strategic Operations, reporting to the Governor’s Chief of Staff. In this position, he leads a team of consultants responsible for addressing the state's most complex operational and service delivery challenges across Massachusetts’s 43,000-employee organization. He has a record of successful change management, having directed numerous large-scale HR reorganization and modernization initiatives. His background in higher education includes HR and administrative roles at Northeastern, Tufts, and Fairleigh Dickinson Universities. Adam is pursuing a Doctor of Education from Northeastern and holds an MA in Organizational Behavior from Fairleigh Dickinson.

September 8, 2017, 12:00am

From Kelley Stuck: Melissa Frederick will join the HR Service Community of Expertise as Senior Director of Service for University Operations. Melissa’s more than 20 years of experience brings knowledge from a wide breadth of HR disciplines to this position, which will oversee HR service delivery to the University’s operational units. Since November 2016, she has led the service delivery team for the Ufirst project, charting the course for how HR work will be delivered in the transformed organization. Melissa also leads the total rewards work stream for the project. She came to Ufirst from the UVA Medical Center where she was Director of Compensation, HR Information Systems, and Workforce Planning. In this role, she led workforce planning for the Medical Center and led redesigns of recruitment, compensation, and recognition programming functions. She also oversaw the implementation of a workforce management system. She holds an MBA from Medaille College in Buffalo, New York, and her work on compensation redesign is published in the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Association journal

August 30, 2017, 12:00am
The Ufirst Talent Management team met with Nursing Leadership at the Medical Center earlier this month. Nursing has the largest staff population (2,500+!) and competency demonstration and tracking are heavily regulated by the Joint Commission. Additionally, they have leading Talent Management practices (e.g., certifications, PM goal setting and feedback) that they participate in as a part of their Magnet designation.
 
In the meeting, a demonstration of Workday, targeted specifically to Medical Center needs, was shown. Key components included Talent Profile, Performance Management, and new hire and ongoing/annual competency management.
 
Meeting participants were very engaged and voiced appreciation for being included in these early planning discussions, which are necessary due to the volume of work to be done to ensure that Workday supports of nursing staff processes.
 
Comments from the meeting include:
  • "I am blown away by the fact that we will finally be able to track BSNs (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). This has been a pain point for years."
  • "This is exciting (competency tracking) but we (Patient Care Services) have much work to do to get ready."
Thank you to the Medical Center Nursing team for their partnership and their clinical expertise to revise and update competencies!

 

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