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HR Assessment Consultant Visits AUN
AUN has enlisted the expertise of a human resources consultant, Ms. Kimberly Hirsh, with the purpose of carrying out an audit of the University’s HR department and provide it with technical support. Ms. Hirsh was on campus for a weeklong consultation.
Her visit to AUN included meetings with HR personnel and a campus tour as well as meetings with non-HR employees. Ms. Hirsh said she was fascinated by the University’s state-of-the-art facilities and structures, describing AUN as, “…one of a kind in sub-Sahara Africa.”
Ms. Hirsh said the University is well equipped compared to other universities she has visited on the continent. According to her, the University has what it takes to put AUN students ahead of their counterparts in other tertiary institutions on the African continent.
Kimberly Hirsh is a seasoned professional, bringing more than 20 years of global human resources experience from the private and non-profit sectors. Most recently, she has served six years in the field of public health.
Her expertise encompasses the full span of human resources management and development, including policies and procedures, legal compliance, strategic planning, staffing, compensation, human resources information systems (HRIS), performance management, training design and delivery, and team and organizational development. She has facilitated many management training seminars, planned and facilitated numerous meetings of up to 150 participants, and coached and mentored all levels of employees from senior leaders to individual contributors. She has led HR teams and conducted capacity building of HR staff.
Ms. Hirsh’s international experience spans Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. She lived in Prague, Czech Republic, from 1995-1997. She worked two months in Ethiopia in 2007, and four months in Rwanda in 2011. Additional travel for short-term technical assistance includes Brazil, Canada, France, Haiti, Israel, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Slovakia, Spain, Tanzania, and the United Kingdom.
Between 2004 and 2008, Ms. Hirsh served as adjunct faculty for Salem State College and Suffolk University, teaching human resources management to graduate and undergraduate students. She has conducted many professional seminars including performance management, effective interviewing, managing conflict, leading in challenging times, and dealing with difficult terminations. She serves on, or consults to, the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations.