Humboldt State University's Associate Vice President of Human Resources is a key thought partner and
trusted advisor to HSU's senior leaders on all human capital matters. The AVP of HR directs the Office
of Human Resources and provides strategic and day-to-day oversight for organizational development
and institutional human resources policies and strategies. The Associate Vice President is also
responsible for employee relations, staff and leadership development, benefits, implementation of
personnel policies and procedures, recruitment and orientation, the Human Resources Information
System, staff compensation and classification, performance management systems, compliance issues,
and personnel records. This position develops and manages the annual human resources budget and
supervises the human resources staff members. It is simultaneously a hands-on and managerial role,
with expectations for leading a team of HR professionals and working with everyone, including the
president, provost, deans, vice presidents, managers, faculty and department chairs, and staff across
all academic and administrative divisions.
Duties and responsibilities:
Leads all core HR areas, emphasizing organizational design, change management, culture
enhancement. Formulates, recommends and ensures consistent implementation of human resources
policies and procedures. Determines and recommends employee relations practices necessary to
establish a positive employer-employee relationship and support a high employee morale level.
Monitors legal and compliance risks related to the human resource function. Directs the preparation
of information requested or required for compliance and ensure accuracy and completeness. Oversees
compensation and classification programs. Continually reviews HRs processes and procedures for
efficiency and customer-friendliness. Consults with appropriate stakeholders to ensure HSU has
management-training programs that address HSU's needs across division lines. Directs the preparation
and maintenance of reports necessary to carry out department functions and prepare periodic reports
to senior management, as necessary or requested. Provides general administration of staff directly
responsible for employment, staff development, health, and benefits management. Prepares budgets
and control expenditures for areas of responsibility.
Required Education and Professional Experience:
-Bachelor's degree in business, management, human resources, or related area. M.B.A. or relevant
advanced degree preferred, but not required
-Minimum of 6 years of strong generalist human resources experience across all functional disciplines
with increasing levels of responsibility
-At least five years of experience in managing a team of human resources professionals
Critical success factors for the position include but are not limited to:
-A strategic mindset with the ability to execute.
-Collaborative and influential, developing relationships easily and as an essential way of working.
Employees expect the Associate Vice President to be visible, accessible, and approachable. In other
words, someone who builds trusted relationships. A high level of confidence and trust in the HR
leader will be required to implement the changes coming over the next few years.
-Technologically savvy and experienced with technology, sophisticated in the use of data,
knowledgeable about process redesign, and change management experience
-Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state legislation and regulations governing human resources
functions, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX, EEO,
Workers' Compensation, COBRA, and the Family Medical Leave Act, etc.
-Results-oriented professional who can make a difference; an individual who takes initiative, makes
things happen, accepts accountability, has a "can do" attitude, and a strong sense of urgency
Creative and flexible in attitude and style to adapt to new situations in a rapidly changing, dynamic
-Strong communication skills: oral, written, presentation, and influence, plus the ability to
communicate across all levels of the organization
-Demonstrated knowledge of-and experience in-developing and implementing innovative human
resources management programs.
-Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in designing and implementing workforce planning,
human resource strategies, restructuring, process reengineering, and evaluation methodologies
-Demonstrated experience as a change agent implementing organization-wide change
-Skill in organizational development, human resource management, budget and resource planning,
-Specialized professional human resources certification (PHR or SPHR);
-Experience in an academic environment;
-Demonstrated experience with implementation of HR information systems and data management;
-Experience in a collective bargaining environment;
-Experience handling grievances and appeals to the California State Personnel Board;
-Knowledge of the California State University system;
-Experience with PeopleSoft HRIS systems;
-Prefer 10 years of strong generalist human resources experience across all functional disciplines
with increasing levels of responsibility.
APPLYING FOR THE POSITION
If you are interested, or if you would like to nominate a candidate, please email Lauren Johnson at
firstname.lastname@example.org with a resume and contact information.
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Closing Date/Time: Open until filled