The Associate Vice President for Human Resources (AVP-HR) will provide overall strategic and increasingly progressive HR leadership to the University. This role will be especially exciting to leaders who seek an opportunity to establish best practices across a substantial enterprise. At this time, HR structures at the University are decentralized with a high volume of transactional efforts. This leader will have the unique opportunity to significantly drive policy guidance, strategy to achieve desired employer brand recognition and, in the process, improve the effectiveness of University academic and administrative units.
The AVP-HR directly leads approximately 40 human resource professionals within the Central Human Resources organization and influences all aspects of decentralized human resources operations for the University including staff recruitment, benefits, compensation, performance management, staff development, employee and labor relations, HR information systems, and union negotiations. While the majority of University employees are non-unionized, the union population is an important element of the overall human resources eco-system at UChicago.
Human Capital Management and Leadership Development - ensures alignment between human resource practices and the University's strategic direction while ensuring effective support for organizational and people strategies across the institution.
High Level Influence - actively collaborates with the President, Provost, VP/CFO, Deans, and Officers of the University and report to the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Board Interaction - may be expected to present to the Board of Trustees on various topics related to human capital management, HR compliance areas and talent recruiting and retention.
Talent Selection, Development and Retention â“ oversight of innovative recruiting strategy development and tools that will continue to attract and retain key talent across staff.
HR Systems - identifies and deploys appropriate technology solutions to enhance employee access to human resources information and develops the best means to deliver high-volume transactional services.
Staff Selection and Development - motivates and leads a team of functional human resource Center of Excellence (COE) leaders to drive best practices and services that meet the needs of internal clients and facilitate the achievement of the University's strategic goals.
A proven track record of building and leading a best-in-class human resources organization with a superior understanding of human resources strategies in institutions of higher education and other organizations of similar size and complexity, with an emphasis on major research universities and academic medical centers.
Bring credibility to the human resources function through their professional qualifications and leadership ability with experience building respectful and productive collaboration at the most senior levels of a large-scale, complex organization.
Demonstrated commitment to building organizational best practices that seek out top tier talent at all levels, with a focus on high energy professionals who are creative problem solvers seeking an environment which supports, nurtures, and properly compensates top performers.
Demonstrated success in change management and an understanding of what is required to succeed in a dynamic environment with an appreciation for the mission, traditions, and culture of the institution.
Lead, mentor, and develop team members, including determining talents and expanding responsibilities to enhance professional growth.
Proven commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Highly results-oriented, displays a bias for action.
Education, Experience, or Certifications:
MBA, JD, or a masterâ™s degree in HR or a closely related field required.
Fifteen years of progressive leadership and operations experience including a minimum of ten years in HR administration and/or HR management required.
Executive level human resource leadership experience and accomplishment within a similarly complex environment.
Specific experience within a major research university and academic medical center enterprise is of interest but not a requirement.
TheÂ UniversityÂ ofÂ ChicagoÂ hasÂ retainedÂ Korn Ferry (https://www.kornferry.com/) toÂ supportÂ thisÂ recruitment.Â George Atkinson, Senior Client Partner and Kristi Nickele, Senior Associate, are leading the search.Â Inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent by email to George (George.Atkinson@kornferry.com). Applicants must also apply online via Workday.
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