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Associate Vice President And Chief Human Resources Officer

Ypsilanti, MI, USA | Eastern Michigan University

  • Industry:
    Education (Higher)
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Human Resources
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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The selected candidate will be responsible for, among other things: directing all of the non-academic human resource functions of the University, including a staff of approximately 15 people; developing and implementing a comprehensive plan for enhancing service to Eastern's approximately 2,000 regular and part-time employees and 17,000+ students by, among other things, developing key performance indicators (KPIs) for the University's human resources functions; overseeing negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements for multiple collective bargaining units; developing pro-active programs for enhancing human talent, promoting employee wellness, and ensuring a diverse workforce; developing and disseminating to employees the University's human resource procedures; and leading strategic human resource planning to provide Eastern with the best talent available and to position Eastern as the Employer of Choice by being aware of policies, practices and trends within the higher education arena.


Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct and evaluate the University's non-academic human resource function and performance in the capacity as a partner and consultant to the various University offices served by University Human Resources

Develop, monitor and refine key performance indicators (KPIs) for the University's human resources functions in coordination with senior University administrators

Cultivate and maintain strong and collegial working relationships with the University's collective bargaining partners

Oversee negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements for multiple collective bargaining units

Develop and, in consultation with other University stakeholders, implement appropriate policies and programs for effective management of the staff human resources of the University, including, but not limited to, compensation and benefits programs, employee and labor relations, affirmative action, annual performance review systems, sexual harassment, management of the human resource information systems database, employee complaints, employee wellness, external education, and career development

Develop human resource planning models to identify competency, knowledge and talent gaps and develop specific programs for the filling of the gaps, including talent management through proper succession planning programs for key contributor and management positions, training and development programs for preparing employees for more significant responsibilities, and general business development programs to enhance employee knowledge and understanding of the University's mission

Evaluate Eastern's existing compensation and benefit programs and develop competitive, progressive, and cost-effective programs consistent with the University's mission and budget priorities

Continually implement the University's goal of ensuring a diverse workplace by developing and implementing programs related to applicant recruiting, employee training, and data analysis

Coordinate the activities, programs and strategic human resource plans of Eastern's various departments and divisions

Communicate directly, pro-actively, and effectively with Eastern's employees (through public forums, campus-wide e-mail distributions, etc.) about University human resource procedures and policies

Establish personal and departmental credibility throughout the Eastern community as an effective listener and solution-oriented employee advocate

Evaluate and advise on the impact of long-range planning of new University programs/strategies and regulatory action as those items impact the attraction, motivation, development and retention of the people resources of the University

Supervise a staff of approximately 15 employees that may also include student assistants

Develop and manage the Office of University Human Resources annual operating budget of $1.7 million

Serve as a member of the President's Executive Council leadership team

Serve as lead for the Workforce Planning Committee (WPC) and facilitate strategic discussions with key University executives on matters of HR planning and strategy

Perform additional administrative responsibilities as a member of the President's Executive Council, including, but not limited to, serving on campus-wide committees and attending University events


Minimum of five (5) years' experience in executive-level human resource management

Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree strongly preferred

An energetic, forward-thinking, and creative individual with a proven track record of customer service to organizational clients through service as a partner and consultant

Experience negotiating and/or administering collective bargaining agreements

An individual with high ethical standards and demonstrated commitment to developing a diverse workforce

A strategic planner with sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus

A well-organized, trustworthy and self-directed individual who has a commitment to, and demonstrated experience with, collaborative decision-making

An intelligent and articulate individual who can relate to people at all levels of an organization, possesses excellent communication skills, and is an excellent facilitator experienced in resolving conflicts

Demonstrated ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex human resource related documents, respond effectively and with confidentiality to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints, make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to employee groups, and interact with management at all levels of the University, including the Board of Regents


University annual expense budget: approximately $325 million

Headcount: approximately 1,700 regular employees plus several hundred part-time employees

University compensation costs: approximately $220 million per year (which includes approximately $59 million per year in benefits costs)

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