Chief Human Resources Officer

University of Oregon in Oregon

Date Posted January 30, 2013
Type Administrative
Employment Type Full-time


Chief Human Resources Officer
University of Oregon



The University of Oregon seeks an innovative and strategic leader for the position of Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). A world-class public teaching and research university of 24,500 students located in Eugene, UO is the flagship research university of the Oregon University System and one of only two AAU universities in the Greater Northwest. The University’s Academic Plan affirms the University’s commitment to a core of liberal education, an academic program on a human scale, a curriculum shaped by respectful stewardship of human and natural resources, institutional agility in balancing between multidisciplinary innovations and traditional disciplinary strengths, cooperative leadership and engagement with the community, and a spirit of resourceful creativity. The University employs more than 1900 tenure-related and non-tenure track faculty and 2700 staff.

The CHRO provides vision and strategic leadership for the planning and implementation of quality-based integrated human resources programs for allofficers of administration, faculty, staff and student employee of the University. The CHRO acts as steward of employee resources in service to the University’s academic and research mission and core educational and administrative objectives. Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Administration & CFO, the CHRO leads a University-wide HR operationthat is responsible for the development of an HR strategy, HR management, implementation of well-conceived and designed programs, and synchronization of HR processes, systems, policies and procedures pertaining to all HR activities. The CHRO coordinates HR-related functions for faculty with the Office of Academic Affairs and works collaboratively with senior administrators and other University leadership. S/he is responsible for designing plans that facilitate the University’s evolution into an organization that drives superior value, excellence in leadership, efficiency, consistency and fairness, customer service, and organizational capacity.

To be successful in this role, the CHRO must possess outstanding leadership qualities, vision, and strategic ability along with a strong commitment to service and accountability. In addition to exceptional technical skills and management abilities, the CHRO must have proven experience as a program builder, a passion for delivering high quality service, deep interest in building strong relationships with faculty and staff, a collaborative and flexible decision-making style, a hands-on orientation that pays attention to detail, and the ability to lead organizational change. The successful candidate may come from other academic institutions, from research-focused or healthcare organizations, from complex not-for-profit or consulting organizations, or from the public or private sector. Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree, five to ten years of progressive management experience within a complex organization serving multiple constituencies, strong technical knowledge of HR functions and technology with extensive experience in the administration of compensation and benefits programs; the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with all campus constituents, and a demonstrated record of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. An advanced degree, SPHR or other appropriate professional certification, experience in a higher educational setting, labor relations, particularly in negotiating and interpreting collective bargaining agreements, is strongly preferred. Individuals must demonstrate a track record of building a strong organizational team culture while creating an environment of customer service and support.

Screening will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. All communications will be treated confidentially, subject to applicable law. Nominations, inquiries, and applications (including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of five references) should be directed electronically in confidence to UOregon-CHRO@divsearch.com. For further information, please contact:

Kim M. Morrisson, Ph.D. Managing Director and Practice Leader or
Nancy Helfman, Vice President and Senior Associate
Diversified Search
2005 Market Street, Suite 3300, Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-656-3579

The University of Oregon is an AA/EO/ADA institution and is strongly committed to cultural diversity.

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