Chief Human Resources Officer

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Winston-Salem State University Invites Applicants for the next
Chief Human Resources Officer
(Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources)

Founded in 1892, WSSU enjoys a distinguished reputation as a historically black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina that offers a rich curriculum rooted in a high-quality, liberal education. The University is dedicated to the development of students through excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Winston-Salem State University contributes to the social, cultural, intellectual and economic growth of the region, North Carolina and beyond. These values embody our motto, “Enter to Learn. Depart to Serve.”

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has an established history as a transformative historically Black college and university. In its new strategic plan, WSSU aspires to attract talented employees and students who are committed to excellence and community engagement, which yields significant academic and research productivity. These efforts drive economic impact and societal contributions in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County community, and they bolster WSSU’s value to the Piedmont Triad and the state of North Carolina.  WSSU commits to cultivate a highly responsive work environment characterized by exemplary customer service, operational and organizational efficiency, and continuous improvement to better serve our constituents.  A forward-thinking, experienced university human resource leader is critical to continued success at Winston-Salem State University.

Winston-Salem State University, located in the Piedmont Triad city of Winston-Salem and is located within short drives to Charlotte and Raleigh. Winston-Salem is known as the City of Arts and Innovation and is the home to five major universities and annually celebrates its diversity during an array of festivals and events.  With a population of approximately 250,000 residents, it is the fifth most populous city in North Carolina. In 2021, the city ranked No. 46 out of 150 cities on the "Best Places to Live" list from U.S. News & World Report.

About the Opportunity
Winston-Salem State University seeks serious applicants for the Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources who will act as the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Reporting directly to the Chancellor, is responsible for the administration of all human resource functions for EHRA, SHRA and temporary employees. The CHRO will provide leadership and direction for University human resources functions including organizational development, recruitment and retention, employee relations, compensation, benefit administration, employee recognition, training, performance management and HR information systems. This visible campus leadership role will be responsible for the strategic direction and effectiveness of the University's workforce programs and services for faculty, staff, and students. This position must positively promote the university internally and externally.

The Associate Vice Chancellor and CHRO will:

  • Lead a comprehensive review of current and future university human resource needs and recommend organizational changes to meet those needs.
  • Develop and implement organizational design and system improvements that optimize performance, customer service and accountability.
  • Provide leadership and direction for human resources at the University, manage the operations of the Human Resources office, and manage employees within the Department of Human Resources.
  • Modernize and streamline processes taking full advantage of the Human Resources Information System.
  • Design and develop a training and development program that enhances skills and address institutional objectives and employee needs.
  • Create an environment within human resources that provides quality service to faculty and staff.
  • Assure that the university is compliant with government requirement in all aspects of employment practices.
  • Support the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through the development and implementation of various programs and initiatives. 

Minimum Qualifications:

A Master’s degree in human resources management, business administration, law or a similar/equivalent program from a regionally accredited college or university.



Five (5) years of progressively responsible managerial and supervisory experience and/or a combination of education and experience. 

Must have some experience in a public college, university or similar setting. 


Other Demonstrated Competencies and Expertise

A demonstrated leadership ability that includes creating a positive and productive workplace. 

A demonstrated record in implementing solutions to complex employee issue

Demonstrated commitment to continuous process improvement.

Strong budgeting and financial management skills. 

Demonstrated knowledge of all programs and services encompassing employment as relates to federal and state regulations.

Demonstrated strong communication, interpersonal, team building, and leadership skills to enhance human resources programs and policies


Preferred Qualifications:

Three or more years’ experience in the University of North Carolina (UNC) system at the institutional level

Demonstrated experience establishing unit metrics and implementing strategic goals

SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Credential


To Apply
For fullest consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume and names and contact information of three professional references to by May 16, 2022. This position will be open until filled. Expected start date for this position is July 1, 2022. This position will be open until filled. No paper applications will be considered. Any applications not submitted through this process are subject to disqualification by the search committee. Expected start date for this position is July 1, 2022. 

Please direct nominations and questions or concerns regarding the search and/or application process to Ms. Andrea Jenkins at Please note a criminal background check will be conducted on the candidate finalist prior to the offer of employment.

Winston-Salem State University is dedicated to providing equal opportunity in admissions and employment based on merit, and without discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or political affiliation according to state and federal laws.