Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer

University of California, Riverside

Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer

Salary: Commensurate with Experience


Reporting to the Chancellor, the Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer (AVC/CHRO) is a member of the Chancellor’s cabinet and campus leadership team; and is responsible for formulating a vision and implementing a plan that establishes UCR as an employer of choice in the region, state, and nation. The incumbent is further responsible for facilitating a workplace culture of integrity, excellence, accountability, and respect, where all employees and students have the opportunity to thrive and develop. The AVC/CHRO will provide leadership for human resource (HR) policies, processes, and behaviors that provide a solid foundation for departments and individuals to achieve their respective goals.


Moreover, the AVC/CHRO leads, develops, and manages comprehensive human resources programs aligned with UCR's mission, Principles of Community, strategic plan; and university-wide policies, labor agreements, and Federal and State employment laws and regulations.


The AVC/CHRO develops and executes comprehensive strategic plans relating to campus human resources programs, practices, and systems, in partnership with campus executive management, various groups such as the Staff Assembly and campus administrators, managers, faculty and staff. The AVC/CHRO is a liaison to the Office of the President on human resources matters and is responsible for advising campus senior officers on all aspects of human resources administration including UC's senior management programs and policy.


The AVC/CHRO provides vision and direction in an increasingly multi-cultural and multi-generational work environment while remaining internally equitable, externally competitive, legally compliant, and administratively sustainable. The AVC is responsible for the Human Resources Division and Human Resources activities performed by business partners located in campus schools, colleges and organizational units. The AVC/CHRO is responsible for providing HR training, direction, and policy and compliance oversight. The AVC/CHRO guides the development of a campus-wide talent management strategy that enhances UCR's competitive advantage as an employer of choice, by establishing a framework to actively recruit, develop, and retain a diverse and talented workforce; developing policies and practices that champion diversity; and creating a safe, inclusive work culture.


Education Requirements

• Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.    Required

• Advanced degree in public administration, business administration, human resources or law.     Preferred



• SHRM SCP or SPHR. Preferred



• Beyond 10 years of progressively responsible leadership experience in multiple human resources functional areas.    Preferred

• 10 - 15 years of related experience.    Required

• Progressively responsible experience in a senior HR position and/or leading a HR operation.    Preferred

• Prior experience working within a unionized environment.    Preferred

• Work experience in a higher education setting or in the public sector.    Preferred

• Previous supervisory/managerial experience.    Preferred


Minimum Requirements

• Expert and broad knowledge of organization and system-wide personnel policies and applicable laws and regulations.

• In-depth knowledge of specific functions in a university's HR management information systems.

• In-depth understanding of the unit goals and ability to determine the best way of achieving unit goals.

• Demonstrated ability to make decisions regarding hiring, evaluating, and development of subordinates.

• Expert communication skills with a diversity of communication styles; demonstrates a high level of political acumen; communicates effectively orally and in writing.

• Demonstrated ability to handle extremely difficult or volatile situations/individuals effectively.

• Excellent management skills that include collaboration, coaching and developing subordinates; ability to build relationships.

• Team player who works well with constituents at all levels of the organization.

• Impeccable judgment and high personal/professional integrity.


Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrated ability to think strategically in the planning, development, and implementation of human resources programs and services across a decentralized organization.


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**For full consideration, candidates are required to submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of contributions to diversity. Candidates may be asked to submit work samples and conduct a presentation as a part of the interview process.*** In a Statement of Contributions to Diversity” we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR.


**This search is being conducted in partnership with UC San Diego’s Executive Recruitment Services. For additional details or inquires, please contact Suzi Harris (**


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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