Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief Human Resources Officer


Associate Vice Chancellor &

Chief Human Resources Officer




UC Davis is the largest campus in the University of California system and the third largest by enrollment. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, it ranks fifth among public research universities nationwide (source: Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings). With over 41,000 undergraduate and graduate students and roughly 25,000 academic and adminis­trative staff, UC Davis has an annual operating budget of $6.2 billion. It offers more than 100 under­graduate majors and over 95 graduate programs through four undergraduate colleges, six professional schools, a graduate studies program, and its division of Continuing and Professional Education. The university also operates UC Davis Health, which includes a nationally ranked acute-care teaching hospital with more than 640 beds, a 1,000-member physician's practice group, and research facilities across the region. A powerful economic engine for California, UC Davis generates $8.1 billion in statewide economic activity and supports 72,000 jobs.


The Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer (AVC/CHRO) will play a key role in fostering UC Davis’s inclusive community and organizational culture and advancing the goals of its strategic plan, To Boldly Go. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor, Finance, Operations and Administration, the AVC/CHRO will lead and motivate a distributed HR team of ~250 engaged in planning, imple­ment­ing, evaluating, and improving organization-wide programs and services including talent acquisition, talent management, organizational effectiveness, employee and labor relations, performance manage­ment, compensation, classification, shared services, rewards and recognition, investigations, Academic and Staff Assistance Programs (ASAP), and disability management. With the HR team, the AVC/CHRO will work collaboratively to support the organization’s mission, enhance its culture, and innovatively shape the post-pandemic work environment. The AVC/CHRO will build trusting and effective working relationships at all levels across the UC Davis and UC Davis Health campuses, and lead complex, collaborative initiatives, developing and applying progressive HR practices that motivate excellence while building organizational effectiveness and employee engagement.


A sterling communicator, champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and empowering leader, the AVC/CHRO will have at least ten years of experience in a complex, multidisciplinary, unionized organization. A strategic, innovative, and solutions-focused leader, the AVC/CHRO will be approachable and engaging, with well-developed communication and problem-solving skills, and a record of attracting, coaching, and developing high-performing talent. Knowledgeable of Federal, State, and local employment laws, the AVC/CHRO will have an advanced degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Law, or a related field, and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience. An SHRM designation, experience in higher education and/or healthcare, and experience leading in a unionized environment will be considered assets. This is an opportunity to develop a strategic, innovative, and responsive HR function that supports the transformative power of a UC Davis education.


Review of candidate materials will begin immediately (in July 2022) and the ability to apply or nominate will continue until the position has been filled. The complete position profile and application information can be found at: UC Davis has retained Caldwell Partners, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. 


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The University of California, in accordance with applicable federal and state law and university policy, prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person employed by or seeking employment with the university on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, or age. The University of California also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran or within the limits imposed by law or university policy, on the basis of citizenship. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy can be found at: If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please inform Caldwell Partners in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.