Copy of Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources

Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources


About UCCS

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), one of four universities in the University of Colorado system, has a broad range of degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in business, education, engineering, nursing and health science, and public affairs. UCCS seeks to provide unsurpassed, student-centered teaching and learning, and outstanding research and creative work that serve our community, region, state, and nation, aspiring to become a premier comprehensive, regional research university. The campus, founded in 1965, is one of the fastest growing in the state, enrolling approximately 12,000 students annually and offering 53 bachelor degrees, 24 master’s degrees, and 8 doctoral degrees.


About the Position

The Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources will report to the Chancellor, with plans to report to the Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance in January 2023 when the Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance position is filled.


The Human Resources Office operates in a support role for every department and school on the UCCS Campus offering services from Talent Acquisition Management, HR Processing and Operations, Data Processing, and Employee Relations.


This position will play a central role at UCCS and requires keeping everyday operations running like clockwork. The Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources gets the chance to make things happen and work closely with inspiring leaders across different parts of the institution. Whether the role is supportive, administrative, innovative, or behind the scenes, the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources will be part of a dynamic team that not only provides UCCS students with cutting-edge academic and career tools, but the team also takes care of its people.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources supervises three HR Directors and will be expected to:


  • Provide leadership in the development, implementation, and ongoing execution of sound human resources and management practices, policies, initiatives, and actions which minimize employment related risk to the institution and engage faculty and staff members in the successful advancement of the University’s mission and strategic plan.
  • Will play an important role in campus-wide student success efforts through consultation and advise on campus workforce strategies.
  • Through the UCCS HR Leadership Team, provide day-to-day Office of Human Resources operations management, including monitoring staffing patterns, payroll, talent acquisition, workloads, initiatives, and office priorities.
  • Build a community of practice that recognizes the contributions of the campus Human Resource Liaisons and incorporates them into the human resource strategic plan for meeting the needs of the campus.
  • Advise and inform campus administration on anticipated or current personnel needs, and address issues due to programmatic or organizational changes, turnover, or reassignment of duties.
  • Develop supervisor training and academic chair training programs to help management and leadership development on the campus.
  • Work with units across the campus in helping develop professional development and mentoring programs for faculty and staff.
  • Develop and lead a program to address compensation disparities with departments, colleges, and schools to resolve budget and personnel issues in accordance with Regent Law and policies.
  • Lead development and execution of policy and programmatic direction for the campus human resources functions and serving as campus human resources representative on various campus, university, and state committees or projects.
  • Represent the campus to the state Department of Personnel and Administration (DPA) on issues of compensation, classification, selection, and employee relations. Provides campus perspective and preference on DPA initiatives, policies, and rules.
  • Provide expert guidance and interpretation of Human Resources compliance requirements, laws, regulations, and policies to HR staff, campus administration, supervisors, and employees.
  • Develop and maintain effective customer relationships, including solicitation and evaluation of input from faculty, students, and staff concerning the goals, programs, and activities of the campus Office of Human Resources.
  • Provide leadership and supervision to all assigned personnel, including recruitment, selection, training, and performance management.
  • Create a culture of proactively supporting clients and educating campus on best practices.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships, including solicitation and evaluation of input from faculty, staff, and students with other University programs, departments, governance groups, and affiliates (e.g., Legal Counsel, Institutional Equity and Inclusion, Academic Affairs, Deans’ Offices, UCCS Staff Council, UCCS Faculty Council, Budget Office, Student Employment, and the Office of Sponsored Programs) to ensure appropriate coordination and support concerning the goals of the campus Human Resources office.
  • Maintain effective relations with University of Colorado Employees Services, the CU System CHRO and those of the other three campuses.
  • In conjunction with the Budget and Institutional Research Offices, lead in the annual salary planning and analysis to include merit, equity, and retention determinations.
  • Manage and enhance the performance management process for campus and facilitate campus learning and understanding of performance management best practices.
  • Provide expertise in effective resolution of employee relations issues, particularly regarding performance problems, interpersonal conflict, and handling of employee grievances and disputes.
  • Provide campus leadership related to personnel records retention and appropriate disposition.
  • Overall responsibility for campus payroll function.
  • Strategically analyze gaps, develop, and conduct training sessions on Human Resources best practices, employee development, supervisory and leadership skills.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned or necessary to ensure the smooth operation of the Department of Human Resources.
  • Act as strategic liaison between Human Resources department and campus operations.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to campus concerning workforce diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, affirmative action, and the ADA.


Minimum Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in human resources management, organizational management, public administration, business or related field.
  • Ten years of progressive professional Human Resources experience.
  • Five years of experience in a leadership and supervisory capacity.
  • Experience addressing challenges with salary (in) equity, wage compression and inversion.
  • Experience in streamlining campus policies and approval process to support paperless systems and process efficiencies.


Preferred Qualifications

  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in human resources management, organizational management, public administration, business or related field.
  • Current State of Colorado Personnel Certification Program (PCP) certificates in selection and job evaluation.
  • Experience in a senior management and leadership position in human resources in a higher education environment.
  • Experience with labor relations and collective bargaining agreements


Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary Range - Min: $150,000; Max: $165,000



Application Process

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five or more references) to be submitted to the search firm assisting UCCS. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The Search Committee prefers that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm website prior to September 9, 2022 to:


Laurie C. Wilder, President

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President

Grant Higgison, Principal

Parker Executive Search

Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2875

Atlanta, GA 30328

Phone: (770) 804-1996 X 109, X 118 || ||


The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.


UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.


Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date.  If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.


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