Executive Director of Compensation Strategy

Executive Director of Compensation Strategy

Urbana and Champaign, Illinois


The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (UIUC) seeks an Executive Director of Compensation Strategy (ED) who will think strategically about shaping compensation philosophy and career pathing in support of the talented Illinois workforce, as well as bring an energy and enthusiasm for accomplishing the important work of this role.


The ED is the leader of the Compensation Center of Expertise (COE) within Illinois Human Resources (IHR) and will position UIUC as a leading employer of choice. Reporting to the Assistant Chancellor for HR Centers of Expertise and working closely with the Senior Associate Chancellor for Human Resources, the ED provides leadership for the development, implementation, communication, and administration of compensation and classification programs. They function as the chief expert on compensation with a strategic partnership approach, delivering executive level presentations, employee communications, and consultation services, as well as providing oversight for compensation and classification administration functions.


The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862. The university is in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (total population 207,000) in east-central Illinois and is optimally situated 140 miles south of Chicago, 125 miles west of Indianapolis, and 180 miles northeast of St. Louis.


The successful candidate will possess ten years of Human Resources experience with a minimum of seven years focused in compensation development, administration, and management. A minimum of five years supervisory experience managing a highly effective and efficient operation is required, with a strong preference for experience managing a compensation and classification division. A Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Accounting, Finance, or another relevant field is also required; a master’s degree is preferred.


A complete position profile with instructions for application may be found at https://www.agbsearch.com/active-searches. For more information about The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign please visit https://illinois.edu/.


To assure full consideration, application materials should be received by April 14, 2023. The Search Committee will begin a review of applications early April and continue its work until an appointment is made.


Candidates should provide:

  • A letter of interest stating how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and priorities expressed in the position profile.
  • A curriculum vitae/resume.
  • A statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Five professional references with emails, telephone numbers, and a description of the candidate’s professional relationship with each reference listed (references will not be contacted without prior written authorization from the applicant).


Applications and nominations should be sent electronically (PDF or MS Word) to: UIUC-EDCS@agbsearch.com


The search is being assisted by:

Ms. Monica Burton, Principal, AGB Search monica.burton@agbsearch.com / (917) 825-2961

Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Plympton, Principal, AGB Search margaret.plympton@agbsearch.com / (484) 554-4542

Dr. Alan “Al” Crist, Director, Compensation Evaluation Service, AGB Search al.crist@agbsearch.com / (608) 695-0217



The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.


Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing accessibility@illinois.edu.