Chief Human Resources Officer

Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Sep 08, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), a pre-eminent public research university, invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). This is a compelling opportunity for an accomplished and transformational leader to drive change at this rapidly ascending Carnegie Research 1 institution characterized by innovation and forward momentum.


As the largest university in North Texas and second largest in The University of Texas System, UTA is a comprehensive research, teaching, and public service institution whose mission is the advancement of knowledge and the pursuit of excellence. Located in Arlington, Texas, between Dallas and Fort Worth in North Texas, UTA is an institution with a deep commitment to the promotion of lifelong learning through its academic and continuing education programs and to the formation of good citizenship through its community service learning programs. UTA is also a Carnegie Research 1 institution with more than 100 years of academic excellence. It is a major employer in the area with over 6,000 employees and nearly 60,000 students in global enrollment. It is a highly diverse campus and currently ranked the sixth most diverse undergraduate student body in the nation.


Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the CHRO is the principal steward of the human capital of the university, providing institutional leadership and service. The CHRO will serve as a strategic partner with university departments and academic units to support workforce planning, recruitment, compensation studies, leadership development and retention of personnel. In addition, the CHRO will oversee the day-to-day operations and activities of the Human Resources department and will nurture a culture of collaboration and communication, grounded in best practices. The successful candidate will establish a collaborative working relationship with the newly formed Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in support of initiatives to advance workforce diversity, inclusiveness and employment equity, among others.


The new CHRO will play a pivotal role in fully implementing a comprehensive transformation of human resources policies, practices, and technologies over the next several years. The CHRO will guide and develop the human resources team by establishing a vision and strategic priorities based in service, partnership, innovation and flexibility. This role requires an innovative, highly driven executive focused on contemporary human resources delivery. This includes expanding the human resources team's strategic competencies; ensuring delivery of high-level, proactive support; sophisticating business processes, policies and practices; and fostering a culture of inclusion.


The successful candidate will possess experience leading high performing teams through organizational change within a large, complex enterprise, have a strong understanding of the academic mission and context and possess exceptional communication and leadership skills. A bachelor's degree in human resources, business/public administration or related field is required, as is a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in human resources and five years in a senior level role. Candidates with an advanced or terminal degree are preferred.


WittKieffer is assisting UTA in this search. Review of candidate materials will continue until the position is filled, with priority given to applications received by October 16, 2020.


A complete leadership profile can be found at More information about the University of Texas at Arlington can be found here. Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to Ann Yates, Sarah Miller and Jeff Compher at


For formal consideration, applicants should submit, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile through WittKieffer's candidate portal.


UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, disabilities, or sexual orientation.