Chief Human Resources Officer

Rochester Community and Technical College
Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 05, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) is a member of the senior leadership team (President’s Cabinet), providing advice and counsel to the President and other senior leaders in broad areas of human resources. The position plans, leads, directs, develops, and coordinates the policies and activities of the Human Resource division, ensuring legal and contractual agreements are followed, and ensures the campus culture includes that of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The position oversees the strategic direction for planning, organizing, and implementing the College’s Affirmative Action Plan and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan. The position oversees the professional development programs for faculty and staff and works with Student Affairs/Student Life in providing joint equity, diversity and inclusiveness programming for both employees and students.

The CHRO is a trusted advisor whose empathy is demonstrated through inclusiveness and service to others, and who possesses integrity, humility, and an inviting demeanor. The CHRO is sensitive to and possesses an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of individuals. As co-chair of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategic Committee, the CHRO works with other campus leaders to ensure the three pillars of diversity, equity and inclusion are put into practice. The CHRO oversees employee recruitment and retention; workforce planning and design; talent management; change management; organizational and performance management; benefits administration; on-boarding; and training and development with a major focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion. The position oversees the administration of personnel and labor relations agreements/plans for the College employees, performing the duties with significant discretion. The position has substantial involvement in the development, interpretation, and implementation of college and system policies and federal and state laws.

As a member of the President’s Cabinet, the CHRO serves on several committees representing the views and communicating the decisions of the President’s Cabinet. The position develops and updates policies and practices on institutional issues and processes to ensure greater equity and inclusiveness. The position represents the College in system decision-making and with other external agencies and bodies. The CHRO is a champion for continuous quality improvement, supporting supervisors/managers through the application of a comprehensive performance management system; and provides guidance to supervisors on how to coach, offer continuous feedback and formal performance appraisals, and how to strategically manage employees to support professional growth while employed at the College. The CHRO works closely with the Affirmative Action and Title IX coordinators to ensure compliance with regulations and reviewing policies and practices to ensure that they do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identify.

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•Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Personnel Administration, or related field. (Preferred Master degree)
•A minimum of five years of successful and progressively responsible professional experience in human resource management in a medium to large organization.
•Experience in leading diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in an organization.
•Experience with collective bargaining and union contract administration
•Demonstrate high level of skills in leadership, management, supervisory, organizational, and human relations.
•Demonstrate competence in interpreting and complying with federal and state legislation, and state, system, and College policies.
•Demonstrated genuine commitment to inclusiveness and shared governance in leadership and decision-making.
•Knowledge of principles of continuous improvement and quality management.
•Demonstrated ability to work successfully with persons of diverse backgrounds, and commitment to affirmative action in staffing and operations.
•Demonstrated ability to identify and address issues and concerns in a diplomatic, sensitive, and confidential manner.
•Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.



•Advanced degree in human resource management or a related field.
•Experience developing, organizing, and administering budgets
•Experience in public sector human resource management.
•Solid employee relations/labor relations experience, including managing collective bargaining agreements and maintaining sound business relationships with union representatives.
•Demonstrated ability to foster participation of others and to work effectively and collaboratively with employees and students and other constituents of the College.
•Experience in strategic planning, project management and change management.
•Experience as a Diversity Officer or similar role.