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Chief Human Resource Officer

Western Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Jul 26, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration
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Chief Human Resource Officer

Category: Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions       
Department: Human Resources
Locations: Macomb, IL
Posted: Feb 5, 2021
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: FT - Continuous

About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission , serves nearly 7,500 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

Job Description:

Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA), the Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) serves as a key partner with University Leadership and sets the overall strategic vision for Human Resources. The CHRO has oversight and responsibility for all talent acquisition and development, oversees benefits and labor relations, promotes a highly diverse and high functioning work force, coordinates development and assimilation of University Human Resource policies and procedures and identifies trends and innovations in all aspects of Human Resources.

The CHRO will build a strong foundation to ensure a progressive business and service focused approach to recruiting and retaining a diverse population of talent, will provide development opportunity and serve as a strategic thinker in creating a diverse and progressive talent management program. This position serves as the subject matter expert for the University in all that encompasses Human Resources.

The key responsibilities for the Chief Human Resource Officer include:
  • Providing leadership and guidance to the Human Resource department by overseeing talent acquisition, training, retention, talent development, performance management, classification and compensation, labor relations, benefits, immigration and employee recognition.
  • Developing human resource plans and strategies that support achieving overall business objectives. Serving as a mentor, business partner, and strategic advisor to campus partners to ensure alignment of policies, processes and best practices.
  • Functioning as a strategic advisor to each unit's leadership regarding organizational and management issues.
  • Developing comprehensive strategic employee recruiting and retention plans to meet the needs of the University.
  • Serves as the Chief Labor Relations Negotiator for the University for civil service classification collective bargaining agreements.
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of comprehensive compensation plans ensuring competitiveness and equitability.
  • Promoting a culture of accountability, compliance, and continuous improvement with an eye toward automation for increased efficiency.
  • Planning, assigning, and reviewing work of HR staff to ensure that group objectives are met. Hiring, training, developing, and managing staff to ensure that a qualified staff exists to meet group objectives.
  • Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and reinforcing WIU's position as an equal opportunity employer.
  • Partnering with General Counsel/Compliance, and Internal Audit offices to investigate and resolve employee complaints, allegations, and employee relations issues.
  • Partnering with internal offices, including the Office of General Counsel, to ensure compliance with federal and state laws.
  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive succession and continuity plan for HR including cross-training and professional development opportunities.
  • Overseeing the budget for the human resources department.

APPOINTMENT: As soon as possible.

COMPENSATION: $120,000 annually or above commensurate with education and experience.

Western Illinois University offers a comprehensive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


Minimum Qualifications

A Master's degree in human resources, organizational development, leadership, labor law, or other related fields.
Minimum of 7 years of progressive human resources experience in areas to include strategic employment, training, classification, compensation, benefits administration, labor law, and employee relations, including exposure to negotiation and administration of agreements of labor relations contracts; at least 5 of those years should have been spent in a leadership role.
Solid knowledge of recruiting, performance management, training and development, wage and hour law, benefits, compensation, EEO/AA guidelines, employee relations, and HR systems.
Ability to develop policies and procedures, and to effectively communicate all policies and procedures to University employees and departments.
Superior interpersonal communication skills with a proven ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with a variety of both internal and external constituents.
Experience as a successful facilitator in conflict resolution.
Experience designing and implementing successful staff development programs.
Demonstrated leadership ability with strong organizational and administrative skills with the ability to balance the daily operations of a Human Resources office with the strategic needs of the University.
A strong commitment to customer service, including a demonstrated record of fostering that commitment within HR teams and related work groups.

Preferred Qualifications

Senior level experience leading a complex Human Resources environment.
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification and/or Society for Human Resource Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) Certification.
Experience working in public higher education or governmental entity including oversight of institutional compliance issues related to state and federal mandates.
Experience in overseeing HR information systems and related technologies.
Strong understanding of the strategic relationship between HR and the University's core business functions, overall business environment and the various levels that affect that organization's success.

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body).

Additional Information:

Since 1902, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

Western is a comprehensive university offering 62 undergraduate and 41 graduate degree programs, which includes an Ed.D. in educational leadership and a Ph.D. in environmental science. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, the University's 442 full-time faculty members teach 94 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses.

WIU-Macomb, IL: A traditional, residential four-year campus with distinctive undergraduate degrees and numerous graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago.

WIU-Quad Cities: The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its non-residential campus in Moline, IL (population 44,000).

WIU's Macomb campus is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region. Annually, 12 major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows are performed, along with outstanding concerts, lectures, presentations, films, dance performances and more. The Gwendolyn Brooks and Casa Latina cultural centers offer programs and activities focusing on Black and Hispanic cultures, while the Women's Center promotes gender equity through education, support and advocacy. WIU's student organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and ally (LGBTQ*A) community provides resources, support and programming. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.

Application Instructions:

Applicants will be required to upload a letter of application and current curriculum vitae or resume, as well as provide contact information for at least three professional references for their online application. Unofficial transcripts are required at the time of application; however, candidates chosen for on-campus visits will be required to submit official transcripts for continued consideration.

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL:

Screening will begin on July 19, 2021.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Amelia Hartnett at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Human Resources at (309) 298-1971 or via email at

To apply, visit

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