Chief Human Resource Officer
Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions
Feb 5, 2021
Open Until Filled
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.
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
The key responsibilities for the Chief Human Resource Officer
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Developing and implementing a comprehensive succession and
continuity plan for HR including cross-training and professional
- 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
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
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
Experience designing and implementing successful staff development
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
A strong commitment to customer service, including a demonstrated
record of fostering that commitment within HR teams and related
Senior level experience leading a complex Human Resources
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification and/or
Society for Human Resource Management-Senior Certified Professional
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
For assistance with the online application system contact the Human
Resources at (309) 298-1971 or via email at HR-Recruitment@wiu.edu
To apply, visit https://wiu.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=128092&CNTRNO=18&TSTMP=0