Chief Human Resources Officer

Yavapai College
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Aug 10, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration
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Employment Type
Full Time

Chief Human Resources Officer

Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Location: Prescott, AZ
Job Type: Full Time
Department: Human Resources
Job Number: 2022-00151
Closing: Continuous

Description of Position


Yavapai College (YC), approved by voters in 1966 and broke ground on its first campus in Prescott in 1968, is a comprehensive community college primarily serving the 232,000 residents of Yavapai County, a service district larger than four states and with twice the national average of people 65 and older. With now six locations, the College offers a host of transfer and career-technical coursework, degrees, and certificates in a variety of programming areas. Unique destination programs include Aviation, Gunsmithing, Mining, Northern Arizona Regional (Police) Training Academy, and Viticulture & Enology. YC ensures that Yavapai County is a premier place to learn, work, and live by enriching the community in providing accessible, quality workforce, transfer, lifelong, and cultural learning opportunities.

The College Council is YC's participatory governance model for interactive communication and information-sharing for all college groups, including faculty, staff, and students. The Council meets regularly to conduct ongoing communication and advise the President on important college-wide matters with the focus on the College's mission and student success.


With 300 days of sunny skies and temperate weather, Yavapai County is a favorite destination for residents of Arizona and beyond. Surrounded by natural scenic beauty, outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and rock climbing are hugely popular. Dozens of miles of groomed trails and picturesque locales like Red Rock State Park, Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte, West Fork Trail, and Watson Lake afford stunning views year-round.

Yavapai County is a place where there is still a sense of community with numerous annual community events such as local harvest festivals, arts & crafts shows, and community holiday parades. The region is rich in history and its past is maintained in various forms by local museums. Unique shopping opportunities exist throughout the county from Prescott Square to the winding streets to Jerome, to old town Cottonwood. The Verde Valley Wine Trail is a great way to learn about the burgeoning wine industry in Yavapai County. Local theater is alive and well, through community theaters, the Elks Opera House, and the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. Annual music events include the Sedona Music Festival, Prescott Bluegrass Festival, and the Acker Musical Showcase. Signature events such as the Sedona Film Festival and the World's Oldest Rodeo showcase the truly unique flavor of Northern Arizona! The area offers something for everyone.

While servicing the entire district, the CHRO is based in Prescott, which is 90 minutes north of Phoenix and abuts the largest stand of Ponderosa Pines in the nation – the Prescott National Forest. In the heart of Yavapai County, this moderately sized mountain community rests approximately a mile above sea level and enjoys a mild, four-season climate.


The Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) provides strategic leadership by articulating the human resource strategy development and advises the leadership team on human resource issues/needs in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the institution. This includes succession planning, leadership development, talent management, change management, organizational development, and performance management. The CHRO will establish and implement HR programs and policies that effectively communicate and support the College's vision, mission, values, and strategic vision. The CHRO functions as a strategic business partner to the Executive Leadership Team and college management regarding key organizational and management issues. This individual works with the Executive Leadership Team to establish a sound talent management plan including succession planning, training, and leadership development that corresponds to the strategy and objectives of the College. The role also develops comprehensive recruiting and retention programs to meet the human capital needs of strategic goals, recommends and implements comprehensive compensation and benefits programs that are competitive and cost-effective, and provides overall leadership and supervision to the HR function enabling the human resources organization to improve the internal and external customer experience in support of student success. Additionally, the CHRO serves as Chair of the Policy Review Committee, a subcommittee of the College Council, that oversees the establishment and review of all college policies.

Reporting directly to the President, the CHRO oversees a budget of $1,083,283 covering staff, organizational expenses, staff development, and employee recognition and events. The CHRO has three direct reports and a team of seven, leading an organization of 500 full-time and 650 part-time employees.


Organizational Development

• Reduce turnaround time for hiring decisions, implement/revise procedures
• Standardize performance management process and tools
• Promote high functionality – further automation and consistent application of forms, processes, and procedures
• Promote Talent Management - strategic and operational design, continue implementation and improvement in training and development for all levels of employees including job-specific, managerial, and leadership
• A highly talented and committed HR team will benefit from further assessment, development, and functional deployment
• Recruit and retain under-represented employees in an increasingly competitive market
• Strategically gather, establish, articulate, and implement a vision for the human resources organization optimizing the human capital life cycle
• Focus on student success and HR as a service

Relationship Building - Collaborative and Decisive Leadership

• Build strong collaborative and effective relationships throughout the college including an elected Governing Board, six locations, the senior executive team, and internal human resources organization
• Make decisions that are timely, informed, and action-oriented amidst a range of options and ambiguity
• Achieve and maintain operational consistency in terms of decisions and human resources deliverables
• Listen, translate and address the diverse needs of multiple constituencies
• Through collaboration, identify and develop efficiencies across the organization


The President and the search committee invite interest in the Chief Human Resources Officer position at Yavapai College. All inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications are confidential and are to be directed to the search consultant.

Soft Application Deadline: August 21, 2022
While the position is open until filled, materials received by this date are guaranteed full consideration.
All confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications should be directed to:

Sheila Lehker, Senior Vice President
Cizek Associates, Inc.
602-553-1066 telephone

A complete application includes:
• Letter of Interest showing alignment with the Position Profile (not to exceed 5 pages)
• Resume (chronological preferred)
• References (minimum of six professional references including direct email and telephone)

Yavapai College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Minimum Expectations & Requirements

• Master's degree in business administration, human resources, organizational development or equivalent in a related field
• Ten years of progressively responsible human resources experience in all facets of human resources - including recruitment, benefits, employee relations, training, organizational development, etc.
• Five years of experience in leadership/management level in an HR capacity
• Two years of experience in a higher education environment

Preferred Skills & Abilities
• Recognized relevant HR certifications such as SHRM, HRCI, etc.
• Experience working in a community college
• Community College teaching experience
• Experience and proficiency in spreadsheets, databases, document software, CRM, etc.
• A visionary, servant leader with a history of collaborative relationships and inclusive leadership and management style
• Experience in program development, faculty development, and strategic planning
• Experience working with diverse populations with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion and active promotion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace
• Proven track record in optimistic, engaged strategic leadership
• Evidence of experience quickly gaining confidence and establishing credibility among executive peers, employees, and constituent groups relative to human resources strategy, policy, and implementation
• Evidence of strong decision-making skills and effective follow-through to implementation

Essential Functions
Physical Demands

• The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
• Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Work Environment
• The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
• Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
• To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The
• Requirements and competencies listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable
• Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Yavapai College offers its full-time employees a comprehensive benefit package:


• Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance: College's partial payment of premiums toward medical with pharmacy and/or dental plan options picked by employees for themselves (and eligible dependents)
• Medicare: Provides basic health insurance
• Flexible Spending Accounts: Pre-tax pay deductions to use for eligible medical or dependent daycare costs
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Counseling and referral services for employees and their immediate families for depression, stress, family/marital conflict, and alcohol/drug issues
• Vision: Provides an amount per plan year for eligible expenses such as vision exams, lenses, frames, prescription sunglasses, and contact lenses
• Life Insurance: The College provides Basic Life Insurance coverage at twice of the employee's annual salary. Dependents have automatic coverage of $2,000/spouse and $1,000/per child if enrolled in medical plan.
• Voluntary Individual And Family Term Life Insurance: Additional term life insurance coverage available for employee, spouse and children.
• Other Insurance Coverage: Short Term and Long Term Disability (replacement income insurance), and Workers' Compensation (compensation, medical expenses and death benefits for on-the-job injuries or occupational diseases)


• Retirement Benefits: Arizona State Retirement System or Optional Retirement Plan, and Social Security (which provides a basic retirement annuity based on age and years of contribution)
• Tax Deferred Annuities: Employees' contributions to designated tax-deferred annuities
• Unemployment Compensation: Employees who are laid off or terminated may receive benefits in covered wages meet requirements


• Vacation: 15 days of Vacation leave annually. NOTE: For employees who work an amount of contractual days, there will be no earned vacation.
• Sick Leave: 12 days sick leave annually. NOTE: Employees working less than full time or an amount of contractual days will receive a proration of sick leave.
• Personal Leave: Use of up to three personal leave days per year which are charged against accumulated sick leave to take care of items of personal business
• Other Leave: Bereavement leave, Civic Duty Leave (Jury duty, active military duty, military training), and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
• Holidays: 24 days during the year as paid holidays for full-time employees which include Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, 3 days at Thanksgiving, 10 days at Winter/year-end break, Martin Luther King Day, Spring Break and Memorial Day

• Spanish Interpreter Incentive Program: Employees interested in additional compensation for their Spanish speaking skills agree to assist YC by attending two recruiting events and being available for Spanish Interpretation needs as they arise. Compensation is added to the employee's regular pay at the rate of $50 per month for employees testing at the Advanced Mid-level and $100 a month for employees testing at the Advanced High level. If you are interested in participating let your HR Business partner know, so they can schedule you for the ACTFL language proficiency test at the YC testing center.
• Direct Deposit: Paychecks deposited directly into the employee's bank account(s)
• Tuition Waiver: Eligible Full-time Faculty and Staff may enroll up to 6 hours; eligible dependents may enroll in a partial or full program of course work without payment of tuition, exceptions may be lab fees and market based additional fees
• Sabbatical: Faculty, professional and administrative staff may apply for compensated leave of up to a year after six years of continuous service
• Professional Development Opportunities
• Additional Benefits and Services: Bookstore discount, local community discounts to faculty and staff, computer loan program, mail and notary service.

Yavapai College

1100 E. Sheldon Street
Prescott, Arizona, 86301



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