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Assistant Vice President for Human Resources

University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, Colorado
$145,000 - $155,000 annually
Posted Date
Feb 8, 2023

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The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is a public research university in the state of Colorado with more than 12,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The faculty and staff add another 1,400 members to the UNC community. UNC is a multipurpose institution offering a wide range of graduate and undergraduate degree programs in six academic colleges: Humanities and Social Sciences, Monfort College of Business, Education and Behavioral Sciences, Natural and Health Sciences, Performing and Visual Arts, and University Libraries. The University offers more than 2,000 academic courses.

One of the major priorities of the campus is the implementation of the University strategic plan: Rowing not Drifting 2030. The University of Northern Colorado is Colorado’s leader in education. UNC sets the standard and models innovative strategies focused on the holistic growth, development, and life-long success of our students - this is how we define a Students First university.

Rowing, Not Drifting 2030 guides our direction and aspirations for the next decade of serving students and our community. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, the University of Northern Colorado will be the institution the state looks to as the future of higher education. Our students will experience a personalized education grounded in liberal arts and infused with the critical and creative inquiry; establish relationships with faculty and staff that nurture individual development; gain the skills and knowledge that provide upward mobility among alumni; and share a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As you consider joining our community, it is important to know that UNC is dedicated to strengthening and advancing our collective work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We develop and learn more together with a diverse team. To achieve this, diversity for us represents differing perspectives, thoughts, and experiences. We value the individuality of the human distinctions of our staff because these distinctions benefit students, our community, and each other. We expect members of our community to stretch their learning edges about race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, lifestyle, age, educational background, national origin, religion, or physical ability. This is a significant way to honor the intersectionality of our university community. We appreciate the diverse contributions every individual makes to the UNC community. When you join the UNC community, you can expect to be part of a growing inclusive, innovative, and equity-minded community that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

Job Summary:

The Assistant Vice President for Human Resources (AVP-HR) serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for the University of Northern Colorado and is responsible for creating and monitoring the effectiveness of programs that:

  • Recruit and retain talented staff and faculty.
  • Seek to provide competitive compensation and benefits.
  • Support an inclusive, family-friendly work environment. Support effective and efficient human resource functions.

The AVP-HR takes a leading role in the planning, development, and administration of all aspects of human resources including employment, compensation, classification systems, benefits, performance management, employee relations, and human resources information systems. This position ensures that the institution is in compliance with state and federal regulations and is responsible for formulating and communicating employment policies and procedures. The AVP-HR also manages the department's budget. The Assistant Vice President reports to the CFO/Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration. The AVP-HR is responsible for the supervision of 7 Human Resources staff.

Effective leadership in the position requires attention to:

  • Development and training of the Human Resources staff to support implementation of policy and execution of key processes.
  • Skillful listening and problem-solving in the realm of employee relations; and
  • Ability to lead and support strategic thinking about human resources to support the University Rowing not Drifting Strategic Plan.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Partner with the university's senior leadership to (a) create a vision for human resources, (b) develop strategies for achieving this vision, and provide leadership toward these goals.
  • Develop human resources goals consistent with and in conjunction with the university's mission and plan.
  • Promote a university community culture that values diversity and inclusion. Provide support for diversity and inclusion related mission and goals.
  • Guide and collaborate on the continuous improvement of human resource policies and documentation tools.
  • Lead the Human Resources team and provide the support, tools, and resources to help them be successful. Provide staff with professional growth opportunities.
  • Provide direction for the Human Resources department and the university toward the comprehensive goal of improving the full employment life cycle, with a focus on providing more efficient and effective service to the campus community.
  • Oversee and provide support in the areas of employee benefits, recruitment, classification/compensation, diversity, training, and employee relations.
  • Provide communication throughout the university to clarify and promote human resources policies, services, and processes.
  • Provide consultative support, counsel, and communication to all levels within the institution while aligning human resource strategies to support the university's needs.
  • Promote and support organizational development by building a strategic approach to succession planning and workforce development.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualification and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree required; master's or J.D. preferred.
  • Significant leadership experience in human resources with 5 years of experience managing and developing Human Resources teams.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of human resources policies, procedures, laws, and trends.


  • Collaboration: Builds constructive working relationships with clients/customers.
  • Inclusion: A strong commitment to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive work environment where cultural diversity is celebrated and valued.
  • Communication Skills: Builds productive relationships and communicates proactively at all levels. Keeps key stakeholders informed regularly to ensure optimal implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Problem Solving: Identifies the elements of a problem situation and understands which components are most critical; acts as a pragmatic and creative problem solver while complying with relevant laws and regulations.
  • Long-Range Planning: Aligns human resources goals to the university's mission and goals.
  • Influence: Uses influencing strategies to gain genuine agreements; seeks to persuade rather than force solutions or impose decisions or regulations.
  • Human Resources Knowledge: Strong understanding of and experience with federal and state regulatory compliance including worker's compensation, unemployment, COBRA, FMLA, ADA, FLSA, Affordable Care Act, and Title IX.
  • Systems Thinking: Provides analysis of problems and implements solutions that account for the interactions of all systems and organizational entities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the higher education sector is preferred, but the university is open to talented individuals from other sectors.
  • SPHR or SHRM-SCP certification is preferred.

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