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Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer (28281)

Northern Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Mar 17, 2023
Position Summary

This position provides executive-level leadership, strategic vision and management for all of NIU’s HR functions, policies and practices. In addition, the CHRO works closely with a number of external agencies and vendors in Illinois (State Universities Civil Service System, State Universities Retirement System, Central Management Services). Functional areas that report directly to this position include position talent acquisition; affirmative action processing and planning; American with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) facilitation; payroll and benefits administration; employee wellness and coaching; leadership and professional development training; human resources information systems; civil service testing and processing; SURS ; and employee life cycle processing, including onboarding, orientation, performance management and a variety of compliance functions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Strategic Vision . Recognize and pursue opportunities to support organizational excellence at NIU with a focus on outcomes. Provide leadership toward better integration of the university’s core values into HR processes, improvements across the employee life cycle and development of processes and culture that increase the university’s ability to adapt in our dynamic environment.
  • Leadership . Inspire and guide members of the HRS team. Ensure that their work and priorities align with, and advance, the university’s goals. Plan for continual improvement that is reflective of effective practices in HRS and support the HRS team by providing professional and personal growth opportunities.
  • Exceptional Service Delivery . Leverage opportunities for process modernization; staff training and professional development; and effective communication. Ensure that HRS is celebrated across the NIU community as a collaborative, engaged partner and a service provider positioned to help NIU meet contemporary challenges.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion . Use an equity lens to view and apply HR processes and procedures, especially those related to recruitment, hiring, developing and retaining talented employees, including student workers.
  • Collaboration . Promote and support a productive organizational culture through collaboration with units and divisions across campus. Develop relationships and partnerships that add value to the university’s HR function and further NIU’s mission. Provide consultative support, counsel and communication to all levels within the institution while aligning HR strategies to support the university’s needs. Develop productive relationships and work effectively with relevant external agencies.
  • Technology and Process Improvement . Steward resources by moving to efficient, effective HR systems and processes. Partner with Institutional Effectiveness and the Division of Information Technology to improve HR technology platforms and information systems. Utilize data, analytics and technology to support initiatives aimed at enhancing efficiency, resilience and long-term financial sustainability.
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Civil Service)

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Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)


Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)
  • Master’s degree in human resource management, organizational development, public administration, higher education or related field or a bachelor’s degree and experience commensurate with a master’s degree; and
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience in HR leadership, operations or strategy.
Additional Requirements (SPS)
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion outcomes.
  • Excellent oral, written and other communications skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to empowering and leading professional teams.
  • Demonstrated commitment to ethical leadership and experience with highly sensitive and confidential situations.
  • Proven success at delivering HR functions and programs that are service-oriented and responsive to organizational and employee needs.
  • Ability to lead HR in a complex, multi-faceted organization committed to strong shared governance.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a unionized environment and building relationships with labor unions.
  • Understanding of contemporary trends that promote diversity, equity and inclusion; Affirmative Action; and Equal Employment Opportunity; and experience supporting inclusive excellence goals within the work environment of a higher education institution or similarly complex organization.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of an effective team to negotiate, reach goals, solve problems and make decisions.
Preferred Qualifications (SPS)
  • Experience or in-depth knowledge of higher education.
  • Understanding of state and federal laws, statutes and regulations related to employment, and a commitment to ensuring compliance as business processes are improved.
  • SHRM -CP, SHRM - SCP . or PHR / SPHR preferred.
Physical demands/requirements
  • Regular office related duties.
  • Sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Using computer/electronic equipment for extended periods of time.
  • Occasional lifting and moving items weighing up to 25 lbs.
Appointment and Compensation Details

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Commensurate with experience, qualifications, and education; position will include a robust benefits package

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Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Applications should include a cover letter and resume/CV and are accepted at . Priority will be given to applications received by April 23, 2023 .

Applications will be reviewed immediately, and preliminary interviews will be held throughout the duration of recruitment, although a hire will not be made until after the priority date.

For questions about the application process, please contact Liz Wright, .

Special Instructions


Quick Link to Applicant

Is Background Check Required?


EEO Statement Summary

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
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Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity ( AAEO ) at .

Safety Information

NIU provides annual reports on campus security and fire safety.

Read the Annual Safety and Security Report. Contact the Ethics and Compliance Office at 815-753-1649 for a hard copy.

Read the Fire Safety Report . Contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 815-753-0404 for a hard copy.
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Military Discharge Documents ONLY (DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256)
  2. Other #2

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