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Chief Human Resources People Officer, Senior Associate Vice President

Texas Woman's University
Denton, Texas (US)
Not Specified
Date posted
Mar 14, 2024

Chief Human Resources People Officer, Senior Associate Vice President

Texas Woman’s University (TWU) invites applications and nominations for an innovative, experienced leader to serve as the Senior Associate Vice President, Chief Human Resources People Officer (CHRPO). Now is a particularly exciting time. The university has achieved extraordinary accolades in academics, discovery, and service, is embarking on an unprecedented comprehensive capital campaign, is poised to significantly grow its healthcare programming, and is adding an aviation school to address a glaring commercial pilot shortage. Just two years ago, the Texas Legislature established the Texas Woman’s University System as the first university system in the nation with a woman-focused mission. The CHRPO will play a vital role in shaping the university's workforce strategy, fostering a positive work environment, and aligning Human Resources (HR) practices with the institution's mission and goals. The CHRPO is responsible for the administration and direction of a full-service, comprehensive human resources function, including but not limited to compensation and classification, benefits, HRIS, payroll, records management, recruitment, employee relations training, and well-being. The position reports directly to the Vice President for Finance & Administration.

Founded in 1901 as a women’s college, the university has grown its mission of serving marginalized populations in higher education. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report recognized TWU — a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution — as having one of the top five most ethnically diverse student bodies in the nation, and in 2023 ranked the university among the nation’s best for social mobility. Additionally, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal recognized the university as a top pick in 2023, and the Wall Street Journal ranked the university 7th in the nation for overall student experience. Also in 2023, Texas Woman’s earned the coveted Seal of Excelencia, a certification that demonstrates a university’s commitment to accelerating Latino student success. Less than 1% of colleges and universities have earned this distinction.

The nation’s largest woman-focused university system, TWU produces leaders in the fields of education, the arts, sciences, business, nursing, and the health professions. Students have described their experience on the picturesque, flagship Denton campus as “a private feel at a public cost.” It is the only public, general academic university in Texas to offer doctoral degrees in occupational therapy, physical therapy, dance and multicultural women’s and gender studies. Men account for about 10% of the student population.

Since becoming a system in 2021, the university plans to form independent universities for its health science centers in Houston and Dallas. Denton, just north of the DFW area, is consistently named one of the nation’s best college towns, and Dallas and Houston have world-class museums, performing art centers, entertainment districts and professional and collegiate sports venues. As a whole, the university has a $1.8 billion annual economic impact on the state.

Texas Woman’s faculty and staff are steadfast advocates of an experiential teaching and learning environment where students engage in campus, workplace, and community activities that can help shape their sense of purpose, their appreciation for building meaningful personal and professional relationships, and their tenacity to overcome life’s challenges.

As a Carnegie-classified doctoral research university, TWU encourages undergraduate and graduate students to actively participate in faculty-led research - whether it’s developing programs to reduce violence against women, working with veterans and their families, expanding access for children with autism or identifying more effective ways to treat cancer cells. From basic to applied research, their faculty and students focus on finding innovative ways to solve problems at state, national and international levels.

Texas Woman’s takes a student-focused approach. They have created a learn-by-doing culture across all disciplines that encourages student engagement, fosters discovery, and promotes leadership at all levels. Students are encouraged to step outside their comfort zones and discover talents and skills they might have otherwise overlooked. Through a myriad of activities, organizations, leadership opportunities and a dedicated network of support services, students take part in a transformational process that encourages them to be lifelong learners, passionately engaged with their communities, devoted to service, and committed to a lifestyle of health and wellbeing.

Leadership Opportunities for the CHRPO include:

  • Strategic Workforce Planning
  • Talent Management and Onboarding
  • Employment Relations and Engagement
  • Performance Management
  • Training and Development
  • HR Policy Development and Compliance
  • Compensation and Benefits Administration
  • Succession Planning
  • Workforce Analytics
  • Employee Well-being and Mental Health Programs

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Directs all activities of the HR department
  • Develops or modifies appropriate policies and procedures in compliance with new university HR guidelines, and federal and/or state laws
  • Monitors changes in federal and state laws to ensure compliance
  • Interacts with insurance agents, consultants, physician groups, faculty, staff, applicants, students, and the public
  • Ensures HR systems are effective in meeting the human resource needs of the university community
  • Develops annual recommendations for overall pay plan revisions to be considered in the budget process
  • Oversees submission of various university, state, and federal reports
  • Responsible for special projects as assigned by the Vice President for Finance & Administration, the Chancellor, or as may be required by federal and or state legislation
  • Responsible for interpreting policies and procedures, and federal and state laws as related to human resources, EEO, and Affirmative Action
  • Investigates complaints as appropriate and in a timely manner
  • Oversees the development of effective employee training programs to meet the needs of the university
  • Monitors compliance with anti-discrimination laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Oversees equal opportunity and affirmative action policies and procedures and advises appropriate university officials on the enhancement of the university climate for faculty, staff, and students
  • Conducts internal investigations of alleged violations pursuant to anti-discrimination laws
  • Travels to TWU campuses to provide direction, assistance, and training as necessary
  • Responsible for establishing job standards for HR staff and effectively evaluating staff performance
  • Oversees recruitment, development, and retention strategies to attract and support top talent.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Human Resources, or a related area
  • SHRM-SCP or SPHR certification
  • Ten years of progressively responsible experience in human resource administration

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree
  • Two years as a director of human resources
  • Experience with an institution of higher education in Texas

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to plan, direct, and evaluate a complex operation, using human resources, time, funds, and other resources for the accomplishment of long-term and short-term goals of the institution
  • Ability to anticipate, plan and act proactively to changing market needs and behaviors
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with students, faculty, staff, and the public
  • Ability to provide administrative guidance within the area of responsibility, providing direct training and supervision as needed
  • Ability to apply budgetary and fiscal planning techniques within financial constraints
  • Ability to organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives, and exercise independent judgment based on an understanding of organizational policies and activities
  • Ability to integrate resources, policies, and information for the determination of procedures, solutions, and other outcomes
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels
  • Must have the ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to Cabinet and the university community
  • Ability to use a personal computer and other office equipment, including other university-related software and email.

Nominations and Expressions of Interest:

Anthem Executive is pleased to assist TWU with this national search. To express interest, you are requested to submit the following:

A letter of interest stating how your experience is applicable to the position and its opportunities, responsibilities, and requirements expressed in the leadership profile; a curriculum vitae or resume; and five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers. (References will not be contacted without your prior authorization.)

While letters of interest may be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are strongly encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible to assure full consideration. Anthem and the University reserve the right to end or extend the expression of interest, application, and nomination process at any time. Expressing interest is the first step in receiving consideration and does not make one an applicant for the position.

Materials should be submitted electronically to:

Nominations are also encouraged and should be directed to:

Texas Woman’s University, an AA/EEO employer, supports diversity. Men and women, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply. All offers of employment will be contingent on the candidate’s ability to provide documents which establish proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States. All positions at Texas Woman’s University are deemed security sensitive requiring background checks and verification of all academic credentials.


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