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Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 9, 2024

Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Position Number: 01173561

Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)

Job Summary
The Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer (Deputy CHRO) reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The position plans, organizes, directs and reviews the administrative and operational activities of the Department of Human Resources. The Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer oversees various human resources' projects and services, ensuring alignment with university's strategic goals. The Deputy CHRO is crucial to modernizing human resources practices and processes and acts on behalf of the Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer, leading and representing the department in the CHRO's absence or as requested.

Specific responsibilities include but not limited to:
  • Directs and manages daily operations of the Department of Human Resources
  • In conjunction with CHRO, develops and implements strategic initiatives and plans
  • Monitors ongoing department activities and addresses complex issues and challenges
  • Supervises and leads human resources functional areas and activities to include customer service, recruitment, talent and performance management, training and development
  • Develops, interprets and implements policies and procedures to follow relevant laws, policies, and best practices
  • Provides leadership in operational and administrative matters, including organizational optimization and resource management
  • Develops, implements and monitors processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness, including implementation of technology and business strategies
  • Identifies trends that could affect departmental objectives and/or operational resources
  • Conducts research and analysis of trends including review of reports and metrics from HRIS system
  • Manages department contracts
  • Develops and leads talent acquisition strategy for employee recruitments
  • Develops effective performance management and training strategy
  • Serves as subject matter expert and advisor, disseminating best practices and providing updates on human resource objectives and initiatives
  • Represents the department on committees, task forces, and workgroups
  • Collaborates with diverse cross-functional teams and internal and external stakeholders
  • Leads and manages special projects
  • Maintains knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, trends, and best practices
  • Develops and audits functional area budget
  • Exercises supervisory authority of at least 4 direct reports
  • Provide overall support to the Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief Human Resources Officer as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Hybrid work options may be available. Work will be performed primarily on the UW-Milwaukee campus, with requests for remote work considered after the initial training period. Specifics regarding work location requirements will be discussed during the interview process.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business administration, public administration, or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Five or more years of progressive experience in human resources, project management, or related roles
  • Demonstrated experience leading one or more functional areas
  • Experience working in higher education or another complex public sector organization
  • Experience with HRIS systems (e.g., PeopleSoft, Workday, etc.)
  • Experience analyzing and reporting data and metrics
  • Experience developing, interpreting, and implementing policies, procedures, laws, and regulations
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations

Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in human resources, business administration, public administration, or related field, or equivalent experience
  • HR certification (e.g., SHRM, HRCI, etc.)
  • Experience working as a human resources leader within higher education
  • Experience managing budgets or contracts
  • Experience leading projects and initiatives
  • Experience leading or developing recruitment strategies
  • Experience leading or developing training/professional development strategies
  • Experience developing and implementing strategies and processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness

Application Instructions
Interested applicants are required to apply online and provide:
  • A cover letter addressing your education/experience as it applies to all minimum and preferred qualifications
  • A resume
  • A document listing the names and contact information for three professional references

In instances where the Search and Screen Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidate’s application materials whether they meet any of the qualifications, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications.Apply electronically at: by the application deadline date of April 30, 2024. Questions about this position should be directed to Chad Hietpas at

Application Notes
For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.

Legal Notices AA/EO Statement

UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

Reasonable Accommodations

UWM provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 414-229-4463. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials

UWM is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law. UWM will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin’s Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of “final candidates” and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC and Reference Check Policy

Employment will require a criminal background check. UWM takes the prevention of sexual misconduct seriously. As such, you and your references will be required to answer questions regarding any past findings of sexual violence and sexual harassment or any pending allegations of sexual violence or sexual harassment.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Act)

For the UWM Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports (i.e., Clery Report), which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies, see, or call UWM’s Dean of Students Office, Student Union 345 at (414) 229-4632 for a paper copy.

Employment Authorization

In compliance with federal law, all persons at the time of their start date will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

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