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Associate Vice President for People and Culture

Aurora University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jun 7, 2024

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Full Time

Aurora University

Associate Vice President for People and Culture

Aurora University (AU) invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Vice President for People and Culture (AVPPC). Located in Aurora, Illinois, near Chicago, AU is a private nonprofit higher education institution offering baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees to 4,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students. AU is also home to over 400 full-time faculty and staff and another 1,000 part-time faculty and student workers. The new AVPPC will take office in late summer 2024.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance, the AVPPC is the Chief Human Resources officer for Aurora University with responsibility for university-wide strategic, people centered, human resources leadership. Leading a team of four individuals, the AVPPC will provide direction and thought leadership on matters involving recruitment and retention; onboarding; leadership development and succession planning; employee relations; total rewards; performance management; and human resources technology and data. The incoming AVPPC will introduce programs and initiatives to attract and retain talent at AU to build AU's reputation as an innovative and inclusive employer of choice.

AU seeks an individual to play a key role in providing strategic leadership and transformational vision for the purpose of reimagining the office of Human Resources into a high-functioning office of people and culture as well as developing and building the HR team into subject matter experts, well positioned to provide effective human capital support. As a champion of workplace culture, the AVPPC will identify, recommend, and advance initiatives that allow staff and faculty members to excel. The AVPPC will be a strategic leader, thinker/planner, and change agent where continuous improvement and innovation are vital aspects of this important leadership position. As a strategic partner to the leadership team, the AVPPC will establish and implement strategies designed to create a culture of belonging and community aligned with the mission and strategic plan of AU.

The search for Aurora University's next Associate Vice President for People and Culture is being assisted by Maya Ranchod Kirkhope at Academic Search. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted in confidence to Though applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled, materials received by July 16, 2024 are assured full consideration. For more information about the institution, position, qualifications, and application process, please review the search profile, available for download on the Academic Search website. Additional information about Aurora University is available at

Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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