University of the Pacific is seeking a dynamic executive to
serve as Chief People Officer (CPO) and serve as a steward of the
university’s mission. The CPO will provide strategic leadership for
the human resources function in service to the university’s
administrators, faculty, and staff across its three campuses
(Sacramento, San Francisco, and Stockton, California), acting at
all times as the steward of employee resources in service to the
university’s mission. The CPO will build and lead a world-class
human resources function that focuses on talent acquisition and
development and includes benefits and compensation, employee
education and development, human resources information systems
(HRIS), employee and labor relations, records management, and
recruitment, with approximately 20 full-time employees who deliver
well-conceived and well-designed services to the university’s
The university’s structure and its academic culture require the
CPO to lead through a combination of influence, strong partnering,
business acumen and the demonstration of exceptional functional
expertise. In this culture, they will require excellent
communication skills, the ability to interact effectively with a
wide range of constituents and the demonstrated ability to
negotiate and advocate in a manner that advances the mission of the
university. The CPO will lead a strategic, transparent and customer
services-oriented human resources function characterized by
functional and operational excellence. The ideal candidate will
translate broad strategies into specific structures, plans and
processes that support strategic priorities and implement them in a
measured and focused manner that enhances organizational
effectiveness. They also will drive operational, strategic, and
financial results, working closely with university leaders to align
human resources, financial and operational systems for optimal
- Support the university’s educational mission and aspirations
for growth by delivering world-class human resources support and
services across all three campuses.
- Assess, design, and execute a playbook and road map for human
resources that enables, empowers and liberates the institution to
achieve its mission and growth objects.
- Play a leadership role in the university’s support for a fair
employment environment where diversity and respect for others are
- Continue to develop a world-class human resources team to
create an environment in which human resources professionals
partner with the university as expert advisors to business,
administrative, and academic units and deliver value to clients
through consulting, coaching, creative problem solving, proactive
interventions and service excellence.
- Develop innovative and cost-effective human resources policies
and programs that are focused on recruiting and retaining the best
employees and that encourage the development and retention of the
- Fully leverage technology in the design and delivery of
services and in the generation of management and data
- Work to develop operationally effective human resources systems
that link directly to and clearly with the university’s financial
systems and objectives.
- Create client service-centric avenues for communication that
disseminate information in a timely, accessible, and user-friendly
- Support the university Board of Regents, as necessary, in
addressing staff and faculty compensation, benefits and other
employment issues; present information, issues, proposals and
policy analyses regarding human resources matters.
- Oversee the negotiation and implementation of collective
bargaining contracts with unions and bargaining units.
- A bachelor’s degree is required. A master’s degree is
- Minimum 10+ years of experience in human resources management,
preferably in higher education.
- Background in compensation, benefits, labor/union relations,
HRIS and employee relations.
- Ability to interact comfortably with a wide range of university
stakeholders and be effective at interacting with employees at all
- Ability to develop excellent rapport with administration and
faculty leaders, the leadership of the unions representing
university staff, faculty, trustees, university officers and
third-party vendors, including health and welfare insurance brokers
and retirement plan investment managers.
- Track record of success in negotiation and advocating contracts
and relationships that meet the mission of the university and the
needs of faculty and staff.
- Understanding of an academic research environment and the
relations between a central business function and the teaching and
research mission of the university.
- Significant experience and success working in a large, complex,
decentralized organization with diverse populations, including
direct management experience.
- Strong understanding and the ability to navigate California
labor law and working knowledge of regulations and laws governing
California state employee programs, including equal opportunity
enforcing regulations and laws.
- Demonstrated skill and ability to create a shared vision for
the human resources function and lead and inspire staff to execute
the organization’s commitment to the university and its diverse
- Demonstrated record of being fully dedicated to internal
clients and designing a human resources function that helps to
develop and implement better people management practices.
- Proven ability to actively identify gaps and propose and
implement changes necessary to cover risks.
University of the Pacific has retained Blue Rock Search, a
national human resources executive search firm, to assist with this
search. Inquiries or interested parties should send a resume/CV and
contact information directly to Katie Timmons at email@example.com
Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue
until the completion of the search process.