Associate Vice President, Human Resources
NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an
unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values.
We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our
efforts and working side by side to further NAU's culture of
Under the direction of the Vice President/Chief Human Resources
Officer (VP-HR/CHRO), the Associate Vice President of Human
Resources leads key functional areas of HR including, but not
limited to, employee services,
benefits, leave management,
talent management, classification and compensation, employee
relations, performance management, HR operational support, and
other HR services. Establishes goals and manages operations for
Human Resources to direct program changes and improve
effectiveness. Prioritize and manage issues within designated area
of responsibility by performing highly skilled and professional
human resource management functions. Apply knowledge and expertise
to make decisions on complicated issues often requiring proactive
intervention. Exercise appropriate authority in the resolution of
complex and difficult human resource issues. Develop and maintain
effective relationships with a wide diversity of employee
constituents, and demonstrate commitment to valuing and respecting
diversity, equity, and inclusion. Serve as a key member of the HR
Area Operations - 40%
- Provide innovative leadership, oversight, problem solving, and
guidance in the areas of employee services, benefits,
leave management, talent management, classification and
compensation, employee relations, performance management, HR
operational support, and other HR services. Offer advice, options,
and strategies with an awareness of the potential risks to the
department and university.
- Establish and implement short- and long-range organizational
goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating
procedures; monitor and evaluate programmatic and operational
effectiveness, and effect changes required for improvement in all
supervised areas. Evaluate, establish, and maintain an
organizational structure and staffing plan to accomplish the
University's and unit goals and objectives effectively and
- Tracks HR trends, practices, and federal and state law changes
and ensures that the university is compliant with changes.
- Responsible for designated unit's financial planning and budget
control including operating and budget activities. Develop and
manage annual budgets for the related units and perform periodic
cost and productivity analyses of units supervised.
Strategic Leadership - 15%
- Assist VP-HR/CHRO in the administration of the functional areas
of human resources. Provide input toward the strategic and
programmatic leadership. Act as department head in their absence.
Assist in developing and implementing the department's strategic
initiatives relative to the functional areas of human resources.
Research, develop and implement human resource policies and
procedures. Represents the VP-HR/CHRO and HR department to key
stakeholders, leadership, and committees.
Supervision - 15%
- Provide leadership, direction, and training for employees
within reporting unit. Lead Managers, Assistant Directors, and
Directors through coaching and development. Maintains effective
leadership culture at all levels. Monitors outputs and outcomes of
completed work of others to ensure soundness of approach and
effectiveness, and delegates complex tasks to others. Establish
performance standards, assess performance, counsel, and evaluate
assigned personnel performance.
Compliance - 10%
- Advise direct reports and university leadership on complex
benefits, compensation, and employee relations and services issues.
Ensures HR programs have a commitment to EEO/Affirmative Action and
ensure an inclusive campus environment. Apply institutional
standards, policies, and guidelines. Ensures adherence with
internal controls and external requirements. Provide
interpretation, information and advice regarding university
policies and procedures, ABOR, Arizona Revised Code, FLSA, and
other rules and regulations that may impact the University.
Process Improvement - 10%
- Plan, implement, and evaluate improvements in HR processes and
practices. Facilitate cross-functional teams to achieve continuous
improvement objectives. Compile and track improvement project data
and reports on status. Evaluate the effectiveness of the process
improvements and improve the toolset(s) used. Effectively implement
strategic business objectives in driving efficiencies and
Special Projects - 5%
- Lead and organize special programs and/or projects; monitor
programs and/or projects as they relate to departmental goals;
collaborate on various problem solving, research, and solution
recommendations; research and assist in implementing "best
practices" internally and within university; obtain and provide
specific information, research various issues, special problems,
recommend solutions, and coordinate and assist with policy
Other - 5%
- Maintain knowledge on current developments and practices in
human resources. Assist in resolving a variety of personnel related
issues. Perform other duties as assigned.
- Master's Degree in Human Resources OR related field. Any
combination of relevant education and professional experience may
be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year
- 8 years of Human Resource experience.
- 5 years management or supervisory experience.
- 5+ years leading multiple HR functions.
- SHRM (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) or HRCI (PHR or SPHR).
- Director level HR experience in college or university OR
similar complex institution.
- Experience leading and coordinating centralized and distributed
- Experience developing and improving institutional wide
initiatives, policies, and programs.
- Experience developing, implementing, and improving HR policies
and programs in support of institutional diversity, equity, and
inclusion values and goals.
- Experience working with advisory and constituency groups on
behalf of the HR function.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Expert knowledge of HR business functions.
- Knowledge of industry trends regarding HR functions.
- Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations regarding HR
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel,
- Advanced skills in strategic planning, financial planning,
organizational management, negotiation, facilitation of goals, work
design, conflict resolution, and diplomacy.
- Exercises advanced judgement in gray areas.
- Has advanced problem solving, organizational, and analytical
- Resolves vague or complex problems within or outside of general
- Analyzes complex situations and anticipates issues.
- Balances competing priorities.
- Manages relationships and client interactions.
- Communicates effectively.
- Promotes a diverse, inclusive environment.
Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569,
including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and
the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.
Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment,
NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the
features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a
faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty
members are expected to promote student learning and help students
achieve academic outcomes.
While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide
range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has
carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning,
forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.
Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural
diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks,
Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of
Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.
For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the
Center for University Access and Inclusion
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
As of 12/10/21, the Safer Federal Workforce employee vaccination
requirement is currently suspended pending the outcome of a federal
court-issued injunction. This injunction has suspended the recent
executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees
of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. For
current status of the vaccine requirement and/or questions, please
visit FAQs for Employee Vaccination
This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive
position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona
University requires satisfactory results for the following: a
criminal background investigation, employment history
investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and
fingerprinting. If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL,
you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere
to the clearinghouse requirements. Additionally, as an employer in
the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal
E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new
employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year
Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report
. The report is a result
of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery
reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed
calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU
uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report
crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the
Fire Safety Report
is combined with the Annual
Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this
campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire
safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing
and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you
would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the
NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the
department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.
Salary range begins at $100,000. Annual salary commensurate with
candidate's qualifications and related experience.
This is an Administrator (ADM) position. NAU offers an excellent
benefit package including generous health, dental and vision
insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System
(ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); 22 days of
vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for
employees and qualified family members. More information on
benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR
. NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.
Administrators are hired on a contract basis renewable each year
according to terms of the Conditions of Administrative Service.
These terms can be found on the Arizona Board of Regents website
Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health
plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from
date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be
effective the first day of the pay period following their completed
enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement
System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan
(and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will
begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of
employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional
Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin
to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term
disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first
day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More
information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR
NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship
for this position.
June 2, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at
the end of the job description if viewing this position through the
NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply,
proceed to nau.jobs
follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate
, and then "Apply" at the bottom of
Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your
particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum
vitae; (3) a statement (one page maximum) that highlights your past
experience with, and/or potential contributions to, diversity,
equity, inclusion and/or justice, and how those will advance
commitment to inclusive excellence
; (4) names and contact
information for three references. Save all items as PDF and/or Word
If you need assistance completing your application there are
instructions available on the HR website
or in person in the Human Resources
Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner
of Beaver and DuPont Streets.
If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable
accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact
the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006
or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.
This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair
Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or
compensatory time for additional time worked.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities,
veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements
NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps,
and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.
To apply, visit https://hr.peoplesoft.nau.edu/psp/ph92prta/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=2&JobOpeningId=606123&PostingSeq=1