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Chapman University - Vice President of Human Resources

Orange, CA

Job Description

Chapman University invites nominations, expressions of interest and applications for the position of the vice president of human resources.

Located in the city of Orange in sunny Southern California, Chapman University is a mid-sized private university offering a personalized education that prepares students to lead inquiring, ethical and productive lives as global citizens. Chapman is ranked in the top tier of western universities and has consistently been identified by U.S. News and World Report as the number one “Up-and-Coming University” in the Western Region. In the last two decades, Chapman has achieved remarkable growth in both size and national prominence. The campus is home to 8,450 students from 49 states, the U.S. territories and more than 60 different countries. Students enroll in ten schools and colleges that offer rigorous undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences, innovative interdisciplinary programs and select pre-professional and graduate programs.
Reporting directly to the executive vice president and chief operating officer, the new vice president of human resources (VPHR) will play a critical role in the ongoing success and future growth of the university and its 2,000 employees, including 1,100 full and part-time faculty members and 900 administrators and staff members. The VPHR is a highly valued member of the president’s senior staff and an active participant in campus-wide strategy discussions, decision making and direction-setting. The VPHR leads Chapman's human resources divisions and programs, including employee recruitment and retention; human resources information and recruitment management systems (HRIS and RMS); Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA); employee relations; the administration and maintenance of compensation and benefits programs; training and staff development; career and succession planning; student employment and employee communications. 

The incoming vice president of human resources will support Chapman's mission, vision, values and strategic direction with an emphasis on maintaining both a highly competent and skilled workforce and the University's status as a preferred employer. Critical to the success of the VPHR will be managing employee relations while fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce environment. In support of Chapman’s aspirations to grow its national reputation and rankings, which include the development of a more robust research portfolio, the VPHR will work closely with the Office of Research to develop a stronger employee infrastructure to help secure external grant and contract funding opportunities. Furthermore, the VPHR will help implement the Chapman Experience, a customer-service initiative aimed at enhancing the on-campus culture for faculty, staff and students. With the expansion of the Rinker Health Science Campus, it will be important for the VPHR to understand and leverage the strengths and dynamic cultures of Chapman’s multi-site footprint and work in close coordination with the administration, faculty and staff of each campus to ensure a cohesive and collaborative environment focused on high academic quality and student success. 

Interested candidates should possess a successful track record of at least ten years of broad-based human resources experience in higher education, with a minimum of seven years of leadership experience; demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, high energy and entrepreneurial environment; and a deep understanding of federal and California labor laws, and other governmental regulations and guidelines. The ideal candidate must have extensive experience in a research-focused institution, have worked in a human resources leadership position in California and be expert in current California and federal employment laws and regulations. A bachelor's degree from an accredited postsecondary educational institution is required. An advanced degree is preferred. Fluency in spoken and written Spanish is desirable.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by Friday, February 9, 2018. Candidates should provide a CV, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile and the names and contact information of five references. Candidate confidentiality will be respected and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Inquiries and application materials should be sent via email to the search consultants, Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D. and Sophie Stava of Witt/Kieffer, at Questions may also be directed to the consultants through the office of Eden Stroud at 630-575-6154.

Note to Candidates: Successful completion and outcomes of the criminal background, credit and DMV driving record checks are required of the final candidate.

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community.  The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment.   All qualified applicants will receive consideration for  employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.  The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

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