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Humboldt State University
  • Position Number: 1241538
  • Location: Arcata, CA
  • Position Type: Payroll

Associate Vice President of Human Resources

Humboldt State University

Closes: Monday, July 23, 2018
(Job #18-37) Administrator IV, Associate Vice President (AVP) of Human Resources. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, benefitted, 12-month pay plan, exempt position in Administration and Finance. This position is an Administrator IV in the California State University Management Personnel Plan (MPP). Under this plan, incumbents are subject to normal management reviews and serve at the pleas- ure of the University President. Additional information, including the extensive benefits package, can be found at

Position Summary: The AVP of Human Resources provides strong leadership and management of Human Resources programs including Employment Services, Employee & Labor Relations, Benefits Administration, Compensation and Classification, Payroll, Human Resources Information Systems and Data Management, Professional Development, Whistleblower Protections, and Equal Employment Opportunity and Regulatory Compliance. The incumbent provides advice and counsel to the campus in these areas and is the president's designee on employee relations matters. The campus recognizes that people are our most valuable asset and this position provides progressive human resources planning, policy design, systems, and services which are aimed at fostering productivity, innovation, safety, and a climate of success in the workplace. The AVP must set the expectation for the highest level of integrity, embrace innovation, support lifelong learning, champion diversity in all of its many forms, seek quality results, and support the mission and values of the university. The AVP also provides oversight of the human re- source and payroll services for the Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation, an auxiliary organ- ization to HSU (a California not-for-profit public benefit corporation under Section 501 (c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code).

Duties and Responsibilities: This position advises university management in all areas of human resources policy, and writes procedures related to these functions. The incumbent directs and oversees all staff human re- sources programs including labor relations (staff collective bargaining agreements), recruitment, classification and compensation, benefits (including workers' compensation), payroll services, equal employment and regulatory compliance, and assesses impacts of these various programs on the campus. The AVP provides support to university management regarding organizational development issues, and is the Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance Officer, as well as a member of the Emergency Operations Center and the campus Crisis Consultation Team. The AVP directs the staff labor and employee relations program, including interpreting collective bargaining agreements, handling grievances, acting as a resource for staff arbitrations, handling meet and confer sessions with staff unions, providing training and guidance related to labor and employee relations including HEERA (Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act) and progressive discipline. The AVP serves on committees as designated by the President and the Vice President of Administration and Finance and provides consultation to campus col- leagues, other CSU campuses, and the Chancellor's Office. This position is responsible for leading a staff of sixteen employees.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and seven years of full-time progressive leadership experience in human resources positions or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate will have a thorough understanding of all human resources programs with significant exposure to labor and employee relations, diversity and compliance, as well as strong demonstrated management and supervisory skills.

Critical success factors for the position include but are not limited to:
  • Strong strategic planning and interpersonal skills with the ability to influence all levels of an organization

  • A solutions approach to problem solving

  • Ability to be both a confident leader and a roll-up-your sleeves contributor

  • Demonstrated strong management skills to include the ability to make independent and sound decisions

  • Unquestionable integrity coupled with strong management skills and the managerial courage to take a firm stand or apply a gentle touch as a situation dictates

  • Leadership philosophy that imparts trust, energy, confidence, knowledge, and a positive attitude in order to create a climate of success

  • Strong negotiation and motivation skills, as well as innovation and self-confidence

  • Demonstrated ability to manage, inspire, and lead a team of dedicated professionals in a customer service- oriented human resources infrastructure

  • Proven skills in managing a number of competing priorities and complex issues creatively, effectively, and simultaneously

  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and function effectively in a complex organizational environment, demanding a high energy level, discretion, flexibility, enthusiasm, and humor

  • A clear and confident communication style that demonstrates spirit, enthusiasm, and integrity

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Experience creating and maintaining a workplace that supports and respects diversity

  • Experience in positions requiring assessment of complex issues and sound judgments involving personal and confidential matters

  • Broad knowledge of recruitment, benefits, employee relations, compensation, organizational development,
    payroll, human resource systems, equal employment opportunity and regulatory compliance, and professional development

  • Demonstrated success in working in a constantly evolving setting and an appreciation and comfort with ambiguity, as well as demonstrated success as a change agent

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in an academic environment

  • Demonstrated experience with implementation of HR information systems and data management

  • Experience in a collective bargaining environment

  • Experience handling grievances and appeals to the California State Personnel Board

  • Knowledge of the California State University system

  • Experience with PeopleSoft HRIS systems

  • Professional certification by the Society of Human Resources Management Association and/or other certifying bodies in the human resources profession

    Application Procedure: Qualified candidates should electronically submit the following materials through Interfolio:

  • Letter of Interest

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

  • Contact information for at least three professional references

    If assistance is needed, the Human Resources & Academic Personnel Services office (located in Siemens Hall room 212) has a computer station available and our front office team would be happy to assist you.

    Application Deadline: The deadline to submit application materials is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 23, 2018. To be notified in the event this recruitment reopens for a subsequent review of applications, send an email to that includes the job number (18-37) and applicant's last name in the subject line of the message.

    HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

    Human Resources
    Siemens Hall - Room 211
    Arcata, CA 95521-8299
    (707) 826-3626
    Fax: (707) 826-3625

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education - or activities only part of which are qualifying- -will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus.

    Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. The successful candidate for a position at HSU is required to be fingerprinted through the Humboldt State University Police Department or their local law enforcement agency. The results of the fingerprint process must be received by the university prior to the candidates appointment. The cost of the fingerprinting is borne by the university.

    Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at

    Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race,religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

    The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

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