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Vanderbilt University Associate Vice Chancellor & CHRO in Nashville, Tennessee

Associate Vice Chancellor & CHRO (Job Number: 2001058)


Vanderbilt University is seeking its next Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer ( CHRO ), a key member of the Division of Administration’s executive team and the broader senior leadership team at Vanderbilt University. This role provides strategic, operational, and thought leadership in the development and delivery of people focused programs and initiatives that support and enable the University to demonstrate its values, fulfill its mission, execute on the strategic plan and vision, and cultivate a culture consistent with the values, mission, and vision.

The CHRO leads the Office of Human Resources and is responsible for providing oversight for strategic and operational leadership in the design, development, implementation, administration, and communication of the University's employee-focused programs, services, and initiatives while effectively assessing internal opportunities, building on past successes while shaping a vision and maintaining a focus on the future, delivering decisions and efforts proactively through data-informed decision making, and strategically developing service and consultancy models to deliver quality and comprehensive support and services to University leaders and decision makers.

The CHRO is responsible for building collaborative partnerships across the University that lead to consistent, strategic, and comprehensive human resources practices and programs.This includes but is not limited to delivering complex and comprehensive services and leadership and ensuring implementation of leading practices focused on the notions of recruitment, retention, and rewards across an array of functions: employee and labor relations, compensation and careers, classification and compliance, benefits and retirement, wellbeing and work/life (including the operations of the Vanderbilt Child and Family Center at ), payroll and HR processing, talent acquisition including temporary services and internal executive search services, workforce data and analytics, employee learning and engagement, HR service delivery and solutions management, and providing strategic and customer focused thought leadership for Vanderbilt University.

In short, the CHRO is responsible for creating a people environment and employee experience that is supportive of the campus mission, vision, and values across the HR continuum through partnerships of people, technology and data, strategies, and integrated systems of services that demonstrate the University’s values and speak to the ideas of:

  • Working and growing together as a community of communities... we are One Vanderbilt .

  • Providing a work environment where every staff and faculty member can be their authentic and best self , while providing the resources and opportunities to learn and grow.

  • Encouraging development, collaboration, and partnership both internally and externally while fostering the value that every member of the Vanderbilt community can lead and grow regardless of title or position.

Candidates for the role of Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer at Vanderbilt University should meet the following profile:

  • At least ten years of progressive experience in human resources leadership including at least five years serving in a senior HR leadership role (i.e. director or above) is necessary. Contemporary working knowledge of challenges facing institutions of higher education is considered helpful to the success of an individual in this role and considered highly important.

  • Strong customer service skills, with the ability to work and communicate with a diverse group of clients and colleagues, is necessary. An authentic, engaging, and collaborative style that values and thrives on building ongoing relationships with various constituencies on campus is critically important.

  • Exemplary analytical and critical thinking skills, and the ability to organize, analyze, summarize, and effectively present data to a diverse group of constituents is necessary. Intellectual curiosity, innovative spirit, bold thinking, decisive, goal oriented, and a willingness to take calculated risks is necessary.

  • Focus on execution and getting results; is metrics and data driven and has the ability to build a strong culture of clear responsibility and accountability is necessary. Skill and knowledge in the collection, analysis and determination of labor market, total compensation, benefits, and workforce data, and to apply it to relative institutional analysis and translate to the university’s ability to recruit, retain, and reward the best talent in a highly competitive marketplace is necessary.

  • Leadership skills, with ability to effectively lead and manage a team of professionals in high volume work involving accuracy, productivity, confidentiality, security and adherence to deadlines with an ability to transfer knowledge and foster accountability is necessary. High level of personal integrity, ethics, initiative, and strong interpersonal skills is required.

  • Demonstrated track record leading, implementing, and communicating large-scale change management initiatives in complex organizations is critical. Excellent collaboration, project management, time management and negotiation skills with ability to multi-task and meet deadlines; good organizational skills with attention to detail are necessary.

  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas, to coach and facilitate change at all levels; a well-rounded business acumen and sound business judgment, tact and diplomacy; experience interfacing with senior business leaders and working both independently as well as through others is necessary.

  • Demonstrable experience fostering an employer brand, identifying opportunities and solutions through research, sourcing, and networking, and having responsibility for fostering strong candidate and employee experiences, including recognition and engagement, is preferred.

  • Demonstrable organizational skills, verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to articulate and present complex or delicate information to various audiences is necessary.

  • Knowledge of current trends in human resources best practices, a creative and innovative approach to solutions driven problem solving, demonstrated ability to foster and support university wide collaborations, and strong communication and presentation skills with ability to write and communicate clear, concise, logical, presentations and analytical reports to a wide range of audiences is necessary.

  • Collective bargaining and labor relations experience is strongly preferred; experience with self-insured benefits plans is preferred.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 38000 - Human Resources: Office of Chief HR Officer

Job: Senior Institutional & Chief Functional Officers

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action