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Assistant Vice President for Human Resources

Company: University of Northern Colorado
Location: Greeley
Posted on: March 11, 2023

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Assistant Vice President for Human Resources

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UNC Background
Our UniversityFounded in 1889, as the State Normal School of Colorado and tucked between the Rocky Mountains and Colorado's stunning high plains, the University of Northern Colorado has grown from its roots as a teacher's college into an institution with international draw and status.
UNC is a public doctoral research university that strives to cultivate the unique potential of each of its approximately 9,000 students and is positioned to advance knowledge through discovery because of its just-right size, expert faculty and tradition of research and hands-on learning. By immersing students in innovative teaching and research methods in the classroom and in the field, UNC provides its students with an exceptional educational experience. UNC's talented and dedicated faculty are housed in its five colleges: Education and Behavioral Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences; Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business; Natural and Health Sciences; and Performing and Visual Arts.Acclaimed for its expertise in a broad array of academic disciplines, UNC offers more than 100 undergraduate programs and 120 graduate programs on campus, off campus and online. Undergraduate students study in a liberal arts tradition that supports them in exploring broadly, making connections, thinking critically, and using what they learn to make a difference in the world around them. UNC also offers more than 60 extended campus programs throughout the state and online, meeting an increasing demand among adult learners and working students in industry-relevant disciplines. Of UNC's 120 graduate programs, almost half are taught at satellite locations or online. Research, scholarship, and creative works are essential components of academic life for both faculty and students at UNC. Many undergraduate degree programs require a research experience and most graduate programs require a thesis, capstone project, or dissertation. UNC faculty purposefully connect research and teaching by bringing what they learn from their research into the courses they teach and by inviting students to join their work. Faculty and student work on research, scholarship, and creative works focuses on knowledge creation as well as the application of knowledge to solve real world problems. Surveys of current and former students show that they value these relationships and see them as one of the primary benefits of attending UNC.

There is no typical UNC student. UNC prides itself on being a university where students do not have to conform in order to belong. Whatever their unique talents may be, UNC helps students reach their fullest potential. The university prepares students not only to have successful careers, but also to lead fulfilling lives, engage in intelligent public discourse, participate in government, and thrive in a changing, global world. UNC has a long history of serving students who are often underrepresented at research universities. More than 40% of UNC undergraduates are the first in their family to go to college, one third are underrepresented minorities, and more than one-quarter are eligible for federal need-based financial aid.

Linked to our community since we were founded in 1889, UNC is an important part of the Greeley community and works to actively foster a collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship with our city and its residents. Greeley is a warm and welcoming place and a location we are proud to call our home. Recently ranked as the fourth fastest growing Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States, Greeley is a community on the move where a robust economy offers a number of enriching opportunities to residents of all ages.

Our Direction: Rowing, Not Drifting 2030
Our strategic plan, Rowing, Not Drifting 2030, brings to life our vision for the university which takes shape in the form of our vision statement, five vision elements, and outcomes that serve as the foundation in support of and in service to UNC students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community. It guides the work of our five phases over the next decade, as well as the implementation of our supporting key actions and tactics.

The five vision elements that serve as our foundation are:

  • Students First: We exist to transform the lives of our students. We focus on all aspects of their success by making intentional decisions to meet their needs and the needs of our community.

  • Empower Inclusivity: The diversity within our university and state is a distinct advantage that we celebrate and nurture. We ensure learning occurs through meaningful discussion of shared and different experiences, viewpoints, and ideas.

  • Enhance & Invest: The success of students relies on a healthy and strong team. We provide our staff and faculty with the support they need to succeed as professionals, educators, and in life. We foster an environment where their individual well-being and sense of belonging are vital to our collective success.

  • Innovate & Create: Learning occurs through critical inquiry, discovery, and creation. We leverage technology and capitalize on opportunities to innovate and improve instruction. We anticipate and address societal needs by transforming the campus into a creative laboratory that asks questions, solves problems, and shapes Colorado's future.

  • Connect & Celebrate: Strong community connections provide authentic learning experiences and reciprocal partnerships and collaborations. We set the standard for how engaged universities enrich the lives of those on campus, throughout Colorado, and beyond.

    Our Imperatives: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    UNC is dedicated to strengthening and advancing our collective work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we aspire to become a Hispanic Serving Institution. As a diverse team, we develop and learn more together. We value the individuality of each person and recognize how diversity enhances our campus. When you join the UNC family, you can expect to be part of a growing inclusive, innovative, and equity-minded community that expects intentional collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and local partners.

    Physical Demands

    • Sitting for long periods of time (4-6 hours in a single meeting).
    • Communicating orally: Speaking - must be able to organize and express thoughts to groups varying in size from 1 to over 100
    • Hearing - must be able to hear and interpret spoken directions/requests
    • Travel frequently to meetings across campus and town.

      Job Summary
      The Assistant Vice President for Human Resources (AVP-HR) serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for the University of Northern Colorado and is responsible for creating and monitoring the effectiveness of programs that:

      • Recruit and retain talented staff and faculty.
      • Seek to provide competitive compensation and benefits.
      • Support an inclusive, family-friendly work environment.
      • Support effective and efficient human resource functions.

        The AVP-HR takes a leading role in the planning, development, and administration of all aspects of human resources including employment, compensation, classification systems, benefits, performance management, employee relations, and human resources information systems. This position ensures that the institution is in compliance with state and federal regulations and is responsible for formulating and communicating employment policies and procedures. The AVP-HR also manages the department's budget. The Assistant Vice President reports to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration. The AVP-HR is responsible for the supervision of 7 Human Resources staff.

        Effective leadership in the position requires attention to:

        • Development and training of the Human Resources staff to support implementation of policy and execution of key processes.
        • Skillful listening and problem-solving in the realm of employee relations; and
        • Ability to lead and support strategic thinking about human resources to support the University Rowing not Drifting Strategic Plan.

          Specific duties and responsibilities include:

          • Partner with the university's senior leadership to (a) create a vision for human resources, (b) develop strategies for achieving this vision, and provide leadership toward these goals.
          • Develop human resources goals consistent with and in conjunction with the university's mission and plan.
          • Promote a university community culture that values diversity and inclusion. Provide support for diversity and inclusion related mission and goals.
          • Guide and collaborate on the continuous improvement of human resource policies and documentation tools.
          • Lead the Human Resources team and provide the support, tools, and resources to help them be successful. Provide staff with professional growth opportunities.
          • Provide direction for the Human Resources department and the university toward the comprehensive goal of improving the full employment life cycle, with a focus on providing more efficient and effective service to the campus community.
          • Oversee and provide support in the areas of employee benefits, recruitment, classification/compensation, diversity, training, and employee relations.
          • Provide communication throughout the university to clarify and promote human resources policies, services, and processes.
          • Provide consultative support, counsel, and communication to all levels within the institution while aligning human resource strategies to support the university's needs.
          • Promote and support organizational development by building a strategic approach to succession planning and workforce development.

            Minimum Qualifications
            Qualification and Experience:

            • Bachelor's degree required; master's or J.D. preferred.
            • Significant leadership experience in human resources with 5 years of experience managing and developing Human Resources teams.
            • Comprehensive knowledge of human resources policies, procedures, laws, and trends.


              • Collaboration: Builds constructive working relationships with clients/customers.
              • Inclusion: A strong commitment to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive work environment where cultural diversity is celebrated and valued.
              • Communication Skills: Builds productive relationships and communicates proactively at all levels. Keeps key stakeholders informed regularly to ensure optimal implementation of policies and procedures.
              • Problem Solving: Identifies the elements of a problem situation and understands which components are most critical; acts as a pragmatic and creative problem solver while complying with relevant laws and regulations.
              • Long-Range Planning: Aligns human resources goals to the university's mission and goals.
              • Influence: Uses influencing strategies to gain genuine agreements; seeks to persuade rather than force solutions or impose decisions or regulations.
              • Human Resources Knowledge: Strong understanding of and experience with federal and state regulatory compliance including worker's compensation, unemployment, COBRA, FMLA, ADA, FLSA, Affordable Care Act, and Title IX.
              • Systems Thinking: Provides analysis of problems and implements solutions that account for the interactions of all systems and organizational entities.

                Preferred Qualifications

                • Experience in the higher education sector is preferred, but the university is open to talented individuals from other sectors.

                • SPHR or SHRM-SCP certification is preferred.

                  Organizational Location
                  University of Northern Colorado

                  Posting Details

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                  Open Until Filled

                  Special Instructions to Applicants
                  Please attach a resume, cover letter, and list of references electronically.

                  Salary and Benefits
                  Salary range is $145,000-$155,000 and is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits available include health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement plans. Dependents and spouses of UNC Employees who are employed at 0.5 FTE or above are eligible for undergraduate dependent tuition grants of up to 50%. These tuition grants will cover in-state tuition charges. Further requirements may exist. Other benefits may be available based on position.

                  Additional Requirements and Information
                  Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The successful candidate must submit original transcripts within one (1) month of hire.

                  Required Notice: In compliance with the Clery Act, the most recent University of Northern Colorado Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online ( and a paper copy can be requested at the UNC Police Department. This report contains crime statistics and policy statements related to safety, conduct processes and Title IX investigations.

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                  Supplemental Questions

                  Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

                • *
                  Do you have a Bachelor's degree in Business, Management, Human Resources, or closely related field where human resource theory is acquired?

                  • Yes
                  • No

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                    Do you have at least five years of experience in Human Resource Management?

                    • Yes
                    • No

                      Documents Needed to Apply

                      Required Documents

                    • Resume
                    • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
                    • List of References

                      Optional Documents

Keywords: University of Northern Colorado, Greeley , Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, Executive , Greeley, Colorado

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