La Verne
Jul 25, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors, Vice Presidents
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


The University of La Verne
invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Vice President for Human Resources. The University of La Verne is a 125 year old, independent, comprehensive, doctoral granting institution in southern California with an emphasis on research and publication. Classified by Carnegie as a Community-Engaged University, La Verne offers a distinctive and relevant educational experience to a diverse population of traditional-age, adult, and graduate learners preparing them for successful careers and a commitment to life-long learning across the liberal arts and professional programs. The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution with 40% of the student population identifying itself as “Hispanic/Latino,” 55% students of color, 10% international students, and a large proportion first-generation. All programs have high retention and graduation rates for underrepresented minorities. The University has a strong commitment to diversity and places a high priority on creating an environment that supports the growth and success of underrepresented and underserved populations. The main campus is located in La Verne, 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. More information is on the website:

The Position

The Associate Vice President is responsible for providing leadership for all University-wide Human Resource (HR) functions for faculty, staff, and student employees. This includes oversight and administration in the areas of recruitment/retention, compensation, benefits, payroll, training and development, Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS), policy development and administration, employee relations, Title IX, performance management, and ergonomics and safety. Additionally, this position is responsible for refining and implementing the strategic plan for HR, overseeing processes and programs in support of department and university goals, providing leadership and direction for the sixteen members of the HR staff, and works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer. Reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources, Technology, and Facilities, the AVP represents the university in a variety of internal and external forums, including legal, risk management and administrative proceedings, Board of Trustees interaction, faculty governance bodies, and university committees.

It is expected that the Associate Vice President will be a visionary leader of unquestioned integrity who possesses a collegial management style, and a demonstrated ability to foster relationships with the University community, and will demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the University, including support for the University's emphasis on ethical reasoning, diversity and inclusivity, community and civic engagement, and life long learning.


Develops, implements, and maintains the overall human resource strategy campus-wide which includes the Regional Campuses and the College of Law. Manages the staff, budget, and operations of the Office of Human Resources. Oversees consultative services for managers and employees on matters including, but not limited to, policies, laws, and regulations regarding all employment-related issues. Provides leadership and coordination to deliver a progressive and innovative human resources department positioned to contribute to the attainment of the University's strategic plan.

Oversees administrative functions of Recruitment & Retention, Compensation, Payroll and Benefits to enhance the applicant and employee experience to position the University to be the employer of choice in higher education. By evaluating and establishing best practices, from orientation to exit interviews, the AVP will create a welcoming and accepting climate that embraces diversity in its hiring and retention practices. They will develop and use strong metrics to track retention, identify opportunities, and propose action plans for improvement. Using a comprehensive total rewards strategy, the AVP will administer compensation, payroll, and benefits for faculty, adjunct faculty, staff, and student employees in a manner that attracts and retains world-class employees. The AVP will ensure all employment and other policies, procedures, and processing of personnel transactions and appointments are compliant with all applicable federal and state laws.

Directs and oversees ongoing professional development and training to enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of all University employees and supervisors, and to support organizational development, as well as effectiveness strategies and initiatives. The AVP will implement and oversee the University performance management evaluation system, and the Injury and Illness Prevention Program, including the ergonomics program.

Oversees all HR Information Systems to enhance HR technology processes and establish HR metrics; this includes alignment and integration of related HR systems utilized within the areas of recruitment, payroll, and performance management. The AVP will ensure maintenance, accuracy, and appropriate use of personnel records and confidential information.

Ensures all employment and other policies, procedures, and processing of personnel transactions and appointments are compliant with all mandated federal and state labor relations laws to ensure transparency, consistency and fairness. Serves as Employee Relations Appeals Officer and Title IX Deputy Coordinator, ensuring confidentiality and discretion in all personnel matters, and establishing a climate within Human Resources that is responsive and mutually respectful.

Required Qualification - Education

A Master's degree in business, human resources, or a related field and SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP, PHR/SPHR, or equivalent certification is required.

Desired Qualifications

Ten years of progressive human resources experience with five years in a senior leadership, supervisory role, preferably in a higher education setting,

Five years of experience developing and leading change in improving the internal human resource services in recruitment/retention, compensation, benefits, payroll, training and development, Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS), policy development and administration, employee relations, Title IX, performance management, and ergonomics and safety.

Possess a sound technical background in traditional human resources competencies as they relate to the higher education and be skilled in both devising and deploying human resources strategy and tactics.

Knowledge of and experience in administering and ensuring compliance with applicable state and federal statutes, regulations, and policies related to employment and human resources.

Creative problem solving skills, excellent judgment and analytical skills, proficiency in oral and written communication, customer service and organizational development skills.

Effective staff and team management; excellent relationship building skills, the ability to work collaboratively to effectively and positively influence others in an organization and the development of organization-wide human resources initiatives.

A record of accomplishment demonstrating the advancement and support of a diverse and inclusive environment.

Proven record as a leader who can provide strategic direction while balancing the resources and funding requirements necessary to achieve strategic goals.

Application Process

Send expressions of interest (cover letter and resume) to Elaine Turner, The Turner Group at: (909) 621-2590. Review of credentials will begin immediately. The preferred start date is October 2017 - although there is flexibility with this timeline. All applications and nominations will be confidential.

The University of La Verne is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employment or employees on any basis prohibited by state and federal law. University of La Verne hires and promotes individuals based their qualifications and is consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability, medical condition and/or sexual orientation.

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