Assistant Vice President of Human Resources/Chief Human Resources Officer

Reporting to the Chief Business Officer, the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources/Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) serves as the university's senior human resources executive and leads, manages and directs the university's office of human resources.

Kennesaw State University, located just north of Atlanta, is seeking a Chief Human Resources Officer. For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. Offering campuses in Marietta and Kennesaw, the university combines a suburban setting with access to one of the country's most dynamic cities. As Georgia's third-largest university, Kennesaw State offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. A Carnegie-designated doctoral institution, it is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country.


Reporting to the Chief Business Officer, the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources/Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) serves as the University's senior Human Resources executive and leads, manages and directs the University's Office of Human Resources. The position is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization, specifically in the areas of talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, succession planning, training and development, benefit administration and compensation. The CHRO provides leadership in the development of contemporary customer-oriented Human Resources strategies and programs and serves as principle advisor regarding Human Resources by articulating HR needs and plans to the executive leadership team.

  1. The Assistant Vice President of Human Resources directs, mentors and coaches the Office of Human Resources to include a staff of professional, technical and clerical employees in specialized areas including Benefits, Classification & Compensation, Employment, Employee Development, and Wellness.
  2. Function as a strategic business advisor and coach to the executive/senior management of each division regarding key organizational and management issues.
  3. Provide a solid sense of collaboration with a wide range of campus constituents including staff at all levels, faculty, cabinet members, students and other institutional leadership within the University System of Georgia.
  4. Provide leadership and guidance to the HR function and drive efficiency in overall HR operations by overseeing employment, career development, retention, training, leadership development, compensation and benefits globally while keeping up with industry trends.
  5. Ensure compliance with all HR regulatory requirements, employment law, Board of Regents policies and HR standards.
  6. Encourage and supports diverse views and approaches, creating an environment of professionalism, respect, tolerance, civility and acceptance toward all employees and customers.
Annual salary range for this position is $155k-$160k.

As part of the background check process, this position WILL require a satisfactory Consumer Credit check as a condition of employment. See for specific policy guidelines.

Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree and with a minimum of 8 years of experience in human resources management or closely related field(s). Must have an in-depth knowledge of regulatory, legislative and governing bodies impacting HR. Individual should possess a proven track record of forming and maintaining partnerships with supported units. Strategic thinker with exemplary interpersonal and organizational skills, highest level of integrity and a proven track record of collaborative and effective partnerships. Hands-on experience in methods, policies and procedures of non-faculty compensation, classification, benefits administration and employee relations.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's degree, experience in Higher Education, PHR/SPHR a plus.