Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Allendale, Michigan
Commensurate with Experience
Aug 29, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Other Executive Administration
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI is seeking applications for   
Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Job Summary
The Associate Vice President for Human Resources is the university's chief Human Resources Officer and reports to the Vice President for Administration. This position is responsible for strategic planning and oversight of the delivery of human resources services and programs for the university community, including leadership of human resources policies and procedures, staff relations, bargaining, employee benefits and wellness, recruitment, compensation and classification, performance management, training and professional development, HRIS, and record keeping.

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Required Qualifications and Education:

The successful candidate will have a strong background in Human Resources and will be required to have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Human Resources Management, Management, Business Administration, Organizational Development, or a related field
  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible human resources experience as well as supervisory experience in a Human Resources leadership and management capacity
  • Extensive knowledge of benefits, workforce development, classification, compensation, human resources technology systems, organizational development, policy review, employee relations, labor relations, training and development, industry trends, employment law, and federal rules and regulations governing human resources administration in higher education
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in strategic planning for the Human Resources Department and for the organization
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, fairness, confidentiality, and solid, unwavering ethical values
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, public speaking, and conflict resolution skills; ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Excellent organizational skills, and must have the presence, the intelligence, and the demeanor necessary to effectively interact at all levels within, and external to, the university
  • Excellent budget preparation and fiscal management skills


  • Managing the daily operations and activities of the department
  • Delivery of all human resources services to all faculty and staff; leadership, supervision, and direction of HR to include the full range of operational, service, and project-related activities carried out by the department in support of the university's mission
  • Developing and executing of human resources strategies and plans
  • Engaging in visionary and strategic exploration of new HR trends and practices, staying current with changing HR systems and technologies, and keeping informed through publications and involvement in professional organizations
  • Providing strategic and tactical guidance, advice, and support to the Vice President for Administration including recommendations regarding critical matters pertaining to the delivery of Human Resources services to the organization
  • Consultation with senior administrators to troubleshoot and resolve issues and problems
  • Consultation with departmental leadership on complex or sensitive personnel matters
  • Identifying issues and options to support executive decision-making
  • Ensuring university compliance with established employment laws and regulations
  • Maintaining current knowledge of laws, codes, regulations, and pending legislation related to Human Resources activities and modifying policies, programs, functions, and procedures to assure compliance with local, state, and federal requirements
  • Developing and implementing appropriate policies and guidelines required to ensure equity and compliance with statutory obligations
  • Establishing and implementing internal controls and auditing procedures for Human Resources
  • Directly assisting the Vice President for Administration in the management of special projects and initiatives that impact Human Resources service delivery, including defining project scope, detailing specific project plans and schedules, investigating potential approaches or methods to achieve defined outcomes, and leading or facilitating project teams or working groups to maximize organizational effectiveness, collaboration, and efficiency
  • Assisting in planning the allocation of resources
  • Preparing and providing reports to executive management as requested related to a variety of human resources-related data
  • Serving as a lead advisor of the documentation and activities related to faculty and staff discipline, counseling, and other corrective action; providing leadership in developing consistent employee relations standards and solutions for all faculty and staff; serving as a lead advisor on employment-related issues, policies, and university compliance requirements; overseeing processes related to mediation, arbitration, and employment-related claims or litigation
  • Ensuring that Human Resources is providing appropriately supportive service to the university community; building strong relationships with senior leaders, faculty, and business office leaders to develop and implement Human Resources programs, policies, and procedures to ensure that Human Resources service objectives in support of the university's mission are consistently supported and achieved to include workforce planning and development strategies; serving as an active participant in Human Resources planning and strategy discussions

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin immediately and the search will continue until the position is filled.

How To Apply:  Apply online at and click “Apply now”.  Include a resume and a cover letter stating how your skills, education and experience will benefit Grand Valley State University.  The online system will allow you to attach these documents electronically.  On the application you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references.  If you need assistance or have questions, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Allendale, Michigan 49401 - (616) 331-5000

For more information about Grand Valley, see our website at


An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution

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