Associate Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer

Clemson, SC
Sep 15, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Associate Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer, Clemson University

Clemson University is seeking a dynamic leader on the cutting-edge of human resources strategy development and deployment. Clemson's new AVP/CHRO will report to the University's Executive Vice President for Finance and Operations and will serve on the University's Executive Leadership Team, helping implement the University's strategic plan, ClemsonForward, with the laser focus required to improve the University's ability to attract, retain, reward and develop the organization's best assets – its people.

Providing actionable strategy as a member of the University's Executive Team - with a scale, scope and accountability similar to AVP/CHRO's at Fortune 500 organizations, the ideal, results-driven candidate will lead a highly-successful HR organization that includes 10 directors/direct reports who manage an additional 54 personnel providing operational support of the University's talent acquisition, classification and compensation, benefits, learning and performance, employee relations, HR information technology, customer service, data center, records management and international employment. The successful candidate will propel Clemson towards accelerated growth and achievement in research, innovative teaching approaches, diversity, and inclusive excellence, all while improving the quality of the workplace for the University's diverse faculty and staff.

Clemson University's new AVP/CHRO will lead the University's HR organization to provide unparalleled customer service through superior (credible, accurate, reliable and consistent) delivery of the University's suite of HR services.

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The successful candidate will have excellent business acumen and will possess superior skills with respect to collaboration, problem solving, and communications. A Bachelor's degree* and experience in a senior leadership position encompassing all or a significant portion of an HR organization is minimally required. The following qualifications are required:
  • A track record of success leading an HR organization from the development of strategy through implementation of enterprise-wide solutions and services;
  • Experience leading organizations in positive, new directions and developing a culture of service;
  • Significant experience with all facets of human resources management to include the deployment of an enterprise-wide compensation strategy;
  • A strong foundational knowledge of talent management and the deployment of strategic recruiting and retention programming;
  • An extensive track record of forming highly effective internal and external relationships and collaborations;
  • A track record of leading efficiency/process improvements, which result in heightened customer satisfaction.
  • Experience optimizing the functionality of existing HR systems (PeopleSoft, Kronos, Interfolio, etc.)
  • A working knowledge of the culture, structure, change management and decision-making processes of higher education.

*An advanced degree is preferred.

The University's Strategic Plan

In 2016, the Clemson University Board of Trustees approved a 10-year strategic plan grounded in Clemson's historical strengths but focused solidly on the future and the challenges facing South Carolina, the nation and the world in the 21st century.

The plan aims to ensure that Clemson fulfills its core mission and consistently ranks among the nation's top 20 public universities and Carnegie tier-one research institutions.

The ClemsonForward plan is available at

About Clemson University

Clemson University is a selective, public, R1-rated research university in a college-town setting. Established in 1899 through the will of the founder, Thomas Green Clemson, the land-grant university is located in Upstate South Carolina in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains and along Hartwell Lake, near parks, forests and the South Carolina Botanical Garden. Clemson is a short 40-minute drive from Greenville and two hours from both Atlanta and Charlotte. The University provides bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in more than 100 majors through seven academic colleges: the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities; the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; the College of Business; the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences; the College of Education; and the College of Science. Also, the University has extension offices in every county of the state and teaching and research sites in four South Carolina cities (Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Greenwood) and four international sites. Clemson has 1,524 faculty members and 3,373 staff members working with Clemson's enrollment of 18,599 undergraduate and 4,507 graduate students.

About the City of Clemson

Clemson is a city of approximately 14,000 year-round residents that swells to 100,000 on home football games in the fall. It is in Pickens County, South Carolina. The Clemson area, located in the northwest corner of the state in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is at the lakefront of Hartwell Lake, a large man-made lake with great fishing, swimming and boating. Clemson enjoys a moderate temperature year round with average temperatures in January of 30°F to 50°F and in August of 69°F to 90°F. The area was once home to John C. Calhoun (father-in-law to Thomas Green Clemson) and General Andrew Pickens. The Calhoun home, today called Fort Hill, still stands on the Clemson University campus. The median household income is $35,529 in Clemson, and the median household income in the state of South Carolina is $47,238. The city of Clemson operates with the Clemson Police Department, Clemson University Fire Department and Pickens County EMS, for public safety needs. All departments are staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The Clemson Area Transit offers free transportation (known as the CAT bus) to all riders. The city is also served by Amtrak on the Crescent route. The closest major airport is Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP), located a 45-minute drive away. The school district is Pickens County. Children living in the city of Clemson attend Clemson Elementary School, RC Edwards Middle School and Daniel High School. Clemson is served in the United States Senate by Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, and in the House by Jeff Duncan. Residents also enjoy access to the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, the 18-hole Walker Golf Course, the Cooper Library, the South Carolina Botanical Garden and the Bob Campbell Geology Museum on the Clemson University campus. In addition, the University has 19 NCAA teams and numerous intramural and club sports. Downtown Greenville, located approximately 30 minutes from Clemson, offers a thriving entertainment, dining and cultural scene and is home to the Greenville Drive, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Boston Red Sox. Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., are within a two-hour drive from Clemson, while outdoors lovers can be in the mountains of North Carolina in an hour or enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and more at one of several South Carolina state parks within a 45-minute drive of Clemson.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should apply with a cover letter and resume via Interfolio at:

For full consideration, please apply by October 18, 2017. Applications will continue to be accepted until a finalist is identified.


Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


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