Vice President for Human Resources

Columbia, SC
Feb 28, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Posting Details
Posting Summary

Logo Posting Number STA00266PO18 Classification Title Vice President Internal Title Vice President for Human Resources Campus Columbia 01 College/Division Division of Human Resources Department Division of Human Resources Band Unclassified Advertised Minimum Salary Salary commensurate with qualifications. Advertised Salary Range Salary commensurate with qualifications. Location of Vacancy Part/Full Time Full Time Hours per week 37.5 Work Schedule

Standard working schedule: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the department.

Type of Staff Position Full-time Equivalent (FTE) Basis 12 months Job Search Category Human Resources/Legal

About UofSC

The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state's flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 "Best Colleges" according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state's educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

Position Description

Advertised Job Summary

The University of South Carolina seeks a visionary, strategic, and broadly skilled Human Resources executive with substantial leadership experience for the position of Vice President of Human Resources. The Vice-President (VP) for Human Resources (HR) serves as the Chief Human Resources officer (CHRO) for the eight institutions in the University of South Carolina system. In this role, the VP for HR will serve as the senior advisor and institutional leader for providing advice and counsel to the President and other senior officials concerning all human resources matters. This position also directs a division that administers the long-range planning and the day-to-day operations for a wide range of HR functions, including Talent Acquisition; Total Rewards (compensation and benefits); Organizational and Professional Development; HR Operations, Systems and Reporting; Employee/Employer Relations; International Services for faculty and staff; and Remote HR operations. This position reports to the Senior Vice-President for Administration and Chief Operating Officer and serves as a member of the President's Executive Council. The position works with all senior leaders across the USC system as a strategic resource for maximizing the performance of the organization in support of the University's mission.

Primary Job Responsibilities:
Provides advice and counsel to the President and other senior officials concerning all human resources matters, with a focus on institution-wide HR issues that optimize the University's ability to attract, develop, and retain the faculty and staff needed to fulfill the University's mission. Also, serves as a member of the President's Executive Council.

Coordinates and consults on precedence-setting administrative decisions; forecasts and makes recommendations regarding strategic planning and development of institution-wide policies and practices; proactively plans and participates in the decision-making directly affecting the faculty and staff; and the HR budget of the University.

Designs and oversees an effective talent acquisition program that helps attract and onboard new talent for the University.

Leads the development and implementation of compensation and benefits programs that appropriately position the University in the competitive market and allow the University to attract and retain top talent.

Provides organizational development support to the President, Provost, Vice-Presidents, Deans, Chancellors and other leaders and organizations across the University's system to assess and improve organizational performance.

Oversees the training and development of supervisors, managers and senior leaders across the University of South Carolina system. Provides leadership development programs that build a strong pipeline of future academic and administrative leaders and supports the University's succession planning efforts.

Oversees the development, management and support of strategic HR systems that enable a wide range of business processes that support all employees and advance institutional priorities.

Develops and leads the organization that provides day-to-day HR leadership and support to all institutions, colleges, schools and departments across the University of South Carolina system.

Ensures that Human Resources policies and practices are aligned with the University's strategic goals.

Provides and ensures effective employee/employer relations through programs that equip managers and supervisors to effectively lead/manage employees and create a positive work environment throughout the University.

Serves as a primary point-of-contact for all Human Resources related matters with state and federal oversight agencies.

Minimum Qualifications (Classified and Unclassified positions)

A Master's degree and ten years of progressively responsible HR leadership experience, with a preference for experience in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications

Extensive experience as a senior executive in a business, government, or higher education organization of relevant size and complexity with deep and broad experience in human resources and a command of innovative practices in the field.

A demonstrated track-record of developing and executing well-organized and effective human resources programs, along with a command of best and innovative practices in the field.

Broad based HR experience encompassing the major functional aspects of Human Resources, to include Organizational Change Management, Human Resources Information Systems, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Leadership and Organizational Development, Compensation and Benefits, and Employee Relations.


The successful candidate will have considerable management and leadership experience, with a demonstrated record of success in problem-solving, planning and project management. The VP for HR should also have a demonstrated service orientation and a record of being proactive in providing service and support to campus stakeholders.

A collaborative, team-oriented style and team builder. The ability to develop solid collaborative relationships with a diverse group of campus constituents including faculty, staff, and students.

Knowledge of public higher education and familiarity with the needs and complexities of a comprehensive university with understanding and vision for a progressive human resources organization.

The position requires a demonstrated familiarity with employment law.

The position requires extensive supervisory experience and leadership skills to effectively plan for the University's short-term and long-term organizational needs and the ability to help lead both workforce and organizational change.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate competency in the following areas:
• Leading People
• Leading Change
• Managing for Effective and Positive Results
• Understanding Higher Education
• Building Partnerships
• Cultural Competence

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies Desired Start Date If Research Grant/Time Limited, give end date Job Open Date 02/27/2018 Job Close Date 03/30/2018 Open Until Filled No Special Instructions to Applicant

Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This position is open until filled. Only accepting applications submitted before March 30th, 2018

This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.

Quicklink for Posting EEO Statement

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, protected veteran status or genetics.

Position Attributes

Hazardous weather category Non-Essential Safety Sensitive or Security Sensitive No

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have at least a master's degree and ten years of progressively responsible HR leadership experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have experience in higher education?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation 1
  2. Letter of Recommendation 2
  3. Letter of Recommendation 3
  4. Other Supporting Documents
  5. List of References and Contact Information


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