Associate Vice President for Human Resources

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Job ID: 5358 - FT - Unclassified (salaried)

The Associate Vice President for Human Resources (AVP) is responsible for the delivery of human resource services to Miami University's 23,000 students, faculty and staff.  

The AVP must demonstrate respect for all employees and for shared-governance processes. As an institutional leader, the AVP must respect Miami’s history, traditions and culture while challenging the University to continuously change and be more nimble.  The University must move quickly and efficiently and this requires a workforce that is capable of adapting to the University's changing needs.

The successful AVP must bring best practices from leading-edge human capital organizations, idea generation and innovation to further the University’s goals. The AVP should be a leader who anticipates change, and recognizes impediments to executing change and can adjust the pace and timing of changes as may be needed.

It is essential that the AVP has strong managerial experience and is a decision maker who makes informed, sound decisions based on data and an understanding of the organization and its culture. To adapt successfully to the Miami culture, the AVP will need to build collaborative relationships across the University and communicate effectively with a variety of constituencies and should possess the following attributes:

  • Highest integrity and ethics
  • Engaging and inspiring
  • Collegial and collaborative
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Open and transparent

This is a highly visible position and the AVP must understand and respect the requirements of working in a public university environment.

The AVP reports to the Senior Vice President for Finance & Business Services. The Office of Human Resources comprises five departments: Benefit Services, Staff Development, Compensation and Employment Services, Labor Relations, and Payroll Services.

The AVP, leading a team of 35+ and an operating budget of $3 million, is responsible for the delivery of human resources services to all administrative departments and functions, including certain services for academic departments, faculty and academic personnel (e.g., benefits). The Assistant Provost, reporting to the Provost, is responsible for faculty and academic personnel matters, such as recruitment, processing appointments, etc.



Duties/Physical Demands:

The following Key Objectives have been identified to measure, in part, the AVP’s performance.

  • Promote a service and continuous improvement culture within Human Resources and throughout the University focusing on needs of students, departments, faculty and staff, and other constituent groups.
  • Develop Human Resources goals and priorities consistent with the University’s strategic plan.
  • Evaluate and, if necessary, restructure the Human Resources organization to ensure resources are aligned with the needs and positioned to accomplish the University's goals and objectives.
  • Partner with the Assistant Provost, Chief Diversity Officer, and Director of Equity and Equal Opportunity to move the Office of Human Resources and these offices to a more integrated model, while preserving each office’s autonomy, to strategically support the University’s goals and priorities.
  • Review and, if necessary, improve the service delivery model to ensure efficient, service oriented and cost effective delivery of services with a focus on recruitment of staff and student employees, and investigation and conflict resolution processes.
  • Maintain position classification systems and develop recommendations for creating a contemporary system that aligns with the dynamics of today’s workplace and university workforce needs.
  • Maintain staff and student employee compensation, and if necessary, recommend changes to ensure the University is competitive to attract and retain top talent.
  • Evaluate and work to improve the University;s performance evaluation system to support talent management initiatives, retention and promotion.
  • In collaboration with University leaders, develop and implement talent development programs, and promotion pathways and succession planning strategies for key positions.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in business, organizational development or a related human resources field and 10 years of relevant human resources experience are required.

Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience providing the abilities, knowledge, and skills listed above may be substituted.



The University is committed to equal opportunity, affirmative action, and eliminating discrimination and harassment. Miami University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices.  Requests for reasonable accommodations/or disabilities related to employment should be directed to [email protected] or 513-529-3560.  Miami University's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report with information on campus crime, fires, and safety may be found at: Hard copy available upon request. A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke and tobacco free campuses.





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Posted: 3/1/2018
Application Due: 4/30/2018
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