Sr Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

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The University of Alabama is looking for a seasoned professional with experience and leadership in a high functioning HR environment to serve as the first Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources. The SAVP will come to UA at a time of institutional growth and development to help the University implement a future-oriented and dynamic Human Resources structure as part of UA’s HReimagined initiative. This ongoing initiative is positioning the campus to prepare for the UA faculty and staff of tomorrow and provide the campus community with cutting-edge HR services and programs through a decentralized HR process with talent embedded across campus. The SAVP will work to transform HR to become a leader and partner in delivering strategic and consultative HR advice and solutions throughout the University.

UA is located in the city of Tuscaloosa and is one of the nation’s premier public universities offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 200 fields of study. UA’s more than 1,000 acres of tree-lined pathways and state-of-the-art facilities are a source of inspiration for students, faculty, and staff. UA is one of the nation’s fastest-growing flagship universities. UA currently enrolls more than 38,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and attracts more than half of its students from out of state. The University is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 700 currently on campus. UA recently achieved Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity (formerly R1) status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UA employs more than 2,011 faculty with thirty receiving the NSF’s CAREER Award, the nation’s most prestigious recognition of top-performing young scientists, in disciplines ranging from nanoscience and engineering to biological sciences. UA was recognized in 2020 by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity, the only institution of higher education in the state of Alabama to receive the honor. Faculty members work closely with students, and many involve students at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels in basic and applied research.

The Department of Human Resources contributes to the mission and vision of The University of Alabama by supporting faculty and staff in their efforts to enhance the quality of life for citizens of Alabama and beyond. The department’s staff is committed to delivering quality customer service, engaging in creative solutions, and fostering growth while serving each member of the UA community. As one of the largest employers in the state, The University of Alabama is filled with energetic, talented, and mission-driven people, and the department’s staff provides support in the areas of employee relations, learning, and development; benefits; payroll; and compensation, classification, and recruitment.

The Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources serves as part of the senior leadership team reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Operations and will be responsible for implementing The University of Alabama’s Human Resources workforce functions, structures, and policies. The SAVP functions as a strategic business partner to the executive management of the university regarding key organizational and management issues. Also, she/he will be responsible for planning, developing, and implementing initiatives and strategies that support organizational effectiveness; professional development; personnel acquisition, management, and retention; succession planning; leadership development; benefits; employee engagement and communication; compensation; payroll operations; and customer service excellence.

The Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources must have a history of progressively responsible management and leadership experience in areas of significant, complex, and high-level responsibility in administrative, human resources, and financial operations, as well as proven executive level management experience in a large, complex, and diverse organization and demonstrated success and experience with shared services. A Master's degree in Human Resources or Management, as well as SHRM CP/SCP or HRCI PHR/SPHR certification is preferred.

Additional information about UA is available in the search profile, located at:

Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a resume, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to: [email protected]. Best consideration will be given to applications received by June 4, 2021.

Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Ann Die Hasselmo at [email protected] or Chris Butler at [email protected], consultants with Academic Search, Washington, D.C.

Further information about the University of Alabama is available at

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases.




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Job No: 512578
Posted: 3/9/2021
Application Due: 5/8/2021
Work Type: Full Time