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Director of Human Resources

Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA

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Working Title:

Director of Human Resources

Position Number:




Appointment Type:

Full Time

Sensitive Position:


Sensitive Position Statement:

A sensitive position requires a fingerprint-based criminal history check. This is NOT a sensitive position.

Campus Security Authority:


Campus Security Authority Statement:

This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority. A Campus Security Authority (or CSA) is defined as an “official of the institution with significant responsibility for student and campus activities.” A CSA is required to immediately report any crime that is reported to them to the University Police who will then review, evaluate, and investigate the reported crime. Annual training is required by the Department of Education for all personnel who have been designated as a Campus Security Authority.

Designated Personnel:


Designated Personnel Statement:

This position could potentially be required to work (depending on the event) during an emergency closing.

Statement of Economic Interest:


Statement of Economic Interest Statement:

This position does NOT require a Statement of Personal Economic Interest.

Restricted Position:


Restricted Position Statement:

A restricted position would be subject to availability of funding. This is NOT a restricted postion.

Chief Objective of Position:

Reporting to the Vice President of Finance and Planning / Chief Financial Officer, this position will provide vision and dynamic leadership in developing, implementing, and maintaining high-quality human resource services to attract, hire, retain, serve and support Christopher Newport employees. Develop and offer campus-wide programs to enhance employee affiliation and satisfaction and help make Christopher Newport a great place to work and learn.

Work Tasks:

Develop and implement strategic HR initiatives supporting the university mission.

Provide dynamic vision, leadership and management to enhance the environment for working and learning; build and strengthen affiliation, morale and service to Christopher Newport; and strengthen customer service.

Enhance the University community of employees and students by providing outstanding human resource services, operations and support.

Provide oversight of employee relations, recruitment, classification and compensation, benefits administration, and training areas for the Office of Human Resources.

Provide oversight of recruitment to attract and hire qualified candidates in a fair and timely manner.

Hire, supervise, train, evaluate and provide feedback to office staff, as necessary.

Ensure compliance with all federal and state agencies and laws pertaining to the Human Resource department such as the Department of Labor, Department of Education, SACSCOC, EEOC, FMLA, ACA, Workers Compensation and FLSA.

Collaborate with the Commonwealth’s Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) on employee issues and comply with all DHRM requirements.

Provide guidance and interpretation in complex situations to ensure fair and equitable standards.

Develop and maintain Human Resources policies and procedures.

Responsible for submitting required DHRM reports to include the annual succession plan.

Acts as a fiduciary for the University-sponsored supplemental retirement plan.

Prepare goals and objectives for the department in partnership with the Assistant Vice President for Finance and Planning.

Focus on process improvement and utilizing technology to ensure innovative, seamless, and efficient HR process delivery.

Provide oversight of the orientation programs to inculcate new employees to the values of Christopher Newport and the benefits provided by employment.

Advise the Chief of Staff and Vice President of Finance and Planning / Chief Financial Officer on human resource (HR) issues, trends, and needs; and makes recommendations for best practice initiatives in HR.

Create and implement employee support and development programs. Clarify employee skills training needs and develop, provide or coordinate training opportunities.

Enhance the development of positive work environments at Christopher Newport by developing/coordinating and offering training in supervisory and management strategies, communication skills, positive confrontation and conflict resolution, and employee evaluation.

Monitor the performance of the Office of Human Resources to ensure quality and timeliness of services.

Develop and manage a comprehensive budget for human resources operations in accordance with University and Procurement guidelines.

Acts as the System Owner and Data Owner of the Human Resource Information System (HRIS) and is responsible for ensuring the maintenance and support of the HRIS application through the assignment of application security roles. Required to complete assigned role-based security training annually as defined in the University Role-Based Security Standard.

Serves as a member of University committees to include the Threat Assessment Team (TAT), University Handbook Committee, Retirement Plan Committee, Campus Violence Prevention Committee, Student Employment Committee, and others as needed.

Serves as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Responds to student reports and disseminates information to appropriate parties (Title IX Coordinator, Dean of Students, University Police, Counseling Office). Keeps current in legislative updates and government interpretations. Educates staff in necessary policy changes. Recommends policy changes to appropriate university officials.

Develops and maintains positive and professional customer service and relations within the office and with all constituencies to include students, faculty, staff, administrators, other employees, other agency personnel and community members.

Demonstrates a positive and professional attitude and treats everyone with dignity and respect. Fully supports the “Student’s First” value at the University and routinely goes the extra mile in providing service. Completes all work in a timely, efficient and accurate manner.
Safety issues are reviewed and communicated to assure a safe and healthy workplace and a reduction in work-related absence.

Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

This position is designated as a “responsible employee” who has the authority to redress sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.

This position is designated essential for the University. In the event of an emergency, this position may be required to work during an authorized closing depending on the situation.

This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority. A Campus Security Authority (or CSA) is defined as an “official of the institution with significant responsibility for student and campus activities”. A CSA is required to immediately report any crime that is reported to them to the University Police who will then review, evaluate, and investigate the reported crime. Annual training is required by the Department of Education for all personnel who have been designated as a Campus Security Authority.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) required:

Working knowledge of employee relations, benefits administration, recruitment, training and development, classification, compensation, performance planning and evaluation processes. Skills in supervision and management, budgeting, goal setting, and training. Ability to communicate effectively (written and verbal), and manage diverse and competing tasks. Excellent problem solving skills and attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to organize and implement projects or program plans; develop and advise on policy; and, to investigate and analyze complex questions and issues. Extensive knowledge of federal and state laws. Working knowledge of grievance rights of employees; personnel policies; and, judicial and administrative decisions related to employee rights. Demonstrated ability to counsel employees effectively; and, mediate issues with managers and human resource officers to resolve employment disputes.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) preferred:

Skills in developing and delivering high quality training programs. Skills in tactical and strategic planning; and in program evaluation. Ability to integrate program evaluations with tactical planning to make sound budget decisions.

Required Education:

Must have a Master’s Degree in human resources, psychology, education, or related field or a Bachelor’s Degree and significant, directly related experience, which equates to an advanced degree.

Preferred Education:


Experience Required:

Significant demonstrated experience in leadership, management and supervision, and evaluating clerical and professional staff in an office responsible for human resources. Experience in building and maintaining an effective office and team, as well as monitoring and achieving office goals. Experience in employee relations, benefits administration, compensation, classification, recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, and developing and maintaining a comprehensive office budget. Experience with Human Resources systems, spreadsheets and analyzing data.

Experience Preferred:

Demonstrated successful experience at a senior management level in human resources. Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining a positive work environment and in successfully leading and managing an office in college/university human resources. Proven experience in tactical and strategic planning, needs assessment, goal setting and program planning and evaluation for an office. Experience in integrating program/service evaluations with tactical planning to make sound budget decisions. Experience in implementing employee assistance programs. Experience in developing and delivering high quality support programs.

CNU Information:

Selected by The Princeton Review for The 386 Best Colleges: 2021 Edition, and highly ranked for its quality of life and innovative leadership, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience — great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. A “student-first, teaching-first” community, Christopher Newport is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. The University is located between Williamsburg and the Virginia beaches in Newport News, and enrolls 5,100 students. Academic programs encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University has a new and technologically advanced campus, has generated over 7,300 applications for a freshmen class of 1,155 and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as fourth among public regional universities in the South and seventh among all regional universities in the South. In addition, Christopher Newport is ranked third among all public schools for having "the highest proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students.” Christopher Newport is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We seek exceptional and diverse candidates and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit

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Application Instructions:

Interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references at the time of application. Review of applications will begin April 5, 2021. Applications received after April 5, 2021, will be accepted but considered only if needed. Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

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EEO Statement :

Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully Committed to Access and Opportunity.
Notice of Non-Discrimination & Title IX Policy Statement:

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