Associate Vice President, HR Strategy & Operations

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Associate Vice President, HR Strategy & Operations - Georgetown Universitys Department of Human Resources

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation's capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.


Georgetown University's Department of Human Resources is a team that CARES. We shape Culture; we are Accessible; we recognize and Respect the unique needs and talents of a diverse population, we Engage the GU workforce in the pursuit of excellence; and we are here to Serve the Georgetown community. Human Resources nurture an environment of mutual respect where imaginations flourish and ideas are realized to positively impact the world.

In order to further our mission, we have an exciting opportunity for an experienced leader to join our team. We are seeking a talented strategist with a desire to develop, shape and facilitate innovative HR programs towards the advancement of the HR vision, mission and values. Beyond requisite passion, skill, and experience, you will have a consistent track record of exceeding targets and proven expertise in building and leading high performing HR teams. If you love to bring out the best in others, are passionate about organizational development and operational excellence - we want you!

From day one, the Associate Vice President, HR Strategy & Operations (AVP) will have an immediate impact as a member of the Department of Human Resources leadership team and will be responsible for the oversight and administration of human resource services and leading a team of HR Centers of Expertise including talent acquisition, employee and labor relations, learning and development, compensation & classification, HRIS and HR partnerships.

What we are looking for:

  • A person with a solid understanding of organizational development, talent development and management, employment law, staffing, compensation, employee relations and labor relations.
  • An exceptional project and program planner, with the ability to present those plans verbally and in writing to executives of all levels in the organization.
  • A champion willing to model the Mission, Vision and Values of the HR Department.

Objectives of this Role:
  • Work closely with internal and external partners to provide subject matter expertise and guidance in all areas of human resources and will contribute to the development and implementation of the Department of Human Resources strategic plan, goals and initiatives.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with key department and functional leaders serving as a trusted partner and thought leader on human resource issues and work closely with internal and external partners to provide subject matter expertise and guidance for a comprehensive range of HR Services.
  • Provide oversight and administration of the HR Centers of Expertise that support the employee lifecycle and development including compensation & classification, talent acquisition, employee and labor relations, learning and development, HRIS and HR partnerships/client engagement.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the Department of Human Resources strategic planning goals and initiatives.
  • Oversee the development and expansion of learning and talent strategy to enable internal development, workforce planning and preparedness, and partnerships to meet the needs of the organization.

  • Provide leadership and strategic direction for Human Resources functions, ensuring alignment with the mission of the institution.
  • Responsible for overseeing the design and development of processes, strategic programs and initiatives that enhance organizational performance and the employee experience.
  • Collaborate closely with senior leadership on the effective and timely execution of HR programs and initiatives.
  • Work with partners to ensure university-wide talent and performance management programs are focused and aligned on improving operational and program efficiencies and effectiveness.
  • Provide guidance and input on department restructures, change initiatives, talent development and the succession planning process that help the university prepare for the workforce of the future.

Work Interactions

The AVP, HR Strategy & Operations reports directly to the VP & CHRO along with the AVP, Benefits, Payroll and Wellness, Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant. The AVP, HR Strategy & Operations will provide supervision to the organizational units within the Department of Human Resources Centers of Expertise. The AVP is a member of the HR Leadership Team and will interact with senior leadership, Office of the COO leadership, other campus leadership, and colleagues in the Office of IDEAA, General Counsel, and any units necessary to advance the HR agenda.

  • An advanced degree in human resources, management, law, business/public administration or a related field is required.
  • At least 7-10 years of executive-level experience resulting in comprehensive knowledge of human resources operations, programs, technology, and service delivery in a complex, highly decentralized organizational setting.
  • Must have the ability to use data, metrics and peer comparisons for decision making purposes.
  • Human Resources certification (PHR/SPHR) and specific managerial experience within the higher education setting are strongly preferred.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered as an applicant for any position at Georgetown University, you must submit a resume/CV, along with a cover letter. Please submit these as a single file.

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Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at Georgetown University you must submit a cover letter and resume for each position of interest for which you believe you are qualified. These documents are not kept on file for future positions.

Need Assistance:

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please click here for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at 202-687-4798 or [email protected].

Need some assistance with the application process? Please call 202-687-2500. For more information about the suite of benefits, professional development and community involvement opportunities that make up Georgetown's commitment to its employees, please visit the Georgetown Works website.

EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Georgetown University offers a wide variety of comprehensive and competitive benefits. Benefits packages include comprehensive health, dental and vision plans, disability and life insurance coverage, retirement savings programs, tuition assistance, voluntary insurance options (including group legal, accident, and critical illness), and much more. Whatever your need, the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits will be standing by to support you. You can learn more about the benefits offered to eligible faculty and staff at or view the online interactive benefits guide for more information.

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Posted: 6/9/2021
Application Due: 6/9/2033
Work Type: Full Time