Vice President for Human Resources

Augusta University
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Job Title: Vice President for Human Resources
Location: Augusta University
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 234175
Job Information

Augusta University (AU) invites nominations and applications for a strategic, collaborative and innovative leader to serve as the next Vice President for Human Resources (VPHR).

Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Operations, the Vice President for Human Resources (VPHR) is expected to serve as a strategic partner and to provide leadership and foster consultative collaborations across the University and Augusta Health to help fulfill Augusta University's mission and strategic goals.

The VPHR will lead the day-to-day management and strategic planning initiatives of the enterprise-wide human resource function including but not limited to personnel policies, human resources program management, employee relations, organizational development, succession planning, employee engagement and human resource systems development and support.

This position is responsible for leading a dedicated human resources team of approximately 85 staff members, who support an employee base of approximately 11,000 including more than 1,600 faculty, and approximately 7,700 full time and 1,400 part time staff across the University and AU Health. The VPHR will be accessible, connected and engaged with employees in both the University as well as the medical center and focused on contemporary human resource delivery.

  • Serve as a strategic senior advisor and human capital expert to the Executive Vice President for Operations and other members of the senior leadership team on leadership development and talent management; including the development of strategic recruiting and retention plans, succession planning, organizational development and human resource best practices to further distinguish the University and the AU Health as employers of choice.
  • Promote effective employee services and programs that align with AU's strategic vision and effectively articulating their importance in supporting evolving needs of a dynamic workforce.
  • Develop, lead and evaluate a team of professionals with the goal of maintaining a high level of credibility as an effective and responsive consultative partners that best serves the needs of varied constituents across a multi-campus research institution.
  • Foster and enhance AU's relationship, coordination and partnership with the University System of Georgia (USG) Office of Human Resources.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, as well as University, medical center and University System of Georgia policies and practices pertaining to human resource management.
  • Provide leadership to advance policies, programs and processes that promote shared responsibility for constructive human relations across multiple campuses in a vibrant, diverse work environment.
  • Promote and advocate for a culture of diversity and inclusion, and ensuring that Human Resources is actively engaged in conversations, processes and programs that increase and provide greater opportunity for underrepresented group and foster a culture of belonging.
  • Use creativity and new ideas to think beyond traditional HR models to consider entrepreneurial processes, systems and solutions to challenges in a highly complex human resources environment.
Required Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications, experience and personal characteristics.


Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a strong preference for an advanced degree and/or other relevant professional accomplishment in the fields of human resources and human capital strategy.


  • At least 10 years of progressive experience as a leader of a human resources function at a large, complex entity – strong preference for knowledge of the higher education environment and familiarity with the complexities of a research intensive institution and medical center, and a demonstrated expertise in strategic human resources planning.
  • Proven track record of building and leading a best in class human resource organization with a superior understanding of human resource strategies in institutions of higher education and/or other organizations of similar size and complexity, with an emphasis on research universities and preferably with medical centers.
  • Current knowledge of human resources regulations and the complexities and nuances of employment law; experience with and knowledge of the State of Georgia employment laws preferred.
  • Demonstrated strategic planning skills and experience with budget and fiscal management, staff leadership and management, and team building.
  • Proven ability to manage both big picture and operational details: evidence of ability to lead an organization to achieve strategic goals, to continuously refine organizational plans, structure and operations; to be comfortable with delegating day-to-day management and decision making to senior managers with accountability.
  • Strong listening, verbal and written communication skills and an ability to effectively communicate in both small and large group settings.
  • Demonstrated experience with and commitment to diversity and inclusion of employees across all levels of the institution.
  • Proven track record of innovation in policy and program deployment, management, and technical expertise in human resource functions; especially employee benefits, personnel policies, compensation programs, and HR information systems.
  • Demonstrated success in change management in a dynamic environment with an appreciation for the missions, tradition and culture of the institution.
  • Ability to foster strong relationships with academic administrators, campus leaders, and other key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated success at leading change and promoting a service-oriented and people-centered human resource function.

Personal Characteristics

  • Ability to foster strong relationships with academic administrators, campus leaders, directors of and other key stakeholders.
  • A values system that aligns with a highly collaborative, transparent and mission driven organization.
  • Fair, compassionate, and open-minded with an ability to embrace and promote change; innovative, flexible, and creative; open to new ideas.
  • Good judgment and strong problem solving skills; approaches problem solving with an entrepreneurial perspective.
  • Calm, professional and politically sensitive; willing and able to serve as a confidential advisor/confidante to executive leadership and others; comfortable with and an ability to make unpopular decisions and the ability to maintain highly sensitive and confidential information.
  • Unquestionable integrity coupled with strong management skills and the managerial courage to take a firm stand or apply a gentle touch as a situation dictates; values quality with high standards for self and others.
  • Visible, accessible and approachable; able to relate effectively with all levels of staff, faculty, management and executives, including the system office and multi-site locations.
  • Relationship and bridge builder; ability to work well and develop strong connections with colleagues internally and across the system.
  • Confident and inspires confidence in others.
  • High energy, upbeat personality with a passion for the mission of Augusta University.
  • Willing to be a hands-on manager and leader, when appropriate, with a keen focus on results approach. ¿ Promotes inclusion and diversity; able to work effectively with a highly diverse workforce and represent the interests of a diverse community of faculty, staff and students.
Conditions of Employment

All candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review. For specific positions, the final candidate may be subject to a (pre-employment) physical, drug screen, and/or credit check.

The final candidate will be required to provide proof of completed academic degree(s) as well as post-secondary coursework in the form of original transcript(s). Those candidates trained by a foreign institution will also be required to provide an educational/credential evaluation.

How To Apply

Applicants should provide a CV and a letter of interest that addresses the themes in this leadership profile. Candidates will be considered until an appointment is made. Application materials can be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Mercedes Chacón Vance and Sarah Miller

[email protected]

Equal Employment Opportunity Augusta University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.

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