Assistant Vice President of Human Resources

Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, California (US)

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Claremont McKenna College seeks a dynamic and creative human resources strategist for the role of Assistant Vice President of Human Resources (AVP/HR). The AVP/HR serves as a key member of the College’s leadership team and plays a critical role in supporting and advancing the College’s strategy and mission. The AVP/HR directly supervises a team of professional staff members responsible for employee relations, HR data and systems and talent management.

Essential Functions


  • Provide innovative leadership, oversight, problem solving, and guidance in the areas of employee services, benefits, leave management, talent management, classification and compensation, employee relations, performance management, HR operational support and other HR services. Offer advice, options and strategies with an awareness of the potential risks to the College.
  • Establish and implement short- and long-term goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitor and evaluate programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effect changes required for improvement in all supervised areas. Evaluate, establish, and maintain an organizational structure and staffing plan to accomplish the College’s goals and objectives effectively and efficiently.
  • Track HR trends, practices and federal and state law changes and ensure the College is compliant with changes.
  • Responsible for financial planning and budget control including operating and budget activities. Develop and manage annual budgets and perform periodic cost and productivity analysis.

Strategic Leadership

  • Provide input toward the College’s strategic and programmatic leadership.
  • Maintains effective leadership culture at all levels.
  • Monitors outputs and outcomes of completed work of others to ensure soundness of approach and effectiveness, and delegates complex tasks to others.
  • Establish performance standards, assess performance, counsel and evaluate performance of direct reports.

Process Improvement

  • Plan, implement and evaluate improvements in HR processes and practices.
  • Facilitate cross-functional teams to achieve continuous improvement objectives.
  • Compile and track improvement project data and reports on status.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the process improvements.
  • Effectively implement strategic business objectives in driving efficiencies and compliance.

Talent Acquisition and Management

  • Develop, retain and support a diverse and talented workforce.
  • Maintain a productive, dynamic and inclusive work environment.
  • Maintain robust benefits package including medical plans and 403(b) contributions.
  • Review compensation data from relevant labor markets to ensure salaries are competitive.
  • Demonstrate strong negotiation skills to successfully manage leadership and employee expectations in workforce management initiatives.

Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment. 

The successful candidate will also be able to perform the following essential functions:

  • Take and follow directions.
  • Work cooperatively with others.
  • Receive and respond appropriately to constructive criticism.
  • Display a positive attitude.
  • Balance multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Performs other essential duties and tasks specific to the position.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Minimum ten years of progressively responsible experience in human resources administration and management experience, preferably in a non-profit or academic setting. Experience championing diversity, equity, and inclusion practices across an organization. Excellent strategic planning and operational management skills with the ability to translate vision and strategy to clear, actionable goals. Knowledgeable about the principles of process improvement, including best practices and techniques in collaborative teaming and organizational effectiveness. Ability to appropriately scale functional areas of HR to achieve strategic goals of the organization and adapt talent to the pace of technological advances. Core and substantive knowledge of all human resources functional and technical areas, including use of technology platforms as tools for implementing strategic processes and priorities.

Qualification Standards:

Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. Master’s preferred.

Experience: Ten years of working experience and management experience in a Human Resources department.

Licenses: A valid U.S. driver’s license and be eligible as an insurable driver under the College’s insurance plan. A PHR or SPHR certification is preferred.

Other: This is an exempt, benefits-based, full time, twelve-month position.  

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:  Will supervisor exempt and non-exempt human resources staff.

BACKGROUND CHECK:  The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check.  Certain positions will require the successful completion of a post-offer physical agility test.  Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description. 

ADA/OSHA:  This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position.  It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others.  It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. 

DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position.  Duties and responsibilities can change and develop over time, accordingly the College reviews job description on a periodic basis and may make changes of business necessity.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT:  Employment with the College is “at-will” meaning that the terms of employment may be changed with or without notice, with or without cause, including, but not limited to termination, demotion, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, duties, and location of work.  There is no agreement express or implied between the College and you for continuing or long-term employment. While the College has every hope that employment relationships will be mutually beneficial and rewarding, employees and the College retain the right to terminate the employment relationship at will, at any time, with or without cause.  The President is the only person who can modify or alter the at-will employment relationship.



As one of the nation's most selective private liberal arts colleges, CMC sits among the intellectually-stimulating, socially-fulfilling, seven-college community known as The Claremont Colleges, a system modeled after England's Oxford University. Founded in 1946, CMC is the youngest of the nation's top colleges and enrolls approximately 1,200 students.

Claremont McKenna College (CMC) educates its students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership in economics, government and public affairs. CMC's strong grounding in the liberal arts, together with its emphasis on economics, government, and international relations, attracts students who approach education pragmatically and who intend to make a difference in the world. With this broad-based foundation graduates leave CMC well prepared for the challenges of the 21st century. Many go on to pursue careers in law, business, government, foreign service, international relations, public policy, museum administration, science and education, or to pursue graduate study.

The College's cutting-edge research institutes provide students unprecedented opportunities to work alongside their professors and discover how what they learn in the classroom links to life in the world behond. The world comes to Claremont McKenna through a vibrant and renowned speakers series in which world leaders, thinkers, artists and visionaries visit campus through the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and other public programming.

In September 2007, Robert A. Day, the Founder and Chairman of The TCW Group, Inc., pledged a $200 million personal gift to establish the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance and its unique programs. This was the largest recorded gift to a liberal arts institution, the largest gift in the field of finance and economics, and among the top 20 largest gifts ever given to a college or university. Through his generosity, the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance now offers multiple programs, including a Master of Arts in Finance degree.

While many other colleges champion either a traditional liberal arts education with emphasis on intellectual breadth, or training that stresses acquisition of technical skills, Claremont McKenna College offers a clear alternative. Instead of dividing the liberal arts and the working world into separate realms, education at Claremont McKenna is rooted in the interplay between the world of ideas and the world of events. By combining the intellectual breadth of the liberal arts with the more pragmatic concerns of public affairs, CMC helps students to gain the vision, skills, and values necessary for leadership in all sectors of society.

In addition to its dedication to teaching and learning, the College is a center for scholars who are engaged in research that can enlighten a society intent on finding solutions to its economic, political, social, and environmental problems. Ongoing research at CMC is contributing to the body of knowledge in areas such as the effects of government regulations upon the economy, toxic waste, juvenile justice, changes of enzyme systems in humans, and the ecology of desert regions.

The Research Institutes are perhaps our clearest example of the linkages forged at CMC between research, teaching and learning. Here, students serve as assistants to, and collaborators with, their teachers, co-authoring scholarly articles and presenting papers to academic bodies, corporations, political organizations and government agencies. They test theories in the public marketplace and actively seek answers to questions of broad social importance.

In recent years CMC has gained national recognition as one of the top liberal arts colleges in America. This recognition can be attributed, in part, to CMC's mission which acknowledges its obligation for service to the larger scholarly community through faculty contact with business and with government, a process that enriches both the outside world and the campus itself. Also contributing to CMC's national reputation are the accomplishments of its almost 8,000 alumni. Today, about seventy percent of CMC's graduates go on to advanced degrees at prestigious institutions, and one in eight graduates holds a position in top management.

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