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Chief Human Resources Officer, Vice President for Human Resources

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

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Administrative or Professional Faculty

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Chief Human Resources Officer, Vice President for Human Resources

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Chief Human Resources Officer, Vice President for Human Resources

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Fairfax, VA


Commensurate with education and experience.

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Chief Human Resources Officer, Vice President for Human Resources

George Mason University seeks candidates and nominations for their next Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Vice President for Human Resources. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

George Mason University is the largest public research university in Virginia, serving more than 36,000 students from over 130 countries. Mason ranks among the highest research institutions (R1) in the country by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The university has a total workforce of more than 11,000 employees who are experts in a broad range of fields. They have provided critical administrative support to academic programs, published widely, contributed to major research findings, and consulted with government and business officials.

About the Position:

This position will report to the Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration and is accountable for the planning, development, and implementation of university-wide initiatives and strategies that support employee engagement, success, and customer service excellence. This position possesses executive responsibility for the design, development, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of comprehensive Human Resources programs for the university. Areas of leadership and responsibility include, but are not limited, to the development, management, and improvement of:

  • Total Rewards (Benefits, Classification, and Compensation);
  • Employee Relations;
  • Performance management;
  • Talent Acquisition and retention;
  • University-wide training and professional development;
  • Clear communication of HR policies and initiatives;
  • HR metrics and KPIs to inform program, policy, and organizational changes;
  • HR information systems enhancements, technology innovations, and new ways of working;
  • HR operational and staff budgets;
  • Succession planning and internal development/promotion strategies;
  • Compliance and reporting accountability with all applicable state, federal, and university policies, laws, and regulations; and
  • Programs and opportunities for enhanced human resources practices commensurate with increased autonomy granted through the Restructured Higher Education, Financial and Administrative Operations Act, Chapter 10 of Title 23.1 of the Code of Virginia (Tier 3).

The CHRO is expected to be a university-wide thinker who works collaboratively with other senior leaders in leading and supporting change management initiatives.


  • Responsible for university-wide HR strategy, policy, and training;
  • Provide executive-level counsel using data-driven information and advised practices to pursue opportunities and implement programs for enhanced employee services and benefits, and seek to address opportunities for leadership engagement;
  • Accountable for HR performance and ensuring compliance with federal, state, and University policies and laws;
  • Develop HR’s strategic plans, assuring alignment with the University’s strategic goals, developing and implementing HR policies and guidelines, and working collaboratively to link the University’s strategies and policies to faculty and staff;
  • Responsible for HR personnel management, setting goals for performance and deadlines in ways that support and comply with the university’s plans and vision;
  • Set direction for university-wide recruitment, retention, and succession strategies; organizational development and training initiatives; compensation; performance management; employee relations; and the management of HR systems and analytics;
  • Lead the Administrative/Professional Faculty Handbook Committee and implement any Handbook and A/P policy changes;
  • Contribute to special faculty initiatives relating to hiring, contracts, compensation, retention, retirement, and family support;
  • Develop and implement a valid, outcomes-based culture through Mason’s performance management program that instills accountability and recognizes employee performance, sets goals, and encourages professional development;
  • Support the University in meeting its Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity (AA/EEO) requirements and working collaboratively with the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in meeting the University’s Diversity and Inclusive Excellence goals and ensuring that the University is in compliance with required state and federal reporting in this area;
  • Drive a culture that values diversity and inclusion, advocating for the strategic connection of inclusive excellence goals into University practices;
  • Oversee the University’s retirement programs (which are opt-out from the Commonwealth of Virginia);
  • Serve as a vital member of the university’s Investment Policy Committee and provides annual BOV reporting;
  • Collaborate with Commonwealth of Virginia agencies: DHRM, VRS, DOA, and SCHEV;
  • Attend to HR-related legislative and code of VA issues;
  • Participate with VA Chief HR Officers Council & CUPA-HR as relevant University HR professional associations; and
  • Keeps pace with innovations in the field and rapidly changing federal and state laws.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent combination of education and related experience;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation, with the ability to develop and implement successful human resources strategies and initiatives across an organization;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing and implementing organizational change initiatives through collaboration and relationship-building skills;
  • Skill in executing data-driven decision-making to sustain and enhance quality of services;
  • Skill in translating strategic ideas into tangible strategies and goals;
  • Exceptional skill in interpersonal, oral, and written communication;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change in and across a large organization;
  • Ability to translate vision, strategic direction, and long-term goals into specific projects and initiatives with a clear timeline;
  • Demonstrated experience as a leader or key stakeholder in the implementation, upgrade, or overhaul of a major system or process;
  • Demonstrated ability to advise a diverse workforce in a professional manner and maintain confidentiality, and foster a culture of accountability throughout the University;
  • Demonstrated commitment to an inclusive and collaborative leadership style that is strong in teamwork;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness and expertise in change management;
  • Extensive experience in progressively responsible senior HR leadership roles (generally, ten or more years);
  • Demonstrated experience consulting and advising senior-level executives in broad functional areas of human resources;
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation;
  • Demonstrated experience in handling highly sensitive and confidential situations with a strong commitment to and record of exemplary professional and personal integrity; and
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively and collaboratively bridging multiple varied and complex organizational units to optimize university efficiencies.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and understanding of shared governance and related dynamics within complex populations;
  • Relevant professional certifications;
  • Experience in human resource management for a large public employer;
  • Experience in higher education;
  • Experience with executive benefits and executive compensation; and
  • Experience with employee surveys designed to capture key metrics (i.e. standardized exit surveys, employee engagement/satisfaction surveys, etc.).

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Mason is assisted in this search by Storbeck Search, an executive search firm. Nominations, applications, and inquiries are being accepted for the position. Consideration of candidates will continue until the position is filled. All requests for information, written nominations, confidential inquiries, and all application materials should be directed in confidence to Christopher D. Lee, Managing Director at

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Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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