Chief Human Resources Officer

Eugene, Lane County
Jul 12, 2014

The University of Oregon seeks an experienced manager and effective leader for the position of Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). A world-class public teaching and research university of 24,500 students located in Eugene, UO is one of only two AAU universities in the Greater Northwest. The University’s Academic Plan affirms the University’s commitment to a core of liberal education, an academic program on a human scale, a curriculum shaped by respectful stewardship of human and natural resources, institutional agility in balancing between multidisciplinary innovations and traditional disciplinary strengths, cooperative leadership and engagement with the community, and a spirit of resourceful creativity. The University employs more than 1900 tenure-related and non-tenure track faculty and 3000 staff.

The CHRO provides strong and effective leadership in the implementation of quality-based integrated human resources programs for all officers of administration, faculty, staff and student employees of the University.  The CHRO acts as steward of employee resources in service to the University’s academic and research mission and core educational and administrative objectives.  Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Administration & CFO, the CHRO leads a University-wide HR operation that is responsible for HR management, implementation of well-conceived and designed programs, and synchronization of HR processes, systems, policies and procedures pertaining to all HR activities.  The CHRO coordinates HR-related functions for faculty with the Office of Academic Affairs and works collaboratively with senior administrators and other University leadership.  S/he is responsible for implementing plans that facilitate the University’s evolution into an organization that drives superior value, excellence in leadership, efficiency, consistency and fairness, customer service, and organizational capacity.

To be successful in this role, the CHRO must possess outstanding leadership qualities and technical skills together with significant management experience and a strong commitment to service and accountability.  The CHRO must have proven experience as a program builder, a passion for delivering high quality service, deep interest in building strong relationships with faculty and staff, a collaborative and flexible decision-making style, a hands-on orientation that pays attention to detail, and the ability to lead organizational change.  The successful candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree and appropriate professional certifications strongly preferred), five to ten years of progressive management experience within a complex organization serving multiple constituencies, preferably within higher education, strong technical knowledge of HR functions and technology with extensive experience in the administration of compensation and benefits programs; the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with all campus constituents, a foundational  understanding of issues and opportunities related to equity and inclusion and a demonstrated record of promoting diversity in the faculty and staff. Labor relations, particularly in negotiating and interpreting collective bargaining agreements, is strongly preferred. Individuals must demonstrate a track record of building a strong organizational team culture while creating an environment of customer service and support. The successful candidate will be required to complete a criminal background check.

Screening will begin in early August and continue until an appointment is made. All communications will be treated confidentially, subject to applicable law. Nominations, inquiries, and applications (including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of five references) should be directed electronically in confidence to  For further information, please contact:
Kim M. Morrisson, Ph.D., Senior Managing Director
Manuel A. Gongon, Jr., Principal
Diversified Search
2005 Market Street, Suite 3300, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.  We seek candidates with demonstrated potential to contribute positively to the University of Oregon’s diverse community.