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Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer – Chapman University – Orange, CA


WittKieffer is pleased to collaborate with Chapman University, a nationally ranked institution (#121, U.S. News and World Report), located in City of Orange in sunny Southern California, as they seek their next Reporting to the Executive Vice President and COO, the VP/CHRO will lead and develop a best-in-class human resources function for a thriving and nationally recognized Chapman University. The VP/CHRO will work across the institution supporting and aligning priorities with Chapman’s strategic goals to help optimize workforce development as a high functioning strategic partner for all facets of the organization. Under the direction of the EVP/COO, the VP/CHRO will collaborate at the highest levels of the organization maximizing impact for a progressive and aligned vision of the human resources operation. In addition, in consultation with Chapman’s VP of Diversity, Equity and inclusion, the VP/CHRO will lead and champion diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives across the institution fostering a more inclusive workforce at Chapman University.


The VP/CHRO will lead Chapman University’s Human Resources programs, supporting the University’s mission, vision, values, and strategic direction with an emphasis on maintaining both a highly competent workforce, as well as the University’s status as a preferred employer. The VP/CHRO will also be responsible for ensuring that the University is in compliance with federal and state labor laws, human resources-related contractual requirements, and other governmental regulations and guidelines. As a designated and rapidly growing R2 university, the VP/CHRO will integrate as a strategic partner in support of all research divisions at Chapman University.


The VP/CHRO will lead the enhancement of existing human resources programs and processes and will be responsible for providing the full range of human resources services to approximately 2,000 employees. The principal responsibilities of this position include employee recruitment and retention; human resources information and recruitment management systems (HRIS and RMS); Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; employee relations; the administration and maintenance of compensation and benefits programs; training and staff development; career and succession planning; and employee communications.


The preferred candidate will have a successful track record of at least 10 years as a comprehensive human resources generalist in a private and/or public higher education institution, with some private university leadership experience preferred. Chapman seeks a leader with a minimum of seven years in a senior leadership position with some of these years in California, including substantial experience in employee relations; employment; compensation and benefits; training and development; and employee communications. Experience administering human resources services in a university research environment is highly desirable. Specific experience gained in a “best practices” organization known for progressive utilization of human resources talent is also preferred.


The budgeted salary range for this position is $275K – $325K.


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Chapman University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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