California State University — Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

The California State University (CSU) invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Chancellor for Human Resources (VCHR).

Under the general direction of Chancellor Timothy P. White, the VCHR functions as the chief human resources officer for the CSU System. The incumbent has broad responsibility for leading approximately 75 staff over the full range of HR functions, and establishing and implementing policy centrally and across CSU’s 23 campuses. The Vice Chancellor is a member of the Chancellor’s executive leadership team and serves as a key HR advisor to the Chancellor and the System’s 25-member Board of Trustees. The VCHR also assists, counsels and advises campus-based chief human resources officers related to all HR policies, procedures, systems and practices. The next Vice Chancellor will be a strategic partner to the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, faculty, staff and other key leaders and constituents across the System, and contribute to CSU’s vital public mission of educating highly diverse, underrepresented and largely first-generation college students.

Headquartered in Long Beach, California, the CSU spans the entire state and its 23 campuses collectively enroll approximately 475,000 students, making it the largest comprehensive public higher education system in the world. The CSU employs approximately 25,300 faculty and 24,000 staff members. Since its creation in 1961, the CSU has conferred over 3 million degrees, and adds nearly 100,000 new graduates annually. The CSU provides high quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. The CSU is a vital economic and social engine for the State of California. To learn more, please visit www.calstate.edu.

The VCHR should have a minimum of 15 years of progressive HR experience, with five years of broad management and leadership responsibility over a comprehensive HR team, preferably in a multi-faceted, complex organizational environment with both central and decentralized operations. She or he should be highly collaborative, entrepreneurial and open to new and progressive HR practices, and have a passion for and commitment to public higher education. Exposure to and experience within a labor relations environment is preferred. A Master’s degree in human resources management, business administration or a related discipline is preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Additional information about the position can be found at www.wittkieffer.com.

Nominations should be forwarded to CSUVCHR@wittkieffer.com. Candidates should submit applications to the same email address and include a cover letter describing interest in and qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae or resume, and a list of references (who will not be contacted without permission) that includes names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Electronic submissions are preferred. All inquiries will be kept confidential in the early stages of the search process; confidentiality will not be breached without candidate permission. Review of candidate materials is under way and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials before November 4, 2016. The search committee is being assisted by Witt/Kieffer consultants, Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Jennifer Desjarlais and Ben Haden. Inquiries and nominations may be addressed to them by phone, 630-575-6154, or by the email address for the search noted above.


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