University of Colorado Denver — Assistant Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

University of Colorado | CU Denver
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Position #789292 – Requisition #22799

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The University of Colorado Denver seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

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The University of Colorado Denver has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Assistant Vice Chancellor, Human Resources.

As Colorado’s public urban research university, the University of Colorado Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research, creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. CU Denver graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experience that are in demand today. The city benefits from well-educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region. We are CU in the City.

CU Denver offers more than 100 degree programs, from the bachelor’s to the doctoral level, in the heart of downtown. Here, more than 15,000 students pursue academic programs that range from global energy management to music industry studies to criminal justice. As part of the state’s largest public university system, CU Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with nearly 2,000 employees and annual economic impact of $800 million.

CU Denver’s 2030 strategic plan is a profound repositioning of CU Denver to be a public urban research university that works for all: learners of all kinds and at all stages of life, industries and employers that need talent ready to hit the ground running, and communities requiring new solutions and discoveries.

The Position:
The Assistant Vice Chancellor Human Resources Officer, CU Denver Campus will be responsible for providing operational, programmatic and consultative professional Human Resources leadership and support specifically to the Denver campus executive leadership team (Chancellor, Cabinet, Provost, CFO, CDO, Legal Counsel), and the senior administrators and HR Directors and staff within the Denver campus schools and colleges.

This is a hybrid position. The individual in this role will work primarily in-person on the Denver Campus, with some remote work opportunities.

Nature of Work:
This position is responsible for leading the design, implementation and continuous improvement of HR initiatives and programs for the CU Denver campus. The employment scope for the Denver Campus includes approximately 1000 Faculty and 800 Staff.

Professional Field: Requires deep generalist knowledge of Human Resources.

Supervision Received: This position will report initially to the Associate Vice Chancellor, Chief Human Resources Officer for the Denver|Anschutz Medical Campus, and indirectly to the Chief Financial Officer for the Denver Campus. Over time, this position is expected to report directly to the CFO for the Denver Campus.

Supervision Exercised: In the future, position will directly manage a small team of HR professionals.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Leveraging resources, programs and learning systems currently available through the Denver|Anschutz Human Resources team (Talent Acquisition, Compensation, Rewards and Recognition, Employee Relations & Performance, Learning & Development), the Denver campus school and college Senior Business Administrators/HR Directors, and the CU System and other offices such as Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, etc., this role is responsible for designing, delivering and facilitating targeted and cost-effective HR programs and initiatives for the Denver campus.
  • This is a working management role that will be the first point-of-contact for Denver campus HR needs, and will develop service agreements with campus and System HR groups as needed to provide HR services to the Denver campus.
  • Provide end-to-end project management for HR initiatives and programs (both strategic and tactical) identified as highest priority for Denver campus leadership.
  • Actively engage and partner with Denver campus academic and administrative leadership regarding human resources programs and issues, and coordinate/broker resources from the central HR areas and other offices (e.g., mental health support services) to address issues and meet needs.
  • The position is involved in various Denver campus strategic and operational/tactical working groups, providing senior level, expert professional HR guidance and interpretation to Denver campus leadership on all HR matters, including compliance requirements, Regent and Campus policies, laws, and regulations.
  • This position will, over time, be responsible for managing Denver campus HR processes, such as performance management cycles, pay administration, approvals for positions (“2nd level”), jobs postings, providing recruitment support for Denver-specific job openings, time and leave reporting, and other HR matters.
  • Act as a first point of contact for HR staff in the Denver schools and colleges for payroll and time reporting issues, and will serve on cross-campus and cross-System committees to define processes, workflows and systems related to HR operational activities.
  • Ensure that Denver schools and colleges are in compliance with all relevant campus and Regent HR policies.
  • Create, secure approval for, and administer any Denver campus-specific HR policies.
  • Work with the CDO, Denver Cabinet and others to address issues identified from culture and engagement surveys.
  • Serve as primary liaison to the Denver Campus Staff Council.
  • Programs may span the full HR talent management spectrum, from strategic to day-to-day operational, including recognition, employee engagement, events, employee communications, employee relations, organizational development, reorganizations and staffing changes, talent acquisition, employee wellness, employee health and safety, and HR process improvements.
  • Track, monitor and analyze results of implemented programs to facilitate continuous effectiveness and improvement.
  • This position may collaborate with other University offices on the delivery of online and compliance-related training programs.
  • This position may provide guidance and advice to the student employment areas for the CU Denver campus
  • Attends all Denver campus Senior Business Administrator meetings, and works closely with the campus Business Operations leaders (SBAs) and HR Directors in the Denver schools and colleges on HR issues. May attend Denver campus Cabinet and other senior leadership meetings.
  • Collaborates with the VC for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to support DEI programs and initiatives.

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed. It is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position will change from time to time based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and hiring authority.

Salary and Benefits:
The hiring range for this position has been established at $97,601 – $140,000.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

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Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in human resources management, organizational development, public administration, business or related field. Substitution: An unrelated bachelor’s degree and 2 additional years of professional, related experience may substitute for the related degree requirement.
  • 10 years of progressive professional HR generalist experience supporting a diverse workforce in a de-centralized organization.
  • 5 years of experience managing professional HR staff engaged in activities such as recruitment, employee relations, performance management and learning/training programs.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in human resources management, organizational development, public administration, business or related field.
  • HR Certification (CPLP, PHR, SPHR).
  • Experience in an HR leadership position in a higher education environment.

Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • The Asst. VC HR will lead strategically, and act tactically.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective day-to-day working relationships with Denver campus senior leadership and the Denver schools and colleges, as well as with HR colleagues in central HR, and System Office/Employee Services.
  • High energy, collaborative leader.
  • Strong verbal, written communication, presentation and relationship building skills.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Strong results-orientation and commitment to quality and performance.
  • Project management, facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Strong technical skills, including ability to work with PeopleSoft (Human Capital Management), Excel, TEAMS, SharePoint, Tableau, SmartSheets, and Project Management tools.
  • Proven ability to translate institutional strategies into HR programs.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.

Diversity and Equity:
The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at

The University of Colorado Denver is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans.

The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment. The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.