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Associate Vice Chancellor/Associate Vice President for Human Resources

University of Houston System (UHS) and the University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77004
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Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, University of Houston System

Associate Vice President for Human Resources, University of Houston

The Opportunity to Lead

The University of Houston System (UHS) and the University of Houston (UH) seek a new Associate Vice Chancellor/Associate Vice President for Human Resources. This is a dual role that serves as the chief human resources officer for both the System and the flagship university.

Four universities and five teaching sites comprise the University of Houston System, with strategic locations in Sugar Land, Katy, Pearland, Northwest Houston and the Texas Medical Center. UHS is dedicated to meeting the higher education needs of the greater Houston metropolitan area, and Texas, as the largest provider of comprehensive university services.

University of Houston was designated a Tier One public research university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It was named one of the nation’s best universities for undergraduates by The Princeton Review, as well as a “Best Value College.” The University has been ranked by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For,” and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best higher education institutions in the nation.

These achievements drive our journey to reach even higher levels in student success; nationally and internationally acclaimed research; premier academic programs, athletic competitiveness and community advancement.

The ideal candidate should demonstrate integrity, a sophisticated understanding of the changing landscape of higher education, a proven track record of distinguished

contributions, a deep commitment to system growth, a team-oriented leadership style, and the passion required to support a dynamic human resource office commensurate with a Tier One research university.

University of Houston HR Initiatives

Human Resources is focused on various initiatives in support of the System’s mission and goals. Examples of these initiatives are as follows:

  • Full Cycle Recruitment - Participate in Full Cycle Recruitment by providing top candidates to managers for each open position. Sourcing and recruitment process priorities include reducing the time to offer accepted to ensure that we are getting the best people hired quickly in the low unemployment environment.
  • Compensation Review - Continue to review the internal Compensation job structures and pay structures to ensure our compensation program is reflective of the current market and will provide a recommendation to leadership based on the findings.
  • Customer Service - Support the establishment of a call center ticketing system and the ability to provide customer service 24/7 via chat technology.
  • Training Program - Facilitate development of a new training program – Catalyst. Catalyst is a newly designed staff training program with tracks for individual contributors, supervisors, managers and executive leadership.
  • Employee Engagement - Continue to support the President’s initiative of Institutional Culture, by focusing on development and implementation of more employee engagement programs. Human Resources is currently benchmarking with other universities to propose flex schedules and alternate work locations for university employees.
  • Succession Planning - Support the President’s initiative to identify critical positons and develop high potential staff that may be eligible to move into leadership positions.

University of Houston System HR Initiatives

  • Metrics - The Human Resources System universities are currently developing HR dashboards that will provide top leadership a strategic outlook of their division. This analysis will provide insight into the Division HR functions of Payroll, Benefits, Compensation, Talent Management, Diversity and Employee Relations.
  • PeopleSoft - The Human Resources System universities are currently reviewing the system functionalities in PeopleSoft to include the review of the employee structure capability, organization charts, ePerformance, and case management for employee relations and Title IX issues.

The Place to Lead

University of Houston System

As the region’s largest provider of comprehensive university services from the baccalaureate to the doctorate, the University of Houston System plays an essential role in meeting the higher education needs of the Houston metropolitan area and Texas. The UH System enrolls more than 72,000 students, awards more than 16,000 degrees annually and produced $166 million in research expenditures in 2017-18. The UH System does more to prepare and graduate students and produce cutting-edge research than any other higher education resource in the region. Among institutions nationwide, the UH System remains a model of diversity and economic viability, a reflection of the city and the state it serves.

The UH System is comprised of four distinct but complementary universities, each with its own president, budget and mission. In addition to its universities, the UH System includes the UH System administration, four regional teaching centers, branch campuses and Houston Public Media, which is comprised of KUHT/Channel 8-Houston Public Television; KUHF and Houston’s National Public Radio station.

Flagship Institution: University of Houston

Established in 1927, the University of Houston (UH) empowers students in their pursuit of learning, discovery, leadership and engagement. The campus provides students with cutting edge programs including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, distance and continuing education. UH is home to award-winning faculty, innovative research centers, has one of the most diverse student populations in the nation, and alumni who have become international leaders.

The mission of the University of Houston is to offer nationally competitive and internationally recognized opportunities for learning, discovery and engagement to a diverse population of students in a real-world setting. The University of Houston offers a full range of degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral and professional levels and pursues a broad agenda of research and creative activities. As a knowledge resource to the public, the university builds partnerships with other educational institutions, community organizations, government agencies, and the private sector to serve the region and impact the world.

The University of Houston embraces diversity and recognizes their responsibility to foster an open, welcoming environment where students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can collaboratively learn, work and serve. UH values the academic, social, and broader community benefits that arise from a diverse campus and are committed to equity, inclusion and accountability. Diversity enriches the university community and is a driving force instrumental to institutional success and fulfillment of the university’s mission.


University of Houston faculty are renowned scholars with real-world experience who work closely with each student. From the Tony Award to the Nobel Peace Prize and back to the classroom, UH faculty makes things happen on campus and around the world.


The University of Houston is the second most ethnically diverse major research university in the United States. Students come to UH from more than 137 nations and from across the world. The University is designated as a

Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American- Serving Institution (AASI), by the U.S. Department of Education.

Source: University of Houston System 2017-18 Performance Report

Research and Technology Transfer

Our faculty and students conduct research through 24 research centers and in every academic department. UH research regularly breaks new ground and opens doors to new ways of understanding the world. The university’s total research expenditures rose to more than $140 million in 2014-2015.

University Governance

The governance organizations at the University of Houston central campus include the Faculty Senate, the Undergraduate Committee of the Faculty Senate, Research Council, Graduate and Professional Studies Council, Staff Council, University Coordinating Commission and the Student Government Association.

The Associate VC/VP, Human Resources Role and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Senior Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Administration and Finance, the Associate Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Human Resources is the Chief Human Resources Officer for both the University of Houston System (UHS) and the University of Houston (UH). The Chief Human Resources Officer, in collaboration with executive leadership, provides strategic direction in implementation of collaborative initiatives

of all aspects of human resources management, including oversight of human resource management system (HRMS) administration, payroll, compensation, employee relations and benefit processing, personnel records, employment wellness, talent acquisition, and organizational development. Responsible for the administration of the University of Houston System policies, payroll and HRMS functions.

Directs the design, implementation, and administration of HR policies and collaborates, where appropriate, with others regarding programs for the University of Houston System and its universities.

Analyzes human resource issues and advises senior administration.

Interprets, develops, and revises human resource policies and procedures in conjunction with the Office of General Counsel to ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

Oversees the development and operations of the Human Resource Information System (HRIS) and HR-related system programming.

Oversees the university’s employee relations programs and activities, and coordinates employee relations issues with the Office of General Counsel and Equal Opportunity Services.

Oversees the operations for the functional areas of compensation, benefits, employee relations, training and employment/records. Engages in on-going pay plan and market analysis to ensure competitiveness within the region and nationally.

Represents the department on university committees and task forces.

Serves as representative to system-wide HR matters and collaborates with System university HR peers to develop human resources strategies and to facilitate the achievement and communication of goals and services.

Oversees the efforts for the annual staff awards program, employee recognition programs, and employee appreciation day activities in conjunction with the Office of Special Events.

Participates in strategic planning and assessment, and directs the development of the annual operating budget for the University of Houston Human Resources department.

Provides financial oversight of Human Resource operations.

Directs special projects to include review of proposals, management of project activities, and coordination of assigned staff and/or contractors.

Oversees the training and development of human capital through integrated programming and strategic, professional development initiatives.

Human Resources’ Mission, Vision, and Values at University of Houston


To attract, develop, motivate, and retain a diverse and engaged workforce committed to sup- porting and enhancing the mission of the University. We accomplish this through providing Tier One customer service and partnering with the UHS community to maximize the potential of our greatest asset- Our Employees.


Human Resources will be a Strategic Partner supporting the University of Houston as the Employer of Choice. Human Resources will foster an environment that sustains the University of Houston’s priorities of Diversity and Institutional Excellence.



  • Respect self and others
  • Honest and trustworthy
  • Accountability
  • Shared communications


  • Responsiveness
  • Availability
  • Courtesy of Professionalism
  • Quality of Work
  • Knowledge of Work


  • Commit to proactive and creative problem solving
  • Seeking new ways to implement Human Resources best practices
  • Create transformational strategies to advance Human Resource partnership


  • Encourage collaborative solutions to meeting client expectations by taking initiative focusing on results
  • Recognizing team strengths and leveraging them to accomplish overall Human Resource initiatives

Campus Leadership

The University may be large and complex, but its focus is on a human scale. One of its main principles is that governance is shared. Valued partners in the shared governance process include the Faculty Senate, Staff Council and Student Government Association. The University makes good on its promise to keep student success at the center of every decision. As a result, students are active and leaders of the University engage them in discussing issues or plans related to their experience. Given its size, the University is always challenged to ensure sufficient, effective communication with its many constituents. An Associate Vice President who visibly models the University’s values of engagement, inclusivity, transparency and compassion, and who represents the energetic and entrepreneurial spirit that characterizes the University, will go a long way toward assuring the University’s many stakeholders that their views and contributions are valued and that their voices and input are welcome.

The Associate Vice President will join a University leadership team composed of talented, experienced colleagues who rely on collaboration, cooperation, and productive relationships with each other to lead the university effectively in carrying out its ambitious agenda. It is essential that the Associate Vice President invest in building effective relationships with the other members of the University community.

System Leadership

In the UH System Associate Vice Chancellor role, it is important to provide coordination and support to the System universities. The System Human Resources Officers meet every month to discuss and deliberate about human resource issues which ultimately flow through the Associate Vice Chancellor. Thus, the Associate Vice Chancellor has a responsibility, in partnership with the Senior Vice Chancellor and other senior leaders of the System, to prepare human resource plans and reports relevant to the System as a whole, report progress and status to the Chancellor, Senior Vice Chancellor and other senior leaders of the system, and serve as the primary HR spokesperson for all audiences on behalf of the System.

Qualifications and Leadership Characteristics

The successful candidate will have at least a formal, directly-related 4-year degree from a college or university or an in-depth specialized training program that is directly related to the type of work being performed. A master’s degree in a directly job-related field is preferred. He or she will have a minimum of ten (10) years of directly job-related experience and possess a proven record of human resource management success and evidence of increasing responsibility in a complex work environment. In depth knowledge of higher education is preferable. The successful candidate will be an energetic, knowledgeable and experienced leader capable of both vision and execution, adept at both motivating and managing staff to achieve ambitious goals, and able to work closely and collaboratively with the leadership at all levels of the organization, faculty, staff, students and other members of the UH community. The ability to build consensus and superior interpersonal and communication skills are essential. Other proven qualities of the successful candidate will include the ability to solve complex problems utilizing resources inside and outside the University, sound independent judgment in activities and decisions, and a focus on customer service. Professional licensing, certification or registration in a recognized field of specialization that is directly related to the type of work to be performed is required.

Procedure for Candidacy

To ensure full consideration, candidate materials should be received by January 14, 2019. Review of nominations and applications for the position will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence until the final round of interviews. The anticipated start is Spring 2019.

Qualified candidates should forward an electronic version of a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to AVCHRUH@kornferry.com

Nominations and inquiries should be addressed to the System’s Korn Ferry search consultants:

Louis Montgomery Jr.

Practice Leader Human Resources &

Diversity Officers Practices,

Professional Search

(703) 873-3211


Jodi Weiss

Professional Search, Nonprofit / Higher

Education Practice Leader

(202) 955-5943

Sharyn Selby

Managing Consultant, HR COE

Professional Search

(215) 681-2513

Nick Forde

Senior Recruiter, HR COE Professional


(941) 441-6483

Tabassum Nagpurwala

Associate Recruiter, HR COE

Professional Search

(972) 525-4887


The University of Houston System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the System prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.



Posted: 2018-11-29 Expires: 2018-12-29

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