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Chief Human Resources

University of Alaska
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to lead the strategically designed University of Alaska Human Resources team?  The University currently consolidated all human resources departments into one department to drive strategic best practices in talent acquisition, employee engagement, employee transitions, and operations.  The Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) acts as a partner and advisor to the President and executive team.

The Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) is the principal advisor to the president in all aspects of human resources leadership. Leads in strategic human resources, organizational culture, change management, and process improvement. The CHRO drives implementation of the human resources strategic plan in alignment with the University of Alaska's mission and goals. Leads the HR team in implementing strategic improvements for excellence in talent acquisition, labor and employee engagement, employee transitions and benefits, as well as operations for payroll, personnel, compliance, and accounting. 

Serves as a member of the University's executive leadership team, bringing his or her unique expertise to advise the team, and collaborates with team members to accomplish university goals. Strives to foster a culture of respect, transparency, and excellence through HR initiatives.

CHRO provides support, daily active participation and leadership to employees, managers, and directors responsible for a range of HR services including talent acquisition, classification and compensation, training and development, organization development, employee transition and benefits, labor and employee engagement, HRIS, payroll, personnel, HR accounting, and customer service. Continually assesses the effectiveness of HR policies and procedures.

CHRO implements recommendations on strategic labor and employee engagement matters and collective bargaining. She or he submits reports to the Board of Regents on labor relations, affirmative action plans, and other relevant topics.

Responsible for developing, implementing, and interpreting the Board of Regents' human resources policy and regulation.

Leads and serves the campuses in their respective areas of responsibility, and works closely with executives at each university campus to accomplish university goals. Actively develops and implements employee professional training and development. 

Responsible for creating and executing the department's annual budget.

Stays abreast of trends, case law, legislation, and best practices in the field of HR that have the potential to impact the HR function. Responsible for developing and implementing service initiatives to students, faculty, and staff.

She or he works collaboratively with the legal counsel office to ensure compliance of employment laws, policies, and regulations.

Develops teamwork and collaborative relationships with internal and external clients to ensure reasonable internal controls and the timely accomplishment of HR activities.

Connects with the community, building relationships with other organizational leaders across the state (i.e., through Chamber, Rotary, service on state boards and commissions).



Expert knowledge in strategic planning, employee engagement, leadership, employment and labor laws, policy compliance, and human resources best practices. Experience with benefits, organizational development, organizational operations management, and employee onboarding and transitions.  

Demonstrated mastery in administration. Demonstrates advanced skills in the advisement of management regarding organizational metrics, team building, performance management, change management, and organizational effectiveness. 

Ability to research and assess the impact of benefits trends, new technology, and relevant state and federal laws to the University. 

Ability to monitor, assess, and improve organizational health to provide for a culture of respect, collaboration, and professionalism. The successful candidate will demonstrate experience in strategic planning and project management. 

Required Experience

Ten or more years of progressive responsibility and experience in leadership, strategic planning, change management, team building, employee relations, organizational policies, human resources, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Typical Education or Training

Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in human resources administration, business, communication, organizational development, or relevant field. Master's degree preferred.

This position can be located in either Fairbanks or Anchorage. To ensure consideration for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and three professional references by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. The first review date for this position will be on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Please indicate your preferred location in your application materials (relocation assistance will not be provided).


Posted: 2019-08-23 Expires: 2019-09-22

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