The Senior Associate Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) will be responsible for advancing a collaborative and innovative human resource (HR) organization that positions Northern Illinois University (NIU) for long-term success as an employer of choice that maximizes each employee’s potential. In addition to providing oversight to HR services, practices, and operations, the CHRO will be expected to approach HR from a strategic perspective, building upon current programs and service-delivery strategies to implement a comprehensive vision for HR that aligns with the university’s vision, mission, and values. The university seeks a CHRO to lead a Human Resource Services (HRS) department that is a strategic and trusted campus partner across the university units and divisions.
The CHRO reports directly to the President of NIU and is a valued member of the president’s cabinet. The CHRO is expected to be an enterprise-wide thinker who works collaboratively with other senior leaders to further NIU’s strategic priorities. The CHRO is a critical partner of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer in initiatives and long ranging planning related to campus climate, workplace culture, talent acquisition and retention and other efforts that further NIU’s ability to attract and retain diverse talent. In addition, the CHRO works in collaboration with the Vice President/General Counsel and the Executive Vice President/Provost to support labor relations, the Chief Financial Officer to align workforce planning to budget and finance, and the Associate Vice President of Institutional Communication to develop consistent, accurate communications related to HR functions. The CHRO also ensures that HRS is a collaborative, supportive, and engaged partner and a service provider for department heads and unit and division leaders across the university.
This position provides executive-level leadership, strategic vision, and management for all of NIU’s HR functions, policies and practices. In addition, the CHRO works closely with a number of external agencies and vendors in Illinois (State Universities Civil Service System, State Universities Retirement System (SURS), Central Management Services). Functional areas that report directly to this position include position talent acquisition, affirmative action processing and planning, American with Disabilities Act ("ADA") facilitation, payroll and benefits administration, employee wellness and coaching, leadership and professional development training, human resources information systems, civil service testing and processing, SURS and employee life cycle processing including onboarding, orientation, performance management, and a variety of compliance functions.