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Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Gonzaga University

Date Posted Mar. 4, 2022
Title Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
University Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA, United States
Department Senior Administration
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Vice-(President/Provost/Chancellor)
  • Human Resources
    Administration - General
    Senior Administration
    Senior Administration
    Human Resources
    Administration - General

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Gonzaga University seeks a dynamic and creative human resources strategist for the role of Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (VP/CHRO). Reporting to the President, the VP/CHRO is a strategic partner in realizing Gonzaga’s aspiration to be the first in class in all administrative areas as a National, Catholic, Jesuit, Humanistic university. The new VP/CHRO will oversee a department of 22+ people, including the areas of Benefits and Wellness, Client Services, HR Data and Systems, and Organizational Development, with an operating budget of $35.9 million, of which $34 million represents the central university benefits budget. The following is a partial list of duties, responsibilities, required and preferred education, experience, and attributes for a successful candidate for this position.

Core Duties and Responsibilities:

Promotes the University Mission

Demonstrates an unqualified commitment to foster, promote, enhance, and maintain the Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic identity of the University as expressed in its mission, vision, and strategic plan.

Provides Strategic Leadership

• Serves as a key member of the Gonzaga leadership team to drive strategies and objectives, and to determine the role and contribution of the human resources function in overall strategy achievement and mission advancement for Gonzaga.

• Establishes accountability for achieving measurable results by leveraging the use of data, analytics, and new technologies to evaluate and advance the contributions of university-wide human resource programs and practices.

Represents the HR Office

• Communicates key HR information to various constituencies including the Executive Leadership Team, Council of Deans, Unit Executive Officers, college and unit HR representatives, and employees.

• Partners with faculty employment administrators in the Office of the Provost who oversee provost communications, faculty employee relations, faculty appointment records, dual career program, and faculty shared governance initiatives.

Champions Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

• Values diversity, equity, and inclusion and builds a culture of respect and engagement.

• Promotes effective employee services, initiatives, and programs that nurture an inclusive and equitable learning and working environment.

The Ideal Candidate Will Possess:

• Bachelor’s degree is required. Advanced or terminal degree in a related area or equivalent applicable experience is preferred. Successful completion of a professional certification program such as PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP preferred.

• Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in human resources administration. • Ten years of related supervisory/ management experience.

• Experience championing diversity, equity, and inclusion practices across an organization.

• Excellent strategic planning and operational management skills with the ability to translate vision and strategy into clear, actionable goals.

• Knowledgeable about the principles of process improvement, including best practices and techniques in collaborative teaming, organizational effectiveness, etc.

• Ability to appropriately scale functional areas of HR to achieve strategic goals of the organization and adapt talent to the pace of technological advances.

• Core and substantive knowledge of all human resource functional and technical areas, including use of enterprise-wide technology platforms as tools for implementing strategic processes and priorities.

Application and Nomination Process: Application materials should be submitted by the target date of April 4, 2022, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled. Application materials must include: 1) a letter of interest of no more than two pages stating how the candidate's experiences and qualifications connect with the essential knowledge, skills, abilities, and responsibilities outlined above; 2) a resume or curriculum vitae; and 3) the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact (references will only be contacted with permission of the candidates). Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to: All applications, nominations, and inquiries will be handled in confidence.

A position profile and the complete listing of the required qualifications and preferred attributes may be found at

AGB Search is assisting with this important search. Inquiries should be directed to:

Alan N. Crist, Ph.D., Executive Search Consultant Jean Kim, Ed.D., Executive Search Consultant /608.695.0217 /303.638.7811

Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status, veteran status, gender, race or other protected category

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