Associate Vice President for Human Resources (CHRO)

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Omaha, NEBRASKA

The AVP/CHRO reports directly to the Executive Vice President and provides executive level leadership and management for all Human Resources functions of the University in support of Creighton’s mission, its Jesuit, Catholic tradition and strategic priorities, in collaboration with University leadership. Creighton employs over 4,800 faculty and staff in 35 states with the majority of employees being located in Omaha, Nebraska and at our new campus location in Phoenix, Arizona, opening in 2021.

The AVP/CHRO will contribute to the attainment of Creighton’s strategic priorities by encouraging creative stewardship of human resources and excellent service to academic and administrative units. The AVP/CHRO needs to be a seasoned, professional leader with a track record of enhancing organizational performance in complex environments, an affinity and talent for collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, and excellent communication skills.

The AVP/CHRO is a member of the President’s Council and will serve as a trusted advisor working closely with the Executive Vice President, the President, the Provost and other University leadership, to develop and implement a comprehensive vision and strategy for Human Resources with a focus on attracting and retaining a diverse, highly engaged and effective workforce that supports the University’s Jesuit and Catholic mission and strategic initiatives. Other key areas of focus for the AVP/CHRO will be building Creighton’s employment brand as a best place to work, and the development and support of long-range human resource planning integrated into academic, financial, operational, and capital plans that are unique to higher education.

Specific areas of oversight include: talent acquisition and management, compensation and benefit programs, employee relations and engagement, orientation, onboarding, performance management, faculty and staff retention, payroll, organizational and professional development, compliance, and service delivery. This position also provides oversight for the University’s on-campus child development center managed by the YMCA, and serves as the University’s Affirmative Action officer. The AVP/CHRO and provides leadership and direction to approximately 20 human resource staff members.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, as well as a minimum of seven years of relevant senior-level human resources experience in a complex environment. A master’s degree from an accredited institution in an area appropriate to the responsibilities of the position and/or executive level experience in higher education or health care preferred. Candidates should embrace the mission and values of Catholic, Jesuit higher education, and people from all religious backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will also bring most, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, skills, experiences, and personal qualities:

  • Excellent relationship-building skills and ability to work collaboratively as part of an effective leadership team to negotiate, reach goals, engender trust, solve problems, and make decisions
  • Proven track record of providing strategic human resources leadership in complex organizations with over 1000 employees
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate vision, strategy, tactics, and activities to advance organizational goals
  • Can articulate an understanding of and appreciation for the various roles (faculty and staff) specific to an institution of higher education
  • Experience leading and inspiring change and innovation, with a strong orientation toward collaboration, teamwork, transparency, accessibility, accountability, and delegation
  • Experience with attracting, developing and retaining a highly motivated, diverse and engaged workforce that supports the strategic requirements of the university
  • Evidence of fostering workplace conditions and quality management that supports employee satisfaction, enhanced work-life balance and optimum productivity         ​​​​​​​
  • Demonstrated ability designing and implementing effective compensation and employee benefits programs to attract and retain faculty and staff
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. Demonstrated experience related to contemporary issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, Affirmative Action, and Equal Employment Opportunity, particularly in higher education or similarly complex organizational structures
  • The ability to be nimble and flexible and to handle ambiguity well.  Also to possess a desire to learn, composure, tact, diplomacy, and a sense of humor
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain productive, collaborative relationships with a full range of internal and external colleagues and constituencies, including faculty, staff, students, and board members
  • Excellent listening and communication skills, and the willingness to convey complex information and concepts in accessible terms, both orally and in writing
  • Superior interpersonal communication and presentation skills as well as proven experience in interacting effectively with large and diverse groups
  • Proven success in implementing improved business processes, leveraging technology, to deliver effective and efficient customer service while ensuring compliance with applicable state and federal statutes, regulations and policies
  • Strong financial management skills, with responsibility for over $50 million of annual expenses
  • Experience with benefit plan administration including self-insured medical plans, retirement plan oversight and administration, and a comprehensive understanding of large-scale wellness programs
  • Demonstrated commitment and experience with leadership and management development and training programs to support sustainable institutional improvement
  • Strong leadership skills demonstrated by the ability to influence, persuade, and inspire individuals and organizations to take action based on an ambitious vision and strategic objectives and to adapt to the resultant changes
  • The humility and emotional intelligence necessary to build collaborative relationships and an inherent drive to succeed in fulfilling the mission, goals and objectives of the University without the need for individual promotion
  • Measures the success of his/her efforts through the success of the entire team and the University as a whole
  • Commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards of conduct

Bachelor’s degree in a related field, as well as a minimum of seven years of relevant senior-level human resources experience in a complex environment. A master’s degree from an accredited institution in an area appropriate to the responsibilities of the position and/or executive level experience in higher education or health care preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Knowledge of higher education and operational practices and processes of department(s).
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, and coordination of people and resources.
Ability to instill confidence and trust along with the tact to challenge, in a positive way, various stakeholders and constituents on operational matters.
Experience with strategic and operational planning at the department level.
Physical Requirements:

Seeing: 75 – 100%
Hearing: 50-75%
Standing/Climbing/Mobility: 0-24%
Lifting/Pulling/Pushing: 0-24% (pound: lbs.)
Fingering/Grasping/Feeling: 75 – 100%
Travel: No
Exposure to Blood Borne pathogens: No
AAP/EEO Statement:

Creighton University is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory educational and employment environment. The University admits qualified students, hires qualified employees and accepts patients for treatment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or other status protected by law. Its education and employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other programs and activities, are administered without unlawful discrimination.
Disclosure Statement:

This description describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Regular, reliable attendance is an essential function and all employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor. Employees may also be required to work in excess of normal working hours as workloads and seasonal activities necessitate. A complete description is available in the Human Resource office located at 3006 Webster Street Omaha, NE. Creighton University reserves the right to modify duties, responsibilities and activities at any time with or without notice.

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