Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor

  • Madison, WI, USA
  • Aug 15, 2022
Full time Human Resources

Job Description

It is an amazing time to be part of UW-Madison. The next Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor (CHRO/AVC) will lead in crafting the strategies to retain and attract people to work to ensure people thrive. (Prospectus)

As part of the vice chancellor for finance and administration's core team, this position will lead several campus wide initiatives, will bring and understanding of workforce trends and will lead with policies and strategies that center employee equity, inclusion, and well-being.

The CHRO/AVC oversees an annual budget of approximately $11.8 million. This position directly leads and provides vision for a team of 108 employees within the Office of Human Resources. This position will also work closely with UW System Administration, though the university maintains a separate and distinct personnel system.

The next Chief Human Resources Officer and AVC will leverage institutional data and campus partnerships to meet the evolving needs of our employees, not just as faculty and staff at UW-Madison, but as citizens and people of Wisconsin.


Oversees all Human Resources initiatives and functions for an institution. Develops and promotes the use of standardized and proactive human resources processes, provides vision, oversight, strategy, and policy direction. Serves as the institution's most executive Human Resources position and liaison to executive leadership. Directs subordinate executives and staff managers to maximize human resources principles.

  • 25% Identifies, develops, and directs all human resources management activities for an institution to maximize its strategic use
  • 25% Serves as the key human resources subject matter expert and institutional strategic planner and consultant, promoting institutional initiatives and advising institutional leadership on best practices
  • 15% Establishes and maintains collaborative partnerships to maximize human resource contributions and attain critical strategic priorities
  • 10% Identifies and implements continuous improvement principles in strategic direction-setting
  • 10% Develops, formulates, and interprets personnel policies and procedures providing staff guidance, instruction, and interpretation for application
  • 15% Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: 
Diversity and Inclusion

Master's Degree
Advanced degree, MBA, or MA/MS in human resources or related field.

- Experience serving in a senior leadership or executive level human resource and/or management role
- Leading and managing a human resources (HR) management program in a complex and decentralized environment.
- Developing and implementing creative and innovative HR solutions.
- Building consensus and collaborating with stakeholders.
- Creating inclusive, engaged and healthy work environments.
- Recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff workforce.
- Communicating effectively orally and in writing with diverse audiences and different levels of the organization.
- Ability to engage in active listening.
- Delivering timely, responsive and customer-focused HR services.
- Developing and implementing strategic plans.
- Applying contemporary HR management principles in areas that include talent acquisition and management, employee development, employee relations, payroll, compensation and benefits, and HR information systems.
- Building teams and solving problems.
- Excelling in a collegial and fast-paced setting while staying focused on long-term goals.
- Working with UW System and the State of Wisconsin to advance UW-Madison's faculty and staff interests and the institution's mission.
- Developing and managing a multimillion-dollar budget.

SHRM-CP - SHRM Certified Professional Certification

SHRM-SCP - SHRM Senior Certified Professional Certification

COVID-19 Considerations:
UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: . Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:
Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Additional Information:

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

How to Apply:

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, LLC. is assisting the University of Wisconsin-Madison in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. For a full application package, please provide a cover letter, resume or CV, and a list of five references. Candidates will be informed before references are contacted. The search and screen committee will evaluate candidates' qualifications and select individuals for interviews. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. To assure full consideration please submit your application before September 26, 2022.

Please direct confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials to:
Jan Greenwood, Co-Founder G/A&A, LLC and Vice President, Kelly
Marion Frenche, Practice Leader, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion,
Search Manager and Senior Executive Search Consultant
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, LLC.
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Miramar Beach, Florida 32550
Phone: 850-650-2277; 850-974-8696

Contact: Dan Roen,, 608-263-2767
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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).