Chief Human Resources Officer

$120,396 - $137,253 yearly
  • Iḷisaġvik College
  • Barrow, Utqiagvik, AK, USA
  • Sep 04, 2019
Full time Executive Human Resources

Job Description

Position:  Chief Human Resources Officer

Location:  Barrow, AK

Reports To: President

Work Schedule: 8:30am to 5:00pm Regular Full Time

Compensation: $120,396 - $137,253, Benefits, Exempt



Under the supervision of the President, the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) provides administrative leadership, management and oversight for all aspects of human resources. The CHRO works collaboratively with executive team members and serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Team (PAT) for strategic planning and technical expertise.


Iḷisaġvik College (Iḷisaġvik) provides quality post-secondary academic, vocational and technical education in a learning environment that perpetuates and strengthens Iñupiat culture, language, values, and traditions. It is dedicated to serving its students and developing a well-educated and trained workforce who meet the human resource needs of North Slope employers and the state of Alaska.The vision of Iḷisaġvik is to help build strong communities through education and training.  As an expression of this mission, Iḷisaġvik College pursues the following core themes:

 Iñupiaq Culture and Values

Instruction and activities which incorporate principles of traditional education, including the promotion of Iñupiaq culture and values and which provides opportunities for participation in cultural events important to the essence of being Iñupiaq. The traditional Inupiaq values are: respect for nature, sharing, knowledge of language, cooperation, family and kinship, love and respect for our elders and one another, humor, hunting traditions, compassion, humility, avoidance of conflict, and spirituality. 

 Academic Education

Education embodied in the Associate of Arts, the Associate of Science and the Associate of Applied Science degrees from which students either enter the workforce or transfer to four-year institutions.

 Applied Knowledge and Skills to Develop the Local Workforce

Education and training embodied in Certificates, Workforce Development programs, and partnerships with business and industry, which either prepare participants to enter the workforce or to gain additional skills to enhance their abilities in the workforce.

 Access & Support

Those activities which either prepare students to enter college-level programs or enable students to undertake college programs by providing classes to villages and providing the financial and learning resources to enable them to be successful in their endeavors.


Iḷisaġvik College is Alaska’s only Tribal College and was recognized as one of the top ten community colleges in the nation in 2016 and 2017.  The college is currently housed in infrastructure build by the Office of Naval Research over 70 years ago. Iḷisaġvik is currently engaged in the pre-development stage for designing the New Iḷisaġvik College Campus.  The new campus will allow the College to better serve students, faculty, and staff.  Enhancing the strategic approach of the Human Resources function will also allow us to meet the needs of our internal and external stakeholders.  Backed by a dedicated focus on providing an education based on Inupiaq cultural heritage, the college seeks an experienced HR professional with experience providing strategic level human resources.  There is an expectation that the CHRO will be a key partner with the executive leadership team paired with the willingness to direct, develop and work alongside a small HR team.             


The CHRO is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the HR function in alignment with the College’s mission, vision, values and strategic direction.  Overarching responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  •  HR Strategies:

The CHRO leads and oversees, plans, implements, monitors, and evaluates all HR functions for the College in order to attract, retain and develop top talent to serve students and communities of the North Slope of Alaska. Initiatives and strategies include, but are not limited to benefits, policies, programs, processes, and systems.

  •  Compliance:

Advises management on key initiatives and HR matters to ensure fair and equitable compliance with College policies and practices, procedures and administrative directives, as well as state, federal, and local laws, regulations, and ordinancesInterprets applicable employment laws and advise and coach those with supervisory responsibilities and staff on the application of those regulations.  In coordination with the President, consults with legal counsel on HR matters as appropriate. 

  • Talent Acquisition and Development:

Oversees and implements the College’s recruitment initiatives to attract and retain top talent to meet the needs of Iḷisaġvik. Specifics elements include, but are not limited to:  advertising, application distribution, Search Team formation, background checks, relocation, New Hire Orientation, and succession planning. Responsible for providing HR training, onboarding for supervisors, faculty and staff.  Develops, builds, and oversees required training, continuing education and coaching structures for the institution.  

  • Employee Relations:

Provides general HR assistance to employees, including policy and procedure information, employee development benefits, insurance case management, and advising, as appropriate.  Assists supervisors with employee development including corrective action, mediation, and effective evaluations.  Develops strategies and initiatives to enhance staff engagement and the overall employee experience.   Facilitates complaint resolution and grievance processes as needed.

  •  Compensation and Benefits:

Manages, analyzes, monitors, and designs strategies for the College’s compensation program consistent with Iḷisaġvik’s compensation philosophy, budget and market factors.  Oversees salary administration and position classification consistent with Fair Labor Standards Act.  Responsible for overseeing and administering the College’s benefits program, including health, life, and disability insurance, unemployment insurance, and Workers’ Compensation.

  • Collaboration:

Supervises HR staff, partners with administration, and interacts with faculty, students and members of the community.  Interacts effectively in a multicultural environment and engages in Iñupiaq cultural activities in the workplace.

  • Supervision of HR Department:

Develops and manages the HR budget. Supervises and develops HR team.  Ensures that HR staff have the resources, knowledge and training needed to provide professional and consistent HR services with a high level of customer service. Participates in appropriate professional development to maintain knowledge of current HR trends, practices, and regulations, including, but not limited to, employee relations, compensation, benefits, diversity issues, and employmentlegislation.

  • Risk Management:

Assists Safety Manager on general safety matters, including accident prevention, job design, and ergonomics. Oversees and administers pre-employment and post-accident drug screening.  Maintains all HR and Safety records, ensures records accuracy via periodic audits, and serves on College’s Risk Management Team.

Successfully performs other related duties as required.


While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:


  •  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Minimum of five years demonstrated professional experience with increasing responsibility in all aspects of the body of knowledge of HR including, but not limited to: workforce development, strategic human resources, laws and regulations, employee relations and development; risk management, compensation and benefits, and providing HR training.
  • Three years of professional supervisory experience
  • Three years of strong managerial skills to include budgets, strategic planning, professional development, employee relations, performance evaluation, and professional experience managing compensation and benefits programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of employment laws and regulations including, but not limited to: Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Equal Employment Opportunity, Family Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Affordable Care Act
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, and presentation communication skills.
  • Enjoy working with people and are approachable in a genuine manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively handle changing, stressful situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain high level of confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated computer skills in MS Word and Excel and experience with HRIS systems.
  • Current Department of Transportation drug testing certification or ability to obtain during first ninety [90] days of employment.
  • Has ability to travel when necessary.
  • Willingness to attend appropriate HR training and professional development.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment background check.
  • Valid driver’s license.



  •  Master’s degree or equivalent in Human Resources, Organizational Development or related discipline.
  • Eight years of experience working in HR.
  • Demonstrated HR work experience in a post-secondary work environment.
  • Familiarity with Title IV.    
  • Professional SHRM or other HRCI certification or ability to obtain a professional HR designation within first twelve months of employment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge with Great Plains database.
  • Three years of experience serving on a Risk Management Team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standard workplace safety regulations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in one or more of the following areas: North Slope Borough [NSB] institutions and organizations; Iñupiat culture, language, values, and traditions; ability to interpret and represent NSB community values, customs, and beliefs for the College; ability to interpret and represent College actions and Western institutions to the NSB community.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.        

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, controls, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, and may drive a vehicle.

 The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 


The environmental conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee is regularly required to work indoors with a usually moderate noise level in the work environment. 



IḶISAĠVIK COLLEGE    P.O. BOX 749    Barrow, Alaska  99723   

ATTN: Human Resources   Fax: [907] 852-3936

[Application may be downloaded via or contact ]

-Ilisagvik College is a Drug Free Work Place and Equal Opportunity Employer-