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Division of Finance and Administration: Chief Human Resources Officer

UW-Eau Claire – Eau Claire Campus

Full Time, Administrative

  • Official Title: Chief Human Resources Officer (Inst)
  • Job ID: #21076
  • Date Posted:
  • Apply by: | To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by deadline. However, screening may continue until position is filled.
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Division of Finance and Administration: Chief Human Resources Officer

POSITION: A full-time position is available in Human Resources within the Division of Finance and Administration beginning Summer/Fall 2024.  The official title for this assignment is Chief Human Resources Officer.  This is an ongoing Limited status position reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chancellor, contingent on performance.  The expected starting salary range will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. 


  • A bachelor's degree is required.
  • Progressively responsible experience in human resource management in higher education.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing human resource functions within a higher education setting including employee recruitment and retention, performance and evaluation planning, employee relations, payroll and benefits, employee and supervisor training, career and leadership development, and employee compensation plans.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills including listening, speaking and writing.  Adept at influencing through relationships.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a broad range of people. Strong presentation skills.
  • A collaborative, team-oriented style and team builder. The ability to develop solid collaborative relationships with a diverse group of campus constituents including faculty, staff, and students.
  • A demonstrated service orientation and proactive in providing service and support to campus stakeholders.
  • An appreciation for academic issues and needs for developing effective human resource practices and policies.
  • The ability to build trust and consensus with university constituents including faculty, staff, students, and shared governance groups.
  • Working knowledge and ability to interpret and apply policies and guidelines of federal and state laws and regulations including EEO, AA, and ADA.


  • A master's degree, preferably in human resources, business or public administration, or related field.
  • A total of ten or more years of experience in human resource management and supervision in a public higher education, public sector, or private sector setting, and familiarity with the needs and complexities of a comprehensive university with understanding and vision for the human resource program.
  • SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, or other human resources-related certification(s).


The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire seeks a visionary and broadly skilled human resources executive with substantial leadership experience for the position of Director of Human Resources.  As the Chief Human Resources Officer, the Director serves as the university's most executive human resources position and liaison to executive leadership, and has overall responsibility for the vision, strategy and implementation of all human resources services, policies and initiatives with an eye to UW-Eau Claire's mission, values and strategic plan.  This individual is also responsible for ensuring the university remains in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations and Universities of Wisconsin personnel policies and procedures.  The Director of Human Resources reports to the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration and collaborates with the Affirmative Action Office, as well as other campus stakeholder groups including faculty, staff and students.  The ideal candidate will have a progressive management approach, experience in strategically moving a human resources organization tangibly forward, and show demonstrated success as a strong mentor and transformational leader with creative, collaborative, and team-focused problem-solving skills.  UW-Eau Claire includes the Eau Claire campus, the Barron County campus, and the Marshfield site.

Key Responsibilities

  • Identify, develop, and direct all human resources management activities for the university.
  • Develop and implement comprehensive human resources strategies that align with the university's goals and objectives. Provide leadership and guidance on human resources matters to the Chancellor, senior leadership team and shared governance groups.
  • Oversee recruitment, onboarding, retention, and succession planning to attract and retain top talent. Implement best practices in performance management, employee development, and career advancement.
  • Foster a positive and inclusive work environment. Manage employee relations, conflict resolution, and disciplinary actions. Ensure compliance with labor laws and Universities of Wisconsin (UW) and UW-Eau Claire policies.
  • Ensure human resources practices comply with federal, state, and local regulations, and UW and university policies. Develop and implement human resources policies and procedures that are fair, transparent, and aligned with the university's values, and provide guidance, instruction, and interpretation for their application.
  • Leverage human resources technology to improve processes and decision-making. Utilize data analytics to measure human resources effectiveness and inform strategic planning.
  • Oversee the human resources department budget. Allocate resources effectively to support human resources initiatives and ensure fiscal responsibility.
  • Exercise supervisory authority for human resources staff, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked.

THE UNITThe unit of Human Resources consists of 10 staff members. The mission of the Office of Human Resources is to support UW-Eau Claire as a comprehensive university whose purpose is to foster intellectual, personal, social, and cultural development. This mission is accomplished in a manner that assures that all employees are treated equally and with respect. To learn more about Human Resources at UWEC, visit  

UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: UW-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 10,000 students and 1,200 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation. To learn more about UWEC, visit

The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 100,000 people located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The area features beautiful parks and trails, strong public schools, a vibrant arts scene and local food culture, and abundant recreational opportunities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Website: You must create an account and login before you can apply.  If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login."  Click the link to the Chief Human Resources Officer position (Job ID #21076) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically.  Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.  Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format:

  • Letter of application
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Names and contact information for three references

Please direct requests for additional information to: Mr. Kyran Hamill at 

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by August 1, 2024, however, screening may continue until the position is filled. 

The University reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Employment will require a background check. Employment will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding past conduct related to 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. §. 19.36(7).

The UW-Eau Claire Police Department is dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure environment for learning and working. Although crime at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is limited, the University Police want students, faculty and staff to be aware of crime on campus and the area surrounding the campus. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime. Visit Campus Security and Fire Report. Also visit our Campus Security Authority(CSA) policy.

UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer.