Associate Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7086610 (Ref.No. 2538798)
Posted: October 5, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: 2015-1603143
Location: CA 94556, CA
Department: Human Resources
Closing: 11/1/2021 11:59 PM Pacific


Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation, and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning, and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.


Associate Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer (AVP/CHRO)


Reporting directly to the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the AVP/CHRO will oversee Human Resources (HR) for Saint Mary's and will have a full appreciation and well-rounded knowledge of the related complex issues that affect institutions of higher education. This person will provide strategic leadership and direction in the areas of recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce; benefits and compensation; professional development; employee and labor relations; performance assessment and evaluation; and human resources technology supporting these functions. The CHRO will be the main advisor to College leadership on all human resources matters.

Essential Functions:

Recruitment & Retention
  • Develop comprehensive strategic recruiting and retention plans to meet the human capital needs of the College while developing and maintaining a diverse work environment.
  • Lead initiatives to identify, attract and retain a diverse workforce. Provide structure, process and resources to recruitment teams and search committees.
  • In conjunction with the College Committee for Inclusive Excellence (CCIE), identify opportunities for educating the community on values of diversity.
  • Sponsor and promote diversity and inclusive excellence in recruitment, development, promotions, policies and communications.
  • Provide strategic focus on Hiring for Mission.

Benefits & Compensation
  • Identify and implement comprehensive compensation and benefits plans that are competitive and cost-effective.
  • Responsible for designing & overseeing staff compensation systems. Move the College towards job banding.
  • Serve on the negotiation team for the Bargaining Unit Faculty.
  • Serve on the College's staff/faculty Employee Benefits Advisory Committee and the Retirement Benefits Committee.
  • Identify and implement employee recognition programs.

Professional Development
  • Provide strategic direction and oversight on training and professional development activities including the introduction of a new LMS system, management training, wellness activities and job-specific support to different divisions.
  • Advocate for strategic high-level coaching, consulting and training for senior leaders.

Performance Assessment and Evaluation
  • Ensure that our performance assessment and evaluation efforts are done effectively and timely.

  • Ensure the HR staff utilizes technology for greater efficiency, effectiveness and customer satisfaction.
  • Implement a position control system in conjunction with the Business Office.
  • Manage decisions involving Human Resources Information Systems, Recruitment, Learning Management and Performance Evaluation systems.

Compliance & Labor Relations
  • Serve as a key member of the team that negotiates and ensures compliance with the adjunct faculty union.
  • Ensure that all human resource activities of the College comply with federal and state Equal Employment Opportunity legislation.
  • Responsible for addressing employee relations issues and serving as liaison with the College's legal counsel and insurance carrier.
  • Provide leadership, direction and training to HR staff to ensure that goals and practices are understood by all.
  • Stay abreast of employment-related legislative changes (i,e, CA FLSA) and innovative practices, and afford professional development for HR employees.
  • Liaise with Title IX Coordinator and team.

  • Effectively lead and support a team of 8-10 HR professionals to best serve the College community.
  • Manage the HR budget and oversee the College's benefits budget.

Experience and Qualifications
Education Required: Masters in Human Resources, Business Administration, Public Administration or related field.

Experience: The CHRO will have a significant track record (minimum of 10 years) of successful, progressive and applicable experience as a strategic human resources leader with a sophisticated understanding of the issues affecting higher education institutions. This individual will have a breadth and depth of knowledge in the following HR functional areas: recruitment and retention; onboarding and professional development; employee and labor relations; benefits and compensation; performance assessments and evaluations; and human resources technology.

Skills/ Abilities: Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, disability and sexual orientation of staff, faculty, and students. EEO/employment laws and regulations, conflict resolution, employee or labor relations experience; advanced analytic capability, highest level writing and verbal communications, HR and general technology capability, Requires skill in collaboration, calmness, and professionalism.

Competencies Needed:
  1. Strategic and entrepreneurial leader
  2. Persuasive and influential communicator
  3. Relationship builder and collaborator
  4. Expert in Human Resources Management
  5. Commitment to Catholic higher education and the Lasallian mission

Supplemental Information
Application Instructions: Please apply online at
Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College, and
  1. A resume,
  2. The name and contact information for three (3) professional references,
  3. In applying for a position, candidates sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check.
Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.

College policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, gender stereotyping, and gender identity, taking a protected leave (e.g. family medical or pregnancy leave), or on any other basis protected by applicable laws.

Saint Mary's College annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Saint Mary's College Report, please go to the Public Safety website at To request a paper copy please call Public Safety at (925) 631-4284. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

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We envision a community that goes beyond tolerance of differences to one guided by social justice, cultural competence and engaged citizenship. We know we can reach greater heights of excellence by learning from diverse people.


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