Oregon State University (OSU), an internationally recognized, innovative, and mission-driven land-grant and research university, seeks a collaborative, inspiring, and entrepreneurial leader to serve as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). The CHRO will provide strategic leadership and oversight of the university's human resources (HR) functions and partner with the university's leadership team to help shape the future of the university. This revitalized position reflects the university's commitment to inclusive excellence, employee success, social justice in employment, teaching, research, and community. The CHRO will be a leader in seeking new and innovative approaches to human resources management at a complex and diverse public higher education institution.
It is an exciting time to join Oregon State University. The university continues to climb the excellence ladder, keeping a clear focus on valuing student success, advancing and disseminating knowledge, and serving the people and the state of Oregon. With campuses in Corvallis, Bend, and Newport, OSU remains one of only two universities in the country to hold the Land, Sea, Space and Sun Grant designations and is the state's only institution to hold both the Carnegie Foundation's top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification. The university is now in the third phase of its strategic plan and continues to make measurable progress in all areas, including the growth and diversification of faculty and high-achieving students and creation of a more inclusive and welcoming community. Research grants and expenditures have continued to increase dramatically, and the faculty has outpaced peer institutions for prestigious grants and partnerships, while maintaining deep commitments to engaged learning and public service. OSU has also successfully increased revenue from private fundraising, corporate partnerships, research grants and technology transfers culminating in the university's first ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, which exceeded its $1 billion goal nearly a year ahead of schedule. These successes have fueled OSU's rise as a land-grant university for the 21st century.
Now more than ever, the university needs a new leader of HR to re-envision and reenergize the way that human resources is managed and linked to the institution's overall success. The OSU Office of Human Resources provides comprehensive human resources services for OSU's nearly 13,500 employees who work across the state, the nation, and the world. The successful candidate for the CHRO position will be an experienced and innovative HR leader who can help the university deliver world-class human resources programs and services to OSU's dedicated staff and faculty members as they carry out the university's mission. The CHRO reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA) and will be responsible for leading, implementing, and managing a comprehensive human resources program. The CHRO will also be responsible for certain academic administrative human resources services, as delegated by, and in coordination with, the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.
Working collaboratively with leaders and human resource professionals across the university, the CHRO will: Develop and lead the implementation of an innovative and progressive strategic vision for HR at OSU. Serve as a trusted and strategic thought partner for leaders across the university. Further cultivate an aligned and effective human resources unit. Provide inspirational leadership to a team of human resource professionals committed to excellence and customer service. Recruit, develop, and retain an engaged and diverse workforce and help ensure an inclusive and welcoming community.
A list of the desired qualifications and characteristics of the Chief Human Resources Officer can be found at the conclusion of this document, which was prepared by the search committee with the assistance of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to provide background information and detail the key opportunities and challenges related to the position. All confidential applications, inquiries, and nominations should be directed to the parties listed at the conclusion of this document.
About Oregon State University Founded in 1868, Oregon State University serves as Oregon's statewide university and is the largest university in the state, serving over 30,000 students, 13,500 employees, and operating a $1.2 billion budget. OSU promotes a collaborative, inclusive and caring community that strives for equity and equal opportunity; that creates a welcoming environment and enables success for people from all walks of life; and that shares common, fundamental values grounded in justice, civility, and respect. The university is fully committed to ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity and believes in access to a quality affordable education for all qualified Oregonians.
OSU's main campus is located on 400 acres in Corvallis, Oregon, about 90 miles south of Portland. Other campuses are the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and OSU-Cascades campus in Bend. OSU also has a presence in every one of Oregon's 36 counties, through 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, and 36 county Extension offices. Statewide, the economic footprint is over $2 billion. In 2016, its external research funding grew to over $330 million, the largest in the school's history. The overall economic and societal impact of OSU's research enterprise exceeds $670 million, based on an analysis of OSU's research contributions to the state and global economy that followed a recent economic study of OSU's fiscal impact conducted by ECONorthwest.
OSU offers more than 200 undergraduate and approximately 80 graduate degree programs through its 11 colleges: Agricultural Sciences; Business; Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; Education; Engineering; Forestry; Liberal Arts; Pharmacy; Public Health and Human Sciences; Science; Veterinary Medicine, the Graduate School, and the Honors College. OSU is organized into four academic divisions that focus on attaining preeminence in the signature areas delineated in the university's strategic plan and promote collaboration across disciplines. The Division of Arts and Science encompass the colleges of liberal arts, education, science, and honors. The Division of Earth Systems Science includes colleges of forestry, agricultural sciences, and earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences. The Division of Health Sciences includes the colleges of public health and human sciences, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. The Division of Business and Engineering includes the colleges of business and engineering.
The past two years have included the following notable achievements at Oregon State University: For three years in a row, enrollment exceeded 30,000 students and the university awarded a record 7,097 degrees to students from all 36 Oregon counties, 50 states and 68 countries in June, 2017. After 16 years of providing programs, OSU-Cascades located in Bend, Oregon, welcomed its first class of freshmen in fall 2015 and opened its new campus in fall 2016. This was the state's first new public university campus to open in more than a half century. Oregon State Ecampus again was judged one of America’s best providers of online education. In January 2017, OSU’s online bachelor’s programs were ranked among the top 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the third year in a row. OSU is an internationally recognized public research university. In fiscal year 2015, Oregon State faculty generated a record $309 million in research funding – nearly the combined research of Oregon's six other public universities. In fiscal year 2016, research grants and awards exceeded $336 million. The university continued to see growth in industrial partnerships and entrepreneurial activities as well, and it is the leading Oregon university in these efforts. Oregon State's recent comprehensive campaign, The Campaign for OSU, concluded at the end of 2014, having raised $1.14 billion to renovate or build 28 buildings; endow 79 faculty positions; support new research and teaching programs; and provide $189 million for donor-funded scholarships and fellowships. In 2015 and 2016, that momentum continued with donor gifts totaling $250 million for that two-year period.
The university launched Phase I of the Strategic Plan for the 21st Century in 2004 to serve as a foundation for advancing the university. The first two phases of the plan guided a decade of transformational progress at OSU. In 2014, the university launched Plan 3.0 to build upon ten years of momentum and to affirm commitment to the university's mission, vision and four strategic goals: Provide a transformative educational experience for all learners; Demonstrate leadership in research, scholarship and creativity while enhancing preeminence in the three signature areas of distinction; Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems, Improving Human Health and Wellness, and Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress; and, Strengthen Oregon State's impact and reach throughout Oregon and beyond.
The plan also focuses on an aspiration to be a true community – a community that holds itself accountable for nurturing healthy relationships, building networks of care, embracing shared governance, and acknowledging and celebrating humanity.
The student body reflects the university's dedication to gender, ethnic, racial and socio-economic diversity. Historically under-represented minorities currently comprise 10.1% of total enrollment and overall, minorities represent 22.8% of total enrollment. International students make up 11.1% of total enrollment. Pell eligible students make up 32% of undergraduates, and those who are first in their family to attend college make up 23.6% of undergraduates. OSU is working to increase these numbers over the coming years. Diversity has also grown among university faculty and staff. US minorities represent 17% of tenured/tenure track faculty and 12% of classified staff/professional faculty/research faculty. International numbers for the respective groups are 5% of tenured/tenure track faculty and 3% of classified staff/professional faculty/research faculty.
As Oregon's land-grant university, OSU is fully committed to the ideal that higher education is a public good, and that high-quality college degrees should be accessible to all students. The university is aligned with Oregon's 40-40-20 initiative, which includes the goal for 40 percent of Oregonians to hold a bachelor's or advanced degree, 40 percent to have an associate's degree or a meaningful postsecondary certificate, and for all adult Oregonians to hold a high school diploma or equivalent by the year 2025. In February 2016, President Ray announced a new "Student Success Initiative" in his annual State of the University address. He called on OSU alumni, donors and political leaders to join in this initiative to "help achieve by 2020 this new horizon of inclusive student success and excellence." The initiative seeks to raise OSU's first-year retention rate from 83.8 percent to 90 percent and its six-year graduation rate from 63.1 percent to 70 percent for all students by 2020. It also challenges the university to make an OSU degree an affordable reality for every qualified Oregonian within four years and to better serve students of diverse backgrounds to ensure that all students attending OSU achieve success "regardless of their economic status, color of their skin or family background." Ray also insisted that as part of each student's future success, their college experience should include at least one "experiential" learning opportunity, such as an internship, studying abroad, participation in original research or other clubs and leadership activities.
Oregon State University has approximately 13,262 talented and dedicated faculty, staff and student employees that are committed to the success of the university. Of that total, 4,661 are academic, research and professional faculty; 1,773 are classified and temporary staff; 1,935 are graduate assistants; and 4,893 are student employees. There are two unions representing employees on campus. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) represents employees at all seven public universities in Oregon. The current SEIU agreement expires on June 30, 2019. The second union is the OSU Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE that includes all graduate students with Graduate Teaching (GTA) or Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) appointments. The current CGE contract expires on June 30, 2020.
About the Office of Human Resources
The mission of the Office of Human Resources is to create an institution where people thrive, partnerships prevail, and performance excels by focusing on providing OSU with quality HR leadership, service, and consultation. It incorporates the core values of accountability, accuracy, consistency, flexibility, continuous improvement, empowerment, and innovation to provide service, leadership, and consultation in achieving an effective and high quality workforce at Oregon State University. To view the full mission, vision and values of the Office of Human Resources, see http://hr.oregonstate.edu/about-us/mission-vision-values.
Housed within the Division of Finance and Administration, the Office of Human Resources is divided into five units: Workplace Solutions (which includes Benefits, Classification & Compensation, Strategic Staffing/Workforce Planning, Employee & Labor Relations, and Critical Training), HR Business Partnerships, Learning & Organizational Development, HR Systems & Technology, and Clery Compliance. The Office of Human Resources also plays an important role in cultivating a more cohesive campus community by collaborating with the Office of Equal Opportunity & Access, which oversees compliance with civil rights and affirmative action laws, regulations, and policies.
In 2008, OSU transitioned the delivery of human resource services and financial services to a shared service model by creating business centers to provide transactional HR services to specific Colleges and Divisions while the Office of Human Resources focused on policy setting, classification and compensation, benefits administration, and organizational development. The seven administrative business centers are Health Sciences; University Administrative; Arts and Sciences; Business and Engineering; Forestry, Oceanic, and Atmospheric; Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences; and Auxiliaries & Activities business centers. After an organizational review by an external consulting firm, HR professionals in these business centers, approximately 80 people, have recently been realigned under the Office of Human Resources and report to the Director of HR Business Partnerships to provide increased consistency and support. For more about the changes implemented in 2017, see http://hr.oregonstate.edu/about-us/2017-changes.
To learn more about the Office of Human Resources, see http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/.
Location OSU's main campus is located in Corvallis, a community of 58,000 people in the heart of western Oregon’s Willamette Valley, located about 90 miles south of Portland, 36 miles south of Salem, the state capital, and one hour from the Pacific Coast and the Cascade Mountains. Corvallis is a vibrant college town, and is consistently ranked among the best and safest cities to live in the United States. It is at the top of the list of most affluent cities in Oregon and number two among the most educated cities in the U.S. Recently, WalletHub ranked Corvallis the fourth best overall college city in America. It was also named one of the most secure small towns in the U.S. by the Farmers Insurance Group, and Sunset magazine named Corvallis one of its five favorite eco-friendly small towns. Known for being one of the most environmentally responsible towns, Corvallis sits in the middle of Oregon's finest recreational and scenic areas: ocean beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, high desert, and the rugged Cascade and Coast Ranges are all within a short driving distance. OSU has a presence in every county of the state, including 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 36 county Extension offices, the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and OSU-Cascades in Bend.
Typically has 8-10 years experience in management responsibilities. Typically requires a Master’s degree or higher.
The CHRO must be a strategic leader who will partner with others to advance the mission of the university as a public land grant university. The CHRO must understand the role and importance of the public university in society and should be committed to seeking ways to enhance HR to serve society better. The CHRO should have a positive attitude, and a leadership style that is characterized by highly ethical practices and a commitment to diversity, inclusivity, equity, openness, flexibility, and integrity. In particular, the successful candidate should have most of the attributes below: BA/BS degree required; advanced degree and HR professional credentials are preferred though an exceptional candidate without an advanced degree with significant experience and a record of accomplishment may be considered. Progressive HR management experience including leading a HR division or department at a higher education institution (preferably a large public institution) or a combination of higher-level private sector HR leadership and higher education or manager experience within a public sector environment. Extensive knowledge of benefits, workforce development, classification, compensation, human resources technology systems, organizational development, policy review, employee relations, labor relations, training and development, employment law, federal rules and regulations governing human resources administration in higher education. Commitment to diversity, equity, fairness, confidentiality, and solid, unwavering ethical values. Capability to play the role of business partner within the context of managing risk and protecting the institution from liabilities and ensuring a highly capable and dedicated workforce. Experience implementing new projects and leading change management with diplomacy, agility, transparency, cultural competency, and discernment. Experience in assembling and leading teams that are organizationally integrated, managing people, providing feedback, reviewing performance, and mentoring others actively. Experience with leading an HR function or department operating within a collective bargaining environment and developing effective strategy and frameworks to ensure impactful and consistent institution-wide labor relations approaches. Experience in broader management aspects including finance, business, and HR information systems, especially within a resource constrained environment. Experience or familiarity with shared governance. Ability to develop relationships with various units, staff groups, and to deeply understand the issues, problems, challenges, and how to respond to those needs in thoughtful ways.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSUSTANDARD 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Criminal History Check Requirement.
This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSUSTANDARD 576-056-0000 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.
This position is deemed essential and the incumbent is expected to report to work during inclement weather, emergency and other University work curtailments or closures.
Salary (Minimum): $143,556
Salary (Maximum): $258,360
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Oregon State is a leading research university located in one of the safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation. Situated 90 miles south of Portland, and an hour from the Cascades or the Pacific Coast, Corvallis is the perfect home base for exploring Oregon?s natural wonders.Oregon State University has always been a place with a purpose ? making a positive difference in quality of life, ...natural resources and economic prosperity in Oregon and beyond. Through discovery, innovation and application, we are meeting challenges, solving problems and turning ideas into reality.Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state?s Land Grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. Oregon State is also the only university in Oregon to hold both the Carnegie Foundation's top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification.As Oregon?s leading public research university, with $261.7 million in external funding in the 2011 fiscal year, Oregon State?s impact reaches across the state and beyond. With 12 colleges, 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 35 county Extension offices, the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport and OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon State has a presence in every one of Oregon?s 36 counties, with a statewide economic footprint of $2.06 billion.Oregon State welcomes a diverse student body of over 26,000 students from across Oregon, all 50 states and more than 100 countries. They can choose from more than 200 undergraduate and more than 80 graduate degree programs, including over 30 degrees online offered through Oregon State Ecampus. Oregon State increasingly attracts high-achieving students, with nationally recognized programs in areas such as conservation biology, agricultural sciences, nuclear engineering, forestry, fisheries and wildlife management, community health, pharmacy and zoology.Oregon State also ranks high in sustainability, fourth among universities nationwide for using renewable energy and first in the Pac-12 Conference. And our students literally help power the university: 22 exercise machines at Oregon State University has always been a place with a purpose ? making a positive difference in quality of life, natural resources and economic prosperity in Oregon and beyond. Through discovery, innovation and application, we are meeting challenges, solving problems and turning ideas into reality. For more information visithttp://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/index.cfm.The 400-acre main campus in Corvallis includes a Historic District, making Oregon State one of only a handful of U.S. university campuses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The district includes such icons as Weatherford Hall, the Memorial Union and Benton Hall, the oldest building on the oldest building on campus.
OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.