Whitworth University (whitworth.edu), a nationally ranked, private Christian liberal arts university in Spokane, Washington, invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Vice President for Human Resources (AVPHR). Reporting to the Vice President of Finance & Administration and serving the President directly as a member of the President’s cabinet, the AVPHR will provide leadership and strategic management consistent with Whitworth’s mission and goals in all human resources areas including employment and employment law, training and development, employee relations, compensation and benefits, human resource information system and records, workplace safety, and legal compliance.
The AVPHR will play a pivotal role as both a strategic partner to Whitworth’s leadership team and an advocate and champion for the workforce at Whitworth. The AVPHR plays a crucial role in providing leadership and development of human resource services, policies and programs in support of the university mission and strategic priorities as they relate to recruitment, retention and development of all 600-plus Whitworth employees. The AVPHR also serves as a strategic and thought partner to the President and his cabinet, and sets and upholds the standards for working at Whitworth.
The ideal candidate for the AVPHR role will have a deep understanding of human resources within the higher education context, including strong knowledge of laws and regulations governing all areas of human resources and environmental health and safety. They will bring to the table experience in strategic planning, change management, process improvement and data-informed decision making. The AVPHR must demonstrate a strong understanding of and commitment to Whitworth’s faith-based mission. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential, as is a demonstrated leadership track record. A bachelor’s degree and 5 years of relevant experience is required, preferably in an academic institution.
Founded in 1890, Whitworth has been ranked among the top regional colleges and universities in the West. The university’s mission is to provide its diverse student body an education of the mind and the heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity. Whitworth University has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In recent years, Whitworth has enjoyed record levels of student enrollment and retention, the strongest financial position in the university's history, and increased external visibility.
Whitworth University has retained Opus Partners (opuspartners.net) to support this recruitment. Katie Dean, Associate Partner, and Monica Williams, Associate, are leading the search. Inquiries, applications and nominations should be sent by email to Katie (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications should include: a cover letter, a résumé, a list of at least three professional references, and a short personal essay describing the applicant’s personal Christian faith. This essay is intended to be a statement in the applicant’s own words that will help the committee to determine the applicant’s interest in joining Whitworth’s community. All communications will be managed confidentially.
Whitworth complies with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofit institutions and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. With our commitment to building a diverse community, the university encourages applications from populations underrepresented at Whitworth including members of racial/ethnic communities, women, and persons with disabilities