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Vice Chancellor of Human Resources

Antioch University is now accepting applications and nominations for the position of Vice Chancellor for Human Resources (VCHR). Antioch University, one of the most distinctive institutions of higher education in the United States, traces its roots back to 1852 with Horace Mann as the first Antioch President. Grounded in its historic mission to advance social, economic, environmental, and racial justice, Antioch is deeply committed to socially engaged, learner-centered education and to an inclusive and thriving workplace. This is an opportunity to be part of a university with both a powerful tradition and a powerful future.

We are seeking a bold and imaginative HR leader to help us build forward based on our strong foundation.


The Vice Chancellor of Human Resources (VCHR) provides executive-level vision, strategy, innovation and leadership for all human resources functions of Antioch University, a national university currently with locations in four states (CA, WA, OH and NH) and a range of onsite, online, or hybrid academic programs and services. The VCHR reports directly to the Chancellor, is a member of the Chancellor’s senior leadership team setting strategic direction for the University and shares accountability for achievement of University strategic goals and objectives in areas of HR administration and oversight, talent acquisition and management, organization development and workplace culture. Antioch University’s commitment to justice starts with our own employees and the VCHR proactively focuses on building and sustaining an anti-racist and pro-inclusive workplace in which all employees thrive and in which personnel practices and policies nurture a fair, equitable and thriving organization. In our geographically distributed model, Antioch University employees work from campus locations as well as home offices, report to supervisors in the same building or across the country, and typically are part of unit/teams composed of colleagues from across the institution. University administration is highly dispersed as well, some working from the headquarters in Yellow Springs, Ohio, some working from campus offices in our four locations, and some working from home offices. The complexity of our institution offers challenge and opportunity.
As an institution founded on the principles of social justice dating back to the 1850s, the VCHR is responsible for the human resource vision of the University to ensure that it is consistent with its mission of furthering social, economic, environmental and racial justice. As a nontraditional institution of higher education, Antioch strives to be a destination institution with the ability to attract and retain a well-qualified, diverse, and inclusive faculty, administration and staff that reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate and students we enroll.
As an executive-level strategic partner to the Chancellor and Executive Team, the VCHR provides system level leadership that facilitates the development of programs and policies designed to recruit, develop and retain outstanding faculty and staff; demonstrates a commitment to workforce diversity through proven results in recruitment, selection and employee development and promotion; provides direction to develop a culture of professional excellence and accountability; advises the Chancellor and Executive Team on human resource issues; works collaboratively with other executives as well as constituent groups to further the vision of the organization; leads the strategic human resource planning process to identify emerging trends and legislative or legal developments in the areas of labor and employment law which may impact the organization; directs policy development through collaboration with various employee policy groups, other executives, faculty and staff; directs the administration of policies, practices and systems of internal control necessary to comply with federal, state laws and other legal reporting requirements; coordinates the development of appropriate data collection and reporting procedures to ensure adequate information is available for human resource planning; seeks to create a collegial environment for individual employees and employee group representatives throughout the University; and enables the human resources organization to improve the student experience and student success.


HR Oversight, Payroll & Benefits Administration
  • Responsible for the overall management of Human Resources, Payroll, and Benefit administration functions for the University.
  • With the support of University General Counsel, provides advice and counsel to all supervisors and administrators concerning all employment-related issues including performance matters, reorganizations, reductions in force, employee discipline, complaints of alleged discrimination or workplace harassment, requests for accommodation under the ADA or similar state laws, requests for leave under the FMLA or similar state laws, and is the provides guidance an mentoring to all campus Human Resource Directors or other HR generalists in the areas of employment law, benefit compliance and payroll.
  • Conducts investigations into alleged employee misconduct or alleged violations of the University’s policies, such as those related to Title IX, those related to employment discrimination and others.
  • Provides support to the General Counsel in responding to any outside, governmental investigations into alleged violations of federal, state or local employment laws or regulations including investigations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, state fair employment practices agencies, the Department of Education or the Department of Justice. Assists in the preparation of statements of position to investigative agencies.
  • Provides support to administration, campus and non-campus-based based, General Counsel and outside labor counsel in all matters related to collective bargaining and union contract administration.
  • In collaboration with the Vice Chancellor/CFO and outside consultants and brokers, is a member of the University Insurance Committee responsible for securing insurance policies for the university including welfare benefit policies for health, life, and disability, as well as casualty and liability policies for automobile, property, educators risk liability, directors and officers, and fiduciary liability.
  • Serves as the plan administrator for the retirement plan and the health and welfare benefit plans.
  • Responsible for all benefit plan audit oversight, the annual 5500 filings and ERISA compliance.
  • In collaboration with our TIAA representatives, ERISA legal counsel, and other plan consultants, serves as a member of Retirement Plan Oversight Committee responsible for ensuring that the University’s retirement plans are operated in compliance with all ERISA requirements and in a manner that represents best practices.
  • Serves as the administrator for the University’s workers ‘compensation and unemployment compensation insurance policies in collaboration with third party administrators and legal counsel.
  • Provides education and training for supervisors in regards to union negotiations, supervisor performance evaluation, conflict resolution. Provides wage and hour, employment compliance training Performs all other duties as assigned.
  • Manage the human resource and payroll system (Ellucian Colleague) used by all campuses in preparing bi-weekly and monthly payroll services. Supervise the timely issuance of bi-weekly and monthly payrolls and oversee payroll reconciliation for accuracy with approving entries to the general ledger.
  • Responsible for tax compliance and timely reporting for multiple local, state, and federal withholdings. Supervise and authorize timely preparation and filing of quarterly 941’s, annual W2’s, 1099R’s and 1042-S reports and forms; complete and submit federal tax form 5500 for the benefits offered by Antioch University.
  • Create and provide custom reports to various offices for accounting of payroll and benefits as well as information on employment, hours, sick-vacation accrual.
Organizational Culture & Talent Development
  • Recruit and retain talent in an increasingly competitive market.
  • Address recruitment and retention of under-represented employees.
  • Promote Talent Management – strategic and operational design, implementation, and improvement in training and development for all levels of employees including job specific, managerial, and leadership development.
  • Oversee HR training that insures a workplace free from harassment and discrimination that proactively addresses a workplace culture care, equity, and employee thrivability.
  • Improve evaluation and career growth opportunities.
Collaborative, Decisive, and Strategic Leadership
  • Provide thoughtful strategic leadership as a member of the Chancellor’s senior executive team and other University leadership bodies;
  • Build strong collaborative and effective relationships throughout the University
  • Make decisions that are timely, informed, evidence-based, and action-oriented amidst a range of options and ambiguities.
  • Balance compliance and creativity in finding solutions to human resources issues within the legal framework.
  • Achieve and maintain operational consistency in terms of decisions and human resources deliverables.
  • Listen, translate, and address diverse needs of multiple constituencies.
  • Through collaboration, identify and develop efficiencies across the organization.
  • Advise leadership at all levels on anti-racist and pro-inclusive employment practices.
  • Provide direct supervision to University HR division, which currently includes the HR/Payroll Associates (4), the Human Recourses Specialist, HRIS/Payroll Associate, Payroll/HR Generalist, and Benefits Administrator; advise managers on employee relations and disciplinary issues.
  • Train human resources/payroll staff in relation to software upgrades and new product information and usage. Conduct periodic training sessions in relation to in human resources and payroll practices, changes in employment law, union contract compliance.


  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in business administration, human resources management, organizational management, or related fields. A Juris Doctor degree would be desirable, but is not required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission of Antioch University.
  • Demonstrated experience in human resources as a proactive force for diversity, inclusion, and equity in organizational life.
  • A proven track record of leading organizations through transformational change such as reorganization or downsizing or acquisitions.
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible human resources management experience in all facets of human resources with a minimum of three years at an executive leadership level – including experience with staffing, classification and compensation, benefits, employee relations, labor management relations, legal compliance, training and organizational
  • At least 5 years of experience in higher education, preferably in human resource management.
  • Enterprise or system-level human resources experience in a large, complex, multi-campus/multi-unit environment.
  • Experience with on-site and geographically dispersed employees and overseeing teams at a distance.
  • Experience with collective bargaining and labor relations management in the public or private sector.
  • Visionary, servant leader with a history of collaborative relationships and inclusive leadership and management style.
  • Skilled communicator with a focus on transparency and timeliness; diplomacy in making and communicating decisions.

Additional Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with operating in multiple states with an understanding of nuances of California, Ohio, New Hampshire and/or Washington employment law.
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR).
  • Juris Doctor degree.r furniture and building construction.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Individuals must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
This position requires the knowledge, skills, and ability to:

  • Maintain federal and state law compliance with all employment-related laws including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, COBRA, the Fair Labor Standards Act and related state laws in California and elsewhere.
  • Demonstrate strong decision-making skills and effective follow through to implementation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to gain confidence and establish credibility among executive peers and functional, employee and constituent groups, relative to human resources strategy, policy, and implementation.
  • Demonstrate strong and persuasive presentation skills effective at all levels within the institution including at the level of the Board of Governors.
  • Demonstrate outstanding strategic planning and operational deployment skills with successful experience integrating and aligning strategy, people and activities across functions, processes, and teams.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and application of organizational design and development concepts for the strategic health of the institution and its human capital to include quality management principles.
  • Demonstrate experience working with diverse populations with demonstrated commitment to diversity and active promotion of diversity in the workplace.

Organizational Charts

Antioch University Leadership Team

Org Chart - Antioch University Leadership Team

Antioch University Human Resources

Org Chart - Antioch University Human Resources

To Apply

Email cover letter, a current resume or CV and the contact information for three professional references to University Vice Chancellor of HR Search Committee at [email protected]
Deadline is October 16, 2020 or until the position is filled.
All confidential communications and inquiries may be directed to Dr. Laurien Alexandre, Special Advisor to the Chancellor, at [email protected] or 323-666-8181 or 213 819-6339.

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