With over 30,000 students from all 50 states and over 180 countries, 21 intercollegiate teams, 180 plus degree programs, and an administration that thrives on discovery and excellence, FAU is pushing the boundaries of higher education. Florida Atlantic's faculty and staff are trailblazers and innovators with a passion for finding creative solutions while advancing science, art, and technology in all disciplines. Our work environment is a hub of cultures from across the nation and the world, making FAU a place where collaboration flourishes.


Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Human Resources organization is a strategic partner to the University as it advances into a leading public research institution. Our goal is to recruit and retain top talent by emphasizing a strong employer brand that establishes FAU as a choice employer. We provide exemplary customer service, innovative resolutions to any challenges faced by our Colleges and Departments, and a commitment to quality by continuously assessing our business processes and improving organizational effectiveness. We are dedicated to engagement in the surrounding community and to partnering with the University to develop the skills and talents of our employees, which directly impacts our growing student success. Human Resources fosters an inclusive environment that respects and values FAU’s diverse population. We aspire to be the foundation for the University to build and support its pillars and platforms on its race to excellence.

The Assistant Vice President, Human Resources provides oversight of all units in the Human Resources Department through strategic planning, assessment and program enhancements that serve to increase productivity, visibility, and effectiveness of all areas of the University at large. Provides vision for university strategy in the development of goals, programs, and policies related to advancing the university’s most valuable asset ‐ its human resources.


Responsible for the development and execution of comprehensive and proactive people strategies that deliver a best‐in‐class experiences throughout the employee life‐cycle including new hire on‐boarding through the training, development and retention of employees. A proven leader who is enthusiastic, forward thinking, productive, sound decision‐making and possesses technical skills, and a strong operational focus. A well‐organized and exemplary   communicative individual who is a team player and who can relate to people at all levels within the University.

Responsible for budget preparation and oversight of departmental budget in excess of $1 million ensuring effective and efficient operations in support of the Universityʹs mission and strategic plan. Provides direction and support to Senior Associate, Associate, and Assistant Human Resources Directors overseeing operations within their respective units. Provides leadership and direction in interpretation and implementation of policy development for personnel administration. Through the Vice President of Administrative Affairs, makes recommendations to Executive Leadership Team (President and Vice Presidents) regarding unique and special situations. Maintains knowledge of University, State and Federal laws and regulations as they relate to all areas of Human Resource Management.

Conducts a continuous assessment of all Human Resources policies and practices to keep executive leadership informed of new developments. Assessment is conducted through the analysis of workforce data and HR‐related metrics to assess and actively handle people‐related key performance indicators, and define strategies for improvement and management (i.e., workforce planning, employee engagement, performance management, compensation, turnover, etc.). Will identify potential risks/hazards in advance that could negatively affect the organizationʹs ability to conduct business, as well as inherent risks and provide measures, processes and controls to reduce the impact of these risks to business operations.

Develops appropriate policies and procedures for effective management in all areas, including but not limited to employee relations, career development, benefits, and employee complaints. Plans, develops and implements University wide programs impacting employee population relevant to personnel matters in meeting human resource needs. Committed to improving the overall operation and effectiveness of Human Resources by regularly updating policies, procedures, and practices. Evaluation of the Human Resources division structure and team design for continuous improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the department. This includes being aware of national human resource trends not only in higher education but also organizationally in general.

Understands that Human Resources must operate as a service center first and foremost so that the processing components do not take focus away from the service aspects of managing the recruiting, hiring, separating, and retaining employees. While Human Resources is responsible for processing recruitment, hiring, and separations of personnel, this is not to be viewed as a processing center but instead a personnel service center. Supports strategic initiatives of university through the development of human resources programs and annual goals and objectives.

Commitment to the professional growth of staff via training and development. External interactions with applicants at all levels; liaison between the University and the Board of Trustees where appropriate; recognized union organizations, contact with members of local business community, non‐profit organizations, community organizations in which active presence on boards is held; and Human Resources counterparts within the state of Florida and across the country. Establish credibility throughout the University; an effective listener and problem solver of people issues.


  • Master's or equivalent from an accredited institution in a relevant field.
  • Significant years of current progressively human resource responsibilities including employment, employee relations, and generalist experience in an environment of comparable size and complexity.
  • Demonstrated experience building a successful and service-oriented human resource department.
  • Experience working in a higher education environment.
  • Experience with negotiations, labor relations, and collective bargaining.
  • Professional Certification by the Society of Human Resources Management (SPHR/PHR) and/or other certifying bodies in the Human Resources profession.
  • Knowledge of university regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of all functional areas in human resources such as recruiting; position analysis and classification; compensation; benefits; immigration; training and organizational development; performance management; employee relations; data analytics or reporting; HR information systems and data management.


The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, resume/CV and the names and contact information of five or more references) or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting Florida Atlantic University.  Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm by March 23, 2020.  For additional information, please contact:

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Rich McNeal, Associate
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: 770-804-1996 x109 or x112 |

Florida Atlantic University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veterans status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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