Associate Vice President for People and Workplace Culture

  • Salt Lake Community College
  • Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • May 29, 2024
Full time President and Chancellor Vice President/Associate/Assistant VP

Job Description


Associate Vice President for People and Workplace Culture

Salt Lake Community College

Position Title: Associate Vice President for People and Workplace Culture

Open Internally or Externally: External

If faculty, tenure track status: Not Applicable

Reports to (title): Vice President, Finance & Administration

Department: Vice President Finance and Administration-3A0

Requisition Number: 24298

Position Type: Replacement

Job Category: Administrative

FT/PT: Full-time

Initial Work Location:

Starting Salary: Based on experience

Job Open Date: 05/22/2024

Job Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Priority Review Date: 06/10/2024

Job Summary: Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is seeking an Associate Vice President for People and Workplace Culture to serve as a strategic partner to the Vice President and executive cabinet in proactively recruiting, retaining, and developing talent. The successful candidate will serve as a champion for SLCC’s operating culture and values to promote exceptional college performance and must be a passionate advocate for working at SLCC.The associate vice president oversees the design and implementation of an SLCC approach to attracting, engaging, retaining, and developing high-performing, competent, and collaborative people. The successful candidate will provide strategic leadership and operational management of all human resources and workplace culture initiatives, such as: creating alignment with the strategic mission, vision, values, goals, and overall culture of the organization. The associate vice president leads the full range of services across faculty, staff, and administration including talent acquisition, professional learning and development, succession management, performance management and coaching, faculty and staff relations, compensation and benefits, human resources information systems and policy development, and equal employment opportunities.This person must be well versed in optimizing internal processes and utilizing technology to enhance the end user experience. Key projects for this position will be the oversee improvements to (1) the compensation evaluation, equity, and transparency; (2) the employee concern reporting and response process; and (3) leading a comprehensive institutional initiative for employee emotional and mental wellbeing. This person must be well-versed in process improvement to support integration efforts, ensuring organizational capabilities and talent development programs are appropriately scaled to match organizational priorities and initiatives.This person must be an equity-minded practitioner able to call attention to patterns of inequity in student and employee outcomes. They must demonstrate a willingness to take personal and institutional responsibility for the success of our students and employees, and critically reassess their own practices. They are knowledgeable about the social and historical context of the exclusionary practices in American Higher Education and demonstrate willingness to engage in the necessary, and sometime difficult, conversations and decision-making that can lead to transformational change for student learning and achievement.The successful candidate will be a progressive and courageous HR leader who can build trust with senior leaders. The person will build transformative and programmatic approaches to supporting and developing our employees as the institution, industry, and talent base evolve. Developing a common HR framework based on SLCC’s values will be critical to promoting cultural consistency and ensuring the college values and strategy are front and center in every decision. This role will be central in elevating the college’s community engagement and purpose-driven culture.This is an at-will position.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:
  • Revise, implement, and lead a comprehensive workplace culture strategy. Consult and advise the vice president and executive cabinet on the strategy. Operate as a senior leader with insights and contributions to the college’s overall strategy, priorities and future direction.
  • Oversee the streamlining and optimization processes and provide critical data for development of the people and workplace culture strategy. Steward the effective use of technology and administrative systems within the department. This includes overseeing improvements to (1) the compensation evaluation, equity, and transparency processes; (2) the employee concern reporting and response process; and (3) leading a comprehensive institutional initiative for employee emotional and mental well-being. Ensure organizational capabilities and talent development programs are appropriately scaled to match organizational priorities and initiatives.
  • Lead, develop, and maintain a skilled and high-performing HR and professional development team. Provide leadership, direction, and management for the personnel, resources, and processes of the people and workplace culture division. Hire, train, and supervise supporting personnel, including scheduling, delegating, coordinating, and clarifying work. Ensure budget and other college resources are used effectively. Build, lead and assess a world-class, innovative department that supports and serves the entire college.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties Continued:

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree or equivalent knowledge in business, economics, HR management, social science, or related field of study.
  • Ten (10) years of experience in organizational development, compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, learning and development, employee relations, HR management, or other related fields.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in higher education (public or non-profit) strongly preferred.SPHR certification preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: People and Culture LeaderDemonstrated ability to act as a confidante and trusted advisor to a vice president and executive team. A strategic partner that has supported a c-suite in decision making and communicating strategy and vision throughout an organization.Possesses strong organizational acumen and ability to quickly link college strategic initiatives to potential people and human resources implicationsBegins conversations from an operational perspective, using HR as a lever to drive strategic success.Effectively supervise a team of managers towards a common goal and targets; able to be a manager of managers.Exhibit cultural competence and the desire to learn and grow from difference.Demonstrates a willingness to take personal and institutional responsibility for the success of our students and employees; critically reassess her or his own practices.People Process OptimizationDemonstrated knowledge and skill in building, scaling, and optimizing HR systems, programs, and processes in a complex organizational environment.Must possess a broad understanding of all functional parts of HR management, in addition to principles and methods of strategy development and management and how they apply in a higher education context.Demonstrated ability to gather, report, and analyze people data to optimize and improve outcomes.Experience creating alignment across a diverse workforce, bringing employees together under a cohesive cultural dynamic aligned to organizational vision, mission, and strategic goals.Experience in HR change management, along with a demonstrated ability to drive significant transitions and effectively influence multiple stakeholders.Content ExpertiseKnowledge of human resource management, employment and labor laws (Title IX and EEO) and their application to public higher education institutions.Knowledgeable with employee relations and faculty and staff development theory and practice.CommunicationStrong organizational skills with attention to detail; able to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.Must be a proactive, open, and direct communicator who engages comfortably and credibly with all levels of the organization.Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of diverse people, ability, culture, and ethnic background, to maintain good working relationships across the College.Ability to work with all groups in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic background of community college students, faculty, and staff, including those with disabilities.

Non-Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

Special Instructions: • Full consideration will be given to applicants who apply on or before the priority review date indicated above.• More information about Salt Lake Community College benefits:

SLCC Highlights: Salt Lake Community College is Utah’s largest open-access college with the most diverse student body in the state. We proudly educate 45,000+ students pursuing degrees in 100+ programs across 8 areas of study, and Utah’s fastest growing industries and four-year baccalaureate programs consistently welcome SLCC graduates. Every SLCC employee has a hand in transforming students’ lives to strengthen its surrounding communities. SLCC employees work at 11 locations across the valley and capital city of Salt Lake with easy access to the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, world-class outdoor recreation, sporting events, museums, history, and arts and entertainment.Salt Lake Community College seeks and values contributions from each community member and welcomes new and diverse perspectives. A respectful work environment is its top priority; academic excellence and lasting transformation come about when diverse voices can speak and collaborate freely. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, SLCC leads the state with the highest enrollment of students from the Latinx/a/o community. SLCC is committed to serving diverse students and being a model for inclusive and transformative education.

FLSA: Exempt

SLCC Information: Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is fully committed to policies of equal employment and nondiscrimination. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, religion, protected veteran status, expression of political or personal beliefs outside of the workplace, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.SLCC is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). In addition to URS, SLCC offers several other retirement account options.This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check.

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