Associate Vice President, Human Resources and Co-Chief Diversity Officer

California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) invites applications for the position of Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Co-Chief Diversity Officer (AVP/Co-CDO).

California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year, graduates about 4,000 students annually and has over 2,600 employees. CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire, and it has the second highest African American and Hispanic enrollments of all public universities in California. Seventy percent of those who graduate are the first in their families to do so.

The Associate Vice President for Human Resources is the university’s chief human resources officer and is a member of the senior leadership team for Administration and Finance. The Associate Vice President is charged with the responsibility for planning, organizing and implementing a comprehensive human resource program that includes employment and compensation services, HR information management, employee relations, employee training and development, benefits administration, payroll administration and retirement consultation utilizing local, CSU and state-wide systems. This position also oversees Student Employment and the Staff Development Center. The Associate Vice President and Vice President for Administration and Finance share supervisory responsibility for the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, which serves to oversee compliance with Title IX, Diversity, Harassment and Retaliation (DHR), and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation for employees. The position shares the Co-Chief Diversity Officer responsibilities with the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students.

As the President’s Employee Relations designee, the Associate Vice President is responsible for overseeing the administration of eight Collective Bargaining Agreements, as well as grievance and disciplinary action administration. The Associate Vice President participates on a variety of campus and California State University (CSU) committees; oversees personnel services for a non-profit 501(c) 3 Auxiliary organization; advises the President’s Cabinet on all aspects of human resource administration; and is responsible for campus oversight, planning and coordination of an ongoing major CSU system-wide HR information and payroll system implementation. The Associate Vice President must set the expectation for the highest level of integrity, embrace innovation, support lifelong learning, champion diversity, seek quality results and support the mission and values of the university. For more information, please visit,

Qualified candidates should have five years of experience in a higher education human resources position, five years of labor relations experience and 10 years of experience in in an HR management role. The next AVP/Co-CDO should possess a master’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably in business, law, labor relations, human resources or a closely related field. Experience with PeopleSoft HRIS systems and SHRM-SCP or SPHR Certified is desired.

For more information on the campus, please visit the CSUSB website at

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile.

WittKieffer is assisting California State University, San Bernardino in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by July 23, 2021.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Charlene Aguilar and Sarah Miller

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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