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Vice President of Human Resources
McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois
Date Posted 05/10/2022
Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications -  USD Per Year
Employment Type Full Time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Title

Vice President of Human Resources


Human Resources Department

FLSA Status


Job Type


Position Grade


Employee Type

Full Time

Hiring Range

Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Grant Funded


Work Year

12 Months

Typical Work Schedule

Flexible schedule to meet department/division/institutional needs.

Bargaining Unit Eligibility


Work Week

40 Hours

Work Week-Other Information

Flexible schedule to meet department/division/institutional needs

Position Introduction

We seek our next Vice President of Human Resources to join our successful, progressive institution. This talented, dedicated, and collaborative instructional thought leader must be a champion of the learning process, with a focused commitment to teaching and learning, and all activities that meet the College’s mission of student success. The right candidate is able to balance strategic thinking and strategy with creativity, ultimately inspiring instructional team members to strive for excellence. This highly critical thinker has an adept ability to problem-solve and has strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills that allow for the utmost collaboration with faculty, staff, and community and workforce partners.

Position Summary

The Vice President, Human Resources (VPHR) serves as a key member of the President’s Cabinet and senior leadership team of the College. As the College’s chief human resources officer (CHRO), this person serves as a principal trustee for the people who work at McHenry County College. She/He/They provide leadership and vision to ensure that all Human Resources Office behaviors, attitudes, programs, and initiatives are integrated and focused on the overall mission, vision, values, and goals of the college. With a proactive and thoughtful approach to the performance, satisfaction, and success of employees, the VPHR will foster a climate of consistent with the College’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion. The VPHR will work with College leadership to continue to drive performance improvement and operational excellence throughout the institution and to build successful human resources programs.

Reports to


Essential Functions and Responsibilities

· Serve as the subject matter expert and provide administrative leadership for the full suite of human resources functions, to include, but not limited to, talent acquisition; talent management; benefits; leave management; onboarding; compensation; employee relations; regulatory compliance; employee learning and organizational development; employee satisfaction; labor strategy and negotiation; diversity, equity and inclusion; human resources policy development and administration; and HR systems, data, metrics and related reporting
· Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct, and evaluate the College’s human resources function to ensure optimum organizational effectiveness
· Build a network of collaborative relationships and partnerships across the College, serving as a trusted advisor and resource to staff, faculty, administration, and leadership
· Support the College mission and actively work toward achieving the College’s goals and strategies, translating the College’s strategic and transactional plans into HR strategic and operational plans
· Build and develop a strong HR team, operating at the highest level of integrity and service, while providing policy, programs, and practices that meet the evolving human capital needs of the College
· Working alongside the College’s AVP for Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion, champion the building of a college environment that champions diversity. Identify evidence-based practices in recruitment, retention, and promotion of a diverse, engaged workforce. This includes, but is not limited to, the review of policies and procedures through a DEBI framework for recruitment, hiring, orientation, continuous development, and retention of employees.
· As assigned by the President, serve as a key member of the negotiation team during contract negotiations, managing contract negotiations and contract administration with the College’s four bargaining units
· Responsible for the development and administration of the College’s personnel policies, provide interpretation regarding policy applications and procedural issues; evaluate changes in state, federal and Board policies, and recommend changes to maintain compliance
· Support leaders in organization development activities to build the capacity to change and achieve greater effectiveness by adding new positions, eliminating or restructuring existing positions, changing work assignments, or modifying reporting relationships
· Oversee the College’s talent acquisition and employment services; provide leadership for developing comprehensive talent acquisition plans for the College to attract and hire qualified employees
· Oversee administration of the College’s compensation and classification programs, including monitoring of compensation trends, job audit function, and recommendations of annual salary adjustment guidelines, working with external compensation consultants when retained by the College
· Oversee the administration of the College’s performance evaluation systems
· Administer procedures for maintenance, security, and confidentiality of paper and electronic personnel records; administer a records and retention program in compliance with state and federal laws governing employee records
· Ensure Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) are established, practiced, periodically reviewed and revised to ensure utilization of best practices in the HR field
· Promote a positive and inclusive culture, including the creation and execution of internal employee engagement activities that celebrate the diversity, equity and inclusion of College employees
· Participate in projects and initiatives and represent Human Resources on committees, task forces, and working groups
· Serve as College Ethics Officer and member of College’s Title IX team
· Serve as liaison with College attorneys regarding employment law matters
· Develop and monitor HR and/or any other assigned business unit budgets
· Assess and monitor HR computer systems as necessary for Human Resources functions and office
· Communicate and meet with other community college Human Resources personnel and with state and local agencies as required to perform job responsibilities
· Represent the needs of employees to the College administration
· Work collaboratively with others (e.g. colleagues, stakeholders, vendors) to accomplish functions and responsibilities
· Assume additional duties as assigned by President

Required Education

Master's Degree from a regionally accredited institution

Other Required Qualifications

· Master’s degree in human resources management, or a related field, from a regionally accredited institution
· Substantial experience in HR administration, including supervision of multiple HR functions
· Five years’ supervisory experience
· Labor relations experience including significant exposure to bargaining, contracts, grievance processes, and dispute resolution
· A record of advancing and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment

Desired Qualifications

· Master’s degree in Human Resources
· Current SHRM or HRCI certification
· Community college or higher education experience
· Chief spokesperson experience for labor relations
· Experience in talent acquisition strategies for college faculty and staff
· Experience in developing and administering learning and development programming

Skills and Specifications

· Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including active listening
· Strong problem solving, time management, and analytical skills
· People and service-oriented focus
· Ethical, fair, patient, diplomatic, and approachable
· Technological competence; the ability to proficiently utilize technology including Ellucian Colleague or similar enterprise software and Microsoft Office suite of products
· Record of successful leadership and team management
· Ability to attend monthly Board meetings
· Ability to assess and measure effectiveness of programs and services
· Ability to develop goals and desired outcomes for multiple areas
· Ability to collaborate, build consensus, and resolve conflict
· Ability to work with people at all levels of employment and with a variety of backgrounds
· Successful involvement in collective bargaining and negotiations
· Demonstrated ability to think creatively, strategically, and proactively
· Ability to work in a dynamic environment, sensitive to change and responsive to changing goals, priorities, and needs
· Solid project management experience with a focus on timely delivery and responsiveness
· Ability to develop policies, long-range plans, and fund allocation within assigned divisions
· Thorough understanding of and commitment to Affirmative Action and organization diversity
· Commitment to and respect for diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion and MCC’s Behaviors of Excellence
· Understanding of and commitment to the College mission, vision, values, and goals
· Ability to perform all of the essential functions, skills, and specifications of the position


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