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Sonoma State University
  • Position Number: 1535018
  • Location: Rohnert Park, CA
  • Position Type: Director

Associate Vice President Human Resources
Sonoma State University

Another Source's client, Sonoma State University, is recruiting a dynamic Associate Vice President of Human Resources to join their team.

About Sonoma State University: As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University System, Sonoma is a mid-size comprehensive university, focusing on the liberal arts with a strong emphasis in the arts and sciences. Located approximately an hour north of San Francisco, SSU has 9,200 students, 400 faculty and 900 staff and administrators. Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with the Seawolf Commitment, our values include respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.

The CSU system offers a premium benefit package that includes, but is not limited to, outstanding vacation, health, dental, and vision plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year. For more information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

Job Summary: The Associate Vice President of Human Resources serves as key leadership positon for the university and its three auxiliary organizations; serving as a member of the Vice President's senior management team in carrying out the strategic plan and cultivating leadership for the University. Reporting directly to the Vice President for Administration and Finance and CFO, the AVP provides campus leadership and day-to-day management of a comprehensive human resource program including: employment and classification/compensation services, human resources information management, employee relations, training and development, payroll and benefits administration, workers compensation administration, employee/leadership development, employee recognition, employee wellness and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)/EEO(Equal Employment Opportunity) compliance. The AVP for Human Resources oversees and ensures compliance with the collective bargaining agreements for non-faculty employees as well as the administration of the Management Personnel Plan for professional employees, supervisors, and administrators. Additionally, the AVP oversees student employment and the University's non-faculty volunteer program.

Minimum Qualifications:
This position requires an understanding of public higher education in California and a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, or equivalent combination of education and experience
Seven to ten years of increasingly responsible management experience in a senior level Human Resources position
A Master's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Human Resource Administration or Law, and HRCI/SHRM professional HR Certification preferred
Senior Human Resource management experience in public higher education and working with unions is also preferred
Ability to operate in a confidential, professional, fast-paced environment, and work as both a senior leader and a member of various committees and teams throughout the university and system
Ability to actively communicate, inspire and motivate all levels of staff
Ability to think and act strategically and proactively
Ability to perform multiple duties simultaneously in an environment that is characterized by frequent interruptions, requests, and distractions
Ability to complete complex assignments independently and with only general direction
Ability to translate complex policies into compliant campus business processes and effectively communicate back out to all-levels of the university
Ability to understand and explain complex procedures
Strong writing and presentation skills
Ability to learn, coordinate and oversee many different functions, determine relative importance of each, set deadlines, and delegate projects accordingly in a timely and effective manner, performing follow up as needed
Must be familiar with standard office software and programs, Oracle/PeopleSoft Human Resources software preferred
Ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks; work independently with little or no direction; make independent decisions and exercise sound judgment, use discretion and initiative in performing complex work; and maintain good working relationships throughout the campus community and with external stakeholders
Ability to operationalize sustainability concepts (economy, society, environment) into all aspects of performing job duties

The duties of this position may include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate may be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.

The CSU system is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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Other Information
Equal Employment Opportunity: The University 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.

Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

About Sonoma State University
Sonoma State University, located 48 miles north of San Francisco, is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University. Sonoma State University is a liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students and 530 full-time and part-time faculty. Our beautiful campus is located in Rohnert Park, at the foot of the Sonoma hills in the Wine Country.

Sonoma State University is proud to be a smoke-free campus, where smoking and other uses of tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco, the use of e-cigarettes and similar devices, are prohibited.

Sonoma State University's Jeanne Clery Act Annual Security Report is available at; Annual Campus Housing Fire Safety Report is available at

Contact Information
Sonoma State University
Human Resources
Main (707) 664-3100
Fax (707) 664-3196
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

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