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Candidates for Vice President for Human Resources must provide a cover letter, résumé, and references. Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected. 

For additional information, please contact Human Resources at (405) 325-4310.


The Vice President for Human Resources reports to the CFO and carries broad responsibility for creating and implementing a strategic human capital vision that complements academic, financial, and operational plans for the University of Oklahoma. 

The Vice President for Human Resources creates and directs human resources strategies that develop and retain a highly-motivated, diverse, and effective workforce, ensures that human resources processes are clearly established and communicated, and fosters a culture that enables faculty, staff, trainees, volunteers, and students to do meaningful, impactful work across the University’s campuses and program locations.  


  • Develop a shared sense of direction and purpose across the human resources division.

  • Offer counsel to University leadership to represent the best interests of faculty, staff, trainees, volunteers, and students.
  • Develop appropriate policies and programs for effective management of human capital.
  • Serve as an agent of positive change while ensuring a high level of innovation, transparency, collaboration, and accountability.
  • Develop, create, and motivate a strong professional human resources team that delivers excellent customer service and brings discipline and consistency to processes throughout the University.
  • Provide meaningful and innovative professional development opportunities.
  • Create, implement, administer, and evaluate best practices in human resources programs and services and align them with the University’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Analyze, interpret, and ensure compliance with relevant federal and state legislation, regulations, and University policy.
  • Develop a diverse and inclusive workforce population and advance the principles of equity, inclusion, and accessibility through the development and implementation of policies, practices, and processes.
  • Oversee the University’s benefits and compensation programs; evaluate regularly and make responsive recommendations to University administration.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.

  • A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in human resources administration.
  • Knowledge of Title IX and ACA policies, practices, and procedures preferred.
  • Successful completion of a professional certification program such as PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP preferred.
  • Master’s degree in human resources management, business administration or a related field preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience leading an organization through transformational change preferred.
  • Experience in higher education or in a state system is strongly preferred.


  • Demonstrated ability to integrate vision, strategy, tactics, and activities to move initiatives forward.

  • Ability to be nimble and flexible and handle ambiguity well.
  • Knowledge of human resource trends in higher education.
  • Ability to initiate and lead continuous improvement efforts through innovative HR solutions and technology.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively, persuasively, and credibly with all levels of the workforce.
  • Demonstrated skill in negotiation, conflict management, and change management.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain productive, collaborative relationships with a full range of internal and external constituencies, including faculty, staff, trainees, volunteers, and students.
  • Ability to operate with a sense of urgency and engagement.
  • Ability to influence, persuade, and inspire individuals and organizations to make difficult decisions, particularly when unpopular, and to take timely action.
  • Ability to conduct self at all times with the highest levels of personal and professional integrity.
  • Experience in managing people, including with a proven ability to coach, lead, develop and inspire others to achieve their professional best.
  •  Ability to navigate colleagues and staff through frequent dynamic change.

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The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to: Shaniqua Crawford, Institutional Equity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, 405-325-3546, scrawford@ou.edu, or visit www.ou.edu/eoo.  

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