Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: D9001 / VP HR,Chief HR Officer
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 99
HR Review/Approval:COMP

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


As the chief Human Resources Officer for the University, provides strategic leadership and direction to all facets of human resources management as it pertains to non-faculty staff in all components of the University and its branches. Directs the management of the various component activities of the University's Human Resources Department, ensuring that all HR programs and initiatives are integrated and effective in supporting the overall mission, goals, and objectives of the institution. Directly participates in institutional planning and decision making as a member of the University's Executive Cabinet, and provides broad administrative leadership and coordination to the University Administration Division as designated by the Executive Vice President. To enhance institutional administrative functions and to strengthen the overall University and its impact, has key responsibility for achieving the UNM 2040 Opportunity Defined Strategic Planning Framework - One University goal and its objective of identifying gaps and prioritizing areas for streamlining, integrating, and improving administrative systems and processes, in order to provide coordinated, efficient, and high-quality services.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Supports UNM's UNM 2040 One University Goal of enhancing and aligning institutional administrative functions and strengthening the overall University and its impact by identifying gaps and prioritizing areas for streamlining, integrating, and improving administrative systems and processes, in order to provide coordinated, efficient, and high-quality services
  2. Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.
  3. Directs and oversees the management of the Human Resources Client Services function, ensuring that all services to client departments are effective, cohesive, consistent with the needs and objectives of the various client departments, as well as the institution as a whole.
  4. Oversees University staff recruitment and employment processes, ensuring that all Federal and State laws, regulations, and standards are met and that the University's equal opportunity and diversity goals are met.
  5. Directs and coordinates the administration and negotiation of bargaining unit contracts which define the conditions of employment for union-represented employees.
  6. Directs the development of training and organizational development programs through subordinate departmental managers and university-wide instructors that address personal, professional, and organizational needs of university employees and departments.
  7. Directs the administration of insurance, retirement, and other benefits programs; evaluates and develops recommendations for improvements to faculty and staff employer-sponsored benefit programs.
  8. Provides strategic direction and oversight to the University's staff wage and salary programs; ensures regulatory compliance and competitive salary levels necessary to attract and retain qualified staff.
  9. Provides direction and oversight in the development and implementation of employee relations strategies and programs designed to minimize and mediate workplace disputes, and to foster a positive and productive work environment.
  10. Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives; oversees recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of unit staff.
  11. Evaluates departmental procedures to streamline and/or automate processes, improve customer service, reduce paper-flow, and improve human resources data management; plans and implements changes as required.
  12. Ensures open communications with staff organizations and faculty governing bodies.
  13. Develops and manages annual budgets for the organization and performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  14. Recommends and participates in the development of University policies and procedures; may serve on University planning and policy-making committees.
  15. Directly participates in executive planning and decision making for the division and the institution; provides broad administrative leadership and coordination to the University Administration Division as designated by the Executive Vice President.
  16. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree; at least 10 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of organizational development theory and practices.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of contemporary principles of human resource management and public personnel practices.
  • Skill in design, implementation and evaluation of employer-sponsored benefit programs.
  • Ability to interpret and advise on the application of EEO/AA laws and regulations to public sector faculty/staff hiring processes.
  • Ability to analyze and assess training and development needs.
  • Knowledge of computerized information systems used in human resources applications.
  • Ability to negotiate and manage collective bargaining agreements.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations, and public sector employment policies and procedures.
  • Skill in developing and implementing salary administration plans and programs.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques.
  • Strategic planning and performance measurement skills.
  • Ability to interpret business and operational needs and develop integrated, creative solutions.
  • Ability to analyze problems and develop creative solutions to complex human resource issues.
  • Skill developing performance management systems.
  • Knowledge of alternative dispute resolution processes.
  • Knowledge of federal and state wage and salary laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of faculty and/or staff hiring procedures.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/10/2023