Chief Human Resources Officer

Vacancy Number:  1004

PURPOSE AND SCOPE:  Under supervision of the Chief of Staff and the Office of the President, the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) is responsible for providing leadership and overseeing all employment related matters including faculty and staff recruitment, employee benefits, compensation, training and development, employee relations, compliance, and records management.   The CHRO, a member of the FVSU Cabinet and advisor to Staff Council, also performs other duties, including management of special projects as assigned.


  • Manages the operations of the Human Resources office.
  • Ensures all employment related actions are in compliance with federal and state law as well as University System of Georgia and university policies and procedures.
  • Oversees investigation and resolution of Human Resources complaints.
  • Serves as a liaison with internal and external constituents and responds to inquiries regarding the resolution of complaints.
  • Develops and maintains a competitive and equitable wage and salary program including creation, review and modification of job descriptions as well as position evaluation and reclassification processes.
  • Oversees the recruitment and hiring process for all positions and maintains employee and employment related files.
  • Coordinates new employee orientation, performance evaluation programs as well as training and development programs for faculty and staff.
  • Plans and directs the budget for the Office of Human Resources.
  • Recommends and implements policies and procedures and prepares manuals or handbooks and other materials to communicate relevant information to employees.
  • Attends university and University System of Georgia meetings and participates on various committees and task forces.
  • Supervises and evaluates staff assigned in the office of Human Resources.



  • Bachelor’s degree in public, human resources, business administration or related field and seven years of experience in all phases of human resources administration including three years of progressively responsible supervisory experience.
  • A solid familiarity with human resources related laws and compliance issues, strong organizational skills, and a record of accomplishment in HR leadership.
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge and skills relevant to human resources administration in higher education.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current policies and practices of human resources administration; thorough knowledge of employee classification, compensation and benefits, recruitment, selection, and training.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a professional staff while providing hands-on implementation and leadership.
  • Demonstrated experience with process improvement and implementing best practices.
  • Must have strong and effective interpersonal, organizational, analytical, and communication skills, an open and collaborative leadership style that encourages teamwork with internal and external constituencies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in developing, analyzing and maintaining current written documentation of human resources processes, procedural problems and significant events.
  • Must have competent computer skills with proficient knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite.


  • Master’s degree in public, human resources, business administration or related area of concentration. A law degree is also ideal.
  • Demonstrated experience in systems implementation such as ADP, PeopleAdmin and/or HRIS systems.
  • Experience working in the education industry.
  • Professional certification (PHR or SPHR) in the field of Human Resources.


  • Knowledge of state and federal regulations.
  • Knowledge of university, Board of Regents and state policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of higher education environment and its relationship to the university community.
  • Knowledge of the land-grant university system.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Computer skills.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Ability to interpret legislation bills and higher education governance documents and determine impact on the university.
  • Ability to effectively evaluate situations and make appropriate decisions.


Interested persons should submit a cover letter with salary history and/or expectations, resume, unofficial transcripts, and the employment application and professional reference list forms as found on the FVSU employment site to:

         Kendall Isaac, Chief of Staff


Fort Valley State University

1005 State University Drive

Fort Valley, GA 31030-4313

Application packets that do not contain ALL required information will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Deadline to apply is September 30; review of applications and interviews will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.