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Chief Human Resources Officer

Boise State University
Job Location:
Boise, Idaho
Human Resources

Boise State University

Chief Human Resources Officer

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Boise State University in its search for Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) .

For best consideration, please apply by October 28th.

Reporting directly to the President, the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) is a valued member of Boise State’s leadership team, responsible for developing a responsive, innovative, and collaborative human resources unit that recruits, compensates, retains and develops a highly talented and engaged workforce.

The CHRO will join a dynamic and forward-thinking leadership team committed to excellence and continually focused on change and improvement. The successful candidate is a forward and strategic thinker with a history implementing successful initiatives. The CHRO will be strongly supported and enjoy a work environment with other highly collaborative, innovative and excited leaders who love working with HR leadership as well as a motivated staff.

Surrounded by bucolic mountains and rivers and located in a vibrant city with an active, engaged community and a robust and fast-growing economy, Boise State has been nationally recognized for innovation. Having obtained Carnegie Classification in 2016, Boise State University is a growing research institution (R2).

The CHRO balances enterprise strategy with day-to-day operations. Key to success in this position is the ability to align faculty and staff human resources with the broader enterprise by providing leadership on HR strategies in a large, complex organization. The CHRO will supervise, manage, and develop an HR staff focused on creating a people-centered organization where talent is valued as a critical resource and Boise State is an employer of choice. The CHRO oversees the following HR functions: talent acquisition, career development, succession planning, retention, training, leadership development, employee relations, compensation, benefits, HRIS, and payroll.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plan, implement, and oversee the process of establishing a clear strategic direction for HR that supports and advances Boise State’s Blueprint for Success, the mission of the organization, and the long-term success of the university.
  • Develop and lead an HR team that uses a strategic, proactive, service-oriented, partnership approach to managing the university’s workforce. The HR team will act as subject matter expert advisors to all constituents, delivering value through consulting, coaching, creative problem solving, and proactive interventions.
  • Function as a chief strategist to the president, executive team, and executive/senior management of each division on HR strategies, policy, and key organizational and management issues.
  • Develop innovative, efficient, and effective HR policies and programs that are focused on recruiting, retaining, engaging, and developing outstanding faculty and staff; draw on best and emerging practices in the field, from both other institutions of higher education and the private sector.
  • Develop strong working relationships with partners at state agencies (e.g., Division of Human Resources) and Idaho State Board of Education staff.
  • Establish consistent standards while allowing flexibility to meet the unique needs of different areas of the organization.
  • Develop comprehensive strategic recruiting and retention plans to meet the university’s goals and objectives, while also working with the university’s executive team to establish management/leadership succession plans.
  • Develop and oversee total compensation strategy, policies, structure, and philosophy, evaluation and promotional process, and equity structures to align with best practices.
  • Ensure compliance with appropriate policies and procedures and state and federal laws.
  • Fully leverages technology in the design and delivery of services and in the generation of management and data reporting. Work to develop an effective HRIS that links directly to, and clearly with, university financial systems and objectives.
  • Serve as an advisor to employee leadership and advisory bodies, (e.g.) Professional Staff Association, Association of Classified Employees.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

· Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with executive leadership, senior management, and faculty and staff, understanding the dynamics of a world-class academic environment and the relationship between business functions and the teaching and research mission of the university.

· Skilled in providing leadership and direction for human resources services in a fast-paced environment of organizational change.

· Knowledge and skill in analyzing organizational problems and determining effective forward-thinking management solutions, policy development, program management, and utilization of human resources.

· Excellent strategic planning and operational management skills with the ability to translate vision and strategy into clear, actionable goals to drive change and innovation while balancing multiple priorities in a fast, high intensity environment.

· Ability to effectively persuade and build consensus to negotiate complex issues across organizational and institutional lines among diverse constituencies.

· Understanding of the principles, practices, methods, and techniques of strategic planning, forecasting and budgeting.

· Outstanding analytical skills with the ability to effectively utilize data to inform program and operational design to strategically drive organizational changes.

· Knowledgeable about the principles of process improvement, including best practices and techniques in collaboration, organizational effectiveness, etc.

· Ability to think creatively, strategically, and analytically to identify issues and solve problems with the executive-level skill to develop effective enterprise solutions.

· Ability to utilize technology and efficient/effective business practices to design and deliver services.

· Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, with ability to clearly communicate complex HR information to non-HR professionals at both the individual level and for broad public distribution.

· Demonstrable ability to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.

· Knowledge of faculty recruitment, retention, and best practices in faculty relations.

· Knowledge of current federal and state laws, statutes, regulations, policies, and directives pertaining to human resources management and administration.

· Knowledge of leadership and management principles, practices, and techniques.

· Knowledge of and experience with human resource information systems.

· A demonstrated history of building a strong, cohesive team that excels in service and support.

· Demonstrated success in a service focused environment and commitment to employee engagement.

· A strong commitment to service and personal accountability.


· Bachelor’s Degree AND

· Ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience in human resources management, which includes six (6) years in a senior leadership capacity in a large, complex, organization with different categories of employees.


· Juris doctorate or related terminal degree.

· Experience in higher education human resources.

· Recognized HR credential (e.g. PHR, SPHR, or SHRM-CP), or SHRM-SCP.

· Experience with Oracle-based human resources information systems strongly preferred.

· Experience working with legislators, agency heads and boards of directors.


Boise State University is nationally recognized for its trailblazing innovation. Often described as “Blue Turf Thinking” after our iconic football field, this mindset shapes the scrappy, creative, and boundary-breaking style of our academic enterprise. The university fosters a culture of innovation by inviting and rewarding the engagement of the whole community in our evolution and by building structures that incentivize creativity and bold new ideas.

Boise State provides an innovative, transformative, and equitable educational environment that prepares students for success and advances Idaho and the world.

The university has experienced sustained growth for decades and has a keen focus on student success. A top choice for students from Idaho and across the West, Boise State has more than doubled its graduate programming in the past 15 years and has set records for the number of graduates for 10 straight years.

Nationally recognized in the Top 50 for innovation by U.S. News & World Report and described by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a university that is “demonstrably on the move,” Boise State was also one of five universities in the nation recognized in 2017 by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities for innovative approaches to improving retention and graduation rates.

Boise State makes a huge positive impact on our state. Home to Idaho’s largest graduate school, we also enroll more than one-third of all students in Idaho’s public higher education system and confer nearly half of all bachelor’s degrees awarded by the state’s public universities.

Boise State has risen on a stunning trajectory from a community college to a doctoral research university. It now embodies the best of both worlds—a strong focus on students and their wellbeing, alongside the transformative potential of research and its impacts on both student outcomes and on the world around us through discovery. Founded in 1932 by the Episcopal Church as Boise Junior College, it transitioned to an independent junior college in 1934. Later, it evolved to Boise College, then, Boise State College and, since 1974, as Boise State University. It began awarding baccalaureate degrees in 1965 and master’s degrees in 1972. Doctoral degrees have been awarded by the university since 1997. Only seven presidents have led Boise State University during its 88-year history; Dr. Marlene Tromp is the current president.

Boise State has earned a Carnegie Classification of a High Research Activity Doctoral Universities with over 58% growth in research awards over the last five years and many of Boise State’s academic programs have achieved accreditation or approval by specialized professional organizations and agencies.


Boise State provides an innovative, transformative, and equitable educational environment that prepares students for success and advances Idaho and the world.


To be a premier student-success driven research university innovating for statewide and global impact. The trailblazing, innovative character that has always defined Boise State will help us foster student success, advance Idaho, and Idahoans, and strengthen our culture of innovation and impact.


Year after year, the city of Boise earns accolades from across the country as a wonderful place to work, play, raise a family, grow a business, and enjoy life. With a population of more than 225,000 within a surrounding metropolitan area of nearly 750,000, the capital city and its high-tech economy are driving the development of the fastest-growing state in the nation.

Boise is one of the most geographically isolated cities in the nation and prides itself on its homegrown culture, businesses, education, and outdoor amenities. The entrepreneurial spirit that has launched and housed companies like Albertsons, the J.R. Simplot Co., Morrison-Knudsen, and Micron Technology pervades today among the next generation of business pioneers.

The Boise Greenbelt runs more than 25 miles along the Boise River past downtown and the Boise State campus. From Bogus Basin Mountain Resort to a brand-new Whitewater Park, the city’s network of parks, trails and open space help ensure access to Idaho’s great outdoors will remain a key element of the Boise lifestyle.

The city is home to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Treefort Music Fest, the Boise Philharmonic, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, and much more. It is one of the few cities in the nation to have a full municipal department dedicated to arts and history.

Boise State has been recognized as one of the top three universities in the country for Outdoor Adventure and fly fishing – you can hook a trout in the shadow of Bronco Stadium. A walk or ride down the Greenbelt takes you across the city and through a variety of beautiful terrains.

Boise hosts two farmers’ markets downtown, and a fabulous menu of local and national restaurant options from food trucks and steak houses to unique international cuisine. We’re supportive of local business and commerce while growing a healthy mix of economic development and industry.

Families enjoy Boise’s excellent public schools – and many find comfortable homes among our diverse religious communities. Our many cultures love to share with each other: from the Jewish Deli Days to the Greek and Russian food festivals to the huge gathering of Basques from around the world every five years in Boise, the city loves to come together for special events.

To Apply

For best consideration, please apply by October 28th.

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Institution’s EEO Statement

Boise State University is an equal opportunity employer. The University is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants for employment as provided for by federal, state, and local law. Boise State prohibits, to the extent permitted by applicable law, discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, or sexual orientation. As an affirmative action employer, the University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, qualified individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans.? ?

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