Job Description

Job ID
UW Stout;Menomonie, WI
Full/Part Time


The University of Wisconsin-Stout invites applications for the position of Chief Human Resources Officer.

The Chief Human Resources Officer plans, directs, and manages strategic planning initiatives for multiple human resources (HR) functions such as recruitment, employment relations, performance management, recruitment and selection, compensation and titling, payroll and benefits, and training and development. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Business, Finance, and Administrative Services, the Chief Human Resources Officer provides leadership in the development and integration of the University’s human resource programs to recruit, engage, and provide quality services to the employee community. This position also serves as the Affirmative Action Officer and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. The Chief Human Resources Officer provides advice and counsel to executive officers, deans, and directors, and interacts with faculty, academic staff, university staff, employee organizations, and students.

Anticipated start date: September 13, 2021.


Minimum / Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field

  • Progressive management experience in Human Resources

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing

  • Demonstrated commitment to developing and fostering equitable, diverse, and inclusive work environments

  • In-depth knowledge and experience with federal and state employment laws

  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus and facilitate collaborative change management

  • Strong problem recognition and resolution skills

Highly Desired

  • Master’s Degree in Human Resources or related field, or Juris Doctorate

  • Experience in public sector or higher education Human Resources

  • PHR (Professional in Human Resources) Certification or SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) Certification

  • Ability to motivate and support a team of professional staff, serve as an internal resource and consultant, and work collaboratively with a wide array of faculty, staff, administrators, and shared governance representatives

  • Demonstrated knowledge of, or prior success with, effective employee recruitment and retention practices, payroll and benefit management, training and development initiatives, and employee relations activities, including investigations

  • Evidence of successful and innovative use of technology in the advancement of Human Resources initiatives


  • Leads the Human Resource department in ensuring quality employee relations; fair and equitable compensation decisions and opportunities for all employees; systematic recruitment; oversees payroll processing and leave accounting; benefits counseling and administration; and training and development.

  • Serves as the Affirmative Action Officer. Collaborates and works effectively with the campus community to ensure organizational development in commitment with equity, diversity, and inclusivity efforts. Ensures compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policies.

  • Works with university units/departments as a facilitator of strategic human resource planning, organizational change and transition management with the expectation of improved and efficient work processes, cost savings, and collaboration between units.

  • Develops resolution strategies regarding HR matters such as work force performance and competency gaps, organizational structures, and compensation, and develops training plans and mitigation strategies as needed.

  • Develops, recommends, and implements campus policies and procedures to comply with laws, regulations, institutional policies, and objectives. Provides interpretation of existing human resources related policies, procedures, programs, laws, fiscal planning, reporting, grievance settlements, and disciplinary action.

  • Supervises the Assistant Director of Recruitment and Selection, Assistant Director of Payroll and Benefits, Training and Development Coordinator, and the Human Resources Assistant.

  • Develops and manages the Human Resources department budget.

  • Coordinates the planning of human resource services for the University and collaborates with the UW System Office of Human Resources, and other statewide entities involved in planning and development of human resource programs.

  • Leads the campus relative to HR technology and advocate for the institution related to UW System’s system-wide technology efforts, including ensuring a reliable and accountable appointment, payroll, and benefits system.

  • Serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator and a member of the Title IX committee. Complete Title IX investigations as assigned by the Title IX Coordinator.

  • Serves on committees as appropriate.


The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic, and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the University of Wisconsin System--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences, and an integrated liberal arts foundation.

UW-Stout offers 49 undergraduate and 22 graduate degrees, including three terminal degrees. The current enrollment is approximately 8,000 students. The UW-Stout campus community enjoys opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry and encourages collaboration within and across disciplines and professions.

The university is on a beautiful campus in Menomonie, situated in western Wisconsin, 60 minutes east of Minneapolis-St. Paul on Interstate 94. Located in the scenic Chippewa Valley region with a population base of more than 200,000, Menomonie is a city of more than 16,400, surrounded by lakes, streams, and woodlands. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit:

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Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities.

An offer of employment is contingent upon the final candidate passing a criminal background check and a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks. Official transcripts required at time of hire.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position. A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Human Resources office at 715.232.1279.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the qualifications

  1. Resume or Curriculum vitae

  1. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references

To ensure consideration completed applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm on June 13th. Screening will begin on June 14th, but the submission of applications may continue until the position is filled.

Before starting the online application process we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at:

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:

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The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Fall 2021. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

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