University of Washington Tacoma
More than 10 years
Associate Vice Chancellor for Organizational Effec
About the Organization
The University of Washington Tacoma is a
growing, urban-serving university that is deeply invested in its
local communities. As one of three campuses of a world-class
university, UW Tacoma is dedicated to interdisciplinary and
innovative teaching and scholarship and to engaging the community
in mutually beneficial partnerships. UW Tacoma's commitment to
diversity is central to an environment where students, staff,
faculty and South Sound residents find abundant opportunities for
intellectual, personal and professional growth.
About the Job
UW Tacoma Finance and Administration has an outstanding
opportunity for an ASSOCIATE VICE CHANCELLOR FOR
ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS AND DEVELOPMENT.
The Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Organizational
Effectiveness and Development provides leadership in advancing the
University of Washington Tacoma’s strategic plan and improving
organizational performance. The AVC designs and manages
strategies for organizational and workforce development while
advancing a campus culture that emphasizes high performance, and is
responsible for development and provision of executive leader
mentorship and coaching.
The AVC is also responsible for oversight of all staff human
resources functions and services for the campus, including
recruitment and hiring, classification and compensation, employee
and labor relations, ethics and compliance, performance management,
leave management, organizational development, training, etc.
The AVC oversees and manages the work of reporting staff and
encourages their ongoing development; develops and manages a
budget, ensuring fiscal compliance and internal controls; leads the
development of department goals, objectives and systems;
establishes measurements that support the accomplishment of
strategic goals; and develops and administers programs to align
staff with university goals and objectives.
The AVC will provide leadership in developing the vision for UWT’s
future and the pathways for learning and mentorship that will be
needed to get to this as yet undefined place. Working with
campus leadership, the AVC will lead the planning, design and
implementation of programs and services that promote staff
development in areas specifically designed to support UWT’s growth
trajectory and future programmatic vision, so members of our
workforce have the skills and engagement needed to help shape and
support the future UWT.
The AVC will lead the creation of new systems and policies that
aggressively identify, recruit, promote and retain the best talent
to fit the needs of UWT in a world that demands new approaches to
all major processes: partnership and teaming with other leadership
positions with a focus on aggressive, proactive talent development
is essential. These practices will be created in concert with
the four UWT stated core values: Excellence, Community, Diversity
The AVC is responsible for a training and development program that
addresses training needs, including new employee orientation and
onboarding, management development, and measurement of training
impact, creation of a system of professional development for all
staff, and implementation of a performance management system,
The AVC will be responsible for change leadership and management
for the campus, as both a thought/vision leader and a leader in
implementing new approaches. The AVC will assess business
processes, culture, people, tools, and systems by exploring,
diagnosing, and creating solutions that factor in complex
environments, cultural barriers and supports, and whole system
The AVC monitors the campus culture so that it supports the
attainment of the university’s goals and promotes employee
satisfaction. Additionally, the AVC will lead a process of
organization development that plans, communicates, and integrates
the results of strategic planning throughout the
The AVC will promote a culture of high performance and continuous
improvement and work with campus leaders to look across their
organizations and provide input and recommendations regarding
opportunities to establish or revise organizational structures to
support efficiency and effectiveness. The AVC will lead or mentor
the establishment, documentation and standardization of
cross-departmental processes and those internal to units using a
variety of technologies, including Lean.
Executive Leader Mentorship/Coaching
The AVC is responsible for developing new and extraordinary
expectations for leadership and management for both academic and
staff leaders, requiring ongoing education, mentorship and support
for these leaders. The AVC consults with, advises, and offers
coaching, training, tools and resources to campus leaders in order
to achieve defined goals and improve effectiveness.
Human Resources Oversight
The AVC is responsible for oversight of all campus HR functions and
services, including: Selection and Hiring, Classification and
Compensation, Employee and Labor Relations, Leave Administration,
Ethics and Compliance, Benefits, etc. The AVC will establish
measurements for UWT HR, connecting with the truly innovative best
practices of HR nationwide that are relevant to UWT’s position,
mission and aspirations. The AVC is ultimately responsible for
working with UW’s HR policies and staff to achieve the human
resource goals of UWT.
Academic Human Resources Support and Mentoring
The AVC will ensure provision of appropriate support and mentorship
for UWT academic human resources by including AHR in appropriate
workgroup activities, providing cross-training opportunities and
backup coverage as needed, and identifying and supporting
professional development opportunities. The AVC will support the VC
Academic Affairs and AHR staff in working with UW wide policies and
fitting them to UWT needs.
The AVC will provide leadership to the Director of Academic HR, by
including the Director in workgroup activities, providing
cross-training and backup coverage, and supporting professional
development. The AVC currently has full supervisory
responsibility for three human resources professional staff
positions, with expectations for further growth.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life
programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this
position, please visit our website,
Master’s Degree in Industrial Psychology, Organization
Development or a related field.
• 10+ years of progressive leadership
experience in Organization and Workforce Development within a
complex environment, to include executive-level coaching and
• Knowledge and demonstrated
application of organization effectiveness principles, management
and leadership development principles, organizational change
management, cultural assessments, organizational design, team
effectiveness, assessment methodologies and tools, coaching and
consulting, OD principles, and metrics and analysis.
• Knowledge of and experience with
strategic planning and process improvement.
• Knowledge of nationwide, innovative
best practices in OE/OD and HR
• Familiarity with competency models
and career development framework development
• Demonstrated experience leading with
diplomacy, agility, transparency, cultural competency, and
• Excellent oral and written
communication skills and interpersonal and coaching skills.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships at all levels.
• Demonstrated ability to lead and
develop staff members. Well-developed team building
experience and experience managing people, providing feedback,
reviewing performance, and mentoring others actively.
• Demonstrated ability to serve as a
successful participant on the management team that provides campus
leadership and direction.
• Knowledge of employment law,
compensation, employee and labor relations, and experience with HR
programs and services.
• Evidence of the practice of a high
level of confidentiality.
• Demonstrated problem solving and
conflict resolution skills. Ability to handle complex and
sometimes highly charged situations and problems.
• Demonstrated critical thinking with
the ability to solve problems by gathering data, reasoning
logically, and drawing valid conclusions. Excellent
• Excellent computer skills in a
Microsoft Windows environment.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all
minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements,
such as a license/certification/registration.
Desired: Experience within Higher Education, to include
experience with Academic HR.
To ensure consideration, apply by July 22,
For more information and to apply, please see our employment
website, and search for Requisition
University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative
action employer. To request disability accommodation in the
application process, contact the Disability Services Office at
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