Chief Human Resources Officer

Employer:Des Moines University
City:Des Moines

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Position Description:Des Moines University (DMU) seeks a dynamic, creative and engaging leader to serve as its next Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). This is a unique opportunity to join the university during a time of significant transformation and change. The university is preparing to break ground for a brand new medical and health sciences campus on an 88-acre parcel of Iowa farmland in West Des Moines. The new campus is scheduled to open in 2023, celebrating the 125th anniversary of DMU.

Reporting directly to the university's president, the CHRO will elevate Des Moines University as a workplace-of-choice through its commitment to work/life balance and nurturing an inclusive climate. The CHRO will ensure sophisticated and effective policies and procedures in support of a nimble workforce with an expanding "virtual office" construct. The CHRO will lead a human resources team prepared to deliver impactful and proactive services, and consultation to its constituency. The CHRO will serve as a collaborative, innovative and trusted partner across all facets of the university and broader Des Moines community.

Founded in 1898, Des Moines University is a premier medical and health sciences institution comprising three colleges offering eight graduate degrees. It is the second oldest osteopathic medical school and 15th largest medical school in the United States. Des Moines University creates opportunity by building on its long legacy of providing an outstanding education to the nation’s health care professionals and excellent patient care in the DMU Clinic. The university has roughly 350 employees, approximately one-third in each category - faculty, non-exempt and exempt staff.

The CHRO will have unquestionable integrity and a deep commitment to servant leadership. The CHRO will be a strong steward of the university, its resources and human capital, as well as empathic, patient and understanding. The next leader will be objective and comfortable in ambiguous environments. Of great importance, the CHRO will drive conversations and strategies related to emerging trends and challenges in the work place to ensure that Des Moines University holds its place as a 2019 Chronicle for Higher Education "Great college to work for" awardee.

DMU's CHRO will bring at least 10 years of human resources experience at an organization of similar or greater complexity, preferably in higher education. The CHRO will demonstrate knowledge of best practices and experience in organizational development, employee/labor relations, total rewards and talent acquisition. The CHRO will design and deliver products and resources that support the university in its efforts today and aspirations for the future. A bachelor's degree is required; advanced degree or senior human resources credentialing strong preferred.

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Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited and should be directed to WittKieffer consultants, Melissa Fincher and Sarah Miller, at For formal consideration, applicants should submit a resume and cover letter in response to the Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership section described within the leadership profile. Recruitment will continue until the position is filled.

Des Moines University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information and other characteristics protected by law (“protected class”).

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