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Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
  • Position Number: 5036321
  • Location: Yakima, WA
  • Position Type: Human Resources

Chief Human Resources Officer
Yakima, WA

Recruitment Period: 02/15/2024 - Until Filled
Status: Full Time
Salary Information: Annual Minimum Salary-$166,400-Annual Maximum Salary-$195,800
Hiring Range: $80.00-$94.13
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) was founded as a 501(c) (3) non-profit medical institution in 2005 aimed at increasing access to health care in medically underserved areas of the Pacific Northwest.

The University currently offers the degrees of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Arts in Medical Science, and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy enrolling over 550 students annually with plans to develop other programs and/or colleges. Interprofessional education partnerships with other universities adds another 100 students to the population. The campus includes 300 employees with academic programming spread over a five state region.

PNWU is located in Yakima, WA, a city of approximately 95,000 located in the south central part of the state near the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in a major agricultural and outdoor recreation region. It is approximately 140 miles from Seattle, 170 miles from Portland, and 200 miles from Spokane. The Yakima Valley is a wonderful place to live, work and play. For more information, visit

General Summary:
The Chief Human Resources Officer serves as a senior advisor to the President, as well as an advisor to the executive team on all human capital related matters. Helps to ensure that the University has the talent, processes/systems, and commitment necessary to grow and meet its mission.

Essential Job Functions:
Provides leadership and counsel to the executive team on talent/workforce planning, change management, and other initiatives that support the growth and development of the University in existing and new programs.
Maintains a high-performance, highly engaged culture that is reinforced by HR practices and programs aligned to the University's mission.
Leads the University in compensation and benefits strategy and programs, including those at the executive level, that will encourage desired behaviors aligned with the University's strategy.
Develops and implements innovative programs to identify, assess, recruit, develop, onboard and retain key talent at all levels.
Stays current on evolving regulatory influences that impact management, policies, processes and practices. Ensures the University is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Leads an effective HR team that is able to scale with strategic growth plans vital to the University's success.
Performs other related duties as assigned and based on departmental need.

Required: Bachelor's Degree

Required: More than 9 years

Desired Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Skill in effective communication (both written and oral); skill in independent decision making; skill in problem solving; skill in public speaking; knowledge of administrative procedures and practices; knowledge of advising and counseling practices; knowledge of business management and fiscal practices; knowledge of human resources principles and practices; knowledge of project management principles, processes, and techniques; and ability to maintain professional composure in emergent and crisis situations.

To ensure full consideration submit:
A letter of introduction outlining background and qualifications for the position
Detailed curriculum vitae
Contact information for three professional references

The job announcement above is not the full job description, but represents the job responsibilities and requirements. A full job description can be provided upon request.

PNWU offers a comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees first of the month following date of hire and competitive salary.

For information about life in Yakima visit our PNWU page.

PNWU is a drug-free workplace, equal opportunity employer and educational institution. To request this publication in an alternative format, or to apply in an alternative format, please call Human Resources, 509.452.5100.

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