Associate Vice President of Human Resources (#19-040)


Bastyr University is seeking to hire a highly-organized, self-starter and progressive HR leader to drive our people strategy, and join our dynamic team as our Associate Vice President of Human Resources (AVPHR). Bastyr University employs 320 full-time staff and faculty along with 400+ adjunct, casual, and student workers at four locations in the Seattle, Washington area and San Diego, California. This position is primarily based on our Kenmore, WA main campus.

What You Will Do:

The AVPHR serves as the most senior human resources office role at Bastyr University and is member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), reporting directly to the University President. The AVPHR is responsible for leading a HR team of four HR professionals.

The AVPHR must have a comprehensive HR knowledge and experience in all HR functional areas and is responsible for delivering an aligned HR strategy, designing and implementing effective end-to-end HR solutions, and ensuring HR operational excellence. The AVPHR works collaboratively with the executive leaders to attract, hire, align, engage, develop, and reward a diverse and inclusive body of employees to meet its current and future needs. The AVPHR also partners with the executive leaders to ensure Bastyr University has an equitable workplace and campus climate, enabling their employees to contribute to their full potential.

The AVPHR is responsible for delivering progressive HR programs, policies, and processes for all HR functional areas: talent acquisition, onboarding, talent management, workforce planning, compensation, recognition, performance management, health (partially self-funded medical), wellness & retirement (403b), employee engagement, WA and CA employment law, Affirmative Action & other government related compliance requirements, employee relations, career development, learning & development, payroll, personnel records, and HR budgeting. In addition, the AVPHR serves as Title IX Coordinator for the University.


Minimum Requirements:

10-15 years of demonstrated, progressively increasing HR experience that includes 5+ years of HR management experience with direct reports.

Experience creating  and implementing progressive HR strategies that provided optimal employee and organizational results.

Designed and drove HR programs that supported a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Experience creating and managing effective workforce planning, recruiting, onboarding, employee career development, and retention programs.

Experienced organizational development leader recommending and implementing effective organizational designs and managing the change management process.

Expertise in developing employee policies, programs, and processes and leveraging HR intranet and other employee communication technologies.

Experience designing and implementing performance management systems, engagement surveys, and feedback tools.

Experience developing, securing, and delivering employee and management training programs.

Experience creating and managing compensation programs to include job architecture/structure, job levels, job classification, market analysis/benchmarking, employee job matching/mapping, and career paths.

Expertise in managing health (medical, dental, and vision - partially self-funded & fully funded), wellness, and retirement benefits programs.

Expertise with complying with California and Washington employment laws, EEOC, Affirmative Action Plans, and related government regulations.

Experience effectively managing employee relations, disciplinary issues, employee grievance resolution, and the termination process.

Experience developing and managing a HR budget.

Excellent oral and written skills as well as experience with Windows Office.

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Human Resources Management or related field or equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience is required.

Preferred Requirements:

Previous Human Resources experience in higher education, health organization, or other non-profit is desirable.

Knowledge of the employment relationship in higher education as it pertains to faculty is desirable.Experience managing payroll.

Master’s degree and/or specialized training desirable.

PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP desirable.

Cover Letter:

Your cover letter should be a maximum of four pages addressing the following:

1.            Why you are interested in this position at Bastyr University specifically?

2.            Your experience as it relates to the full position description posted on

3.            Describe your experience analyzing and making recommendations for institution-wide employment decisions/initiatives.

4.            Describe your approach for ensuring institution-wide compliance with applicable employment regulations and University policies.

5.            Describe your commitment to and knowledge of diversity and inclusion in relation to developing and supporting equity in HR functions, especially in employee relations and hiring practices.

Please refer to job #19-040 and job title when applying and send cover letter, resume and professional references to:

About Bastyr University

Since its inception in 1978, Bastyr University has been a pioneer in science-based natural medicine. Although the school started as a naturopathic medicine college, Bastyr University now offers more than 20 degree and certificate programs including Acupuncture, Exercise Science, Herbal Sciences, Human Biology, Midwifery, Nutrition, Psychology and Public Health. We invite you to explore Bastyr’s two beautiful campuses, rigorous science-based education, and incomparable community. We invite you to learn more at

Bastyr University believes that diversity is a crucial factor in achieving excellence and profoundly enriching the university experience. We are committed to maintaining a high-quality, diverse workforce representative of the populations that we serve. Our faculty and staff are committed to achieving our mission by educating students to be future leaders in the natural health arts and sciences. Bastyr University promotes a work environment that allows student, faculty, and staff to develop their interests and talents while experiencing a sense of community and a commitment to diversity.

Our Vision

As the world’s leading academic center for advancing and integrating knowledge in the natural health arts and sciences, Bastyr University will transform the health and well-being of the human community.

Our Mission

We educate future leaders in the natural health arts and sciences. Respecting the healing power of nature and recognizing that body, mind, and spirit are intrinsically inseparable, we model an integrated approach to education, research, and clinical service.

Core Themes

  1. Academic Achievement
  2. Research in the Natural Health Sciences
  3. Clinical Training and Community Health
  4. Interdisciplinary Integration

Our faculty and staff are committed to achieving our mission by educating students to be future leaders in the natural health arts and sciences. Bastyr University promotes a work environment that allows students, faculty and staff to develop their interests and talents while experiencing a sense of community and a commitment to diversity.

Bastyr University is an equal opportunity institution. We do not discriminate in matters of employment or participation in programs, services or benefits on the basis of gender, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, individuals with disabilities, genetic information, or veteran status. Our programs, services and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the university in advance if you require special accommodation due to a disability.

Special Note: All applicants must prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a position offer. Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. Any applicants requiring special assistance during the application process should contact the Human Resources department by phone (425) 602-3087 or fax (425) 602-3058 or email

Job Title: 
Associate Vice President of Human Resources (#19-040)