Chief Human Resources Officer
Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Job Summary

Occupation Human Resources
Specialty Human Resources Assistant
Location 08540, Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Visa Sponsorship No

Job Description

Last Update: 1/11/24

This position is has been retained by an executive search firm.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements in MS Word or pdf format to:

We are searching for a strategic Human Resources leader who is energized to develop a transformative HR function at PPPL. The Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) is a professional who is passionate about driving HR strategy and fostering a culture to enable all employees to do meaningful, impactful work at the highest possible level in support of the PPPL mission and embracing and influencing equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels.

The CHRO position provides leadership and guidance on all aspects of human resources for this growing laboratory, while interfacing with key stakeholders including the Department of Energy (DOE) and Princeton UniversityÆs centralized Office of Human Resource (OHR) and other key leaders. This position reports into the Department Head within the Business Operations Department (PPPLÆs CFO) and advises the executive management team.

As a valued member of the PPPL leadership team, the CHRO partners with leadership and senior managers to drive Lab-wide operational and resource planning for optimizing organizational effectiveness and performance. To be successful, the CHRO must be able to drive culture and behavior change, collaborate and influence a diverse group of clients, fully understand the business needs, drivers, strategies, goals, and expectations of units in PPPL and adeptly work with partners to deliver on goals and outcomes. This position coordinates closely with the DOE representatives, managing expectations and communicating information to DOE and PPPL stakeholders with a goal of building a highly efficient and effective workforce.

The CHRO is expected to demonstrate progressive management values and standards, supporting the development of, and providing a sense of shared direction and purpose for the human resources staff. This role requires relevant expertise in developing policies and procedures, guiding performance management and employee development, and leading a growing HR team of about 20 staff members with at least 8-10 direct reports, to deliver comprehensive HR services in alignment with the strategies and mission of PPPL.

This position is a key central resource for collaborating with campus partners to build integration across traditional HR functions in support of PPPL mission while making an impact on the entire employee experience. This role connects employment brand; a mindset and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; resource planning; competency building; talent sourcing and acquisition; on-boarding; performance management; professional and leadership development; rewards and recognition; succession planning and providing coaching and guidance in change management.

A proud U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory managed by Princeton University, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a longstanding leader in the science and innovation behind the development of fusion energy ù a clean, safe, and virtually limitless energy source. With an eye on the future and in response to national priorities, PPPL also has begun a strategic shift from a singular focus on fusion energy to a multi-focus approach that includes microelectronics, quantum information science, and sustainability science. Whether it be through science, engineering, technology or professional services, every team member has an opportunity to make their mark on our world. PPPL aims to attract and support people with a rich variety of backgrounds, interests, experiences, and cultural viewpoints. We are committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility and believe that each member of our team contributes to our scientific mission in their own unique way. Come join us!

Core Duties:

This position will establish and implement tools to assess and plan around performance and potential, drive process for understanding the employee experience, provide support for organizational design, implementing the framework for the full talent lifecycle, and designing/communicating a change management model, all for use across main campus and PPPL.

Education and Experience

The successful CHRO candidate will bring the following:


The successful candidate must hold a bachelor's degree in Human Resources or other related business degree from an accredited institution.
Fifteen or more years of progressive management experience with at least a minimum of five years managing five to 10 direct reports.
Fifteen or more years of advanced knowledge of Human Resources concepts, practices, and procedures across the employee life cycle including significant work in:

employee relations
organizational development
internal consulting
learning and development

Strong and effective senior level leadership and management acumen, including proven ability to engage and develop staff, foster teamwork, diversity and inclusion, innovation, risk taking, continuous learning, and a respectful workplace.
Demonstrated experience and passion for integrating human resources strategies with an organizationÆs core objectives.
Strong track record as a strategic partner for leadership.
A high degree of personal integrity, ethics, and emotional intelligence.
Ability to travel locally and at times domestically.
Computer proficiency required with ability to navigate Google and MS Office Suite products.


An advanced degree.
Professional HR certifications are strongly preferred (such as SPHR or SHRM-CP or other related Human Resources related certifications).
Experience providing leading HR services in an academic, research and development, scientific or government agency setting a plus.
National Lab HR leadership experience preferred but is not mandatory.
Must be able to stay abreast of HR challenges and best practices in the National Lab network.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Demonstrated ability to build relationships and develop management skills gained in complex, matrix, and collaborative environments.
Ability to influence across lines of authority and quickly develop respect and credibility.
Ability to show sound reasoning, judgment, objectivity, and ability to deal with ambiguity.
Results and metrics orientation; attentive to details.
Ability to show outstanding writing, speaking, and presentation skills.
Superior judgement, conflict resolution, negotiating and creative thinking skills to solve complicated people and organizational issues.
Demonstrated ability to manage projects and facilitate such projects in an environment with multiple and competing priorities and deadlines.

Certificates and Licenses:

Professional certification in human resources, organization development, or talent development desirable such as SPHR, SHRM-CP, PMP, or other.

Physical Requirements:

Office environment.

Working Conditions:

The successful candidate will be expected/required to work onsite. The candidate may be able to develop a flexible-work schedule, with periodic telecommuting, as determined by the Head of the Business Operations Department.

This position is has been retained by an executive search firm.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements in MS Word or pdf format to:

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.
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