Director of Human Resources Information Systems

University of Wisconsin Health Remote, Flexible
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UW Health, the integrated health system of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has retained Kirby Partners to conduct a nationwide executive search for candidates for their Director Human Resources Information Systems.

About UW Health:

UW Health is an integrated health system with a total of nine hospitals (six main hospitals, one joint operating agreement hospital,  and two hospitals within the main Illinois hospital), and four medical centers in Wisconsin and Illinois. UW Health is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin–Madison.  

UW Health partners with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to advance patient care, research, education, and community service to patients from across the U.S. and around the world. 

UW Health is nationally recognized by Newsweek and Statista as one of the world’s best specialized hospitals and was named the #1 hospital in Wisconsin for the 12th year in a row by U.S. News & World Report. 


Kirby Partners retained for Director, Digital Health Technologies search at University of Wisconsin Health.

Facts and Figures

Logo 90+ primary/specialty outpatient locations
Logo 1,514 licensed beds
Logo 24,000+ employees
Logo 1,800+ physicians
Logo 800,000 patients
Logo 70,000+ inpatient admissions
Logo 83,500+ surgeries
Logo 210,000+ ED visits
Logo 3.7M+ outpatient visits
Logo 265,000+ virtual visits
Logo $5.1B total system revenue
Logo $387M total community benefit

Figures based on FY 2023.

Position Overview

The Director of Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) is a newly expanded position for UW Health.  Reporting to the VP of HR Operations, the Director will manage a team of 11 with 3 direct reports.

The Director will play a strategic leadership role in shaping the HR technology ecosystem and will have the opportunity to lead transformative HR technology initiatives, including:

  • Oracle Cloud implementation and optimization across UW Health’s Wisconsin and Northern Illinois locations
  • Expansion of the ServiceNow platform within Human Resources
  • Exploring AI and generative AI for HR processes
  • Ensuring compliance and evolution of HRIS systems as technologies change

The Director will work closely with the Director of IS Solution Delivery to drive strategic value for the business.

The position is remote with the expectation to be onsite once a quarter.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Create a culture of innovation, value, efficiency, and collaboration internally and externally to empower and motivate a team of technology professionals.
  • Develop and implement an industry leading HR Technology strategy and roadmap.
  • Oversee day-to-day operations of the Oracle HR Platform and other HR Systems and integrations to support HR program deliverables and create the digital roadmap and governance structure for future configurations, products, and upgrades.
  • Partner with the data analytics team in developing and maintaining HR analytics that will improve decision making relating to organizational health.
  • Lead and facilitate complex large scale, cross-functional projects involving systems and/or business processes to obtain business goals and operational objectives.
  • Evaluate the impact of and opportunities for Artificial Intelligence and Generative AI for the HR function.
  • Manage relationships with technology vendors and service providers.



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Seven years of progressive experience in the management of human resources, HRIS, or information systems
  • Experience providing leadership and managing an HRIS solution (such as Oracle, Workday, or PeopleSoft) for a large, complex organization
  • Leadership experience building and managing a high-functioning team


  • Master’s degree
  • Oracle HCM experience (strongly preferred)
  • Healthcare experience in an organization that includes HRIS services
  • Experience working in a remote environment

Successful leaders in this role will have excellent communication and negotiation skills, along with strong project management and vendor management abilities.  They also need to be innovative, collaborative, and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

Procedure for Candidacy

Final candidates should expect two interviews with Kirby Partners recruiters (including a video conference interview). You may be asked to complete our “Executive Profile” and submit references to be considered for presentation to the search committee.

Jaclyn Gates

Executive Recruiter