"Norm has proven to be a valuable asset to our hockey operations over the past five years, so we are excited to be able to elevate him to this role," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. "He has an excellent handle on the players within our organization, from recent draft picks to veterans, and a great eye for talent evaluating.
"Promoting within our organization is something we take great pride in and we are very confident in what he will contribute on a daily basis as we strive to hire the best possible candidate at every position."
Maciver just completed his fifth season with the Blackhawks, his first as director of player personnel after previously serving as the club's director of player development. He replaces Marc Bergevin, who left to become the general manager of the Montreal Canadiens.
Maciver is a veteran of 500 regular-season games as an NHL defenseman.