Vice President of Human Resources

Stevens Institute of Technology (Stevens), a private research university in Hoboken, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for its next Vice President for Human Resources (VPHR). Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Human Resources (VPHR) serves on the President's Cabinet and will play a key role in leading the continued evolution of Stevens' HR Division. Working collaboratively with leaders across the university, the VPHR will be charged with executing a shared vision for HR at Stevens that drives the attraction, retention, and development of a talented, diverse, and high-performance workforce. The VPHR will provide inspirational leadership to a talented team of 14 human resources professionals and continue to build a "best in class" operation that delivers well-designed and effective talent acquisition and development, employee relations, benefits, compensation, workforce analytics, and other HR programs and initiatives.

Founded in 1870 by a family of inventors, Stevens Institute of Technology is a student-centric research university, with technology at its core and the student experience always in mind. Stevens is home to 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 330 faculty, and 680 staff and strives to ensure that all members of its community feel welcome and included and have the opportunity to succeed. Stevens ranks in the top 15 for best 20-year return on investment (PayScale College ROI Report, 2021), and 97% of its 2021 graduates secured jobs or admission to prestigious graduate programs within six months of graduation. Stevens also boasts a 94% first-year retention rate. The University has a total annual operating budget of $339 million, an undergraduate financial budget of $107 million, a capital budget of $20 million, and an endowment of $270 million.

Stevens seeks in its next VPHR a leader who can quickly develop an understanding for the strategic opportunities within the Stevens community for impactful human capital programs, policies, and procedures and develop, sustain, and inspire a diverse and talented team to work together to realize these opportunities. The next VPHR will demonstrate a clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing universities like Stevens, will have a deep understanding of higher education and other industry and sector HR trends, and will have shown the ability to influence a diverse stakeholder population towards a shared understanding of HR practices. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to have, from ideation through execution and normalization, affected large-scale human capital change programs, and a history of generating creative solutions to vexing problems.

The successful candidate will possess many of the following competencies, experiences, and attributes deemed desirable by members of the Stevens community:

• A proven record of successful and progressively responsible leadership and management skills and a history of developing and implementing transformative HR programs, plans, policies, and procedures; Stevens has a strong preference for experience in an academic or nonprofit setting.
• Experience leading and successfully supporting organizational change in a comparably complex organization.
• Deep operational expertise in the key HR competencies, including talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, employee relations, labor relations, learning and development, compliance, and information systems; familiarity and experience with Workday Human Capital Management system is preferred.
• Well-honed people management skills; poised and capable of building consensus and gaining the trust of organizational leadership, faculty, and staff while influencing positive organizational outcomes.
• A demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with a track record of implementing new, data driven initiatives with successful outcomes.
• Excellent judgment with the ability to handle confidential and sensitive issues with diplomacy, discretion, and integrity.
• Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline is required and a graduate degree is preferred.

The full position profile can be found here:

Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Tom Phillips and Jennifer Rice of Koya Partners will lead the search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials here:

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