Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Equity, and Inclusion

St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) is a Catholic University that invites nominations and applications for an accomplished and visionary leader to serve as senior vice president of human resources, equity, and inclusion (SVP HREI). The SVP HREI serves as a strategic and active member of the University’s senior leadership team and reports directly to the president.                                                                     

St. Catherine University (formerly College of St. Catherine) became a university on June 1, 2009. The change reflected St. Kate’s transformation into the comprehensive institution it is today, with four schools (Nursing, Health Sciences, Business, and Humanities, Arts and Sciences) and three colleges (College for Women, College for Adults, and Graduate College), and a vision to move from a regional presence to national and international pre-eminence. In the thirty years leading up to the change, enrollment more than doubled, from just over 2,000 students at the baccalaureate level, to nearly 4,000 students in programs ranging from associate to doctoral, with 83 majors. The University is classified as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and has the Carnegie Classification of Doctoral/Professional University.

As a member of the senior leadership team, the SVP HREI will provide leadership in advancing faculty and staff success, develop policies and procedures, and design practices necessary to maintain a positive, supportive, and equitable working environment that attracts, develops, supports, and retains a high quality, high performing, and diverse workforce. This leader, in collaboration with the St. Catherine University community, will shape and lead the University's inclusive excellence strategy and outcomes, with the objective being finding, developing, and retaining the best talent that together creates a culture of inclusivity and transformation. This includes cultivating and implementing strategies related to talent management, talent pipeline and succession planning, manager/leader development, team effectiveness, and overall engagement.

The preferred candidate must have a master’s degree in human resources or business administration or related field; and eight years of senior level experience over a comprehensive human resources function; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.  At least five years of higher education experience in human resources (HR) with at least three years of experience leading equity and inclusion work is also required.

St. Paul is a major education, health care, government, financial, and industrial center. Highly diversified manufacturers include automobiles, chemicals, computer products and software, tools, machinery, and medical equipment. Insurance, high-technology industries, food processing, oil refining, and convention business are also important. The city is the corporate headquarters of 3M (Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company). The Twin Cities region is a rail and trucking center and includes a major international airport on the southwestern corner of St. Paul. The Skyway, a system of enclosed, climate-controlled pedestrian walkways located at the second-floor level, connects various points in the downtown area.

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, LLC. is assisting St. Catherine University in this search. To apply please submit a cover letter, CV, and list of five references to Greenwood/Asher & Associates. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Please direct confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials to:

Marion Frenche, Practice Leader, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion,

Search Manager & Senior Executive Search Consultant

Shelley Sullivan Feather, Senior Executive Search Consultant and

Practice Leader, Library and Information Science




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St. Catherine University is an equal opportunity employer. Our commitment to inclusion reflects the central value of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to “love of neighbor without distinction” and provides a learning and working environment that is enriched by the diversity of all our members. Individuals of religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, nation of origin, or disability groups that have traditionally had less representation in higher education are encouraged to apply.