Vice President for Human and Organizational Development, Innovation and Planning

Ithaca College is pleased to welcome applications and nominations for the position of vice president for human and organizational development, innovation and planning. Ithaca College seeks an accomplished and visionary leader to serve in the critically important role. The vice president reports directly to college president Dr. Shirley Collado, providing leadership and fostering strategic collaborations that drive organizational effectiveness, innovation and long-range planning in support of the college’s vision, mission and values.

Ithaca College strives to be a leading model for residential comprehensive colleges, fostering intellect, creativity and character in an active, student-centered learning community. Ithaca College stands apart nationally as one residential college that includes five schools – the School of Business, Roy H. Park School of Communications, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, School of Humanities and Sciences and School of Music – that collectively offer more than 100 bachelors, master's and doctoral degree programs. With approximately 1,463 full-time equivalent employees, the college ensures the success of students both in and outside the classroom. Faculty and staff at the college take great pride in supporting the learning environment for students.

The vice president will develop an innovative, collaborative human and organizational development division focused on best practices in contemporary human resources and serve as a strategic partner to Ithaca's senior academic and administrative leadership. Overseeing a full suite of human resources initiatives and services including organizational development and workforce strategy, engagement and talent management, employee and labor relations, and payroll and student employment services, the new leader will balance a commitment to running an effective, efficient human resources operation with inspiring a strategic, consultative and resourceful human and organizational development enterprise. In collaboration with the president, provost and senior leadership team, the vice president will lead the college through the implementation of an innovative and transformative strategic plan in partnership and collaboration with the campus community and key stakeholders, capitalizing on the collective expertise of faculty, staff and trustees. This unique portfolio of responsibilities ensures that the vice president will be focused on creating a robust environment of talented students, faculty and staff who are advancing the mission of Ithaca College.

The ideal candidate will possess progressive executive leadership experience including evidence of administrative success in higher education or an industry of similar complexity; knowledge of contemporary human capital management practices; experience and skill in organizational and behavioral development and strategic planning; a record of enhancing equity and inclusion; and an entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving. A bachelor's degree is required and candidates with an earned advanced or terminal degree will have a decided advantage. The new vice president will start no later than July 2019.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Candidates should provide a resume or curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and themes described in the leadership profile on Materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the college’s consultants Robin Mamlet, Werner Boel and Melissa Fincher at

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