Vice President, Human Resources

Glassboro, New Jersey
Jun 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Rowan University is a public comprehensive state-designated research institution with approximately 17,300 students. Its main campus is located in Glassboro, N.J., 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia, with additional campuses in Camden and Stratford. The University comprises seven colleges and five schools: the William G. Rohrer College of Business; the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering; the Colleges of Communication and Creative Arts, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Performing Arts, and Science and Mathematics; the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University; the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine; the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; the School of Health Professions; and the School of Earth and Environment. Rowan is one of two public universities in the country to offer M.D. and D.O. medical degree programs. The institution is also home to the South Jersey Technology Park, which fosters the translation of applied research into commercial products and processes. Rowan has been recognized as one of the top 100 public universities in the nation and is ranked third among public institutions in the North by U.S. News & World Report.

The Opportunity

The Vice President of Human Resources (VP) position is the University's Chief Human Resources professional and reports to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer (SVP) and serves on the Administrative Cabinet of the President. This position is responsible for oversight of the delivery of human resources services and programs to the University community, including leadership of human resources policies and procedures, compliance, labor relations, employee benefits, recruitment and selection, EEO and diversity, compensation and classification, performance management, training and professional development, HR systems, and record keeping. The VP is responsible for providing effective employment-related services to a large and diverse workforce with multiple locations.

The new VP is a key member of the University’s leadership team and will champion a strategic and broad mandate for human resources. The VP is responsible for providing strategic direction and transformational leadership for the provision of effective human resource practices and policies. Working closely with senior administrators and executives, the VP will provide strong change management leadership and direction, while proactively building and fostering positive and collaborative relations with all levels of management and staff within the university as well as with key stakeholders including government, other institutions and the broader community.

The VP will oversee the University’s negotiation of any locally-negotiated labor contracts, is the primary representative of the University in developing and maintaining productive relationships with the leadership of the various bargaining units that represent University employees, and plays an important role in regard to related statewide negotiations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Development and execution of general human resources strategies and plans; engaging in visionary and strategic exploration of new HR strategies and practices, staying current with changing HR systems and technologies, and keeping informed through publications and involvement in professional organizations
  • Providing strategic and tactical guidance, advice, and support to the SVP including recommendations regarding critical matters pertaining to the delivery of Human Resources services; consultation with senior administrators to troubleshoot and resolve issues and problems; consultation with departmental leadership on complex or sensitive personnel matters; identifying issues and options to support executive decision making Managing the daily operations and activities of the department; delivery of all human resources services to all Rowan University campuses and locations; general leadership, supervision and direction of HR organizational units, to include the full range of operational, service, and project related activities carried out by the department in support of the University's mission; monitoring and evaluating the efficiency of service delivery methods
  • Ensuring University compliance with established employment laws and regulations; maintaining current knowledge of laws, codes, regulations, and pending legislature related to human resources activities and modifying policies, programs, functions, and procedures to assure compliance with local, state, and federal requirements; developing and implementing appropriate policies and guidelines required to ensure equity and compliance with statutory obligations; establishing and implementing internal controls and auditing procedures for human resources
  • Directly managing or assisting the SVP in the management of special projects and initiatives that impact HR service delivery, including defining project scope, detailing specific project plans and schedules, investigating potential approaches or methods to achieve defined outcomes, and leading or facilitating project teams or working groups to maximize organizational effectiveness, collaboration and efficiency; assistance in planning the allocation of resources; preparing and providing reports to executive management as requested related to a variety of human resources related data
  • Serving as a lead advisor of the documentation and activities related to employee discipline, counseling, and other corrective action; conducting investigations as required; providing leadership in developing consistent employee relations standards and solutions for all employees; serving as a lead advisor on employment related issues, policies and college compliance requirements; overseeing processes related to mediation, arbitration, and employment related claims or litigation
  • Ensuring that Human Resources is providing appropriately supportive service to the University community; building strong relationships with senior leaders, faculty and administrators to develop and implement HR programs, policies, and procedures to ensure that HR service objectives in support of the University's mission are consistently supported and achieved, to include workforce planning and development strategies; serving as an active participant in HR planning and strategy discussions and design of service delivery approaches
  • Oversee any locally-negotiated labor contracts, developing and maintaining productive relationships with the leadership of the various University bargaining units, representing the University with respect to statewide negotiations, and working with University leadership on labor-management issues as they arise.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Human resources Management, Labor Relations, Organizational Development or a related field.
  • Ten (10) years of progressive leadership experience in Human Resources and Labor Relations.
  • Higher education and/or public sector experience in a large unionized environment and have a deep understanding HR enables an organization to fully engage its people.
  • Demonstrated experience leading human resource related functions in a complex environment with knowledge of current trends and emergent practices.
  • Capability to guide campus administration on anticipated and current personnel needs, and to address issues due to programmatic or organizational changes, turnover or reassignment of duties.
  • Ability to bring research and insights on industry best practices and provide recommendations to the University.

Preferred Qualifications

  • J.D. or terminal degree in human resources management, public administration, or related field.
  • Interpersonal and problem-solving skills with a proven track record of developing and maintaining effective working relationships with a wide range of employee constituents.
  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing, respecting, and enhancing employee diversity.
  • Experience in a senior management and leadership position in human resources for three or more years in a higher education environment
  • Knowledge and experience in the effective use of HR information systems.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Review of applications will being on July 10, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

Rowan University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.