Vice President for Human Resources

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Blacksburg, Virginia
Mar 12, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) seeks a dynamic and seasoned Vice President for Human Resources (VPHR) to join the institution’s senior leadership team. In recognition of the importance of this role and its leader, Virginia Tech’s President announced the strategic realignment of administrative operations of the university which upgraded the VPHR’s scope of authority and organizational positioning.

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia (Commonwealth), the nation and the world. Located in Blacksburg, Virginia, the university is on a path designed to magnify its national and international presence. With more than 34,000 students, Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaged approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers approximately 280 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and manages a research portfolio of more than $521 million.

The new Vice President for Human Resources will play a pivotal role in fully implementing a comprehensive transformation of HR policies, practices, staff and technologies over the next several years. As the university adopts a comprehensive plan it has developed with stakeholder buy-in these past few years, it seeks a Vice President for Human Resources with a successful track record as a leader and a manager of institutional change. The new Vice President for Human Resources will lead the continuous institution-wide planning of the vision, goals and tactics necessary to further position the human resources organization as a value-added resource for the university.

The new Vice President for Human Resources will possess superior analytic and technological depth and eagerness to engage in meaningful interchange about human resources challenges with university leadership, faculty and others. The Vice President for Human Resources will present exceptional interpersonal communication skills, a deep commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion, a collaborative leadership style and a commitment to and record of exemplary personal and professional integrity. The new Vice President for Human Resources can rely on the enthusiastic support of Virginia Tech’s President and senior academic/administrative leaders - as well as a highly motivated and enthusiastic HR staff - in building a holistic and integrated human resources management function. Accomplishing an ambitious set of goals will require an equally ambitious and visionary human resources professional with considerable skill, experience and finesse.  Additional information about the position can be found at

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin on in early April and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by April 18, 2018. Candidates should provide a resume or curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the Virginia Tech’s consultants John Thornburgh and Charlene Aguilar at [email protected].

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.