Vice President for Human Resources

University Park, Illinois
Jun 25, 2020
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Governors State University, in the south suburbs of Chicago, is seeking an accomplished and visionary leader to serve as Vice President for Human Resources. The VP will lead strategic collaborations that drive human resource effectiveness in support of the university’s mission and vision. 

Governors State University was founded as an upper-division institution 50 years ago and in the past ten years has converted to a full-fledged university that provides transformative undergraduate and graduate education to both traditional and adult learners. Governors State’s mission and service territory are compelling. Serving a local and regional population that spans from Chicago’s South Side, to its south suburbs, to rural communities far beyond the city, GSU has throughout its history played a seminal role in improving the lives of its students. The University employs 882 full and part time faculty and staff, most of whom are members of one of the six collective bargaining units present at GSU.

The Vice President serves on the President's Cabinet and reports directly to newly appointed President Cheryl Green, Ph.D. The VP is responsible for all human resource operations including benefits administration, labor and employee relations, compensation, wage and salary programs, recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce and all human resource-related compliance mandates. The VP has oversight of the strategic vision of the University in matters related to human resources and serves as the Designated Employer Representative to the Illinois Merit Board.  The Vice President oversees compliance with all State University Civil Service System rules and regulations.

As the principal steward for the University’s human capital, the Vice President provides strategic leadership and service to position Governors State University as an employer of choice and to establish and promote a human resources vision and strategy that attracts, develops and supports the talent to advance the University’s mission.  The successful candidate will possess broad human resource knowledge and expertise in strategic, collaborative and consultative services to other organizational leadership, a commitment to best practices in compliance issues, and significant technical expertise in key areas of human resources.  

This is an outstanding opportunity to join the leadership team of an institution with a significant role in the local community. The university seeks an innovative, ambitious professional who is connected and engaged with all staff, while focused on best practices in human resources administration. A master’s degree in human resource management, labor relations, business administration or related field and a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in human resources are required qualifications. Candidates with experience in human resources in a complex system within public higher education are preferred. 

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For formal consideration, applicants should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile, which can be found at, to [email protected]. WittKieffer is assisting Governors State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by July 17, 2020.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Sheila Murphy and Jeff Compher
 [email protected]

Governors State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer who complies with applicable federal and states and GSU policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment. GSU prohibits discrimination or harassment which violates the law or which constitutes inappropriate or unprofessional limitation of employment opportunity or participation in University activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, protected disability, veteran status, or marital status.