Vice President for Human Resources

Boston, Massachusetts
Mar 05, 2021
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Boston University

Vice President for Human Resources

Boston University seeks an accomplished and ambitious leader to serve in the critically important role of Vice President for Human Resources. Appointed by the President and reporting directly to the Senior Vice President for Operations of the University, this executive will have university-wide accountability for providing comprehensive human resources services, expertise, and policies and applying best practices. The Vice President for Human Resources coordinates and directs strategic and operational decision making in the planning, development and implementation of meaningful and measurable human resource programs and services that foster productive collaborations and partnerships and drive organizational effectiveness in support of the university’s mission and goals.

Boston University, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston, programs around the globe, and a rich tradition dedicated to inclusion and social justice. Chartered in 1869, the University today enrolls more than 33,000 students, including over 16,000 undergraduates, and employs nearly 4,000 faculty and 6,500 staff across 17 schools, colleges, and a wide variety of administrative departments. The University’s Fiscal 2021 operating budget is $2.8 billion.

Boston University is committed to fostering a diverse university community within a supportive and respectful environment. We believe that the diversity of our faculty, students, and staff is essential to our success as a leading research university with a global reach, and that diversity is an integral component of institutional excellence.

Qualified candidates will have a progressive track record of successfully leading and developing effective HR organizations, a passion for supporting complex, dynamic, and diverse workforces, and a commitment to our institutional values regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. They will have the ability to build and sustain a collaborative culture through proactive relationship building and analytical skills, are forward thinking about building organizational and workforce management strategies and have a record of effectively integrating inclusive and equitable policies, practices, and systems into all HR policies and communications. The next Vice President for Human Resources will have a confident and caring presence, demonstrable cultivate relationships with all members of the university community, and the sophistication to engage at the most senior leadership levels of the university. 

Qualified candidates will have experience with union and labor relations, savvy organizational communication skills and the ability to inspire, convene, and motivate teams. Ideal but not required experiences and credentials will include working in a similarly complex university or other industry environment, and an advanced degree in business, human resources, or a related field of study.


Managing Director, Beth Schaefer, and Consultant, Josyanne Roche, of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in or recommendations for this role please submit materials here:

All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition or because of marital, parental, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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