Assistant Vice President for Human Resources

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Assistant Vice President for Human Resources

The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee (University), seeks a collaborative, strategic, and proactive leader to serve as the next Assistant Vice President for Human Resources (AVPHR). This is an outstanding opportunity for an accomplished Human Resources professional to lead a dedicated team and serve the Sewanee community as a member of the Vice Chancellor's Cabinet.

Sewanee comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and living and serving in the community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville.

Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Operations, the AVPHR is responsible for critical functions such as Human Resources strategy, university policies and procedures, employee relations, labor relations, talent acquisition and onboarding, HRIS, compensation, benefits, and payroll. In addition, the AVPHR will frequently be called upon to provide counsel and guidance to members of the Cabinet and administrative leaders. The AVPHR will be highly visible, accessible, and engaged with the campus community. They will also manage a Human Resources team that is committed to providing quality programming and services to a workforce that is the foundation of the Sewanee experience. To that end, each member of the team is committed to engaging with the University community in an equitable, inclusive, and respectful manner. The AVPHR will ensure that the team continues to partner with faculty and staff to provide proactive consultation and guidance, payroll support, and resources that help recruit, onboard, develop, support, and retain a diverse and highly skilled workforce.

Please download the position profile on the Academic Search website for more information about the University, qualifications, and application materials/process. Nominations and applications should be sent to [email protected]. To ensure full consideration by the Search Committee, applications should be received by Thursday, June 23, 2022. Nominators and prospective candidates may arrange a confidential discussion about this opportunity with Senior Consultant Dianne Kenney (Bookings link). When submitting a nomination, please include the nominee's full name, position, institution, and email address.

As a condition of employment, all new employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to an approved medical or religious exemption.

Sewanee: The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

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Working at Sewanee: The University of the South

Known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. It is not unusual for students and faculty members to work shoulder to shoulder on research projects and journal articles, to meet for coffee at a local eatery, or to serve together as members of the university orchestra, volunteer fire department, and other civic groups.

The result of such individualized education is clear in the academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The university has had 26 Rhodes Scholars—a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges—as well as 27 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 43 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools that far outpaces its peers. The School of Theology has added to its alumni ranks countless bishops, including three of the last four presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church.

Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. More than 40 percent of students participate in study-abroad programs, and a comprehensive endowed program that provides financial support for summer internships has greatly strengthened career development for undergraduates. See more about Sewanee in the "Sewanee Snapshot" here.

In an era of specialization, Sewanee upholds the broad-based ideals of liberal education as a surer means to success. At the University of the South, the adherence to outstanding liberal arts education and enduring traditions of honor, community, and respect have transformed many generations of students, and have earned the abiding loyalty and support of alumni who are enjoying lives of integrity, leadership, and service.

The University is located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s physical environment, which includes the 13,000–acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding area is known), provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, and an unparalleled place in which to study and reflect. It invites students to engage in both a multitude of outdoor activities and careful study of the natural environment.

As the University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2007–2008, it looked back on a rich history and forward to new opportunities for the next generations. “The essence of Sewanee is consistent from generation to generation,” said Vice Chancellor emeritus Joel Cunningham. “We are a university dedicated to liberal education, to time-honored traditions, and to our commitment to serve our students and this nation. We have been successful in advancing our mission, and I believe we have the resources and the will to ensure that Sewanee’s best years are still to come.”

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