Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 11, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Rochester invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (VPCHRO).

Founded in 1850 and governed by the Board of Trustees, the University of Rochester is an R1 doctoral institution comprised of seven schools and is a proud member of the Association of American Universities. Supported by $2.7 billion in endowment and investments, the University enrolls over 11,700 students and employs over 2,000 full- and part-time faculty. With approximately $350 million in annual research expenditures, scholarship and innovation are embedded in the culture of the University and span myriad disciplines. The institution’s consolidated annual budget of $5 billion includes an expanding, integrated academic medical center focused on professional education, biomedical research, and clinical care. Hospital and patient care activities represent over 75% of total revenues. Including its academic campuses, medical center, and affiliates, the University has over 32,000 employees, making it the largest employer in the Rochester region and the fifth largest private sector employer in New York State.

Located in Rochester, NY, residents enjoy world-class cultural and entertainment offerings in the city, natural beauty and abundant outdoor activities in the Finger Lakes region of the state, and a thriving innovation economy. The University’s largest campus is the River Campus, overlooking the Genesee River and home to four of the seven schools: the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, School of Arts & Sciences, Warner School of Education, and Simon Business School. The University of Rochester Medical Center, adjacent to the River Campus, houses the School of Medicine & Dentistry, School of Nursing, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, Golisano Children’s Hospital, and Strong Memorial Hospital. The University’s Eastman School of Music is widely considered one of the nation’s premier programs for music education. Located in downtown Rochester, the Eastman School of Music has its own campus designed for the instruction, research, practice, and performance of music. The Memorial Art Gallery—also in downtown Rochester and owned and operated by the University—houses a permanent collection of paintings by American and European masters, as well as sculpture and decorative arts, and offers a variety of classes for adults and children in the community.

Newly reporting directly to the President, the University’s Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer will be responsible for developing a progressive, innovative, efficient, and collaborative HR organization that supports a culture of engagement, making Rochester an employer of choice where everyone can maximize their potential and where their discoveries contribute to the spirit of Meliora, the institution’s motto of “ever better.” The Office of Human Resources at Rochester supports the University in its mission by developing programs and policies that recognize the diversity of a dynamic university community; enhance organizational effectiveness; and ensure quality recruitment, retention, training, and development of employees. The VPCHRO will have a strategic focus on HR effectiveness, HR systems optimization, talent acquisition and onboarding, learning and development, the University’s Total Rewards program, and regional HR (comprised of the Medical Center’s network of affiliates). The VPCHRO will also be responsible for directing the University’s overall strategic and operational human resources functions; providing guidance and leadership in planning, developing, and implementing innovative and collaborative human resource programs and services to further the University’s mission; and overseeing talent acquisition and development, employee relations, policy, job classification, compensation, and benefits.

Grounded in the University’s shared values of Meliora—equity, leadership, integrity, openness, respect, and accountability—the VPCHRO will be a strategic and critically important partner to the Vice President of Equity and Inclusion in driving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives directed toward the enhancement of the human dignity of all members of the University community. The VPCHRO must also be able to articulate and respond to values-based strategies and ideas for advancing DEI at Rochester. In addition, the VPCHRO will bring a proven track record of effective and progressively responsible senior leadership in human resources in highly complex organizations. Experience in healthcare, especially in an academic setting, would be favored. Experience in the university setting is also highly valued. The successful candidate will embrace and model the highest ethics, integrity, and a culture of compliance, and demonstrate a commitment to creating a work environment of empowerment, self-direction, and continuous learning. The VPCHRO will also have demonstrated experience advising leadership and executives, as well as providing metrics and insights to inform key decision-making. The VPCHRO will lead by example in modeling trust, open communication, compassion, enthusiasm, and encouragement across all constituencies of the University community.

Ten years of experience in a combination of human resources administration, labor relations, and human resources leadership is required. A master’s degree in human resources and a minimum of five years of experience in a major hospital, university medical center, or research university is preferred.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Shelly Weiss Storbeck, Managing Partner, Storbeck Search
Amy Sugin, Managing Director, Koya Partners
Carly Rose DiGiovanni, Senior Associate

For more information, please visit the University of Rochester’s home page at

The University of Rochester values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for persons regardless of age, color, disability, domestic violence status, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law. Further, the University complies with all applicable non-discrimination laws in the administration of its policies, admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities.

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