Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Delaware, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 11, 2021
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Employment Type
Full Time

University of Delaware

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

The University of Delaware seeks an experience and innovative leader to serve as the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.

A research-intensive, technologically advanced university with global impact, the University of Delaware traces its roots to the founding of a small private academy in 1743. The University received its charter from the State of Delaware in 1833 and was designated in 1867 as one of the nation’s historic Land Grant colleges. 

The University offers a broad range of degree programs (three associate programs, 150 bachelor’s programs, 140 master’s programs and 60 doctoral programs) through its nine colleges: Agriculture and Natural Resources; Arts and Sciences; Earth, Ocean and Environment; Education and Human Development; Engineering; Health Sciences; Graduate College; Honors College; the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President, the Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer (VP-CHRO) provides strategic leadership on human resource matters to University of Delaware's administrators, faculty, and staff, acting at all times as the steward of employee resources in service to the university's mission. The VP-CHRO will lead an HR organization that includes Benefits & Compensation, Talent Solutions & Recruitment, Payroll & Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS), Employee & Labor Relations and Human Resources Business Partners, with 7 direct reports and 59 full time indirect reports that deliver well- conceived and well-designed services to the university's employees.

The University's structure and its academic culture require the VP-CHRO to lead through a combination of influence, strong partnering, business acumen, and the demonstration of exceptional functional expertise. In this culture, he or she will require excellent communication skills, the ability to interact effectively with a wide range of constituents, and the demonstrated ability to negotiate and advocate in a manner that advances the mission of the university.

The VP-CHRO will lead a strategic, transparent, and customer-service-oriented HR function characterized by functional and operational excellence; translate broad strategies into specific structures, plans, and processes that support strategic priorities and implement them in a measured and focused manner that enhances organizational effectiveness; drive execution across all levels of the organization while measuring both group and individual performance against key operational, strategic, and financial results; work closely with the University of Delaware's administration to align human resources, financial, and operational systems for optimal efficiency.

The successful candidate will have at least 15-years of experience in human resources management, ideally in higher education, and a background in compensation, benefits, labor relations, HRIS, and employee relations. A bachelor’s degree is required.

Nominations and expressions of interest will be received until a list of candidates is put forward for final consideration. Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications and nominations should be submitted directly to Korn Ferry. Applicants should submit a resume and cover, addressing the responsibilities above, electronically to

Ken Kring, Co-Managing Director, and Victoria Antolini, Senior Associate

Global Education Practice, Korn Ferry, Philadelphia, PA

The University of Delaware is committed to assuring equal opportunity to all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, veteran or disability status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment practices as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes. The Career Center at the University of Delaware will work solely with employers that abide by the university’s equal opportunity standards.


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