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Vice President for Human Resources

Northwestern University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Aug 12, 2021

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Executive, Other Executive
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Northwestern University | Vice President for Human Resources
Evanston, Illinois


Northwestern University seeks a collaborative and proven leader to serve as Vice President for Human Resources (VPHR) and Chief Human Resources Officer. Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President (EVP), the VPHR has responsibility for the management and operation of Northwestern University’s Office of Human Resources and for providing overall strategic leadership for human resources at Northwestern. With a highly collaborative leadership team and an engaged and knowledgeable staff, the incoming VPHR will drive the implementation of HR strategies and initiatives that align with Northwestern’s mission and will position the institution as an employer of choice by instituting best practices from within the field of human resources and organizational development. 


The Vice President for Human Resources is responsible for comprehensive and strategic leadership in all aspects of the human resources function for the university. The incoming VPHR will join a senior leadership team as a collaborative partner providing solutions and guidance as the organization continues to enhance service orientation, progress technological innovation, and optimize levels of service across a diverse and decentralized constituency.


The VPHR will foster an environment within human resources of strategic thinking and planning, consulting with users and integrating human resources throughout the university to support and build on the highest qualities of the faculty and staff. Working with the EVP, the VPHR will assess all human resource functions and systems to maximize the efficiency of resource allocation.


Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will have extensive human resources leadership experience at an executive level with a track record of aligning organizational structure to optimal service objectives of the organization while leading a team to deliver on these goals. Prior experience as the lead human resources executive in a large and complex organization is strongly preferred. The next VPHR will lead by example in demonstrating trust, open communication, compassion, enthusiasm, and encouragement.  

In addition, the incoming VPHR will possess many of the following abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Experience with enterprise-wide administrative systems implementations and analyzing business processes;
  • Experience leading system-wide and expansive talent recruitment and retention initiatives. Success in building a “best in class” talent management and development process which actively invests in high-potential talent identified through performance management and succession planning process;
  • A record of attracting, mentoring and retaining diverse high-quality talent and building empowered teams from ambitious, individual contributors;


To view the full position description please visit this website.


Amy Sugin, Beth Schaefer, Marisa Chock, and Holly Bogo of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.



Northwestern University is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

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