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Vice President, Human Resources

Curry College
Milton, Massachusetts
Available upon request.
Posted Date
Jan 9, 2023

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About Curry College:

Founded in 1879, Curry College is a private, four-year, liberal arts-based institution in Milton Massachusetts. In addition to the main campus, classes for adult learners are also offered at our campus at Cordage Park in historic Plymouth. Curry College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Curry College offers 22 majors to its 1900 undergraduate students and over 60 minors and concentrations, as well as five graduate programs.

The Curry College mission is to educate and graduate students prepared to engage in successful careers and active citizenship with a global perspective. We are an inclusive community of diverse learners and educators, committed to continuing our legacy of developing effective communicators with reflective and critical thinking skills. We mentor and empower our students, building meaningful relationships that inspire them to achieve their ambitions. Diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion among students, faculty and staff are crucial to the mission of Curry College.

Curry College provides rigorous and relevant academic programs to undergraduate and graduate students, and our rich blend of liberal arts and career-directed programs is enhanced by practical field experiences and co-curricular activities. Learning at Curry extends beyond the classroom and is embedded in all that we do.

Curry's 430 full and part-time faculty are committed educators, scholars and practitioners. The faculty is represented by the AAUP under a long-standing collective bargaining agreement. Additionally, staff employed in the trades at Curry are represented by the Area Trades Council (ATC). Curry also employs approximately 250 staff.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, Curry College will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

Job Description:

The Vice President, Human Resources develops and implements the human resources strategy needed to support the College's mission, goals and people. The position provides leadership and is responsible for all human resources functions including employee benefits and compensation, recruitment, employee and labor relations, culture and employee development, operations, HR technology, performance management, and Title IX.  The Vice President leads the HR team in providing high-quality customer service.

This role reports to the President and works closely with the members of the executive team.  Specifically, the Vice President, Human Resources collaborates with the Chief Financial Officer and the Provost regarding compensation and benefits, and collective bargaining agreements. This role also collaborates with the Chief Diversity Officer to ensure an environment where employees can do their best work in a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment.

Essential Functions:

1. Strategic Planning:

  • Develop strategic HR plan to support the mission and goals of Curry College and operationalize the various elements according to plan;
  • Design and upon approval operationalize competitive benefits, compensation and programming to support Curry's ability to attract, recruit, retain high quality staff.  Using business acumen, stay abreast of human capital trends in higher education and the broader employment/job market;
  • Build organizational capacity for change management;
  • Serve as a strategic partner to the Executive Team and provide advice and counsel to the Senior Leadership Team, Directors and Managers to elevate skills and competencies of the team;
  • Partner with leaders to develop strategies to recruit, retain high quality, diverse employees;
  • Collaborate with the Chief Diversity Officer to enhance the culture and diversity of the employee population to support the recruitment and retention of students;
  • Collaborate with the Provost and CFO to negotiate and implement the collective bargaining agreements for the faculty (AAUP) and trades groups (ATC).

2. Organizational Effectiveness:

  • Incorporate DEI strategy into core HR practices and initiatives and foster a collaborative, inclusive culture that attracts and retains high quality employees;
  • Develop and deliver leadership, manager development programs;
  • Partner with Academic Affairs and Office of Facilities Management to foster a productive working relationship with 3rd party representatives;
  • Identify, develop key metrics to assess.

3. Operations:

  • Develop, implement HR policies, practices and programs that align and are in compliance with various regulations;
  • Develop, implement and continuously improve processes that support HR policies, programs;
  • Enhance and or introduce technology to support HR/payroll processes and the employee experience;
  • Comply with federal, state, local laws such as employment laws, ERISA, Title IX, Workman's Compensation, DOL;
  • Oversees HR team of 4 professionals and the Title IX Coordinator;
  • Develops, monitors and reconciles the Human Resources and Fringe Benefit budgets.

3. Team Management & Development:

  • Attract, develop, coach, motivate and retain a service-oriented HR team;
  • Support and encourage team to optimize processes and polices to continuously increase effectiveness and improve the employee experience;
  • Encourages and holds team accountable for collaborative, effective working relationships with other departments and colleagues.

Additional Functions:

  • Chair the Emergency Preparedness Committee;
  • Participate as member of the Health & Safety Committee, Direction 3 of Strategic Plan;
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality, parameters of operation, professional protocols, and individual privacy;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor of his/her designee.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant area of study.
  • 8-10 years of experience in an HR leadership role.
  • Experience driving and supporting major change initiatives.
  • Experience in managing, negotiating and implementing collective bargaining agreements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in business, HR or other relevant areas of study or relevant life experiences

Additional Information:

Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

At the College's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the College, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

Employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of all required pre-employment background checks.

Inquiries about the application of Title IX can be directed to the College's Title IX Coordinator, Elizabeth Canning at, (617) 979-3516, or King Academic Administration Building, 55 Atherton St, or US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights ("OCR") - Boston Office, 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109-3921, (617) 289-0111.

Application Instructions:

Please apply online at for consideration. Interested applicants must submit the following:

  • a cover letter;
  • a resume; and;
  • a list of three professional references, one of which must be a former or current supervisor, including complete contact information and professional titles.

Sage Search Partners is assisting Curry with this search. Confidential inquiries can be made to Paula Fazli, Managing Partner,  

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