Director of Compensation
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University (MSU), a leading global research university, seeks candidates for the position of Director of Compensation. Reporting to the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, the Director is a key member of the Human Resources (HR) Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for the oversight, organization, and implementation of strategic initiatives related to classification, compensation, consultation, and workforce planning.
The Director will lead a team of HR professionals and develop a collaborative, high-performing, service culture dedicated to improving efficiencies and effectiveness to support our campus partners in attracting and retaining top talent. The Director will also provide advice and guidance to campus leadership in a complex and challenging environment across the full range of classification and compensation matters and be conversant in the most up-to-date best practices in compensation management, organizational development, and workforce planning.
Ideal candidates will have experience in compensation and classification in an environment of similar scale and complexity as MSU. In addition, ideal candidates must possess a genuine interest in collaboration and stakeholder engagement. Experience implementing or modernizing classification systems is highly desired. A bachelor’s degree is required, and an advanced degree is preferred.
Founded in 1855, MSU is a premiere land-grant University and an innovator in research, teaching, and application of knowledge. The University was established to make higher education broadly available for the benefit of the public good and served as a model for the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act of 1862. Michigan State University has evolved into a world-class institution, offering a full spectrum of programs, and attracting gifted professors, staff, and students. The University is part of the Big Ten Conference and since 1964 has been one of 66 members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). As one of the top research universities in the world, Michigan State’s trailblazing spirit and continued commitment to its core values of excellence, diversity, inclusion, and connectivity are stronger than ever.
Michigan State University has partnered with Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this recruitment. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent via electronic mail to:
Rebecca Kennedy, Partner (she/her)
Becky Piper, Managing Associate (she/her)
Cortnee Bollard, Senior Search Coordinator (they/them)
Michigan State University is committed to cultivating a safe and inclusive campus community characterized by caring and respect for others. Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
We collectively acknowledge that Michigan State University occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg – Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. In particular, the University resides on Land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw. We recognize, support, and advocate for the sovereignty of Michigan’s twelve federally recognized Indian nations, for historic Indigenous communities in Michigan, for Indigenous individuals and communities who live here now, and for those who were forcibly removed from their Homelands. By offering this Land Acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and will work to hold Michigan State University more accountable to the needs of American Indian and Indigenous peoples.