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Vice President for Human Resources

Marquette University
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201
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Marquette University seeks an experienced and collaborative leader to be its Vice President for Human Resources (VPHR). The VPHR will work in close partnership with the Executive Vice President for Operations (EVPO) to provide a strategic human capital vision that complements the financial and operational plans for the campus, while ensuring a high level of innovation, transparency, collaboration, and accountability. The VPHR will ensure that human resource goals and processes are clearly established and communicated to the University community and are in support of the University’s Catholic and Jesuit mission.

The Department of Human Resources creates, encourages, and maintains an environment that supports, develops and sustains the well-being of Marquette University’s employees, students, and broader community. In addition to the VPHR, the department has a staff of twelve knowledgeable and approachable professionals that have responsibility for employee benefits, compensation, employee relations, human resource information system management, training and organizational development, and recruitment and retention. The department provides strategic leadership, modeling excellence, honesty, integrity, and teamwork while delivering high quality services in support of the university’s mission.

Please visit this link for the complete Opportunity and Challenge Profile: http://www.marquette.edu/vp-human-resources-search/


Reporting to the EVPO, the VPHR serves as the University’s chief human resources officer. The VPHR will oversee and strengthen the University’s Department of Human Resources in order to execute the strategic and master plans, to support innovation, and to fulfill the Catholic and Jesuit mission of the University. The VPHR will also clearly communicate human resource goals and challenges to the University community. Reporting to the VPHR are the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, Director of Employee Benefits and the Director of the Child Care Center. The VPHR oversees the Marquette University Child Care Center, which is an on-site, employer sponsored center dedicated to quality care for children of all of those who make up the Marquette University community.

The VPHR will work closely with the EVPO, the President’s Advisory Team, Deans, Vice Presidents, and the CIO, as well as other campus leaders, on the development and support of integrated long-range human resource planning and on integrating these plans into academic, financial, operational, and capital plans.

VPHR will face a set of opportunities and challenges that include:

• Leading efforts to continue to make Marquette a best place to work, and to have those efforts recognized by external audiences.

• Creating human resource strategies that enhance the ability to develop and retain a highly-motivated, diverse, and effective workforce that supports the University’s Catholic and Jesuit mission, especially in the implementation of the Beyond Boundaries strategic plan.

• Offering wise counsel to university leadership in a variety of venues to represent the best interests of all of Marquette’s faculty and staff, being mindful of campus morale and serving as an agent of positive change.

• Providing industry-leading leadership to ensure that Marquette’s employees have access to the best possible and most cost-effective benefits.


Bachelor’s degree in a related field and a minimum of seven years of relevant senior-level human resource experience in a complex environment required.

The successful candidate will also bring most, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, skills, experiences, and personal qualities:

• Proven track record of providing strategic human resources leadership in complex organizations;
• Demonstrated ability to integrate vision, strategy, tactics, and activities to move initiatives forward;
• An entrepreneurial orientation and a willingness to seize organizational development opportunities;
• The ability to be nimble and flexible and to handle ambiguity well;
• Experience leading and inspiring change and innovation, with a strong orientation toward collaboration, teamwork, transparency, accessibility, accountability, and delegation;
• Demonstrated ability to manage and implement industry-leading employee benefits programs;
• Knowledge of human resource trends in higher education;
• Experience with developing and retaining a highly motivated, diverse and effective workforce that supports the strategic requirements of the university with prior experience implementing a performance management system;
• Evidence of fostering workplace conditions and quality management that supports employee satisfaction, enhanced work-life balance and optimum productivity;
• Adaptability, desire to learn, composure, tact, diplomacy, and a sense of humor;
• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain productive, collaborative relationships with a full range of internal and external colleagues and constituencies, including faculty, staff, students, and board members;
• Excellent listening and communication skills, and the willingness to convey complex information and concepts in accessible terms, both orally and in writing;
• Proven track record for inspiring colleagues, as well as the ability to cultivate and to sustain trust and credibility;
• Experience with labor relations, labor contract negotiations and fostering positive working relationships with employee unions;
• Evidence of a commitment to, and appreciation for, the benefits of a diverse workplace, along with the ability to create an inclusive and welcoming culture;
• Strong leadership skills demonstrated by the ability to influence, persuade, and inspire individuals and organizations to take action based on an ambitious vision and strategic objectives and to adapt to the resultant changes;
• The humility and emotional intelligence necessary to build collaborative relationships and an inherent drive to succeed in fulfilling the mission, goals and objectives of the University without the need for individual promotion;
• Measures the success of his/her efforts through the success of the entire team and the University as a whole; and
• Commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards of conduct.

Master’s Degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution in an area appropriate to the responsibilities of the position and SPHR preferred. Executive level experience in higher education preferred.


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