Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) seeks an experienced, mission-focused, and strategic leader for the position of Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (AVP). The next AVP will work collaboratively across campus to integrate the office throughout all facets of the university as a trusted resource and proactive partner on all matters related to human resources (HR). The HR staff at RIT is strong and dedicated, so to build upon this solid foundation this leader must have a roll-up-one’s-sleeves attitude while focusing on creating a strategic, unified, and ambitious vision for HR at RIT.

Founded in 1829, RIT was an early pioneer in practice-based and cooperative education. Today, RIT is a premier career-oriented doctoral university with strong programs in engineering and technology, computing and information sciences, the fine arts and design, the liberal arts, health care and the sciences, and business that prepares students for success in a globally integrated society. Over the past 10 years, RIT has seen advancement in every key institutional metric. Applications have increased 70 percent. Enrollment has grown 20 percent to nearly 19,000 students, with both student caliber and the diversity of the student population on the rise. Cooperative education, a pillar in the RIT educational philosophy, has thrived, both domestically and internationally, helping fuel the university’s exceptional 95 percent post-graduation employment rate. Faculty have grown in number, diversity, and scholarly stature as RIT has increased its research productivity while remaining deeply student focused. Transforming RIT: The Campaign for Greatness, a $1 billion fundraising campaign–publicly announced in July 2018–is focused on continuing to advance these hallmarks of the university.

The AVP reports to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and sits on both the President’s Cabinet and the Administrative Council. The AVP oversees the delivery of human resource policies, programs, and services for approximately 4,200 full and part-time faculty and staff, serving over 18,000 students. This leader is responsible for the development and implementation of the university’s strategic human resources priorities and directs the work of the Human Resources Department with responsibility for: talent acquisition (staff); talent development and retention; employee relations; compensation; benefits (including RIT’s wellness program for faculty and staff); and human resources information systems and processes. Additionally, the AVP, working with colleagues in the Office of the General Counsel, ensures compliance with all laws, regulations, and policies related to the HR function. To effectively carry out this role, the AVP must successfully interface with, and enlist the participation of, multiple stakeholders across campus, including RIT’s three governance organizations consisting of the Academic Senate, Staff Council, and RIT’s Student Government. RIT is seeking an individual who has the ability and drive to contribute to RIT’s culture of diversity and inclusion and core values.

RIT has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search. Please direct all inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications in strict confidence to Rebecca Kennedy, Randi Alberry, and Kaleigh Hoffman. Electronic submission of materials is encouraged via:

RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov

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