Marquette University seeks an experienced and collaborative leader to be its Vice President for Human Resources (VPHR). With a visionary President and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (SVP/COO), passionate and service-minded students, excellent faculty, dedicated staff, an innovative strategic plan and campus master plan, increased engagement with the broader Milwaukee community, and beginning its largest fundraising campaign, Marquette is at an exciting inflection point. Reporting to the SVP/COO, the VPHR will provide strategic leadership and oversight of the University’s human resources efforts to assist Marquette in its vision to be one of the most accomplished and innovative Catholic and Jesuit universities in the world.
Marquette is one of 28 Catholic, Jesuit universities in the United States and is the largest private university in Wisconsin. Its attractive 98-acre campus on the edge of Milwaukee’s downtown is home to a highly collegial community with more than 2,800 employees and a current enrollment at approximately 11,500 students. Marquette is ranked in the top 100 of national universities by U.S. News and World Report with aspirations to be in the top 50.
The University has embarked on a transformation guided by the President. Dr. Michael R. Lovell became Marquette’s 24th President in 2014 and the SVP/COO, Joel Pogodzinski, was recently promoted to the role after joining the University in 2017 as the Chief Financial Officer. Together with the rest of the leadership team and the campus community, they are implementing Marquette’s ambitious strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries. This plan requires extraordinary investment and innovative new partnerships to bolster how Marquette delivers transformational education and student experiences, thrives in the new and dynamic environment of higher education, builds its endowment, advances research and scholarship, and reimagines and reshapes its infrastructure. The VPHR will join Marquette at a critical time for human capital and providing the bold thinking necessary to assist the President, Interim Provost, and SVP/COO in delivering this transformation.
The VPHR will work in close partnership with the SVP/COO 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 VPHR will have primary responsibility for Marquette’s development and implementation of human resource policies and programs including employee relations, compensation, employee benefits, recruitment and retention, training and organizational development, performance management and human resource information systems.
To that end, the new 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.
Marquette has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process/until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: http://www.imsearch.com/6858. Electronic submission of materials is required.
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San Francisco, CA 94111
Marquette University affirms its longstanding commitment to the principle of equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, veteran’s status or national origin. Marquette affirms its commitment to the principle of affirmative action and its commitment to abide by state regulations and federal laws pertaining to equal employment opportunity.