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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s first
technological university, seeks a new Vice President for Human Resources to
lead and strengthen the delivery of human resources services to the Institute
community- administration, students, faculty, and retirees.
Rensselaer educates approximately
4,500 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students through its five component
schools: Architecture, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management
and Technology, and Science. Rensselaer’s
historic, green-roofed campus is located in Troy,
Additionally, through its Hartford
and various distance learning centers, Rensselaer serves
an additional 2,500 graduate students.
An internationally recognized research university with a
strong faculty, a graduate engineering program ranked 18th in the
nation and a strong teaching tradition, Rensselaer has
pioneered in inter-disciplinary research and has made focused research
investments supported by strong industry partnerships. In the last twenty years it has developed its
own internationally recognized enterprise incubator center and a flourishing
technology park. The Institute has innovated
boldly in its application of modern information technology to undergraduate
education. Its innovations have made it the only school in the country to earn
three of the nation’s most prestigious awards for teaching. Student applications have increased
dramatically in the last two years, matched and even exceeded by industry and
university demand for Rensselaer’s graduates.
The Institute employs a workforce of 1,700 non-union faculty
and staff in Troy.
The Institute has recently elected a new President to
galvanize the Rensselaer community, attract diverse
resources for continued strategic investment, and harness its superiror human assets, intellectual programs, and
institutional traditions around a common vision. Additionally, a search for a Provost is
underway to strengthen and expand its vigorous academic curricula and
technologically eminent research capability.
The Institute seeks a seasoned Human Resource officer who
will report directly to the President.
As a member of the President’s council, the vice President for Human
Resources will provide leadership to position Human Resources as a key to the
university’s organizational effectiveness and quality of life of its
members. On faculty matters, the Vice
President will advise and consult with the Provost. The Vice President will support the
strengthening of human and organizational capability throughout the
Institute. Simultaneously, the position
will lead the day to day delivery of the compelte
range of Human Resource Services and the strengthening of the department.
Rensselaer has for several years fouces on improving overall
operating performance. The new Vice
President for Human Resources will continue this focus in the department
through process improvements, work redesign, outsourcing, and the utilization
of technology. In addition, Human
Resource capability in the areas of training, internal consulting, and employee
relations needs to be expanded. The new
Vice President will formulate and implement a strategic Human Resource plan to
drive these goals forward.
CHALLENGES FACING THE NEW VICE PRESIDENT
The Institute is poised for vibrant change. As the new President drives and shepherds its
growth, Human Resources will be called upon to rise to the Institute’s tradition
of excellence and innovation by creating pratical
strategies in the following areas:
- Recruitmen, Retention, and Development: Advising and consulting with schools,
departments, or research units to proactively design programs or services
to efficiently reruit, retain, develop, measure,
and motivate administrative, faculty and scientific staff in a
competitive, labor-short market;
and Rewards: Establishing and managing a credible, flexible, and
accurate salary grade/merit increase system and a “best practice” employee
reward and recognition system;
Commitment and Capability: Developing
employee relations, communication and training initiatives to enhance
employee career development and to increase skills and commitment;
Assessing, prioritizing, and implementing technological capability in all
relevant areas, including internal Human Resource operations, employee
and Internal Consultation: Advising and offering services or programs
which facilitate teaming between administrative departments, and new skill
development for individual employees.
Access and Opportunity: Working with all university
constituencies and devising strategies to build a work environment which
values and utilizes the resources of a more diverse workforce.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate for this position will possess the
following professional experience and personal attributes:
Bachelor’s degree, advance degree preferred;
least 15 years of human resources experience, with a notable period in
higher education, encompassing a solid bachground
in human resources functions, including employee relations, benefits
systems, training and development, equal employment opportunity and
diversity initiatives, and disability services.
management capability, and experience leading a
human resources department.
expertise in Human Capital Development.
- A firm
but patient change agent with a successful history of leading the
reinvention/transformation of a human resources department toward
state-of-the-art best practices;
empathic leader who garners respect, earns trust,
defines goals, and builds teams across organizational boundaries.
A competitive compensation and benefits package will be
All inquiries, nominations, resumes and cover letters may be
submitted in confidence to:
Vice President & Director
ISAACSON & MILLER
Boylston Street, Suite 500
Candidates seeking a
more comprehensive view of Rensselear can visit the
Institute at http://www.rpi.edu