Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute



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, New York.  Additionally, through its Hartford Graduate Center 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.



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;
  • Compensation and Rewards: Establishing and managing a credible, flexible, and accurate salary grade/merit increase system and a “best practice” employee reward and recognition system;
  • Employee Commitment and Capability:  Developing employee relations, communication and training initiatives to enhance employee career development and to increase skills and commitment;
  • Technology: Assessing, prioritizing, and implementing technological capability in all relevant areas, including internal Human Resource operations, employee self-service, etc.;
  • Collaboration and Internal Consultation: Advising and offering services or programs which facilitate teaming between administrative departments, and new skill development for individual employees.
  • Equal 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 for this position will possess the following professional experience and personal attributes:


  • A Bachelor’s degree, advance degree preferred;
  • At 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.
  • Strong management capability, and experience leading a human resources department.
  • Demonstrated 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;
  • An empathic leader who garners respect, earns trust, defines goals, and builds teams across organizational boundaries.



A competitive compensation and benefits package will be offered.



All inquiries, nominations, resumes and cover letters may be submitted in confidence to:


Monroe “Bud” Moseley

Vice President & Director


334 Boylston Street, Suite 500

Boston, MA 02116

Telephone: 617-262-6500

Fax: 617-262-6509



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