St. Cloud State University

St. Cloud State University (SCSU) seeks an equity-focused, strategic and visionary leader to serve as its Vice President for Human Resources and Workplace Experience (VPHRWE). Reporting to President Robbyn Wacker, Ph.D, the VPHRWE will join SCSU at a pivotal moment in its history, with the charge to lead human capital initiatives.

SCSU is part of the Minnesota State System, which is the largest single provider of higher education in the state with 37 institutions, including seven state universities and 30 community and technical colleges. St. Cloud State University is one of the largest and most diverse public universities in Minnesota, serving more than 13,000 students from 45 states including Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and 96 different countries. The university recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, its sesquicentennial celebration, in 2019. SCSU is ranked in Forbes magazine’s “Forbes America’s Top Colleges 2019”, is one of the 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, and was named 71st in a “Best for Vets” ranking by Military Times. SCSU has a strong commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive campus culture, and to ensuring active and engaged learning through Our Husky Compact.

The vice president for human resources and workplace experience serves as a member of the president’s cabinet and is a key advisor to the president on matters involving employee well-being and relations. The VPHRWE provides the leadership and oversight for employee relations, labor relations, compensation, benefits, change management, organizational development and training, and talent acquisition and on boarding for the University. This individual will influence campus policies, by asking why and challenging the status quo to foster continuous improvement, organizational excellence, and innovation to align with SCSU’s goal to be a “life-long learning organization”.

This is a transformational opportunity for an equity focused and strategic human resources leader to lead St. Cloud State University in its desire to elevate and enhance the workplace experience for all employees and to demonstrate the services of a 21st Century Human Resources department. This senior leader has the opportunity to shape the culture and employee experience of the University and promotes the values of diversity, equity and inclusion. Reporting directly to President Robbyn Wacker, Ph.D., the VPHRWE plays a key role in positioning the University as a collaborative and welcoming place to work that supports, engages, values and develops our university employees, creating a positive work environment at SCSU.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile located at and a CV or resume. WittKieffer is St. Cloud State University in this search. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Mercedes Chacón Vance, Sarah Miller and Cathryn Davis at [email protected].

St. Cloud State University is committed to excellence and actively supports cultural diversity. To promote this endeavor, we invite individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply, including minorities, women, LGBT, persons with disabilities and veterans. St. Cloud State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regards to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status as a U.S. veteran.

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