St.  Catherine University

Senior Vice President (SVP) for Human Resources, Equity, and Inclusion

Jan 26, 2017
Feb 17, 2017
Employment Status
Full Time
Position Summary Information Position Responsibilities

The Senior Vice President (SVP) of Human Resources (HR), Equity and Inclusion is a multidimensional executive. From regulatory compliance and governance oversight, to organizational strategist and institutional leader for equity and inclusion, the SVP will help shape lasting systemic structures for equity and inclusion that will impact the entire University community. The SVP will help develop the University's Strategic Directions with the Board of Trustees and the leadership of the University.

The SVP of HR, Equity and Inclusion must possess skills and competencies extending beyond Human Resources, must demonstrate an understanding of the entire organization, and be a strategic partner. They must possess critical leadership abilities and behaviors, demonstrate decisiveness and model St. Catherine University's cultural values and social justice mission. The SVP will supervise Human Resources at St. Kate's to ensure an environment which supports the University's commitment to its mission through the hiring, support, retention and professional development of all members of the community.

In addition, the Senior Vice President will be responsible for University-wide Equity and Inclusion initiatives. The incumbent will lead efforts to continue to make St. Catherine University a welcoming and supportive place for all members of the university community, including recruiting and retaining an exceptional staff and faculty that mirrors our student diversity. The Senior Vice President of HR, Equity and Inclusion will report directly to the President of the University and be an essential member of her cabinet.

• Provide leadership, consultation, guidance and service in the areas of: recruitment, hiring, orientation, compensation, promotion, benefits, employee satisfaction, training and development, employee/labor relations, grievance/harassment/compliance matters, equal opportunity and affirmative action, disability accommodations, and employment separations.
• Take leadership for building University-wide capacity for the work of equity and inclusion through priority emphasis on relationship building, strategic planning, professional development; curricular development and renewal; and establishment of protocols, practices and policies at the department/division, school/college and University levels.
• Provide consultation to campus constituencies in designing, implementing and evaluating institutional policies and practices to ensure diversity, equity and respect
for all students, faculty and staff in institutional settings, employment and workplace practices resulting in increased satisfaction and retention.
• Consistent presence in the cabinet and consultant to Board of Trustees including ongoing professional development related to multicultural education, equity and inclusion.
• Provide leadership around creation, maintenance and assessment of a welcoming and inclusive environment grounded in our founding mission of hospitality and social justice.
• Continue to shepherd the work of our Equity and Inclusion Matrix's strategic priority to increase the number of faculty and staff of color throughout the university to more accurately reflect the growing diversity within our student body.
• Manage the Human Resources budget and department, including supervision of staff.
• In partnership with the EVP - Chief Financial Officer, plan, implement, administer and evaluate a comprehensive wage and benefit program that will include a job evaluation program, salary survey collection, wage and salary plan design, compensation plan research, support and administration that includes a merit increase program for University employees that is cost effective, equitable and competitive in the marketplace.
• Maintain a performance management program and related training, which includes annual staff evaluations and managerial/supervisory accountability.
• Responsibility for oversight, documentation and compliance with all legal requirements of Human Resources operations of State and Federal guidelines through appropriate information systems, personnel policies, procedures and protocol. (Affirmative Action, EOE, ADA, Title IX (deputy officer), FLMA, FLSA, Title VII).
• Bridge and grow relationships with communities and local organizations of color including local and national professional organizations.
• Work with President on messaging to St. Catherine community and external constituents as local, national and global events occur that impact our community and stakeholders.
• Work with grants officers to co-author grants to attain funding relating to diversity and inclusion.

Position Qualifications

The successful candidate will have demonstrated success with the following:
• Ability to conceptualize, develop, and administer core human resource functions.
• Knowledge, understanding and experience in handling matters related to employment law compliance and regulations.
• Ability to analyze, organize and meet deadlines on HR related projects.
• Effective communicator, listener, negotiator, problem solver, and team leader.
• Ability to handle sensitive data and confidential issues in a professional manner.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work and collaborate effectively with all levels of the organization, individually and in groups and also with external constituents
• Comprehensive knowledge and skills in multicultural education and systemic oppression and equity and inclusion work.
• Significant higher education experience related to designing equity and inclusion initiatives.
• Model commitment to diversity and inclusion in employment.
• Experience with and ability to craft, maintain and analyze Affirmative Action plans
• Master's degree required.
• Eight years of progressively responsible human resources or employment law experience.
• Significant experience applying personnel practices to conform with ADA, FMLA and Title VII, Title IX.
• Significant professional working experience with EEO and Affirmative Action plans.
• Extensive knowledge of inclusion, diversity and equity issues, laws, regulations, policies and trends in higher education.
• Experience developing, leading and evaluating comprehensive education or training programs including those related to equity and inclusion issues.
• Experience with budget and personnel management, strategic planning and program assessment.
• Experience leading collaborative institutional projects and programs.
• Earned Doctorate degree is preferred.

Special/Other Requirements Summary

Applications should be complete by February 17, 2017. Applications must include letter of interest, resume, and three professional references with email and telephone number (references will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant). Information regarding nominations may be addressed to Stacy Jacobson, Chief of Staff, Office of the President at or 651.690.6526.

Please go to the St. Catherine University Employment Site to apply for this position. Website link is: Candidates of color are encouraged to apply as are those who will contribute to a diverse candidate pool. Applicants may also visit the St. Catherine University Human Resources office located in Derham Hall, Room 8, to submit an electronic application.

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2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
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