Minnesota State — Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

Minnesota State invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice Chancellor for Human Resources.

The Vice Chancellor for Human Resources provides overall strategic human resources leadership and serves as chief labor relations officer for the enterprise.

The vice chancellor serves in the chancellor’s cabinet and is responsible for designing and executing HR strategy in support of the Minnesota State strategic framework.

In consultation with college and university constituencies, the vice chancellor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating policy regarding faculty and staff relations at the 37 colleges and universities and system office

About Minnesota State

Minnesota State is the largest single provider of higher education in the state. With 37 institutions, including 30 community and technical and seven state universities, Minnesota State serves 58 percent of the state’s undergraduate student population.

Students and employers alike count on Minnesota State to provide an extraordinary education. Our colleges and universities are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and many of the academic programs offered have received specialized accreditations. Our faculty, too, are credentialed, experienced, and dedicated.

Strategic Human Resources Initiative

Minnesota State is midway through a major change initiative in human resources administration. Groundwork has been laid for a new common business practice model for Minnesota State systemwide HR transactional delivery which involved moving transitional work to four regional service centers.

The new model allows the campus HR teams to focus on the needs of their institution and serve as strategic partners engaged in transformational rather than transactional work.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management, Business, or related area is required; advanced degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of successful and progressive human resources leadership experience in a large, diverse, and complex organizational setting.
  • Solid employee relations/labor relations experience, including negotiating and managing collective bargaining agreements and maintaining sound business relationships with union representatives in a complex, public collective bargaining environment.
  • Experience successfully leading, communicating, and executing large-scale organizational change.
  • Evidence of excellent writing, speaking, and interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning.
  • Demonstrated leadership as an innovative, nimble, creative thinker who is comfortable with ambiguity.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster participation of others and to work effectively and collaboratively with faculty, senior administrators, board, and staff.
  • Demonstrated experience advancing diversity and the creation of inclusive work environments.

Nominations, Inquiries, and Search Timeline

Isaacson, Miller, an executive search firm, is assisting Minnesota State with the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources search.

Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. Nominations should include the name, position, address, and telephone number of the nominee.

Applicant should submit a cover letter and resume via the following website at imsearch.com/6270

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to:

Kaden Stearns

The target start date for the new Vice Chancellor of Human Resources is May 1, 2018.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. Candidates with hearing or speech disabilities may contact us via preferred telecommunications relay services.

To learn more about Minnesota State, please visit minnstate.edu


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