Wentworth Institute of Technology — Vice President of Employee Relations and Engagement

Established in 1904, Wentworth Institute of Technology (Wentworth/WIT) was founded on the principles of action-based learning, dedicated to preparing graduates to meet the evolving needs of a growing economy. Today, Wentworth is a nationally ranked institution known for its co-operative education programs, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees aligned with the needs and demands of the 21st century workforce. WIT enrolls approximately 4,516 students, of which 4,341 are undergraduates, in five dynamic schools: Architecture and Design; Management; Sciences and Humanities; Engineering; and Computing and Data Science. The university also employs over 700 people which includes faculty, staff and adjuncts. Located in the thriving city of Boston, Massachusetts, Wentworth is a school of opportunity that is deeply committed to transforming lives through the education of first-generation students, military veterans, urban youth, and women breaking barriers in technical fields.

Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President of Employee Relations and Engagement (VPERE) is responsible for building and managing Wentworth’s capabilities in talent acquisition; onboarding; learning and development; performance management including career development, individual coaching, and problem solving; employee, team, and labor relations; compensation and benefits including reward and recognition initiatives; policy development; operations and systems (HRIS, ATS, LMS), and talent analytics. The VPERE’s top priority is to ensure Wentworth’s culture, business objectives and key results, systems, and processes are all aligned with the university’s foundational strategic priority of inclusive excellence. As both a strategic and hands-on leader, the VPERE will build high-quality teams and processes that are integral to the success of Wentworth.

The VPERE is a member of the President’s Leadership Council and serves as a strategic advisor to the president, provost, and all division heads on all human resource matters while also working closely with academic and administrative department leaders across the Institute. The VPERE will establish and promote a vision and strategy that attracts, develops, and supports a diverse workforce of human resources professionals committed to advancing the Institute’s mission with an inclusive and welcoming culture. Additional responsibilities of the VPERE include the following:

  • establish and implement human resources efforts that effectively communicate and support the university’s mission, strategic vision, and business operations;
  • work with the university’s executive management team to establish a sound plan of management succession that corresponds to the strategy and objectives of the university;
  • develop comprehensive strategic recruiting and retention plans to meet human capital needs aligned with institutional goals and priorities;
  • design and implement comprehensive compensation and benefit plans that are competitive and cost-effective; 
  • drive the selection and implementation of a new HRIS system that best supports current and projected organizational needs; and
  • negotiate and manage contract negotiations and administer labor agreements for multiple unions.

The successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) from an accredited college/university and a track record of progressively responsible experience in human resources, higher education administration, and/or business. Leadership experience providing strategic, collaborative, and consultative services demonstrating a depth of knowledge and expertise across the functional responsibilities of a comprehensive human resources organization, coupled with superior verbal and written communication skills, and a deep commitment to and experience in developing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community as well as thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and compliance regulations are also required. 

Additional capabilities and experience that will be important in the selection of the vice president of people Operations and Employee Experience include: a sophisticated approach to organizational leadership; excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills; superior organizational ability and attention to detail; strong analytical and problem-solving skills; evidence of success building cohesive, high functioning teams; strong professional development and supervisory skills; facility using varied HRIS systems; and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

Review of applications will begin April 19, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at vbs@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Wentworth Institute of Technology website at www.wit.edu

Wentworth Institute of Technology, an equal opportunity affirmative action employer, is committed to attaining excellence through the recruitment and retention of a diverse work force. Individuals historically excluded, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

We are sensitive to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting work and personal lives, and will offer the utmost flexibility throughout the interview process. The search committee expects to conduct initial interviews virtually for the safety and well-being of all involved. 

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