Augusta University — Vice President for Human Resources

Augusta University (AU) invites nominations and applications for a strategic, collaborative and innovative leader to serve as the next Vice President for Human Resources (VPHR).

Augusta University is a public research university and medical center, located in Augusta Georgia, dedicated to training the next generation of innovators, leaders and health care providers. It is one of only four public research universities in the state of Georgia and the only one with a nationally recognized academic health center. Augusta offers 160 degrees across 10 colleges and schools and has campuses and off-site instructional programs throughout the state. 

Under the leadership of President Brooks Keel, Augusta University has expanded academic offerings and campus infrastructure, including the founding of the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences and the creation of the Augusta University Cyber Institute. The University has expanded campus housing by opening its first on-campus undergraduate and graduate residence halls, increased undergraduate enrollment by more than 22%, and developed a comprehensive plan to relocate the university’s College of Science and Mathematics to a new facility on the Health Sciences Campus.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Operations, the VPHR leads the day-to-day management and strategic planning initiatives of the enterprise-wide human resources function, supporting an employee base of approximately 11,000, across both Augusta University and Augusta University Health which is a world-class, not-for-profit health care network, offering the most comprehensive primary, specialty, and subspecialty care in the region. The VPHR will also foster and enhance AU’s relationship, coordination and partnership with the University System of Georgia (USG) Office of Human Resources. 

This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic University and health system during a time of momentous growth, with the 2022 strategic planning project underway and a community who possesses great pride in honoring a “culture of care” for employees. The successful candidate will have a collaborative and customer oriented leadership style; a history of executive level leadership experience and accomplishment within a similarly complex environment, preferably within a major research university with a medical center relationship; the ability to work with senior leaders, faculty and professional staff colleagues regarding key organizational, management, and human capital strategies; the capacity to lead and develop a best in class human resources organization, and to be a strategic partner who has successfully led in environments that value operational effectiveness, superior customer service, and align culture and behavior with strategy, aspirations and values. The VPHR will be accessible, connected and engaged with employees in both the University as well as the medical center and focused on contemporary human resource delivery. 

Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a strong preference for an advanced degree and/or other relevant professional accomplishments in the fields of human resources and human capital strategy supplemented by at least 10 years of progressive experience as a leader of a human resources function at a large, complex entity – strong preference for knowledge of the higher education environment and familiarity with the complexities of research intensive and medical center environments, and a demonstrated expertise in strategic human resources planning. Additional information, including a Leadership Profile can be found at www.wittkieffer.com.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. The search process is currently underway and will continue until the position is filled. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Mercedes Chacón Vance and Sarah Miller at  AugustaVPHR@wittkieffer.com.

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