Bucknell University — Vice President for Human Resources

Bucknell University invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Human Resources (VPHR). Reporting directly to President John Bravman, the VPHR is a visible and valued campus leader who will recommend, implement, and evaluate strategies that put the University’s faculty and staff in the best position to accomplish Bucknell’s institutional mission.

The University
Originally established in 1846 as the University at Lewisburg, Bucknell was renamed in 1886 in honor of William Bucknell, an institutional benefactor. It enrolls over 3,700 undergraduates and 35 graduate students representing most U.S. states and 66 countries; 20 percent identify as students of color, and five percent are international students. The nation’s largest liberal arts university, Bucknell offers professional and preprofessional programs in engineering, management, music, and education. The University awards bachelor’s degrees in more than 50 fields, including nine interdisciplinary programs. Approximately 63 percent of Bucknell’s students are enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences, 19 percent in the College of Engineering, and 18 percent in the Freeman College of Management. A small number of master’s degrees are awarded in selected fields.

Bucknell is supported by 1,250 full-time employees (400 faculty and 850 staff) and has a dedicated network of more than 56,000 alumni. It has an operating budget of $236 million and an endowment fund that surpassed $1 billion in fiscal year 2021 for the first time. Bucknell’s 450-acre campus is among the most attractive in the country, and the University offers a competitive benefits package, including tuition remission.

The Role of the VPHR
The VPHR is a valued and vital member of the University’s leadership team who oversees a departmental operating budget of $1.02 million and manages a self-insured employee health care plan with a budget of $14.22 million. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a progressive, innovative, efficient, and collaborative HR organization that supports a culture of engagement. They will also design, implement, and evaluate strategies and policies to ensure that the University attains its objectives related to employee resources and needs. The VPHR is responsible for the oversight and administration of all HR services and functions, including a strategic focus on anticipating changing faculty and staff needs, proactively improving support systems, and strengthening trusting partnerships between HR and all constituents of the campus community. 

The VPHR will have an influential role at an institution that is a national leader in preparing students to make a difference in the world. The ideal candidate will be energized by the opportunity to impact a dynamic and diverse community that values relationships, excellence, and forward momentum. The successful candidate will lead by example in modeling trust, transparency, compassion, enthusiasm, and encouragement across all constituencies of the University community.

Bucknell is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse community and promotes the full participation and inclusion of all its members. Grounded in the belief that diversity challenges assumptions, opens minds, and unlocks our collective potential to solve any problem, the VPHR will share the University’s mission to create and sustain a campus community that welcomes, understands, supports, and celebrates diversity of all kinds, including race and ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, regional and national origin, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, different learning styles and abilities, and more.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Shelly Weiss Storbeck, Global Education Practice Lead and Managing Director
Carly Rose DiGiovanni, Senior Associate
BucknellVPHR@storbecksearch.com   

For more information about Bucknell, please visit the University’s website at https://www.bucknell.edu. 

Bucknell University is committed to excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, Bucknell University especially welcomes applications from candidates underrepresented in higher education.

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