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Associate Vice President, Human Resources and Employee Experience
Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania
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Date Posted July 29, 2019
Executive-Administrative Vice President
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Category: Staff

Type: Regular Staff Full-Time

Department: Human Resources


Founded in 1853, Arcadia University provides a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience for intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate students. Arcadia offers Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees, and educates nearly 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Global Studies, College of Health Sciences, School of Global Business, and School of Education. Recognized as a leader in international education with sites in 12 countries, Arcadia offers over 60 well-regarded undergraduate and graduate academic programs across the arts, sciences, business, and education with top-ranked programs in Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant. The campus has a mixture of new and architecturally significant buildings, including a majestic castle. In close proximity to Philadelphia, Arcadia is distinctive in its emphasis on application of the liberal arts, global experiences, and accomplishment in the health sciences. Arcadia places strong emphasis on student-centered teaching.

Arcadia is a welcoming campus community that strives to be inclusive and accessible. One-third of the undergraduate student body are first-generation college students, and over 30 percent are Pell grant recipients. The most recent incoming undergraduate class included 35 percent of students from diverse backgrounds.

The April 2018 arrival of Ajay Nair, Ph.D., Arcadia's new President, has brought energy and excitement to the campus. His inclusive, transparent, and collaborative style and emphasis on student success, access, and social justice have inspired confidence from the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, and other constituencies. His leadership has ignited strategic planning efforts that will clarify and strengthen Arcadia's identity in a distinctive way to attract and to retain the best students, faculty, and staff and to generate more robust philanthropic activities. Arcadia has recently attracted talented individuals to assume the Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations and Provost positions.

The President's ambition for Arcadia requires a strategic and holistic human capital strategy. The new Associate Vice President, Human Resources and Employee Experience will be charged with casting a vision for human resources for the entire University, including architecting a recruitment and retention strategy and strengthening the experience for faculty, staff, and student employees. This will involve creating an inclusive environment to attract, to value, and to keep employees and implementing an organizational development approach. This individual will need to optimize human resources policies, procedures, and systems and ensure the University complies with regulations. This is an exciting time to be at Arcadia, and the successful Associate Vice President, Human Resources and Employee Experience will be well supported to implement human resources best practices. For information about Arcadia, visit The Associate Vice President, Human Resources and Employee Experience reports to the Chief Financial Officer with a dotted line to the President and manages a team of six individuals. Leading both human resources and payroll, the successful candidate will create and implement the strategic vision and plans for Human Resources through policies and procedures, practices, processes and data systems and will make Arcadia an employer of choice. The AVP will promote Arcadia's commitment to faculty and staff equity and the creation of a welcoming environment while complying with all relevant laws. As a member of the senior management team, the AVP will serve as a trusted advisor to the President and Cabinet members, faculty and staff leaders, the Student Employment Office, and the Office of Institutional Diversity and will provide both strategic advice and a focus on execution.

Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for fullest consideration, applications should be received by August 30, 2019. For additional information about this position, please visit this link

Applications should be accompanied by a cover letter and resume. Cover letters should address how the candidate's experience and qualifications have prepared them for the role.

Materials should be submitted electronically in confidence to

Arcadia University seeks candidates of diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities. Arcadia University encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. All offers of employment are conditional based on the successful completion of a background check.


Essential Functions:

  • Provides inspired leadership and develops and implements human resources best practices in the areas of talent acquisition, total rewards, employee relations, performance management, training, and compliance;

  • Architects a performance management structure that includes robust onboarding, training, and performance reviews; 

  • Creates and implements a total rewards and compensation strategy in the areas of salary, benefits (healthcare, life insurance and retirement), and paid-time off in a compelling, competitive, and financially prudent manner;

  • Develops and implements a comprehensive professional development program;

  • Serves as a mentor for faculty, staff and administration; 

  • Manages sensitive issues with faculty, staff, and students with integrity and discretion.

  • Ensures the integrity, confidentiality, and completeness of electronic and physical Human Resource records and data systems;

  • Implements effective policies and practices for workers compensation, disability support services, and unemployment;

  • Complies with all federal, state and local legal requirements by staying abreast of existing and new regulations and advising management on necessary actions.

  • Makes presentations to appropriate Board committees;

  •  Oversees the University payroll system, interfaces and compliance;

  • Manages employment related immigration matters and regulations with outside immigration counsel;

  • Models culturally sensitive interaction and support for all faculty and staff as a model for the welcoming climate and promotes diversity and inclusion;

  • Provides overall leadership to staff and managers;

  • Serves as a member of the Title IX team;

  • Serves as the University's Equal Employment Opportunity Officer and ADA and Section 504 Coordinator.


Strategic Thinking and Leadership:

An open, collaborative, transparent and inclusive style of leadership that engenders trust, fosters teamwork, sustains a learning and professional environment for staff. Imaginative with excellent strategic thinking abilities and a broad institutional leader. Demonstrated track record of leading a high performing human resources function. Experience in higher education is preferred, but other backgrounds will be considered.

Human Resources Expertise:

Minimum of 10 years of human resources leadership experience with demonstrated success in the areas of talent management, performance management, employee relations, total rewards management, and compliance. Particular experience developing an effective performance management system is needed.

Resourceful and Nimble:

Proven track record of exercising creativity and resourcefulness, executing and getting things done, and anticipating and responding to needs and trends. Operationally-minded and financially prudent with strong project management skills. 

Staff Development Excellence:

Proven track record in managing, evaluating, mentoring, empowering, and recruiting HR staff and a demonstrated commitment to their personal and professional development. 

Relationship and Change Management:

Ability to collaborate and build bridges and relationships with faculty, staff, students, and a diverse set of stakeholders. Excellent interpersonal, relationship building, and persuasion skills with an accessible, warm, collegial, and unflappable style and manner. A proven track record of introducing initiatives that require thoughtful change management approaches.

Additional Personal Qualities and Competencies:

  • A deep and abiding interest and commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

  • An optimistic and agile leader who thrives on challenges.

  • Prior successful experience with management of third-party contracts.

  • Experience working with a unionized workforce is a decided plus.

  • Experience working and applying human resources best practices in a global context.

  • Bachelor's degree is required.

  • An advanced degree, and SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications are strongly preferred.

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