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Executive director, faculty human resources

About the position

Virginia Commonwealth University invites nominations, expressions of intent, and applications for an exceptional leader to serve as the executive director of academic human resources.   In direct support of VCU’s priority of recruiting and retaining a talented and diverse faculty, the executive director of academic human resources leads the university’s centralized faculty and academic human resources functions for the entire VCU community (all campuses) within the office of the provost. Reporting to the vice provost for faculty affairs, and indirectly to the senior vice provost for faculty affairs, the executive director is a project-driven position responsible for a wide variety of faculty human resources policies, programs, and procedures which promote equitable and consistent human resources practices in support of the life cycle of a faculty member.

The executive director oversees and recommends process improvements to several functional areas to include faculty appointment and contract administration; faculty salary administration; the merit/bonus award process; faculty early retirement and distinguished career programs; faculty human resources related policies; development of faculty human resources procedures/forms; and oversight for the content of faculty HR, a comprehensive web resource for HR staff and other administrators responsible for faculty human resources management.

The executive director is expected to be a trusted member of the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and the sr. vice provost for academic affairs leadership teams, to include the handling of time sensitive and highly confidential human resources matters.

This position is responsible for providing ongoing consultative decision making, communications, training, tools, strategic planning and resources to individuals in the colleges, schools, and units who are responsible for faculty human resources so that they can build and maximize their knowledge, skills, and abilities and become content “experts” for their respective area(s). This position leads other HR Professionals and colleagues to make decisions that are often difficult or high-stakes.

How to apply

VCU’s executive search team is assisting Virginia Commonwealth University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. For best consideration, please submit application materials prior to February 15, 2021. Application materials should be submitted to the VCU eJobs portal located at the link below.

VCU eJobs portal:

Additionally, confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Carol Ann Lawson. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to: 

Carol Ann Lawson, director of strategic initiatives

Tanya-Lee Giscombe, talent acquisition consultant

Celia O’Hallahan, talent acquisition coordinator

VCU Human Resources

(804) 828-2928


(804) 828-6157

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