Vice President for Human Resources job with Bucknell University





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

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

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

Global Education Practice

and Managing

Carly Rose DiGiovanni,
Senior Associate

[email protected]

For more information about Bucknell, please visit the
University’s website at

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