Education, Higher Education, Human Resources

Vice President, Human Resources

  • Pace University
  • New York, NY

This position has been filled.

About Pace University

Pace University is at the forefront of creating opportunity and has a long history of prioritizing student success—transforming the lives of its students academically, professionally, and socioeconomically. Today Pace is ranked by in the top 9% of private US colleges that provide the best return on tuition investment.

Pace students are go-getters, strivers, doers, and achievers. The University enrolls nearly 13,500 diverse individuals, including first-generation, international, and non-traditional students. Pace combines the benefits and resources of a large university with the personalized attention and focus associated with a small college. Dedicated full-time and adjunct faculty members balance academic preparation with professional experience, bringing a unique dynamic to the classroom.

Our Path

Our signature program, the Pace Path, empowers students to succeed in their fields by combining immersive academics, dedicated advising, and real-world experiences. Last year, Pace students engaged in almost 9,000 internships, co-ops, field experiences, and clinicals with more than 1,000 different employers. That’s why within one year of graduation, Pace students are employed at a rate almost 20% ahead of the national average.

Our Programs

Pace offers a diverse selection of interdisciplinary learning and living experiences. There are bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, and Pace’s six schools and colleges—the College of Health Professions, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems—offer a variety of courses in business, health care, computer science, humanities, education, science, law, the arts, and more.

Each program and experience is enhanced by our metropolitan New York location. The New York City Campus is within walking distance to Wall Street and the Brooklyn Bridge, and a subway ride from all that the city has to offer. The bucolic 200-acre Pleasantville Campus in Westchester County, only an hour by train from New York City, is home to 14 NCAA Division II teams, and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law is situated in the heart of White Plains’ buzzing suburban sprawl. 

Our People

Pace University employs approximately 486 full-time faculty and 900 adjunct faculty, and approximately 1,700 full and part-time administrative staff. The majority of adjunct faculty are represented by the Union of Adjunct Faculty at Pace (UAFP) and a small number of individuals are represented by Local One (IASTE).

The people at Pace represent the University’s most valuable resource, with a culture of quality improvement and shared values to ensure an informed, responsive, caring, and effective community empowered to build and sustain a great University. Together, faculty, administrators, and staff pursue innovation in academic programs and administrative services.

The VP/CHRO will be employees’ strongest advocate by: developing and executing human resources strategy; promoting workplace best practices; creating supportive programs and processes, policy reviews, and revisions; celebrating staff contributions; and instilling confidence and pride in every member of the University’s workforce.

Leadership: Marvin Krislov

Marvin Krislov became the eighth President of Pace University on August 1, 2017. He is deeply committed to Pace’s mission of Opportunitas—providing all students, regardless of economic background, access to the transformative power of education. He is guiding Pace through its New York City Master Plan to overhaul our downtown campus, and he’s working to bolster Pace’s status as the nation’s leading four-year private college for driving economic mobility. Prior to Krislov’s appointment at Pace, he served for 10 years as the president of Oberlin College, where he led collaborative, consensus-driven efforts to make the college more rigorous, diverse, inclusive, and accessible to students from every socioeconomic background. Prior to Oberlin, he was vice president and general counsel at the University of Michigan, where he led the legal defense of the University’s admission policies that resulted in the 2003 Supreme Court decision recognizing the importance of student body diversity. Krislov earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, at Yale University in 1982, and was named a Rhodes Scholar. He earned master’s degrees at Oxford University and Yale, and a juris doctor degree at Yale Law School in 1988. Prior to entering academic life, Krislov served as acting solicitor and then deputy solicitor of national operations in the US Department of Labor. He previously served as associate counsel in the Office of Counsel to the President under President Bill Clinton.

For more information on Pace University, please visit their website.

The Opportunity

Pace University seeks a strategic, transformative and highly-engaged leader to provide oversight and support to the human resources function for all employees of Pace University.

The Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (VP/CHRO) reports directly to the President and provides strategic leadership in the planning and implementation of quality-based, integrated human resources programs for all employees of Pace University. The VP/CHRO develops and articulates a broad HR strategy that drives the attraction, retention, and development of a qualified and talented workforce in alignment with the University’s Strategic Plan. They act as the steward of employee resources in service to the university’s mission of Opportunitas and leads an organization that delivers well-designed and effective talent acquisition, employee and labor relations, talent development, benefits, compensation, and other HR programs and initiatives.

The VP/CHRO leads strategic planning across all HR functions to ensure excellence and continuous improvement in value, leadership, efficiency, customer service and organizational capability. They will facilitate collaboration across HR functions and with other administrative units of the university to synchronize and maximize the quality of HR programs and systems. The selected candidate will serve as the accountable officer for all University compliance with federal, state, and local laws related to employment and employment activity and will facilitate regular reviews and audits of HR practices to ensure compliance.

The VP/CHRO leads a high-performing team of six full-time employees and strategic leadership to the entire HR division of 14 full-time staff employees, one part-time staff employee and several student employees, and will provide supervision and mentorship designed to develop the team to operate at the highest levels of performance, efficiency, and integrity.

They will oversee the efficient administration of all employee benefit programs including health, welfare, and retirement benefits, including a $50 million benefits program, and will ensure appropriate evaluation and audits of plan documentation against current practices, policies, operating procedures, and regulatory requirements. The VP/CHRO will lead the University’s Compensation and Benefits Advisory Committees and serves on the President’s Operations Committee and the University Budget Committee, and will partner across the academic and administrative units to deliver the highest level of service.

The VP/CHRO will join the University at a critical time in the development of a strategic human resources function and the continued development of its workforce to meet the current and future needs of a rapidly evolving organization. In a spirit of innovation and inclusive excellence, the VP/CHRO will:

  • Plan and direct the operations, programs, and policies for all human resources functions including talent acquisition, employee and labor relations, talent development, benefits, and compensation.
  • Oversee the development and execution of comprehensive, proactive, and positive employee relations programs. Encourage and support an atmosphere conducive to high faculty and staff morale. Provide fair and objective reviews of all questions of concern to the faculty and staff.
  • Oversee the development and delivery of high-quality training and development programs and resources and ensures effective communication to employees about learning opportunities available to them. Promote support for these opportunities among university leaders.
  • Drive HR operational excellence by leveraging technology to automate and streamline processes, leading ongoing assessment and process change activities for the division and encouraging collaboration across HR departments and with other administrative units at the university on cross-functional initiatives.
  • Direct the development and implementation of a total compensation and rewards philosophy and programs designed to attract and retain the highest quality faculty and staff to the University and recommend the most effective use of available resources to meet these goals.
  • Partner with division leaders and different HR functional areas to design, establish and maintain an organizational structure and staffing levels to effectively accomplish the University’s goals. Advises managers on a wide range of HR policies and best practices and encourages proactive and strategic organizational planning efforts.
  • Serve as the University senior representative and spokesperson on labor relations and contacts. Work closely with the Executive Director of Employee and Labor Relations to oversee ongoing labor relations, collective bargaining and negotiation activities
  • In collaboration with the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer and HR functional leaders, foster an equitable, diverse and inclusive work environment and ensure that HR programs and services reflect the University’s prioritization of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Candidate Profile

The Vice President for Human Resources at Pace University will have at least 10 years of leadership experience in Human Resources with a track record of successfully developing and implementing short and long-term objectives. The selected candidate will bring experience in establishing systems and leveraging technology to deliver high quality service with a clear focus on strategy, policy, and compliance. They will have strong technical knowledge of human resources functions and a record of accomplishment in developing and promoting a genuine service ethic to deliver dynamic and responsive human resources services and support to a diverse community.

In addition, the incoming Vice President, Human Resources of Pace University will possess many of the following attributes and competencies:

  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills, with a strong foundation and expertise in financial management;
  • Accomplished record of leadership in developing and promoting a genuine service ethic and effective use of technology in delivery of human resources services;
  • Demonstrated success utilizing technology to deliver dynamic and responsive human resources services and support to the University leadership and faculty and staff populations;
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a record of promoting it;
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills and abilities;
  • A record of attracting, mentoring and retaining high-quality talent and building vibrant, empowered teams from ambitious, individual contributors;
  • Ability to travel between all university locations and spend time on all sites, both in Westchester and New York City.

A bachelors’ degree is required. Preferred qualifications include an advanced degree, experience with labor relations and collective bargaining agreements, and SPHR or PHR professional certifications.


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Pace University is committed to achieving full equal opportunity in all aspects of University life. Pursuant to this commitment, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender or gender identity; race; color; national origin; religion; creed; age; disability; citizenship; marital or domestic partnership status; sexual orientation or affectional status; genetic predisposition or carrier status; military or veteran status; status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses or stalking; or any other characteristic protected by law federal, state or local law, rule or regulation.

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