Jan 28, 2020

Associate Vice President for Human Resources

  • Gordon College
  • Wenham, Massachusetts, USA
Full time Higher Education Administration Human Resources

Job Description


Under the direction of the Executive Vice President, the Associate Vice President for Human Resources (AVPHR) provides strategic senior leadership and direction for recruiting, developing, motivating, and evaluating the College’s human capital. This hands-on position is responsible for leading all human resources operations, programs, and services for administrators, faculty, staff, and students. This position advances the College’s Christian mission and seeks to build a national model for what it means to be an intentional Christian workplace in the context of higher education. The Associate Vice President’s mandate will include the expansion of human resources by providing excellent consultative, strategic and operational services for the campus.




  • Attract, develops, rewards and retains a diverse and talented workforce.
    • Develops and manages the College’s multi-million dollar personnel and benefits
    • Directs and engages other campus leaders in onboarding and offboarding employees (from new hire orientation to exit experience).
    • Serves as a cultural architect that implements change management and continuous improvement initiatives to strengthen Gordon’s culture as a distinctively Christian workplace. Responsible for addressing the current and anticipated future talent development and talent management needs of the College, ensuring alignment with the institution’s strategic vision, mission and



  • Provides strategic direction and oversight for Gordon’s compensation plan including: competitive salaries, robust benefit program, survey participation, data analysis, and establishing appropriate classifications and compensation for all positions. Ensure compliance with applicable wage and hour laws and regulations.
  • Develops, implements, and supports a performance management system for staff and student workers that integrates the strategies and action plans of the College’s annual goals and longer-term
  • Develops and leads a robust program of professional development programs for administrators, faculty, and
  • Leads the development and implementation of metrics and HR analytics that effectively measure, benchmark, and monitor the learning and development impact to the
  • In collaboration with College Communications, develops and provides leadership oversight for the communications and marketing function for employee
    • Collaborates with and serve as a consultative and advisor to department heads, campus leaders, and College administrators to promote an engaged campus culture with
    • Manages human resources
  • Contributes to the overall College strategy and its execution by partnering with members of the President’s Cabinet to identify, prioritize and build organizational
  • Partners with campus leaders on cross-functional collaboration efforts on admissions recruitment strategy, student internship and workforce readiness, diversity recruitment efforts, workforce optimization and other strategic
    • Works with campus leaders on cost-saving and efficient models of operation.
      • Serves as advisor to the Staff Welfare
    • Seeks opportunity to build community among faculty and staff through informal contacts and formal events, including all- campus faculty/staff meetings, Service Awards recognition, and Christmas Party.

Essential Functions (continued)

  • Provides guidance in mediation, intervention, advocacy, discipline and training
    • Conducts investigations when employee complaints or concerns are brought
    • Reviews, guides, and approves management recommendations for employment

Reviews College policies regarding sexual misconduct to ensure compliance with Title IX and the 2013 amendments to the Violence Against Women Act and to maintain a respectful workplace and safe campus.


  • Provides leadership, consultation and guidance to College administration regarding personnel/HR issues, trends and changes in employment
  • Ensures job descriptions are current; conducts job analysis to

determine appropriate salary grades.


  • Recommends salary levels for promotions and new
  • Conducts periodic examination of market and benchmark salary data, recommending competitive salary levels necessary to recruit and retain qualified
  • Revises and maintains the Staff Handbook and ensure all HR

policies and protocols align with best practices and relevant legal and regulatory expectations.

What makes working at Gordon great?


This is a campus that loves God, and strong Christian values infuse every aspect of our workplace.


The vibrancy of smart, faithful college students, two-thirds of whom work on campus every year. As Gordon senior leaders, we interact on a daily basis with the future leaders of the church and the College provides release time for you to have the chance to mentor and support them in a variety of ways.


A generous retirement plan with a 5% institutional match.


A generous benefits package, which includes ample paid vacation and sick leave, a weeklong holiday break between Christmas and New Year’s that requires no additional vacation time, and competitive medical and dental benefits packages that include an array of provider options.



A beautiful, park-like campus environment with hundreds of acres ofwoods and lakes to walk and explore. Great coffee shops and restaurants are close by and the vibrant arts, sports, shopping, and cuisine culture of the city of Boston is an easy drive away.


A mission-led organization that wants employees to deepen in their professional, personal, and spiritual strengths and is committed to colleagues’ growth.


Tuition remission for you and your family members, including opportunities at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and other Christian institutions across the nation.


















The Candidate


We are looking for an accomplished leader who feels called to serve the next generation by strengthening the College through human resources leadership. We recognize that God has gifted every person with unique gifts and backgrounds, and while the selected candidate may not meet every qualification, we believe there are several things that are important for Gordon’s Associate Vice President for Human Resources.


Senior campus leaders at Gordon must exhibit strong interpersonal and communication skills, and we are looking for a leader who has all of the requisite technical knowledge along with the ability to build and develop teams that will advance the College’s human resources strategy in the years ahead. We seek a gifted leader, not merely an effective manager.


The ideal candidate will fully embrace the unique mission of Gordon College and the ethos of collaborative decision-making that sets higher education apart from other sectors. We believe the best leaders at Gordon also embodies a liberal arts mindset that thinks across domains of knowledge and forges connections across ideas, people, and organizations.


The Associate Vice President must be talented in building and maintaining relationships at both the individual- and institutional- levels since this person will be the College’s leader across campus. We seek a person with demonstrated talent in leading and inspiring positive change and organizational innovation. The Associate Vice President will need to embody sound judgment, the highest ethical standards, and a commitment to the ideals for Christian living and leadership. We would prefer for the candidate to have experience in leading teams, managing in a complex organization, nonprofit management, business development, and organizational strategy. We think the ideal candidate will have an affinity for developing greater campuswide alignment around the College’s priorities and in forging more effective channels of communication across campus while deepening our commitment to a distinctively Christian workplace.


The ideal candidate will hold a master’s degree or higher in a relevant field or an equivalent record of professional distinction. She or he will also have SPHR-SCP or SHRM-CP certification and will also have five to ten years of progressive leadership experience. The ideal candidate will have experience with HCM/HRIS and payroll systems, supervisory experience, and the ability to regularly exercise objectivity, confidentiality, discretion and judgment.

The Associate Vice President for Human Resources, like all Gordon faculty and staff, is expected to live in a vital relationship with Jesus Christ, and, in being a senior leader of Gordon College, to be grounded in Biblical wisdom, a church community, and ongoing spiritual practices. The selected candidate will have a record of active involvement in Christian ministry and local church life and can enthusiastically support the College’s Statement of Faith, Statement of Life and Conduct, and Philosophy of Education. The candidate will reflect godly character, an excellent work ethic, an optimistic outlook, confident humility, and impeccable integrity.

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