Associate Vice President for Human Resources

University of Rochester

  • Location: Rochester, NY

The University of Rochester is the largest private employer in upstate New York, with more than 30,000 employees who work at the University, its Medical Center and affiliate organizations. The University of Rochester, across all of its schools and campuses, enrolls more than 12,000 students annually, of whom more than 6,000 are undergraduates. The University, (along with its affiliated health network, UR Medicine) is the largest employer in the Greater Rochester area and the eighth largest employer in New York.

One of the country’s top-tier research universities, The University of Rochester remains one of the smallest and most collegiate among top research universities, with smaller classes, a low 10:1 student to teacher ratio, and increased interactions with faculty. More than $438 million annually in sponsored research funding is received that consistently ranks the University among the top universities nationally in federally financed science, engineering, and medical research.

Position Overview

Serving as the Senior Deputy to the Vice President for Human Resources/CHRO for the University, the Associate Vice President (AVP) is a key leader at the University level, providing leadership and direction to the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of human resource programs broadly. This role does have a special focus on the Medical Center, to help it remain agile in a changing health care marketplace to retain its reputation as a best-in-class academic medical center and an employer of choice for the community it serves.

Working with the Vice President/CHRO, the AVP will integrate University-wide human resources strategies, goals, and objectives into all aspects of Medical Center operations as well as integrate best practice HR into the enterprise-wide environment as appropriate. The AVP provides direction and mentorship to HR leaders and staff across the University to ensure responsiveness to the development of human resource solutions.

The Associate Vice President for Human Resources reports directly to the Vice President, Human Resources/Chief Human Resources Officer for the University. This position will act as deputy to the University CHRO and will have a focus on Medical Center HR operations. This role will also have a collaborative relationship with the HR Directors of University of Rochester Affiliates (Highland Hospital, Highlands at Pittsford, Highlands at Brighton, Highlands Living Center, UR Home Care, Thompson Health, Noyes Health, St, James and Jones Memorial Hospital) in order to share best practices.

In addition, while central HR services and centers of excellence report directly to the University CHRO, they will have accountability to the AVP for Human Resources, especially for affairs related to the Medical Center. These areas include: Benefits, Compensation, Labor Relations, Leave Administration, Organizational Development, Diversity, EO/AA, Employee Relations and Engagement, Talent Acquisition, Employment and Temporary Services, and HRMS.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred in a relevant discipline. SPHR/PHR strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of 7 years in a senior human resources leadership role, preferably within a teaching hospital or major health system environment.
  • Evidence of a firm foundation in functional HR best practices with demonstrated capability to lead the design and implementation of HR processes.
  • Previous record of achievement in leading change management, developing accountability, executing performance improvement and customer service programs.
  • Expertise in union environment strongly desired.
  • Ability to leverage emerging technology to affect efficiency and best practices.
  • Working knowledge of employee compensation and benefits programs.
  • Successful track record in recruitment and retention in a competitive labor market.
  • Proven ability to develop an HR department which will successfully support the organization at large.
  • Collegial approach to effort required to link working with both a major research university and a major academic medical center.