Vice President for Human Resources

Owens Community College

Owens Community College
Vice President for Human Resources

Owens Community College (OCC), with locations near Toledo and Findlay, Ohio, seeks an experienced human resources professional and collaborative leader to serve as the College’s next Vice President for Human Resources.

The Vice President for Human Resources is responsible for strategy, policy and programs that support the mission and strategic plan of Owens Community College. The Vice President reports directly to the President of the College, Dr. Dione Somerville, and is a member of the College’s mission-driven senior leadership team which is highly focused on aligning department goals with the College’s strategic plan.

The Vice President will be selected by the President and is expected to take office in Spring/Summer of 2024, with a spring start date preferred.

Required Qualifications

The new Vice President for Human Resources shall demonstrate the following required credentials:
• A bachelor’s degree in human resources, business administration, or related field; a Master’s in a related field or law degree is highly preferred.
• Experience leading successful human resource organizations.
• A track record of high-level, successful employee relations skills.
• Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to implement best practices in human resources.
• Demonstrated skills in labor relations, and the ability to work effectively in a unionized, public-sector environment and with outside counsel on these matters.
• Demonstrated ability to promote organizational culture improvements.
• Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
• Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues.
• Innovative and strategic, with a commitment to advancing the college’s mission, vision, and values.
• Collegial social presence, professional acumen, positive attitude, deep listening skills, relate to people well, team player, creative thinker and engaging public speaker.
• Excellent verbal, listening and written communication skills.
• Excellent strategic thinking skills and experience transforming strategy to implementation.
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, focused on measurable results.
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Strong supervisory and leadership skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification.
• Experience in higher education administration.
• Experience using enterprise systems, particularly Workday.
• Experience in public-sector organizations.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

Application and Nomination Processes
Owens Community College has enlisted the support of Academic Search in this search. Those who are considering applying are encouraged to schedule a confidential conversation with the senior consultant for this search, Kate Nolde, at

Applications should consist of the following documents, to be submitted electronically in .pdf format:
• Detailed letter of interest addressing the leadership agenda and qualifications as outlined in this profile.
• Full resume with relevant administrative responsibilities and accomplishments.
• List of five professional references, including names, phone numbers, and email addresses, noting the candidate’s relationship for each reference. References will not be contacted until later in the search process and only with the candidate’s permission.

Application materials, nominations, and expressions of interest should be submitted to Nominations should include the nominee’s full name, position, institution/organization, and email address.

Although applications will be reviewed until the position is filled, to ensure full consideration by the Search Committee, application materials should be received by March 14, 2024. A background check (including identity, degree verification, and criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered this position.

Owens Community College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Owens Community College, please call(567) 661-7527or


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