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Vice President for Human Resources

Sacred Heart University   Fairfield, CT   Full-time     Human Resources
Posted on May 2, 2024
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Sacred Heart University (SHU) seeks a human resources professional with extraordinary people skills and cultural acumen to serve as its Vice President for Human Resources (VPHR). This role offers a distinct opportunity for a creative and entrepreneurial individual to lead a sophisticated and operationally strong human resources function within a progressive and rapidly growing University. Reporting directly to President John Petillo, PhD, and recognized as a vital partner to institutional success, the VPHR will provide strategic and operational leadership to all human resources functions for the University.


A national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century, Sacred Heart University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution in Fairfield, CT, with an international campus in Dingle, Ireland. One of the fastest-growing private doctoral institutions in the United States, SHU serves over 11,000 students and offers nearly 90 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and certificate programs across six colleges and three schools. SHU stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by the laity. The contemporary Catholic University is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions, and communities. SHU is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program, and an impressive performing arts program.


As a highly visible and collaborative member of the campus community, the VPHR will provide leadership and direction to all facets of human resources management across the University. As a member of the President’s senior leadership team, the VPHR directly participates in institutional planning and decision-making. The VPHR directs the University’s HR Department and supervises a team of four, including the Associate Vice President for Human Resources, the Executive Director of HRIS & Compensation, the Executive Director for Title IX, and the Special Projects Coordinator, who also serves in an administrative support capacity to the VPHR. The VPHR will ensure that all HR programs and initiatives are integrated and effective in supporting the institution’s overall mission, goals, and objectives while continuing to evaluate and respond to evolving needs. The successful candidate will bring a keen understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities inherent to human resources in a higher education context and how HR leaders can strategically drive institutional success.


Sacred Heart University has retained the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to conduct this important search and identify outstanding candidates. Please direct all confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications to the firm as indicated below.


Dan Rodas, Partner,

Tim Lanigan, Senior Associate

Amble Ryan, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller



Sacred Heart University is a space that respects and embraces differences, recognizes the unique contributions that individuals can make, and creates a community that maximizes the potential of all faculty and staff. As an equal-opportunity employer, we encourage applications from qualified candidates who reflect the wider world in which we live.