Vice President of Human Resources

Vice President of Human Resources

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, NJ   |   September 18, 2019

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) seeks an experienced and effective leader to serve as its next Vice President of Human Resources (VPHR). Reporting to the President, and as a member of the senior administrative team, the VPHR is responsible for the development and implementation of human resource policies and practices that advance the core educational, operational, and administrative objectives of the university. Working collaboratively with leaders across the campus, the VPHR will oversee an effective, innovative, and responsive human resources operation and will promote a high-performing, diverse, and productive culture that attracts, develops, and retains top talent.

About NJIT

As New Jersey’s public polytechnic university, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen, and leadership skills. NJIT is rated an “R1” research university by the Carnegie ClassificationÒ, which indicates the highest level of research activity. NJIT conducts approximately $170 million in research activity each year and has a $2.8 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey. NJIT is ranked #1 nationally by Forbes for the upward economic mobility of its lowest-income students and is ranked 43rd out of more than 4,000 colleges and universities for the mid-career earnings of graduates, according to NJIT also is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 100 national universities.

With 126 undergraduate and graduate degree programs (including 19 programs leading to a Ph.D. degree in a professional discipline), and more than 70 specialized laboratories and research centers or institutes, NJIT is home to more than 11,400 students and nearly 500 full-time and adjunct faculty members. The university maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1 and offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university.

NJIT is in the midst of a period of remarkable growth and progress. Approximately 150 new faculty have been hired in recent years. Investments totaling more than $400 million in infrastructure and facilities have transformed NJIT’s campus and given students access to state-of-the-art classrooms and cutting-edge technology. Ranked #1 among America’s Great Working-Class Colleges by the New York Times, NJIT prepares students to thrive in and lead the 21st century workplace.

The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) is an NJIT corporation focused on helping private enterprises discover what’s possible. Whether it’s working to solve the grand challenges shared across an entire sector or helping a single company find an innovative way to pursue a new product or market opportunity, NJII brings world-class intellectual and technological resources to bear and generates $80 million in revenues each year. NJII is a not-for-profit corporation in pursuit of economic development and transforming intellectual capital into commercial success.

On July 1, 2015, NJIT introduced 2020 Vision – A Strategic Plan to chart the university’s course during the second decade of the 21st century. It is the product of diverse perspectives, an exceptional breadth of talent and deep concern for all aspects of the university’s mission. The five core strategic priorities are:

  • Students – To support and increase the number of high-achieving students who graduate
  • Learning – To provide a challenging, hands-on and relevant curriculum
  • Scholarly Research – To achieve national and international preeminence and industry engagement
  • Community – To engage locally, regionally and globally
  • Investments – To fund a complete spectrum of resources including human capital and physical infrastructure

With the successful completion of the current 2020 Vision, the new NJIT 2025: Building on a Strong Foundation strategic plan will be begin on July 1, 2020.   NJIT will realize this vision through ongoing assessment of its progress. This continuous assessment will keep the university on course toward becoming one of the premier polytechnic institutions in the country, renowned for excellence in education, eminence in research, generosity in service, and dedication to economic progress.

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About Newark

NJIT is located in the vibrant University Heights district of downtown Newark, just 20 minutes from New York City by train. Newark is a diverse city filled with restaurants, shops, galleries and more than 30,000 college students. Getting around town is easy as Newark is a transportation hub with Newark Penn Station 10 minutes from campus, as well as Newark Liberty International Airport less than 15 minutes away. On-campus shuttle service to Newark Penn Station provides access to the airport as well as New York City, renowned for its culture, entertainment, and career opportunities. Situated in the heart of Newark, the university shares this vibrant and multicultural neighborhood with the campuses of Rutgers University – Newark, the Rutgers Center for Law and Justice, Essex County College, and the developing University Heights Science Park.

America’s third-oldest city, Newark has been enjoying a cultural renaissance. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark Symphony Hall, and the Newark Museum, in addition to an expanding restaurant scene, provide a plethora of options for arts and entertainment. Its rehabilitated Military Park in the historic downtown, the Ironbound District is known for its great Portuguese restaurants and local shops. The Ironbound District is home to over 570 businesses and 170 restaurants. The Prudential Center is home to the New Jersey Devils, a professional NHL ice hockey team and is also the epicenter for concerts and events. “The Rock,” as it is known by locals, hosts over 175 events a year. Newark continues to develop as a corporate center, with Panasonic USA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, PSE&G, NJ Transit and Prudential headquartered there.

NJIT also includes public service and economic development as key components of its mission, and provides nearly 70,000 hours of community service each year. In partnership with the City of Newark and Newark Alliance, NJIT is committed to and participating in Newark 2020: Hire, Buy, Live Local. Under this initiative, NJIT and other Newark-based partner organizations from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, are establishing specific targets for employing more local residents, increasing procurement of goods and services from local businesses, and providing rental incentives to eligible NJIT employees living in local, designated neighborhoods.

University Leadership

Dr. Joel S. Bloom, Ed.D., President

Dr. Bloom began his career as an economist before becoming an educator and administrator for the New York City public schools. He later joined Teachers College, Columbia University as a research director focused on urban education. He became as assistant commissioner at the New Jersey Department of Education in 1983 in the administration of Governor Thomas Kean and changed statewide competency testing from basic to higher order skills; established the first statewide curriculum content standards; initiated statewide preschool programs; established over 20 model urban effective schools; and initiated the first high school academies for science and technology.

In 1990, President Bloom joined NJIT as a vice president before becoming founding dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College in 1998. He has been NJIT’s president since 2011. During his tenure, Joel has established a pre-college program to prepare underrepresented students for the STEM disciplines; led NJIT’s rise to #1 nationally for student upward mobility; completed a $400 million campus transformation that added one million square feet of teaching and research facilities; grew annual research to more than $170 million, earning NJIT an “R1” rating from the Carnegie Classification; created the New Jersey Innovation Institute, an NJIT corporation that partners with industry and government; and increased NJIT’s annual economic impact on New Jersey to $2.8 billion.

Dr. Bloom holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. He also earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Hunter College of the City University, New York City.

Fadi P. Deek, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Executive Vice President

Fadi P. Deek is Provost and Senior Executive Vice President at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) where he began his academic career as a student in the early 1980s. He received his B.S. Computer Science, 1985; M.S. Computer Science, 1986; and Ph.D. Computer and Information Science, 1997, all from NJIT. In addition, Dr. Deek is Distinguished Professor with appointments in two departments: Information Systems (in the College of Computing Sciences) and Mathematical Sciences (in the College of Science and Liberal Arts). He also holds a joint appointment in the Information Technology Program and serves as a member of the Graduate Faculty – Rutgers University Business School.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the President, the VPHR is the Chief Human Resources Officer of the university and a member of the president’s senior administration team. The VPHR is responsible for designing, developing, and delivering a human resource operation comprised of labor relations, benefits, compensation and classification, employment, training and development, staff diversity, and employee assistance for NJIT’s 1672 employees, including 680 part-time and full-time faculty members and 992 full-time and part-time staff members. The VPHR will maintain oversight regarding grievances, dispute resolution, and other personnel proceedings for all employees and will oversee, develop, and maintain the administration of HR policies. The VPHR provides leadership, direction, supervision, and oversight of the personnel staffing the HR department. The VPHR is also responsible for providing all HR services under a shared service model to New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit NJIT corporation.

Working in close collaboration with the General Counsel’s office, this position also serves as the Chief Labor Relations Officer and will be the chief negotiator in negotiations with the university’s eight bargaining units.  84% of NJIT employees, both full-time and part-time, are represented by collective bargaining agreements.

Although the primary locus for faculty recruitment resides in the Office of the Provost, the VPHR will work collaboratively with the Provost and his team on faculty onboarding and support.

Within Human Resources, the incoming VPHR will evaluate opportunities to streamline processes through refinement of roles and procedures, the inventive use and implementation of human resource technology, and an articulation of the department’s contribution to the university’s overall mission. The VPHR leads a team of 16 individuals and will provide supervision and mentorship designed to develop the team to operate at the highest levels of performance, efficiency, and integrity. The VPHR will manage an operating budget of $3 million and will supervise the management of a benefits program of approximately $72.6 million.

Building on the strong foundation of the 2020 Vision, the new NJIT 2025 strategic plan will be in place on July 1, 2020. The VPHR will champion and lead the Strategic Priority 5-Resources/Human goals and tactics to ensure successful implementation and completion of the plan.

Key objectives include:

  • Develop collaborative relationships at all levels of NJIT and become a leader of and for human resources, promoting its ability to function as an effective, efficient, and flexible resource while creating opportunities for an exchange of ideas and promoting customer service, education, and ease of access for all employees and potential employees;
  • Provide strategic, high-level consultation with senior leadership to increase the university’s ability to recruit and retain faculty and staff through best practices, competitive benefits and compensation, talent development, and a continued commitment to diversity;
  • Oversee comprehensive employee services and programs that create and foster a productive, diverse, and inclusive environment with an emphasis on effective talent management and ongoing professional development for employees at all career levels;
  • Implement state-of-the-art practices in human resource policies and procedures and communicate changes in human resource policies, procedures and programs to faculty, administration, and staff in a clear, concise, and timely manner;
  • Oversee and manage an annual performance evaluation process for administration and staff;
  • Maintain progressive, competitive, and proactive pay practices and benefits programs necessary to recruit and retain a quality workforce;
  • Serve as a thought leader and driver for fostering a diverse and inclusive community that proactively welcomes and honors all its members;
  • Partner with key campus decision-makers, serving as a trusted advisor and expert on organizational issues, complex and sometimes sensitive employee relation matters;
  • Provide leadership in the utilization of technology and efficient business practices to deliver data, service, and support to a range of constituencies; and
  • Foster a highly competent and agile Human Resources Department, characterized by a deep customer-service orientation, strong morale, and the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
Candidate Profile

The incoming VPHR will bring a proven track record of building and leading a best-in-class human resources organization with a superior understanding of human resource strategies in a diverse and multifaceted organization. The selected candidate will effectively lead the delivery of the full spectrum of human resource-related services, including benefits administration, compensation, staffing and recruitment, employee relations, and organizational effectiveness, and will bring experience in establishing systems and leveraging technology to deliver high quality service with a clear focus on strategy, policy, and compliance. The successful candidate will bring significant experience with collective bargaining units and a proven record of success in labor relations. A Master’s degree in Human Resources or related field from an accredited university or college is required, PhD is preferred. Ten years of successful, intensive experience in human resources, at least four years of which should be as a senior-level HR professional is required. Prior experience in higher education, and SPHR or SHRM-SCP certification, are preferred.

In addition, the incoming VPHR will possess many of the following abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, to build consensus and collaborate with others, and to articulate and implement human resource programs that reflect organizational goals;
  • Proven record of success in managing organizational change, talent recruitment, development, performance management, and retention;
  • Superior leadership and interpersonal skills and abilities, particularly in the areas of emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, and change management;
  • Experience leading system-wide and expansive talent recruitment and retention initiatives which actively invests in high-potential talent identified through a disciplined performance management and succession planning process;
  • A record of attracting, mentoring and retaining high-quality talent and building vibrant, empowered teams from ambitious, individual contributors;
  • Proven ability to handle matters of high accountability in an intense environment and in effective collaboration with multifaceted and diverse constituencies;
  • Demonstrate strong planning, organizational, administrative, supervisory, and budget-management skills, and the ability to deal effectively with a wide range of audiences including faculty, staff, students, job applicants, and outside organizations;
  • Possess strong negotiation skills in order to formulate policies and programs and arrive collaboratively at solutions with stakeholders, including collective bargaining units; and
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion, particularly in the STEM fields, and a record of promoting it.

Amy Sugin and Malissa Brennan of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

As an EEO employer, NJIT is committed to building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research, and working environment and strongly encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, women, minorities, veterans and gender identities.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners is a retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that partners exclusively with mission-driven clients, institutions of higher education and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our clients and ensuring they have the strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit