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The College of St. Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota 55811
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The College of St. Scholastica (CSS), a vibrant, multi-campus institution in the Catholic Benedictine tradition with its main campus in Duluth, Minnesota, seeks an innovative, inspiring and transformational leader to serve as its next Vice President of Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer.  The Vice President provides strategic leadership and direction, in alignment with the College’s mission, vision, strategic plan and inclusive excellence goals, to all facets of human resources management in all components of the College and its campuses.  In addition, the Vice President coordinates efforts to establish Inclusive Excellence as a hallmark of academic excellence and institutional effectiveness and facilitates the operationalization of Inclusive Excellence in all spheres and at all levels of college operations.


The institution has long expressed its commitment to an inclusive and welcoming community where difference in all of its forms is honored, appreciated and celebrated. The College believes that equity and inclusion are key ingredients to academic excellence and the success of all students. Its Catholic Benedictine heritage, grounded in Catholic social teaching, informs this vision. CSS recognizes the fact that a diverse student body, faculty and staff deeply benefit all students. For CSS, Inclusive Excellence goes beyond accepting differences; the goal is to actively cultivate a campus environment where students, faculty and staff of every background and experience can thrive. CSS has engaged in deliberate strategies for the past decade to infuse equity and inclusion throughout its community. Through this commitment, the College knows, in its own words, that “it requires a sustained and multi-pronged effort.” Candidates are encouraged to view the Statement on Inclusive Excellence, as well as the Inclusive Excellence Strategic Plan Summary at htttp://


• Ensures that all HR programs and initiatives are integrated and effective in supporting the overall mission, goals, and objectives of the College; responsible for development and implementation of the Inclusive Excellence strategic plan.
• Directly participates in institutional planning and decision making as a member of the College’s Leadership Team.
• Ensures effective processes are in place for all facets of the talent management process for the organization benefits, health and wellness, compensation, training and development, talent acquisition, onboarding, employee relations, performance and accountability, succession planning, diversity and inclusion, and compliance.
• Responsible for the development and implementation of the total rewards strategy for the College; oversees the design, implementation and administration of compensation and benefits programs, ensuring they support workforce needs, are competitive and fiscally responsible; oversees the development and implementation of the Wellness Strategic plan that supports employee well-being and facilitates reduction of health care costs and employee engagement; continually evaluates the competitiveness of programs and practices against relevant comparable organizations and markets.
• Ensures that College is in compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements and college policies and procedures; develops, implements, and revises and policies and procedures for effective management of the organization; collaborates with managers to ensure consistent compliance.
• Participates in the development of the College’s plan and programs as a strategic partner; partners with executive leadership team to analyze and prioritize business challenges faced by the college and deploy HR interventions as required.
• Coaches and develops supervisor/manager skills in performance management, equitable treatment; assists in diagnosing and designing solutions to issues; coaches employees in how to navigate difficult situations; provides direction and support to supervisors/managers on how to deal with a wide range of employee issues, inclusive of coaching, developing performance management plans, etc.; Provides coaching to employees on a wide range of issues, inclusive of how to have difficult conversations, how to deal with conflict, how to work effectively with their supervisor, etc.
• Serves as the EEOC/ADA Officer for the College; handles all complaints and investigations related to harassment, discrimination, hostile work environment, etc.; conducts investigation and determines action to be taken based on the findings of the investigation; responsible for college wide compliance of Title IX, supervises the Title IX Coordinator, works in collaboration with the Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Team to identify trends and develop plan of action to systemically address issues identified, serves as the adjudicator for employee related Title IX incidents; reviews all requests for ADA accommodations; facilitates the interactive process and determines what accommodation will be provided.

• As Chief Diversity Officer (CDO), serves as an executive-level strategist and partners with Cabinet, campus leaders; responsible for guiding efforts and creating opportunities to define, assess and promote Inclusive Excellence in College operations.

• Proactively develops and implements plans, programs, and activities that educate and engage members of the College community to hold Inclusive Excellence as a core value to be collectively practiced.

• Advises the president and leadership team on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, including evaluating and advising of the need for new or revised policy related to Inclusive Excellence.
• Collects and utilizes data to assess the effectiveness of initiatives, to enhance their success and to achieve positive, measurable results. Collects, analyzes, and shares information on Inclusive Excellence efforts with various stakeholders.
• Provides policy expertise and ensure college accountability on all aspects of equity, inclusion and diversity for the College.
• Works effectively with diverse constituencies in an objective and impartial manner to foster a campus climate that respects and values differences and diversity among students, faculty and staff; coordinates efforts with the VP of Enrollment management to develop and implement strategies for increasing recruitment and retention of underrepresented students.
• Provides vision, leadership, coordination, and strategic planning for the design and implementation of an institutional-wide Inclusive Excellence (IE) strategic plan; works in collaboration with executive leadership to ensures alignment with the College-wide strategic plan; partners with the executive leadership to ensure implementation of divisional plans that align with the college wide plan and the IE strategic plan; facilitates the development and implementation of a multi-year implementation plan; ongoing monitoring, evaluation and modification of plan and assessment of progress towards Inclusive Excellence goals.
• Guides efforts and creates opportunities to define, assess, promote and enhance diversity and inclusive excellence, educational and employment opportunity, equity and cultural proficiency.
• Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the department’s service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team.
• Plans, organizes, administers, reviews and evaluates the work of assigned staff and students. 
• Recommends selection of staff; trains staff and provides for their professional development; administers discipline as required. 
• Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the department; evaluates department structure and function for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of operations; prepares and administers the department’s budget.


Professional certification (SPHR or SHRM-CP) and Bachelor’s Degree in business administration or related field, Master’s Degree preferred; AND five (5) years of senior level management experience over a comprehensive human resources function; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


CSS was founded in 1912 under the sponsorship of the Benedictine Sisters, with a mission of providing intellectual and moral preparation for responsible living and meaningful work within the context of Catholic Benedictine values. The founding Benedictine Sisters offered courses to a class of six women students on the stately and beautiful Duluth campus.  Today CSS programs are offered to more than 4,400 undergraduate and graduate students on the main campus in Duluth, as well as an online campus and satellite campuses in Brainerd, Cloquet, Hibbing, Grand Rapids, Inver Grove Heights, Rochester, Austin, St. Cloud, and St. Paul.  The guiding principles of the Benedictines run deep in the roots of life at CSS. The College’s mission is to develop thoughtful and engaged leaders, sharpened and sensitized by their educational experience who are prepared and committed to serving and transforming the world. The values at the heart of the College mission---community, hospitality, respect, stewardship, and love of learning---animate the college community experience.


Duluth is a beautiful and vibrant city of 86,000 set on the shore of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake by surface area in the world. For outdoor enthusiasts, Duluth offers four seasons of first-rate opportunities: beaches, bike paths, jogging trails, ski resorts, cross-country skiing trails, boating and fishing sites, and rinks for skating, curling, and hockey. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is an easy drive. Outside magazine has recently named Duluth as the number one “Outside City” in the US. The magazine also named Duluth as a runner-up for the “best adventure hub” in a worldwide survey of destinations for outdoor activities. The College was also pleased to learn that the nonprofit American Institute for Economics ranked Duluth as one of America’s best small metropolitan areas for college students. Similarly, the travel site DreamPlanGo named Duluth in the Top Ten of America’s Most Scenic College Towns. Duluth’s public schools are Minnesota’s most highly ranked, the cost of living is considered reasonable, and the city has more acres of municipal public parks than any other city in the country. The arts scene is booming with galleries, music venues, and a lively theater and dance community.


For more information and to apply, visit  The College of St. Scholastica is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an educational and work environment that is rich in diversity, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty and staff. Individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. While there is no religious requirement, we are interested in individuals who value and support the rich Catholic Benedictine heritage of the College of St. Scholastica.

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