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Vice President of Human Resources
Polk State College

Date Posted Jan. 12, 2023
Title Vice President of Human Resources
University Polk State College
Winter Haven, FL, United States
Department Human Resources
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Vice-(President/Provost/Chancellor)
  • Human Resources

Polk State College invites applications for the position of Vice President of Human Resources (VPHR). This new position reflects the College’s substantial interest in building a robust Human Resources Department that embraces change and innovation that support a superb place to work. This position reports directly to the President of Polk State College and is a member of the President’s Leadership Team.

Polk State College, located in Central Florida, is part of the Florida College System that consists of 28 state colleges. The College is a multi-campus institution with a total of seven locations across Polk County including three collegiate high schools. Polk State is a leader with innovative programs and outstanding faculty and staff. Polk State is proud to be Polk County’s largest institution of higher education, serving nearly 13,000 degree-seeking students and more than 9,000 individuals in workforce training each year. The College’s commitment to providing access to affordable, quality associate and baccalaureate degree programs and certificate and workforce training opportunities is a commitment to building and enhancing the local community.

This position serves not only as the senior human resources officer for Polk State, but also as a trusted advisor, strategic business partner, and advocate for all employees. In this role and working hand-in-hand with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the VPHR will recommend and help make important institutional decisions that impact all employees and the Polk State community. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a visionary leader, with extensive experience in human resources, to serve in a complex, diverse, multi-faceted institution of higher education. This transformative, forward-thinking, and innovative individual will help develop and achieve goals and objectives that complement the vision of the President. The VPHR will be a strategic thinker, an excellent communicator, and an exceptional listener, who will create and effect change and serve as the face of the Office of Human Resources. They will be in a key position to oversee and influence the people, policies, practices, and procedures of Polk State, and further enhance the College community.

There is a strong desire to attract a VPHR who views human resources as a strategic asset, and who understands the importance of a well-functioning human resources team that is defined by its commitment to performance excellence, and effective and responsive customer service. The VPHR will possess a broad perspective and indepth knowledge of effective human resource frameworks (i.e., policies, practices, and procedures) and legal guidelines and requirements, across different employee groups, including: faculty, administrative staff, and other employees. The VPHR will consider how best to integrate human resources with academic affairs and the other areas of Polk State, and the effective and increased use of available human resources software technology, such as Banner or Peoplesoft, in a time of limited financial resources.

Preferred attributes and more information regarding the Vice President of Human Resources and Polk State College can be found in the leadership profile:

Application materials should be submitted by the target date of March 13, 2023, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled. Application materials must include: a letter of interest stating how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and strategic priorities expressed in the position prospectus; a CV; and 3. the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact, including the candidate’s professional relationship with each reference listed. References will only be contacted with permission of the candidates. Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to:

Other inquiries should be directed to Alan N. Crist, Ph.D.,, 608.695.0217 or Wayne M. Wormley, Ph.D.,, 215.432.7913 Executive Search Consultants, AGB Search who will be assisting with the search.


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