HR Director, Office of Advancement at The Ohio State University

HR Director, Office of Advancement at The Ohio State University

Job Type
Posting Date
January 24, 2019
Location of Position

Columbus, OH

Company Summary

For 144 years, The Ohio State University's campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. It's where friendships are forged. It's where rivalries and revelry are born.

The university's main campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Ohio State University is on the cusp of kicking off the public phase of a new development campaign following the most successful fundraising effort in its 146-year history. The But for Ohio State Campaign concluded in 2016, having raised over $3 billion from more than 750,000 donors, shattering the goal of $2.5 billion. An even more ambitious goal will be announced this fall, with new and exciting pillars propping up the efforts to move the university forward. Maintaining this momentum is only possible with the talented people who are the heart and soul of the Office of Advancement.

The Director of Human Resources will lead the HR functions for the Office of Advancement’s Development, Alumni Relations, University Marketing, and Advancement Strategy units. Reporting to the Vice President, Advancement Strategy and Administration, and serving as a strategic partner to the Senior Vice President of Advancement’s leadership team, the Director of Human Resources will provide progressive leadership by fostering innovation through organizational improvement and change for a workforce of approximately 500 staff members. The Director will also lead a strong team of eight HR professionals and set an overall direction that supports the vision, mission, and strategies of the Advancement organization.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic, progressive and experienced HR professional who possesses exceptional leadership skills, and business acumen. The candidate will: demonstrate a passion for delivering high-quality service and moving organizations forward through the power of people; manage large-scale projects with diverse groups of people; provide a high level of strategic thinking, initiative, and motivation; and work both independently and cooperatively with various levels of staff and administrators.

Position highlights include opportunities to accomplish the following:

  • Influence culture change through executive presence, listening, inclusiveness and curiosity
  • Build strong consultative relationships by serving as a strategic human resources business partner to executives in fast-moving areas that reach across campus
  • Implement development opportunities for management and leadership
  • Apply human resources expertise to progressively move the organization forward while operating as part of a public institution
Position Requirements

The successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in human resources or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience; bring 10 years of progressively responsible HR experience; five years of HR leadership experience that includes strategic planning and implementation as well as leading organizational change in complex environments; and leadership of HR professionals.

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You Need To Know

Aside from the unparalleled benefits of working for The Ohio State University and working in the diverse, smart, safe, fun and growing city of Columbus, Ohio, this opportunity will provide exceptional rewards that arise from working for a land-grant institution where you will truly feel the impact of your work. Learn more here:

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Questions may be directed to Steph Mizer, Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition and Management, Chief Diversity Officer at

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.