University of Rochester - Director of Compensation

NY, Rochester

The University of Rochester, one of the nation’s foremost research universities and a longtime member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), seeks a strategic, forward-thinking, and collaborative leader to serve in the critically important role of director of compensation. Inquiries, nominations and expressions of interest are invited.

The motto of the University of Rochester, Meliora (“ever better”), symbolizes the continuous change and improvement that has defined the University since its founding in 1850. Steeped in Rochester’s rich history of social justice and entrepreneurial spirit, the University strives to be an inclusive, equitable, sustainable, and responsible organization at every level. This is an exciting moment to be at the University as President Sarah C. Managelsdorf began her tenure in July 2019 and seeks to accelerate Rochester’s momentum, developing clear strategies and objectives, strengthening the University’s commitments to inclusive excellence, and continuing to raise the University’s profile locally and around the world.

The University is known for its teaching, research, creative arts, and clinical care, and consists of the following academic units: The Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering (comprised of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences); the Eastman School of Music; the William E. Simon School of Business; the Warner School of Education and Human Development; the School of Medicine and Dentistry; and the School of Nursing. The 2020 edition of US News and World Report ranked the University #29 for national universities.

Reporting to the senior director of Total Rewards, the director of compensation will be charged with providing strategic and operational leadership for the University’s compensation program for the nearly 19,000 full and part-time University staff employees. This is a particularly exciting time to join the University human resources (HR) function, as there are a number of strategic initiatives under way. The successful candidate will be a collaborative and creative problem solver with demonstrated success in building and maintaining a high performing team and in supporting professional development. In addition, the director will have experience modernizing compensation operations, including the development of proactive and responsive policies, programs and service delivery methods. The director will have a progressive management approach, technical expertise and experience in strategically moving a compensation division tangibly forward, in alignment with broader human resources strategic plan. A bachelor’s degree, at least seven years of progressive compensation experience and minimum of four years of supervisory experience required. A Master’s degree and/or CCP or other compensation credentials are preferred.

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Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by May 15, 2020.

Candidates should provide, as two separate attachments, a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile. These materials should be sent via e-mail to the University of Rochester consultants Sarah Miller and Breanna Liddell at

The University of Rochester values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for persons regardless of age, color, disability, domestic violence status, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law.