Staff Profile

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Shawn Vanderziel

Chief Human Resources Officer

Human Resources

Shawn manages the day-to-day operations of the Human Resources department which serves over 500 staff, 600 volunteers and 200 interns. In addition to his responsibilities as the head of human resources, he serves as the Museum's Chief of Staff.  In this capacity he works closely with the President and executive staff to align strategies and manages the Museum's Board of Trustees; organizing their quarterly meetings, managing communications and serving as liaison to the executive and governance/nominations committees.  Shawn began his career with The Field Museum in July 1997; was promoted to Director of Human Resources in May 2004. In January, 2006, Shawn was promoted to Vice President, Administration and HR. He has served as Chief Human Resources Officer since 2013.  During his career at The Field Museum he has overseen various departments and functions, including:  Information Technology, Communications and Marketing, Protection Services, Mailroom and Printshop, Library and Education.

Prior to joining the Museum, Shawn was the manager of recruitment for a permanent placement recruitment firm that placed candidates with fortune 500 companies. Additionally, he spent several years working in higher education as a student admissions director. 

Additional Information


Shawn has earned his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in interdisciplinary social sciences. 

Professional affiliations

Shawn served as President-Elect (2008-2009), President (2009-2010) and Past-President (2010-2011) for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).