Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
About SUNY Empire State College:
SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 by Dr. Ernest Boyer as a distinctive statewide institution focused on innovative, nontraditional teaching and learning.
SUNY Empire is part of the State University of New York system and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. With headquarters in Saratoga Springs, New York, SUNY Empire primarily serves working adults pursuing associate, bachelor's and master's degrees online and onsite at locations in every region of the state and abroad.
The college's 50-year commitment to flexible, individualized learning is represented by faculty mentors who guide students throughout their academic studies, the ability for students to build individualized degree plans, the award of credit for learning gained from life and work experience, world-class academic and social student-support communities, and flexible course delivery methods that meet students' diverse learning preferences. The college boasts more than 89,000 successful alumni and partners with nearly 16,000 students each year who want to expand their personal and professional horizons.
SUNY Empire State College is committed to creating a multicultural, inclusive academic and work environment. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We believe that a diverse faculty is critical to academic excellence and prepares students to live and work in an increasingly global world.
We are pleased to offer our employees a generous compensation and benefits package. We also offer professional-development activities for professionals and support staff, as well as faculty-development opportunities that encourage pursuit of disciplinary and community-focused research, scholarship of teaching and learning, and leadership development. Faculty-development opportunities include our annual Fall Academic Conference and the annual Institute on Mentoring, Teaching and Learning.
The Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Human Resources is a member of campus administration responsible for the leadership and administration of personnel services including but not limited to: operations, recruitment, budget, employment, classification/compensation, benefits, employee labor relations, policy implementation, staff training and development. The AVP for Human Resources reports directly to the Officer in Charge.
The AVP for Human Resources will provide oversight of the staff, budget and operations of the Office of Human Resources, which includes four (4) professionals and three (3) support staff. The incumbent will work closely with the College President, Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors, and Chairs on all aspects of the college's activities to provide subject matter expertise and guidance in all areas of human resources and will contribute to the institution's organizational strategic planning goals.
The position includes responsibilities as the college's Affirmative Action and Ethics Officer. In this role, the incumbent encourages and supports an atmosphere conducive to high faculty and staff morale; provides fair and objective reviews of all questions of concern to the faculty and staff, and evaluates the results of such endeavors. The incumbent will partner with the Chief Diversity Officer to provide leadership in fostering a climate of diversity, inclusiveness and respect.
The Assistant Vice President is responsible for:
- Functioning as a center of excellence pertaining to all matters relating to employee engagement; including motivation, development, leadership and performance management, providing pragmatic, legally sound, best practice counsel and where necessary ongoing support, coaching and guidance to leadership.
- Administering and maintaining labor relations and collective bargaining agreements.
- Overseeing all areas of human resources in risk management and compliance with federal, state, and local laws related to employment and employment activity and compliance with State University of New York (SUNY) and SUNY Empire policies.
- Representing the College at SUNY-wide human resource and affirmative action meetings.
- Directing the development of training and organizational development programs through subordinate departmental managers and university-wide instructors that address personal, professional, and organizational needs of university employees and departments.
- Evaluating departmental procedures to streamline and/or automate processes, improve customer service, reduce paper-flow, and improve human resources data management; plans and implements changes as required
- Managing organizational change to increase employee satisfaction and productivity
- Addressing components of the workplace culture in a proactive, respectful, and effective manner that impede the organization's and individual's effectiveness
The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the ability to:
- Develop and implement effective policies and procedures in all areas of responsibility, including recruitment, onboarding, training, retention efforts, diversity management, affirmative-action, quality-of-life matters, benefits delivery, customer service, separations and retirements.
- Maintain effective communication with faculty and staff in regards to human resource issues such as training, development and performance management.
- Ability to work with and across all levels of the organization, including the capability to diplomatically influence Executive Leadership Team members, and to establish and maintain a highly ethical reputation.
- Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution.
- 8+ years of progressively responsible experience in human resources leadership.
- Proven leadership, management and decision-making abilities.
- Excellent customer service and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrated experience in a culturally diverse environment and a high level of ethics, integrity and confidentiality.
- Master's Degree from an accredited institution.
- Higher education or New York State human resource experience in a senior leadership or supervisory role.
- Experience with New York State Department of Civil Service (classification, staffing, recruitment).
- Strong knowledge of SUNY policies and union agreements (language and the administration of) and/or experience working in a union environment.
- Experience within SUNY and Research Foundation, including experience with HR systems such as SUNY HR, PayServ, NYSTEP, and NYBEAS.
- This position is located in Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Some travel is required.
- VISA sponsorship is not available for this position.
Rank/Salary: Commensurate with qualifications.
Empire State College is an EOE employer.
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Applications Due By: Applications accepted until position is filled.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit the following documents, which are required for consideration by clicking on the APPLY NOW button:
- Cover letter
- Name and contact information of three references