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Chief Human Resources Officer

Finger Lakes Community College
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 30, 2023

Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) is a public community college in Canandaigua, New York. It is affiliated with the State University of New York and sponsored by Ontario County. The main campus is just east of the City of Canandaigua, with additional campus centers in Victor, Geneva, and Newark to serve the needs of Ontario County, Wayne County, Yates County and Seneca County in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

We are looking for an HR leader committed to providing comprehensive HR programs and policies and to engage College employees in a culture of success in a caring, respectful, inclusive, and responsive manner.

As a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Chief Human Resources Officer participates in strategic planning, policy formulation, budgetary decisions, and problem solving. The CHRO offers advice and counsel on the human resources implications of institutional decisions, and ensures appropriate legal and ethical principles are applied to the college’s recruitment/selection process, benefits administration and affirmative action plan. The CHRO participates in contract negotiations and monitors the administration of all labor contracts to ensure compliance, and provides leadership and direction in college-wide personnel areas, including recruitment and staffing, benefits and salary administration, labor and employee relations, training and development and records management.


  1. Requires a minimum of 5 years of human resource management and labor relations experience, with at least 5 years of direct supervisory experience
  2. Master’s Degree preferred in human resources or related field.


  1. In-depth and up-to-date knowledge of human resource practice, procedures, and employment law, in addition to union contract administration and negotiations
  2. Strong knowledge of employee benefits plans, such as health insurance, pension programs, disability insurance, etc.
  3. Knowledge of and skill in the design and delivery of training programs and presentations
  4. Experience overseeing matters of Civil Rights, including but not limited to Section 504, Title IX, Title VII, Title VI and ADA.
  5. Strong verbal, quantitative and interpersonal skills to effectively deal with complex management problems and communicate with employees at all levels inside and outside the college
  6. Ability to manage a department, including supervising employees and managing performance


  1. Competitive starting salary in the range of $115K - $130K
  2. Eligible for discretionary merit pay and annual salary increases
  3. NYS retirement or Optional SUNY Retirement Program
  4. SUNY Voluntary Savings Plan with a 2% FLCC match
  5. Comprehensive Health and Dental Insurance through Excellus BCBS
  6. FSA
  7. 21 days of annual leave, 12 sick days and 13.5 holidays annually
  8. FLCC Tuition Waiver for employee and dependents


  1. Serves as Chief Human Resources Officer of the college
  2. Actively participates as a member of the President’s Cabinet and assists the President and other senior managers in achieving priority institutional objectives identified in the college’s Strategic Plan
  3. Oversees the creation and implementation of annual operational plans for the Human Resources office. Guides the activities of the Human Resources team and assists direct reports in achieving priority institutional objectives; evaluates progress toward goals and objectives
  4. Prepares the annual budget for the Human Resources Department, in line with the college’s strategic priorities
  5. Develops and administers programs to encourage the college to embrace the diversity of applicants and employees. Acts as the college’s Affirmative Action Officer and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator. Implements and monitors affirmative action, Title IX, equal opportunity and ADA programs, policies, records, and reports.
  6. Supervises and coordinates the recruitment and selection of all college staff, including placing employment advertisements, communicating with applicants, supporting search committees, and certifying completeness of all documentation for presidential appointments.
  7. Leads contract and labor union negotiations; administers collective bargaining agreements and handles all labor relations issues, including grievances, on behalf of the college; administers compensation programs for all college staff according to contractual agreements and college policy.
  8. Administers employee benefit programs, including development and monitoring of annual benefit budget, dissemination of information and periodic assessment of benefit program competitiveness; serves as appointed officer for payroll certification.
  9. Develops systems to identify and assess departmental and college-wide competence, knowledge and talent gaps; develops activities and programs to address identified areas. Programs may include, but are not limited to, specific programs to facilitate succession planning for key contributors and leadership positions, specific training and development programs to enhance performance, correct deficiencies, or to prepare employees for more significant responsibilities; and, general development programs to increase employees' knowledge and understanding of the College, its vision and mission.
  10. Establishes and maintains credibility throughout the organization with management, faculty and staff in order to be an effective listener and problem solver when personnel issues occur.
  11. Provides necessary reports and metrics for critical analyses of the HR function and the effective utilization of human (people) resources of the college.
  12. Develops, administers and communicates HR policies, procedures and directives; maintains knowledge of current trends in the HR field, new and innovative human resource programs and services within higher education, and of laws and/or court case decisions that affect the college, faculty or staff.
  13. Serves as liaison with Ontario County’s Human Resources Department and the Personnel Committee of the Board of Supervisors on issues related to human resources.
  14. Actively participates in regional and national human resource and higher education organizations and committees to better serve the interest of the college, faculty and staff.
  15. Develops, administers and manages the HR budget and other financial measures of the department.
  16. Develops processes and systems to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws, statutes, and regulations,
  17. Develops and implements effective staffing plans, strategies and programs, utilizing external and internal resources as appropriate, to identify quality candidates for hire and promotion for all levels of positions within the organization.
  18. Supervises the administration of the Human Resources Information System.


In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, this job description contains only qualifications that are required, with or without a reasonable accommodation.

  1. Ability to use computer for extended periods of time.
  2. Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time.
  3. The ability to communicate information and ideas so others will understand. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.


The above statements are designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, and qualifications required of personnel so classified.

***When applying, please include a one page or less statement of your vision of the role of Human Resources in a community college, and how the HR division supports the community college mission.***

For full consideration, apply by March 10, 2023

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