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Associate Vice President of Employee Engagement/HR

Daemen College
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 18, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration
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Full Time
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Daemen College invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Vice President of Employee Engagement/HR.

The College seeks an experienced human resources professional who will oversee and lead the College's human resources programs and activities, including the maintenance and management of all employment records and human resources data; administration of employee benefits, payroll, recruitment, orientation and training; and College compliance with federal/state employment laws and regulations. 

Daemen College is a private, nonsectarian, co-educational, comprehensive college in Amherst, New York, with a diverse student population of approximately 3,000 students. Its attractive suburban location offers convenient access to the cultural amenities of metropolitan Buffalo and the scenic outdoor recreation areas of Western New York, the Niagara Frontier, and the Great Lakes. In addition, the College is near Canada, with cosmopolitan Toronto within easy driving distance.

Buffalo, New York is enjoying a resurgence that has been recognized nationwide and that has energized the region, attracting capital, innovative businesses, and a highly educated populace.  Daemen College is a key part of the higher education component of the Buffalo resurgence.

Founded on the principle that education should elevate human dignity and foster civic responsibility and compassion, Daemen College seeks to integrate the intellectual qualities acquired through study of the liberal arts with the education necessary for professional accomplishment. 

The AVP of Employee Engagement/HR will report to the Vice President for Business Affairs, and serve as the principal advisor to the President and the College's senior management team, with regard to human resources policies and personnel-related matters. 

The AVP of Employee Engagement/HR is expected to provide strategic leadership to the Employee Engagement Team, exhibiting a cohesive, collaborative, and coordinated approach to the human resources function of Daemen College.  Candidates for this position shall have strong writing and oral communication skills, along with excellent analytical skills with the ability to interpret, manage, and analyze statistical data.  A proficiency in human resources compliance, payroll and information systems is essential.

The successful candidate shall serve as the senior human resources administrator and advisor for the College; develop annual operating and financial plans for the human resources programs of the College; inspire the Human Resources staff through effective motivation, mentoring, and team building; and be the preeminent employee relations contact for all employees of the College.

The successful candidate must have a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university, Masters Degree preferred and at least seven years of progressive professional human resources experience in a leadership capacity.  Human Resources certifications also preferred. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.  To assure full consideration, applications should be received by Friday, November 5th, and must include a cover letter of interest and resume and the names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of three professional references (references will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant). 

Daemen College is an AA/EOE and strongly encourages applications from women, veterans, people of color, individuals with disabilities and candidates who will contribute to and support the cultural fluency and diversity of our campus.


Department: Employee Engagement/HR

Official Title: Associate Vice President of Employee Engagement / HR

Organizational Unit/Department: Employee Engagement/Human Resources

Work Location: Duns Scotus 126

Title of Immediate Supervisor: Vice President for Business Affairs

Title of Other Positions Reporting

To this Position: Payroll Director; Employment Coordinator; Benefits & Payroll Coordinator, and HR Associate.

Purpose of Position: Responsible for overseeing the human resource and payroll functions of the College, including the centralization, maintenance, and management of all employment records and human resource data; administration of employee relations, benefits, payroll, compensation, recruitment, orientation, and training initiatives and programs; management of the Human Resources professional staff; and ensuring College compliance with federal/state employment regulations. This position reports to the Vice President for Business Affairs and also serves as the principal adviser to the President with regard to human resources policies and personnel-related matters for the College's senior management team.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as senior human resources administrator and advisor for the College;
  • Develop collaborative relationships with all offices and departments of the College;
  • Provide strategic leadership and supervision to the Employee Engagement office staff and functions;
  • Develop annual operating and financial plans for human resources in alignment with the College's overall operational budget and Strategic Plan;
  • Manage and oversee the priority functions of the Employee Engagement Office, including but not limited to the following:
  • Implement and administer college-wide human resources policies, procedures and practices, including but not limited to; performance management, corrective actions, internal investigations, and organizational changes in accordance with federal and state legal requirements;
  • Oversee the Talent Acquisition for the College, including placement of advertising, scheduling of interviews, applicant communication, and candidate travel;
  • Oversee administration of new employee orientation, training, and benefit enrollment;
  • Oversee the annual employee performance evaluation program at the College;
  • Oversee and assistance with regard to professional development programs for College employees;
  • Manage and oversee all employee benefits, including compensation, wellness, retirement, workers' compensation, leave, unemployment insurance, Tuition Exchange, and other benefits programs or issues;
  • Coach and advise managers and leaders on issues including application of HR policies, processes, restructuring and complex employee issues;
  • Monitor and advise managers in the progressive discipline process, reviewing, guiding and approving management recommendations for employee terminations.
  • Assist in developing solutions through organizational development (i.e. restructuring, roles and responsibility clarification, competency development and succession planning in order to strengthen overall organizational capabilities;
  • Serve as liaison with external legal counsel for immigration and work authorization needs, J-1, H-1B, etc.;
  • Oversee the College wide payroll for staff, faculty, and students, ensuring best practices, payroll tax compliance, record keeping and reporting;
  • Ensure alignment of HR processes, i.e. Performance Management and Development, Compensation Planning, etc. aligns with strategic and operating goals;
  • Determine and recommend employee relations practices necessary to establish a positive employee relationship and promote a high level of employee morale and motivation;
  • Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management and employment law.
  • Assist employees and supervisors with employee relations, including arrangements for counseling, mediation, guidance and/or legal or Employee Assistance Program (EAP) assistance;
  • Develop and assist with the enforcement of procedures to ensure compliance with all federal, State, and local employment laws, including compliance with Title VII, FLSA, ADA, ERISA, COBRA, and other regulations; and the preparation of OSHA logs, Vets 100 report and data needed to complete Affordable Care Act reports;
  • Maintain human resources records and information systems in a confidential and compliant manner;
  • Serve as the College's Retirement Plan Administrator;
  • Create, maintain and review accurate job descriptions for employment opportunities at the College;
  • Prepare and maintain the Employee Engagement Department annual operating budget, including the budget assigned to the Department for advertising of employment opportunities and the recruitment of employees;
  • Gather and analyze employment data, including but not limited to, salary surveys and best practices, that will assist the President and other senior leaders in improving the College's workforce and maintenance of a positive climate for the employees of the College; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Business Affairs.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university; Master's Degree preferred.

Experience in Benefits, Recruitment, Employee Relations and Investigations, Compliance and Payroll required.

HR certifications preferred.

Seven years of progressive professional human resources experience in Human Resources management, leadership, and/or related fields, including experience in a higher education setting in a leadership capacity.

Strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret, manage, and analyze statistical data.

Proficiency in human resources records and information systems.  Experience with ADP Workforcenow strongly preferred.

Personnel budget oversight experience and strong working knowledge of human resource concepts, practices and procedures.

Some staff supervisory experience, with strong interpersonal and leadership skills, and excellent writing and oral communication skills.


Terms of Employment:

This position is a full-time exempt position that may require extended or weekend hours if warranted to meet the obligations of the position. The College offers a full package of benefits.


Compensation: Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


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