Student & Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. Our nearly 4,000 staff and student employees who make up SCL embrace the opportunity to represent the division and strive for excellence as we shape the Cornell student experience, one interaction at a time.
As a part of the Office of the Vice President, the SCL Human Resources team actively works to advance Student & Campus Life's purpose, to inspire transformation through both strategic and operational HR services. The director for human resources understands the current and future needs of the organization and serves as an effective business partner while providing vision and oversight of core human resource functions including; workforce planning, organizational change management, talent acquisition, staff climate & retention, organizational design, employee relations and the employee experience (onboarding, professional development, recognition and wellness) among others. The director will identify and evaluate highly complex and sensitive HR issues that require thorough analysis, creative problem solving, and an evaluation of the best possible approach, as well as high-level policy interpretation, advice, and guidance to SCL leadership and within the HR team.
The Director of Human Resources role requires a bold and innovative leader who brings proven HR business partner experience, as well as a progressive approach to HR utilizing both data analytics and a keen pulse on the organization to help influence divisional direction. It will be critical for this role to operate in a dynamic, multi-stakeholder and matrix structured organization with a mix of centralized and decentralized functions.
The director will also be a skilled relationship builder and collaborator, both internally to the division and externally across the University. In utilizing this skill, this role is expected to proactively partner with the executive and senior leaders to develop a divisional strategic plan for HR that brings together programs, policies and practices in an effort to meet the current priorities and ongoing needs of the organization. The role will also serve as a champion for and represent SCL's interests at an institutional level on matters of university HR direction, policy and procedures.
The position will support a large (approx. 280M operating budget) and diverse division comprised of approximately 1200 regular staff, over 400 of which are part of a collective bargaining unit, and 2,500 temporary and student staff. The director will oversee an HR team of 8, comprised of an associate director, HR consultants and HR assistants in carrying out functional responsibilities. The position reports directly to the chief of staff/executive director of organizational excellence for SCL and has a secondary reporting relationship to Cornell's associate vice president for human resources and will be an active member of the university-wide HR governance council.
A successful Director of Human Resources will demonstrate:
Leadership - demonstrated commitment to the development of those around you. Must be able to motivate staff and provide constructive feedback when appropriate.
Impact - ability to display business savvy and accomplish responsibilities while considering the impact on others, consulting those when necessary.
Positive rapport - ours is a client-oriented, customer service environment. The ability to develop effective working relationships with a broad base of clientele as well as colleagues throughout the university is essential to success.
Excellent professional judgement - we depend on you to represent our HR team and Cornell to the highest ethical standards. Tact, discretion and diplomacy are a must.
Solution oriented approach -creative thinking and proactive problem-solving skills are essential. This include the ability to see both granular details and the big picture.
Output - Ideas are great, but execution is equally as important. Our work is dynamic and someone in this role has to be able to juggle a high volume with competing demands and provide timely response to urgent issues. Implementation and follow-through is expected.
Communication - written and verbal communication skills must be professional and polished. Proven success with persuading others and adapting communication to various audience groups.
Metrics - we use data to assess various scenarios and help inform our recommendations and decisions. For this role you need to be data-driven and analytical, including minute details when needed.
A bachelor's degree in human resources management, business administration or a related discipline and 7-10 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master's degree preferred. Proven success with strategic human resources management, including serving as a strong HR business partner with demonstrated ability to advance organizational change. Solid experience in fundamental HR functions; talent acquisition, employee relations, compensation, performance management, organizational development etc. with labor relations/union negotiations preferred. Ability to lead a strong HR team while regularly looking for operational improvements. High degree of emotional intelligence with the ability to effectively work with a broad and diverse population, including staff and students.
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