Manager of Cornell Cooperative Extension Human Resources
HR Generalist III
Band F - Exempt Cornell Cooperative Extension College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Ithaca, New York
Who We Are
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education, and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) provides the educational outreach functions for Cornell University's role as New York State's Land Grant University. Programmatically, Cornell Cooperative Extension connects the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Human Ecology (CHE) with 54 off-campus Associations, Integrated Pest Management, New York State Sea Grant, Area Specialists, and CCE New York City (Off-Campus Extension). Together, the system includes over 1,900 employees.
The Human Resources Team within Cornell Cooperative Extension works in a complex system of University-related functions and statutory oversight of Off-Campus Extension. The team comprises approximately four staff and supports human resources activity performed by the off-campus County Extension Associations. The team provides general human resources support and guidance to seven Regional HR Leads, who support the off-campus county based Associations in the areas of employee relations and organizational development, Association HR policy and procedure, HR laws and regulations, and Association position classification, staffing, and compensation.
Key Responsibilities as a member of the CCE HR Team
You will build, maintain, and advance partnerships within the Cornell Cooperative Extension System and the University to improve and sustain overall HR functional capacity to meet ongoing stakeholder needs. Provide oversight of the statewide HR function by evaluating and providing support to statewide Regional HR Lead Team for highly complex and sensitive HR issues that require diplomacy, a thorough analysis of issues, and creative problem-solving. Specific duties include:
Serving as subject matter specialist on the statewide association HR function to Extension Administration leadership in areas of policy/employment law, recruitment, retention, performance management, professional development, compensation, and classification.
Proactively identifying and assessing organizational needs and providing counseling and expertise in the planning, implementation, and communication of change efforts intended to meet the strategic goals of the organization.
Identifying strategic training needs and aligning efforts with other organizational development opportunities as needed to ensure that the training efforts elevate the HR capacity of the Association Leadership.
Providing statewide HR and organizational development training.
Collaborating with staff, supervisors, Executive Directors, and Extension Administration leadership to analyze complex employee and labor relations issues for strategic consultative guidance, including facilitating conflict resolution, providing feedback, and coaching.
This position is full-time (40 hours/week) and will be located in Ithaca, New York. Occasional travel (approximately 10% - 20%) to County Association offices throughout New York State is required.
Bachelor's degree and 3+ years of relevant experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Substantial HR generalist experience handling all aspect of HR, including staffing, organizational development, employee relations, medical leaves, payroll, HRIS, and policies.
Excellent computer skills utilizing Windows and proficient in Microsoft Office.
Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to navigate a dynamic and complex environment.
Proven organizational and time management skills.
Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
Discretion in dealing with confidential matters essential.
Ability to take initiative, plan and manage projects, set priorities, and problem-solve.
Ability to think strategically and navigate complicated HR issues.
Excellent customer service skills and demonstrated ability to communicate with a broad range of people.
Experience in providing strategic consultative guidance with tact and diplomacy to customers.
Ability to work effectively and independently under pressure, apply sound judgment in accomplishing tasks, ability to balance conflicting priorities and meet deadlines, and to adhere to policies and procedures.
Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
Must be able to adapt to changes in procedures and processes.
Demonstrates independent judgment knowing when to influence with discretion and diplomacy and when to advise leadership.
Ability to identify and implement innovative opportunities for process improvements.
Understand and facilitate the linkage between metrics and efficiencies.
Ability to place customer/stakeholder needs as paramount by actively engaging these same constituencies to continuously seek opportunities for improvement.
Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, including having reliable transportation or having and maintaining a valid New York State driver's license.
Proficiency in developing and providing training and updates to constituents.
Must have demonstrated the ability to handle sensitive/confidential material in a highly professional manner.
Strong employment law background. Knowledge of federal/state regulations governing human resources.
Master's degree in business or human resources
Familiarity with workers' compensation and unemployment insurance operations.
Sound knowledge and understanding of CCE association operations, goals, and priorities, as well as system-wide goals and priorities.
Understanding of the complexity of the para-governmental structure and local, state, and federal legal implications based on the framework.
Experience in public sector human resource administration.
Experience in supervising, managing, or leading an HR function.
Ability to influence/coach others outside of reporting structure.
SPHR or PHR certification.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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