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.
Within the CALS Human Resources Team, serve as the primary Human Resources Business Partner working full time with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology (the Lab) is the world's leading institute for research, education, citizen science, public engagement, and conservation focused on birds, and housed in the Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity within the 230-acre Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary. A vibrant and actively growing unit within CALS, the Lab's globally focused, mission-driven programs are directed by full-time faculty and other renowned professionals. The Lab's 260+ staff members conduct research, teach undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, mentor postdoctoral fellows, collect and disseminate world-leading citizen-science resources on biodiversity, develop and disseminate widely popular online courses, webinars, and natural history portals, and engage with partner organizations and public citizens around the world to foster cutting-edge science and conservation action.
Within this complex and evolving institute, provide support in areas of employee relations, well-being, and workplace climate for non-professorial academic, staff, and union positions. Manage the performance management process in accordance with CALS Human Resources (HR) practices and policies in constant collaboration with the HR and Lab Leadership Team. Proactively identify, explore, and evaluate highly complex and sensitive HR issues that require thorough analysis of issues, creative problem solving, and presentation of multiple options to address issues, advocating for best possible approach for supervisors and employees.
Within the Lab, provide a broad array of human resource consultative services in the areas of organizational and job design, recruitment, retention, compensation, performance management, employee relations, policy interpretation, and staff development to employees, supervisors, and managers. Consult with management and supervisors on compensation strategies, programs, and issues, including new hire salaries, pay equity, pay enhancements, and reward and retention strategies. Identify, develop, and implement effective pay program components to enhance ability to improve competitive recruitment, retain key employees, maintain equity, and reward desired performance factors. Coordinate with the Lab's Manager of Operations and CALS HR Talent Lead on recruitment strategies to diversify the overall Lab's staff. Seek search waivers in concert with CALS and Office of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity. Attend periodic meetings with the Lab of Ornithology's leadership to provide guidance and advice on a variety of topics. Actively engage and collaborate with the Lab's Administrative Board on special requests and participate in semi-annual meetings of the Lab's Administrative Board.
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Bachelor's degree in relevant discipline with 3-5 years related experience as a human resource generalist with strong focus on employee relations.
Fundamental understanding of Human Resource work and expertise in at least three of the following areas: recruitment, employee and labor relations, compensation, payroll, HR Information Systems, training & development, classification, and/or benefits.
Demonstrated ability to advance organizational change and development by accomplishing pre-defined objectives in a timely manner.
Ability to travel between the Lab and the main Cornell campus.
Proven skills in building and maintaining effective work relationships with the ability to counsel and advise a broad array of constituents at all levels of the organization.
Must have a proven record of taking initiative and being proactive.
Excellent judgment, problem solving, customer service, diplomacy, and interpersonal skills.
Proven clear and effective written and verbal communication skills.
Strong analytical skills. Demonstrated ability to deal with sensitive and confidential matters with tact and discretion.
Proven ability to work in a team context and to set priorities, manage competing demands and to provide timely response to urgent issues.
Comfortable developing and delivering presentations to large and small audiences.
Solid experience with standard desktop productivity tools, including word processing programs, database management systems, and spreadsheets.
Ability to sustain ethical workplace practices and confidentiality.
Must be able to set priorities and manage competing demands.
Identifying opportunities for process improvements and then executing upon them.
Understanding the linkage between metrics and efficiencies.
Experience in the field of higher education, including academic human resources.
PHR or SPHR certification.
Experience developing strategic HR initiatives including leading actions for a large, complex organization.
Graduate Degree in position related field
Experience working with a unionized environment.
* Essential Physical Requirements: Typically lifts less than 10 lbs
* Visual: Normal concentration
* Hazards: Limited exposure
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