Reporting to the Director of Human Resources, the position offers an opportunity for an experienced Human Resources professional to manage the Colleges compensation program for administrative staff in accordance with the established compensation philosophy/values. This is a highly responsible administrative position and requires considerable independent judgment and minimal supervision.
This position will partner with department supervisors/managers to develop strategic organizational structures, including re-organizations; collaborate to determine the best job classification for positions; deliver user-friendly training in position description writing and compliance. Ensure compliance with Federal, state, local, etc., rules, regulations, and guidelines.
The optimal Hobart and William Smith Human Resources’ office will promote activities which enhance the quality of work life and heighten the sense of community. The office will administer information, compensation, and benefits with continual efficiency and effective service to employees, and handle employee problems with care and professionalism. Its open door policy will welcome all employees, including students, encouraging them to fully utilize the office’s services. Employees will be assured that all matters are treated with respect, care, and confidentiality. Human Resources will support the mission of HWS and be seen as a critical resource on campus. The department will be visible and active, and will effectively and fairly resolve problems. Professionalism and capable management, and imagination and progressive engagement will be the cornerstones of office operations.
Analyze data, information, situations, problems, policies and procedures; separate problems from symptoms; identify potential solutions; apply solutions and formulate logical and objective conclusions from data and observations.
Manage the visa application/renewal program for non-resident employees and search candidates. Provide consultation to hiring supervisors regarding non-resident visa programs. Serves as Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for the Colleges J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.
Develop and manage position classification and compensation policies and programs for administrative staff.
Serve as a back up to payroll processes, as well as, review position additions and change entries for accuracy.
Partner with HR team members to maintain paid time off database and reporting for salaried administrative staff.
Research and analyze competitive compensation practices in the job market; contributes to established compensation surveys. Conducts an internal salary audit to identify salary compression and/or inequities. Conducts external salary surveys to identify appropriate internal benchmarking and compensation bands.
Collaborate with HR team members to create and update job descriptions consistent with institutional values and priorities.
Develop and oversee the professional development/career ladder process for administrative staff positions to ensure overall consistency and appropriateness of application, and compliance with procedures, and guidelines.
Manage and administer the annual performance review and goal setting process for administrative staff employees.
Responsible for all aspects of the student employment processes to ensure compliance with established policies and integration into department staffing needs.
Responsible for all aspects of the tuition assistance benefit request and recordkeeping processes to ensure alignment with policy and the benefit budget.
Collaborate with HR team to identify and implement process efficiencies.
This is a full-time, calendar year, benefits-eligible administrative salaried/exempt position. The salary is competitive and is negotiable depending on the strength of qualifications. The benefit package includes but is not limited to: 20 days of vacation each year; 10 paid holidays; medical, dental, and vision insurances; long-term disability coverage; life insurance; retirement benefits; and relocation assistance. This position is not all-inclusive, as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned. Background check required.
A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field, such as Human Resource Management, Organizational Development, Compensation Management, Business Administration, or similar field, is required. A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human resources within a higher ed environment preferred, or equivalent combination of education and experience. SHRM certification preferred.
The successful candidate must be an individual who listens well, is collegial, and has a creative and innovative approach to compensation and performance strategies. The successful candidate should have excellent judgment, commitment to equity, and the ability to take a strong stand as appropriate on those important occasions when management looks to human resources for guidance.
The successful candidate will possess and demonstrate skills, knowledge, and abilities which include the following: general human resources knowledge, experience with international hiring, advanced proficiency in Excel, experience with PeopleSoft or other HRIS system, customer service orientation, collaboration, critical thinking, interpersonal communication skills, respect for diversity and inclusion, problem solving, detail orientation, and excellent follow through.
About Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Located on 195 acres in the heart of New York States Finger Lakes Region, Hobart and William Smith are independent liberal arts colleges distinctive for providing highly individualized educations. Guided by an interdisciplinary curriculum grounded in exploration and rigor, the Colleges prepare students to think critically. In partnership with the Geneva and global communities and through robust programs in career development, study-abroad, service, leadership and athletics, the Colleges foster an environment that values global citizenship, teamwork, ethics, inclusive excellence, and cultural competence.Under the mentorship of faculty, Hobart and William Smith students gain the necessary clarity to be competitive when seeking employment. They win prestigious fellowships like the Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Udall, Fulbright and Goldwater. They gain admittance to the best graduate programs in the country. They go on to lead lives of consequence.