Reporting to the associate vice president of human resources, this full-time management confidential position serves an HR generalist supporting several areas of HR including employee relations, performance management, training and development, and will serve as the secondary benefits specialist. This position provides proactive leadership, guidance, and partnership to SUNY Cortland administration, faculty, and staff.
The HR associate will contribute to a high functioning, strategic and collaborative human resources team that provides leadership and guidance to the campus community to attract, retain, motivate, and develop a high-performance workforce that contributes to a positive student experience. Embracing change and open to continuous improvement, we strategically partner with campus leadership to develop, implement, and administer policies, procedures, and practices that promote the equitable treatment of all employees, open communication, personal accountability, personal and professional growth, integrity, and mutual respect. In collaboration with campus partners, we foster an inclusive environment, respecting the rich differences that each individual brings to the community.
As assigned by the AVP HR, serve as a president's designee for employee relations activities for all bargaining agreements
Assist and/or lead disciplinary case investigations and actions consistent with the applicable Agreement
Hold fact-finding first step grievance meetings with union officials and employees and make determinations of facts and contractual obligations
Facilitate grievance resolution by making appropriate recommendations to President or designee
Participate in Labor Management meetings with the various bargaining units
Meet with supervisors to resolve employee problems and supervise the filing of disciplinary charges
Participate as management representative in all Step 2, Step 3 and arbitration hearings
Communicate with System Administration regarding interpretation, clarification, and deficiencies in contract language
Performance Management and Telecommuting Program – UUP/MC Professional Employees
Provide counsel and advice to managers and supervisors of the university to ensure best practices in performance management and adherence to related policies and procedures is maintained.
Manage the professional employee performance management and reappointment dates and timelines consistent with the SUNY Policies of the Board of Trustees
Maintain evaluation dbase for professional employees determining appropriate dates for evaluations, renewals, non-renewals, and permanency
Send prior service credit letters to professionals and make determinations regarding credit
Issue evaluation/performance program notices according to time lines
Track and monitor professional performance programs/evaluations
Follow-up with supervisors on overdue programs/evaluations
Provide counsel to supervisors on performance management and employee specific related matters
Generate status reports as needed
Track and monitor professional employee permanency dates
Fully administer performance management process for M/C employees
Coordinate the MC Discretionary process as announced by SUNY and the President
Conduct periodic needs assessments for training through focus groups, employee surveys and interviews with campus leaders.
Prioritize training needs. Coordinate, facilitate and/or deliver training programs as needed.
Publish annual training schedule.
Analyze and summarize evaluation programs for annual reporting.
Broadly publicize specific training programs such as those offered through PEF, CSEA (CSEAP, Applied Skills training, etc.) and other employee groups.
Contact training vendors to inquire about their services and fees.
HR Liaison to Student Employment
Provide direction, guidance, and consult to the Student Employment Services Office for policy, procedure and legal changes impacting student employees.
Provide consult and advice as needed regarding any employee relations/disciplinary issues that may arise for student employees.
Benefits Administration – Secondary
Serves as the back-up benefits administrator to the HR benefits and leaves manager to ensure continuity of service and support in the absence of the primary benefits manager.
Ability to demonstrate understanding and appreciation of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.
Desire and ability to promote an environment of inclusive excellence.
Desire and commitment to work with a diverse population and demonstrated multicultural competence.
Ability and desire to work cooperatively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
Ability to work at a high level of attention to detail, while maintaining accuracy.
Excellent independent judgment including sensitivity to personal information and ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
Ability to develop collegial working relationships with individuals at all organizational levels.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Superior analytical and decision-making skills and problem-solving techniques.
Ability to be creative, flexible, self-motivated and quality and customer service oriented.
Ability to harness software and technology to improve efficiencies.
Two years' post-baccalaureate work experience
Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management
Two or more years' experience working in human resources is highly preferred.
Demonstrated knowledge of employment laws and regulations
Direct experience with employee relations, training and development, and/or performance management
SUNY Cortland is one of 64 campuses in the State University of New York system. The State University of New York is a quality public university that combines world-renowned faculty, dedicated staff, and a truly diverse body of talented students to pursue its mission in every corner of the state: "to learn, to search, to serve."