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Director of Human Resources
Reporting to the Executive Director of Human Resources, the Director of Human Resources is responsible for leading, guiding and providing a consultative direction to the HR Partners that supports the schools, departments and divisions across the College. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Duties & Responsibilities:
Providing change management counsel and support, guides and consults constituents, which includes a portfolio of department(s) regarding Human Resources best practices, processes, procedures and in compliance with established services guarantees and best practices; provide guidance may include policy interpretation, performance management and employee discipline, problem resolution, employment and recruitment practices, data management and reporting and/or compliance with College regulations, and state and federal law(s).
In collaboration with the Executive Director, partners with senior leadership to understand the organization's goals and strategy related to staffing, recruiting, employee engagement and retention
Serves as a liaison with high-level stakeholders and provides advice, problem resolution, and facilitation on a range of complex human resources issues, in collaboration with subject-matter experts in human resources specialty areas, as appropriate, to ensure organization effectiveness and optimal organization design.
Labor and Employee Relations
Work closely with organized staff and management on all labor-management and health and safety issues; manage investigatory, disciplinary and grievance procedures for non-exempt and exempt employees; interpret and advise managers and union employees on compliance with collective bargaining agreement contracts
Develop relationships with colleagues across the College; meet regularly with managers to proactively address employee relations issues and identify solutions
Advise and counsel managers on employee relations and performance management issues, collaborate with managers to develop improvement plans
Meet regularly with staff to discuss career interests and ensure a strong knowledge base of existing internal talent for promotional and other developmental opportunities;
Facilitates the administration of internal processes and system changes; researches needs and develops new and/or revised operating procedures as required to meet changing requirements.
Practices and promotes continuous improvements; Identify and evaluate process improvement opportunities, developing methodology, streamlining existing processes to ensure efficiency
Designs and implements programs, systems, and services that are responsive to the needs, goals, and objectives of the College; partners with the Executive Director and Office of General Counsel to ensure institution-wide consistency of application and compliance with all Federal and State employment and compensation laws and guidelines where possible.
Develops reporting procedures and other methods to establish program accountability and measure success; revises processes and procedures to reflect contemporary approaches to human resource management and to improve effectiveness.
Develops and promotes institutional philosophies, strategies, and methodologies with respect to the College's Human Resources functions, ensuring consistency with the College's overall mission, goals, and strategic plans.
Provides day-to-day management and leadership support to a team of Human Resource Business Partners, providing guidance and consultation, ensuring consistent administration of policies and procedures across divisions
In partnership with the Executive Director, manages the HR Partners work allocation, training, promotion, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.
Practices and promotes continuous improvement; develops methodology and encourages enhanced work productivity and efficiency for self, direct reports and college staff
Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law; applies this knowledge to communicate changes in policy, practice, and resources to upper management.
Skills, Qualifications & Requirements:
Required Skills & Abilities:
The successful candidate must have the ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality and diplomacy at all times, possess a high level of professionalism, be customer service driven and flexible in attitude
The successful candidate must have sound judgment, with an open and collaborative style that encourages teamwork and cooperation, and be a strong role model and coach
Must be capable of working independently with little supervision, as well as serve as a productive team member
Must be able to identify priorities within multiple assignments
Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
Excellent interpersonal and critical thinking skills; problem-solving skills, and the ability to manage multiple priorities and administer a broad range of tasks including resolving complaints, coaching and counseling managers and associates on policies and procedures.
Experience in a unionized environment
Ability to make recommendations regarding resolution of employee related problems or issues, by using sound judgment that is consistent with standards, practices, policies, procedures, regulation or government law.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to facilitate and conduct training sessions in a manner understandable to a wide variety of constituencies
Demonstrated skill in traditional and interest-based negotiations; ability to objectively coach employees and management through complex, and difficult issues
Demonstrated knowledge of HR best practices, particularly in the functional areas of retention, investigations, training, professional development and performance management.
Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse employee populations.
Strong organizational skills; evidence of self-motivation; demonstrated ability to plan, schedule and work both independently and in teams.
Excellent computing skills, including experience with a comprehensive HRIS system (Workday experience preferred) as well as the Microsoft Office suite of products
Demonstrated ability to relate well with people, to work cooperatively and collaboratively with college faculty, staff and administration
Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or related field required
Minimum seven (7) years of Human Resources experience with expertise in organizational effectiveness, employee relations, talent managements and/or business developments
Experience motivating a team and supporting change management required
Salary Range: $140,000 - $150,000
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the College's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.
Since its founding in 1889, Barnard has been a distinguished leader in higher education, offering a rigorous liberal arts foundation to young women whose curiosity, drive, and exuberance set them apart. Ours is a diverse intellectual community in a unique learning environment that provides the best of all worlds: small, intimate classes in a collaborative liberal arts setting dedicated to the advancement of women with the vast resources of Columbia University just steps away in the heart of vibrant and electric New York City.