Detailed Job Description RIT, one of the nation's preeminent universities, seeks an experienced, innovative, creative professional to serve as Director, Employee Relations and HR Partnerships to lead the human resource employee relations function for approximately 4,000 university faculty and staff. The successful candidate will be an innovative leader who brings a fresh, new vision to the Employee Relations and HR Partnerships function.
The Director, Employee Relations and HR Partnerships is responsible for designing and implementing an employee relations strategy focused on cultivating employee relations aligned with RIT's values and is responsible for the development, administration, and compliance with employee-related university policies. This role will lead a team of HR Business Partners to provide employee relations services across the university and will play a key leadership role in processes aimed at proactively addressing workplace concerns and improving employee engagement and workplace performance. The ideal candidate will have deep knowledge and experience developing and administering human resources policies, programs, and procedures and have the ability to solve problems, think strategically, identify effective and creative courses of action, and provide recommendations. The role requires the incumbent to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization, and possess excellent oral, written, presentation, and listening skills. This position also requires excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong relationships across a wide range of stakeholders including the HR team, the Office of Legal Affairs, the Office of Compliance and Ethics (including Title IX), RIT leadership, employees, and students.
Key responsibilities include:
Develops and supports comprehensive, contemporary, positive employee relations strategies in collaboration with senior HR leadership; manages implementation of adopted strategies.
Builds strong relationships and engages in high-level interaction with constituents throughout the university; involved in diverse and highly sensitive or confidential activities.
Provides advice and guidance on employee relations and employment issues to RIT supervision at all levels; coaches and guides HR Business Partners in these areas.
Provides leadership and direction to the HR Business Partner team in support of the strategic and operational needs of the university.
Creates and maintains a culture that emphasizes quality, continuous improvement, team work, and high performance.
Establishes unit and individual goals and objectives to achieve operational excellence in areas of responsibility.
Provides leadership for process improvement initiatives within the HR Business Partner team.
Ensures that HR policies, processes, and programs are consistent with the University's mission and core values and foster a high level of psychological safety, trust, and engagement.
Provides oversight and guidance on a full range of employee relations matters including investigations, grievances, disciplinary issues, and corrective action.
Partners with the HR leadership team, manages administration of university policies for all employees.
Ensures the uniform and equitable application of human resource policies and procedures.
Supports HR Business Partners and university administrators, faculty, and staff with interpretation of and compliance with federal and state employment laws and regulations as well as university-level HR policies, procedures and practices. Consults with internal and external legal counsel as appropriate.
Working with senior leadership and governance bodies, recommends, develops, manages and communicates new policies and updates/changes to policies and procedures
Maintains a thorough understanding and knowledge of applicable state and federal employment law, including but not limited to discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and Title IX. Escalates matters to the University's legal team as appropriate for guidance.
Maintains current knowledge industry trends and best practices to ensure RIT's practices are the most current and meet the University's needs.
Manages HR's investigative process, in accordance with the appropriate policy, including conducting investigations by creating an investigative plan, conducting notifications to appropriate stakeholders, conducting witness interviews, making determinations, drafting investigation findings and reports, and communicating investigation outcomes with key stakeholders;
Collaborates with legal affairs, the office of compliance and ethics, ombuds, public safety, and other key departments as appropriate in responding to inquiries, addressing concerns, resolving complaints, and managing investigations. Identifies employee relations issues, and directs team to take appropriate actions to address and resolve those issues.
Meets regularly with the Office for Compliance and Ethics and Title IX unit for case management of staff and faculty investigations within their purview.
Provides oversight of the University's discipline process, including related to the corrective action and performance improvement processes and documentation to ensure consistency and fairness.
Works with managers on performance management issues and provides coaching and counseling, deciding when to issue different types of corrective action, making recommendations and decisions regarding terminations;
Provides HR management support to assigned client areas and serves as HR liaison with Global Campuses, Threat Assessment Team, and Staff Council or appropriately delegates associated responsibility to HR Business Partners.
Active, participatory member of the HR Leadership team responsible for developing and articulating the organization's strategy, goals, and objectives.
Department/College Description We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RITs core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.
Minimum Qualifications Education and Experience:
7 or more years of demonstrated success in developing, leading and executing Human Resources initiatives, including 3 or more years in a leadership/management role.
Highly-developed reasoning ability and decision-making skills.
Strong analytical, verbal and written communication and change management skills.
Knowledge and demonstrated application of best practices in Human Resources competency areas, particularly employee relations, performance management, employment law, organizational design and change management.
Ability to influence direction at all levels throughout the university.
How to Apply In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: http://careers.rit.edu/staff. Click the link for search openings and in the keyword search field, enter the title of the position or the BR number.
Rochester Institute of Technology, the 10th largest private university in the U.S., is among the worlds leading technological universities. Its 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled in over 200 academic programs, including 7 interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A pioneer in experiential education, RIT was the first to offer undergraduate degree programs in biotechnology, information technology, software engineering, and microelectronic engineering. As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the university offers unparalleled academic opportunities and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Founded in 1829, RIT has 115,000 alumni throughout the United States and around the world. RIT has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the 'Great Colleges to Work For.' RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples through the Upstate NY Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. For more information, visit www.rit.edu/overview/rankings-and-recognition and www.rit.edu.
As a member of the RIT community employees receive a well-balanced benefits package that offers a variety of choices and access to additional employment advantages. These benefits, combined with an employees pay, provide a total compensation package that can be tailored to meet your needs. More on RITs Benefits, Health & Wellness program can be found at: https://www.rit.edu/fa/humanresources/content/benefits-health-and-wellness
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Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at www.rit.edu .