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SUNY Oneonta Assistant Director for Employee Services in Oneonta, New York

Assistant Director for Employee Services

Category:Management / Confidential


Department:Employee Services

Locations:Oneonta, NY

Posted:Apr 4, 2024


Position ID:174383


Job Description:

Exciting new directions in employee services and recent retirements have made room fornewsenior leadership positions in SUNY Oneonta's Employee Services department.

TheAssistant Director for Employee Services is a collaborative role, teaming up with others in the department, to bring new initiatives in employee retention, development, and engagement to life. Consider joining us to build new employee programs, drive continuous improvement strategies, enhance employee recruiting and development initiatives, and provide outstanding service to our campus constituents.

The right candidates for this position will have exemplary ethics and confidentiality, strong organizational skills and attention to detail, excellent interpersonal skills, be willing to mentor and be mentored, love working in a student-centered setting and excited about leading in a shared-governance environment where opportunities to experience new things and impact others' lives abound.

Position Description

TheAssistant Director for Employee Services will lead recruiting, onboarding, orientation and retention initiatives, administer civil service hiring, conduct classification and compensation reviews, and manage the immigration and work authorization process. In addition, the Assistant Director will support the growing employee training and development platform and assist with implementation of employment related software.

The position has potential for growth and promotion and requires a human resources professional with the agility to adapt to shifting obstacles and priorities, a reputation for mentoring employees and holding them accountable for measurable results, an ability to lead by example, proactive problem resolution, data driven decision-making while being sensitive to others, demonstrated support for diversity and inclusion, strong emotional intelligence and active listening skills.

The Assistant Director will help develop and execute human resources strategies to position the University as an employer of choice. Ideally, the Assistant Director will have experience in some or all of the following areas: talent acquisition and retention, employee engagement, performance systems, leadership and employee development, immigration and work authorization processes, wellness efforts, process re-engineering, legal compliance, diversity initiatives, classification and compensation systems, data analysis, and software implementation.

Salary$75,000 - $80,000. Information on SUNY's comprehensive benefits offerings can be found at


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution

  • Minimum of 6 years' progressive Human Resources experience, with at least 4 years' HR experience at the mid/high management level

  • Minimum 2 years' Human Resources leadership, supervisory or team management experience

Additional Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of and experience across a broad range of human resources disciplines and practices, particularly those listed above; deep subject matter expertise

  • Highly effective written and oral communication and presentation skills

  • Evidence of outstanding cultural competency and sensitivity to all dimensions of diversity in the workplace

  • Deep experience with talent acquisition and employment search mechanisms, including related software programs

  • Successful HR and employee engagement and development (training) program design and implementation

  • Extensive knowledge of employment laws and regulations

  • Demonstrated extraordinary customer service orientation

  • Track record of success in meeting or exceeding established goals

  • Finance and budgeting aptitude, the ability to compile and analyze financial and other data

  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office products, human capital management systems, graphic design, and other software programs

  • A strong desire to learn new things, develop and implement solutions, and be a productive contributor to an evolving employee services team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current PHR/SPHR S/CP or similar HR certification

  • Master's degree in human resources, business administration, social sciences, or other related discipline

  • Eight or more years' progressive Human Resources experience at the mid/high management level

  • Human Resources experience in a unionized environment

Additional Information:

SUNY Oneonta enrolls about 5,500 students who pursue bachelor's or master's degrees or certificates in one of 70-plus academic programs. Known as an exemplary residential campus that values inclusion, service and sustainability, SUNY Oneonta is a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially, and live purposefully.

The university is located in the City of Oneonta, nestled in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains about a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. With a population just shy of 14,000, Oneonta is one of the 20 Most Picturesque Small Towns in America, according to Microsoft News. The natural beauty of the region is breathtaking year-round. Each season offers outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, boating, swimming, and skiing. Employees give SUNY Oneonta high marks for work/life balance, management, and culture. The university's rating is 4.4, with one recent review noting that the people are what make SUNY Oneonta so special.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the NYS Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email

SUNY Oneonta values a diverse university community. Please visit our website on diversity at: Moreover, the University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply."At SUNY Oneonta, we believe that diversity is an asset and a source of strength that energizes our collective growth and innovation." - President Alberto Cardelle."

Application Instructions:

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