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SUNY Oneonta Assistant Director positions in Human Resources in Oneonta, New York

Assistant Director positions in Human Resources

Category:Management / Confidential


Department:Employee Services

Locations:Oneonta, NY

Posted:Jan 10, 2023


Position ID:157715


Job Description:

Exciting new directions in employee services and recent retirements have made room for three new senior leadership positions in SUNY Oneonta's human resources department: Assistant Director for Employee Experience and Engagement ----Assistant Director for Employee Wellness and Success----Assistant Director for Talent Acquisition and Development.

These three positions are collaborative roles, teaming up with others in the department, including the Assistant Director of Human Resources, to bring new initiatives in recruiting, employee retention, development, engagement and technology to life. Consider joining us to build new employee programs, drive continuous improvement strategies, participate in the selection and implementation of new software systems and infrastructure, and provide outstanding service to our campus constituents.

The right candidates for our roles 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

The Assistant Director positions have potential for growth and promotion and require human resources professionals 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 positions will help develop and execute human resources strategies to position the University as an employer of choice. Ideally, the Assistant Directors 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, benefits and payroll administration, process re-engineering, labor relations, legal compliance, diversity initiatives, classification and compensation systems, data analysis, software implementation and policy development.

The Assistant Director roles are hands on, with the directors working closely together and all participating in benefits and leave administration, diversity initiatives, professional development programming, employee relations and process improvements.

TheAssistant Director for Employee Experience and Engagementwill focus on employee engagement program design and implementation, communications, data analytics and labor relations.

TheAssistant Director for Employee Wellness and Successwill guide employee wellness initiatives, lead the design of professional development programs, build and implement a robust performance management system and manage succession planning.

TheAssistant Director for Talent Acquisition and Developmentwill lead recruiting, onboarding, orientation and retention initiatives, administer civil service hiring, conduct classification and compensation reviews and manage the immigration and work authorization process.

Salary $90,000. Information on SUNY's comprehensive benefits offerings can be found at


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution

  • Minimum of 8 years' progressive Human Resources experience, with at least 5 years' HR experience at the mid/high management level

  • Minimum 5 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

  • 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

  • Near and long-term strategic planning skills

  • Human Resources experience in a unionized environment

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

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

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

Additional Information:

SUNY Oneonta enrolls about 5,500 students who pursue bachelor's or master's degrees or certificates in one of 60-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 College 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 top 20 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 College's rating is 4.5 with one recent review noting that it is the people that make SUNY Oneonta so special.

Application Instructions:

To apply online go to: For full consideration,apply by Friday, February 10th. Applicants will be considered forallthree positions, please indicate in your cover letter if you wish to only be considered for specific positions. Upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references (required).

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SUNY Oneonta values a diverse college community. Please visit our website on diversity at: Moreover, the College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.