Director of Human Resources

Director of Human Resources

01 Apr 2024
New York, Buffalo, 14201 Buffalo USA

Director of Human Resources

Department:Human ResourcesSalary/Hourly$85,000.00 AnnualUnion/Position Status:SESPosting Closing Date:April 22, 2024Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM the evening before the posting closing date .Please note that the posting will close at midnight (12:00 AM) on the posting closing date.JOB DESCRIPTIOND I ST I N G U I S H I N G F E A T UR E S OF T HE C L AS S :The Director is responsible for building and maintaining a high performing human resources department that supports the educational mission of SUNY Erie Community College consistent with the strategic plan. The Director reports to the College President. The Director will coordinate as needed with the President, Board of Trustees, college staff and departments, and external agencies to ensure compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations. Supervises the operations of the Human Resources Department, including employee relations, compensation plans, payroll, retirement, benefits, safety, recruitment, employee professional development, performance management, and labor management. Supervision is exercised over a number of professional and clerical staff. The Director will perform any related work as needed.T Y P I C AL W O RK A C T I VI T I ES:

Serves in the absence of Human Resources leadership;

Ensures college Human Resources policies are in accordance with applicable Erie County, New York State, and Federal laws and regulations;

Develops policies and procedures specific to Human Resources and Payroll, and may assist in and/or wholly develop policies for the College.

Represents management in matters of concern to employee organizations including resolution of arbitrations and collective bargaining;

Responsible for labor management meetings and works to foster collaborative union partnerships;

Organizes and formulates agenda items as management’s representative to the College’s four Labor Management Committees;

Participates in College Wide committees and represents the College on the Labor Management Healthcare Fund Board;

Manages and maintains the performance evaluation process of the college;

Ensure job descriptions for all positions are up to date and necessary County and/or SUNY approvals have been acquired;

Oversees and monitors processes for worker’s compensation, retirement benefits, disability and leave;

Manages and provides support for the organizational business performance review and accreditation process;

Partners with Human Resources leadership to coordinate pertinent programs for employees that are connected to Human Resources, legal compliance, wellness, or employee development;

Partners with campus communications representative to produces and distributes internal communications related to the functions of Human Resources;

Collects timely data to support SUNY Erie initiatives through focus groups, surveys, town halls, one-on-one interviews, and other methodology; evaluates and applies the data to support decisions;

Collaborates with IT and Director of ERP-HCM to optimize digital Human Resources systems;

Routinely reviews human resources contracts to ensure best quality services and fiscal responsibility.


Ability to work independently and as a team player at a senior level, while maintaining a high level of discretion and confidentiality;

Strong analytical, critical thinking, negotiation, influence, and strategic decision-making skills;

Good knowledge of College personnel policies, applicable Federal and State labor and employment laws, and the New York State Civil Service Law;

Outstanding facilitative, computer, oral, and written communication skills;

Ability to put own thoughts/opinions/ideas aside and draw out the ideas of others; Demonstrated experience working in a Union environment with preference given to public sector union experience;

Physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

M I N I M UM QU A L I F I C A T I O N S :Minimum of a master’s degree in HR, Business Administration, Personnel Administration or closely related field;Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible administrative experience in personnel;Experience in public sector employee/labor relations; administration, human resources, or employee relations at a successful company, public sector employer, or institution of higher education.PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:SPHR or PHR certification.Experience with Workday Enterprise Management System.Higher education and/or college community experience.SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:Official transcripts will be required for successful candidates within 30 days of hire.Contact Human Resources at (716) 851-1840 with any questions.Our mission to offer quality education includes exposing our students to a diverse range of cultures, experiences and expertise. At SUNY Erie Community College, we value diversity and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.Notice of Non-DiscriminationSUNY Erie Community College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or in the administration of any of its policies and programs on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, familial status, military status, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics, veteran status, criminal conviction, or any other characteristics protected by law. This applies to all students, applicants or other members of the College community (including, but not limited to, vendors and visitors). Grievance procedures are available to interested persons by contacting the Civil Rights Compliance Officer listed below. Retaliation against a person who files a complaint, serves as a witness, or assists or participates in the investigation of a complaint in any manner is strictly prohibited.The following individual has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the College’s non-discrimination policies:Civil Rights Compliance OfficerHuman Resource DepartmentNorth Campus6205 Main StreetWilliamsville, NY 14221(716) 270-5735For further information on notice of non-discrimination, please contact:New York OfficeUnited States Department of EducationOffice for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor,New York, N.Y., 10005-25010;Tel (646) 428-3800; Email: .SUNY Erie Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employment / Affirmative Action employer, dedicated to maintaining an inclusive work environment at all three of our Western New York campuses. Ideal employees will be committed to facilitating the College’s student-first experience and career-focused education; and will embrace its mission to enrich its host communities through skill, service and partnership. Excellent health and benefits packages are comparable to offerings through similar county and New York State positions. Employees can take advantage of the College’s expansive Health & Wellness initiatives; and tuition-free college courses are available for both employees and their families.SUNY Erie Fast Fact Sheet (

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