Cornell University, unique among peers, is the federal land-grant institution of New York State, a private endowed university, and a member of the Ivy League. Cornell's human resources division https://hr.cornell.edu/about-hr collectively support an environment of inclusive excellence in scholarship -- learning, discovery, and engagement -- where students, staff, faculty, and retirees of Cornell learn, work, and live as a community. The divisional priorities include:
Offer competitive programs, services, pay, and benefits to attract and retain diverse, high-caliber faculty and staff.
Support university leadership in creating a climate of innovation and educational excellence.
Cultivate an inclusive and welcoming environment on all Cornell campuses and in their local communities.
Foster a forward-thinking, solution-oriented work environment.
Advance processes that balance required compliance with the primary goal of excellence in scholarship -- learning, discovery, and engagement
What you will do: As the Senior Director for Workforce Policy and Labor Relations, reporting to the AVP of Human Resources, you will provide strategic direction and leadership for the university's labor relations, employee relations and human resource policy functions. You will be responsible for planning, directing, designing, maintaining, and administering university level labor and employee relations, non-academic human resource/personnel policies, and unemployment insurance for all employees. This role has a direct impact on the overall success of the university by identifying and partnering with Sr. HR and campus leadership, to accomplish goals aligned with university and college/unit objectives and organizational change related to labor and employee relations and non-academic HR policy. Responsibilities include taking appropriate action to limit potential financial and legal liability/risk and reputational impact on university and its leadership.
What we need: We need a nimble, candid, forward thinking collaborative leader who thrives on putting strategy into action. Ideally, you will have spent time working in an agile environment where you thrived on tackling challenges through collaborative partnerships, policy and leading change.
Additionally, you will have:
Experience (first or second chair) in collective bargaining negotiations, preparation for bargaining, including proposal drafting working with management partners on identifying issues and subjects for bargaining;
Contract administration including contract negotiation, full complaint management (investigation, contractual grievance, and resolution procedures).
Advanced degree in Industrial Labor/Employee Relations, Human Resources or related field, e.g., Law, with more than 10 years' of progressively responsible experience in a human resource, labor relations, or related area or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Solid understanding of relevant labor laws, including National Labor Relations Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, state and local labor laws.
Proven success with human resources management skills, with a focus on employee relations.Experience with other HR management areas such as compensation, recruitment, organizational development, operational management, and program/project management is desirable.
In-depth problem-solving skills.
Experience delivering strategic leadership and direction.
Comfort working with data sets and establishing and interpreting metrics.
Ability to operate in a changing environment.
Rewards & Benefits:
Work with a progressive leadership team and an ambitious division.
Cornell provides great benefits that include educational benefits, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions:3 weeks of vacation, 12 holidays (including end of year winter break through New Year's Day) and superior retirement contributions.
Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. For more information, follow the link. Benefits at Cornell.
No Visa sponsorship available for this position.
University Job Title:
Director Employee/Labor Relations
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