Associate Director of Human Resources

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Title: Associate Director of Human Resources

Description:  Reporting to the Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO), the Associate Director for Human Resources serves as a generalist and performs a wide variety of administrative duties in a fast-paced environment. Special emphasis is on compliance and legal, recruitment and selection, organizational development, performance and compensation.  The Associate Director will deliver support on the full range of initiatives and establish partnerships across campus to ensure employment programming and training support the College’s values and strategic goals.  Manage the College’s workforce analysis and oversee compliance with federal, state, and local rules and regulations.  Develop and manage a detailed project management schedule and work plan for monitoring human resource strategic initiatives and other projects.


  • Work with the CHRO and CDO to create a clear strategy for recruiting, selecting and sustaining a more diverse workforce; implement recruiting goals to increase the presence of minorities, women, veterans, people with disabilities, and other diverse groups in the workplace.
  • Serves as a consultant on HR issues, laws, policy, and personnel matters.
  • Establish across campus partnerships to ensure that employee focused programming supports the College’s values and strategic goals.
  • Partner with Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator/College Compliance Officer for developing training initiatives on cultural competency, gender differences, disability, sexual harassment, building a climate of equity and inclusion, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values.
  • Manage HR compliance with federal and state non-discrimination laws such as Title VII, Title IX, and the New York Human Rights Law.
  • Oversee the compliance calendar for the Human Resources Office and ensure all responsibilities are completed accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Assist CHRO as necessary with any legal matters associated with grievances and complaints pertaining to Title IX, fringe benefits, Title VII, work visa’s, etc.
  • In consultation with the CHRO, the Associate Director will conduct investigations of discrimination claims in compliance with regulations and statutes.
  • Monitor and address employee relation concerns; serve as a resource for supervisors experiencing staff conflicts, disciplinary or performance concerns.
  • In consultation with CHRO, provide in-depth review of compensation and best practices (wages, benefits, professional development and all other aspects of a total compensation package).
  • Conduct research, develop and manage a detailed project management schedule and work plan for monitoring strategic employment initiatives and other human resources projects.
  • Develop and deliver training to supervisory faculty and staff on topics such as labor and employment law, implicit bias, employee relations, etc. 
  • Conduct implicit bias training for search committee members, and departments/offices as requested.
  • Build an on-going professional development program for employees and interested students (as part of FlightPath).  Bring in a high-level speaker event (one time per year). Create an annual professional development calendar.
  • Participate in new employee orientation programming, and create a welcoming, inclusive environment for new hires to ensure a successful on-boarding experience.
  • Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management and employment law.
  • Serve on campus committees as identified and assigned by CHRO.
  • Develop and support internship and Capstone project opportunities for students to provide resume’ notable experiences in critical thinking, inclusion, big data and analysis, building collaborative and professional relationships, along with transferable soft skills necessary for future employment.
  • Participates in developing HR department goals, objectives and systems and assessment.
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with all internal and external constituents.
  • Comply with all applicable College, Federal, State, local and associational laws, rules and regulations.
  • Participate in significant campus activities, including Welcome Weekend, True Blue Weekend, and Commencement Weekend.
  • As a representative of the College, comport oneself in a professional manner at all times, both on and off campus.
  • Other job related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:  Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with 5 years of progressive human resources experience.  Experience in higher education is strongly desired.  Professional certification in Human Resources is preferred.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in all functional areas of human resources including, but not limited to recruitment, training, performance management, compensation and benefits, onboarding, immigration services, policy development and implementation and employment law compliance.
  • Ability to present information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Adept in the use of Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point)
  • Experience with Ellucian/Colleague processing
  • Ability to perform mathematical computations with high degree of accuracy
  • High level of communication skills across multiple disciplines
  • Excellent problem solving abilities
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast paced and demanding environment
  • Ability to be flexible and anticipate needs of the department
  • Clean driving record and valid drivers’ license

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,200 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority, and seeks to recruit, retain and promote a diverse workforce.

Located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, NY, near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the College features a Liberal Arts in Practice general education curriculum and aspires to “be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning.”

Hartwick offers health benefits to domestic partners of benefits eligible employees, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression. Hartwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to broadening “the understanding, awareness, and appreciation of diversity among all members of the Hartwick community.” Women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. 

Hartwick College is committed to providing a safe and secure educational and employment environment. Employment at Hartwick College is therefore contingent upon a successful background check on every new employee. Candidates to whom an offer of employment is made will be required to sign a Release of Information Form authorizing the College to conduct a thorough background check.

Hartwick College is committed to a diverse candidate pool, values an inclusive workforce and workplace environment, and wishes to minimize or eliminate the impact of implicit bias during the search and hiring process. 

All applicants are asked to submit the following materials with their online applications:

  • A cover letter;
  • A resume; 
  • A Diversity Statement that addresses how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity will support Hartwick College’s Diversity Statement (; and
  • The names and contact information for three references, with annotation regarding how the reference is related to you and your work (at least one of your references must be from a current and/or previous supervisor).

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.




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Posted: 3/1/2021
Application Due: 4/30/2021
Work Type: Full Time