Associate Director of Human Resources

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Title: Associate Director of Human Resources

Description: Reporting to the Vice President for Human Resources, Inclusion and Compliance (VPHRIC), 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 inclusive recruitment, selection and employment services; 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.


  • Collaborate with the VPHRIC and Chief Diversity Officer 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.
  • Collaborate 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.
  • Collaborate with Assistant Director of Human Resources to oversee the compliance calendar for the Human Resources Office and ensure all responsibilities are completed accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Assist with any legal matters associated with grievances and complaints pertaining to Title IX, fringe benefits, Title VII, work visa’s, etc.
  • Conducts investigations and counsels employees and supervisors regarding disciplinary and grievance procedures by providing information on personnel policies and regulations, recommending a plan of action, and resolving misunderstandings.
  • Address employee relation concerns; serve as a resource for supervisors experiencing staff conflicts, disciplinary or performance concerns.
  • In consultation with VPHRIC, provide in-depth review of compensation and best practices (wages, benefits, professional development and all other aspects of a total compensation.
  • 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.
  • Build an on-going professional development program for employees and interested students (as part of FlightPath). 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 VPHRIC.
  • Participates in developing HR department goals, objectives and systems and assessment.
  • 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 5-7 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 HRIS systems
  • 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
  • All employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the start of employment

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. 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 operates as a community of learners where there is a very real sense of belonging and connection. By joining Hartwick, you become part of a group of people who work together, share in our successes, and a celebrate our accomplishments. All positions at Hartwick contribute to the education and development of students with the opportunity to see the impact on future leaders—what you do at Hartwick really matters.

Our beautiful 425-acre campus is located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, New York—a charming town near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick offers health benefits to domestic partners of employees, flexible scheduling, opportunities to engage in athletic and cultural events (concerts, exhibits, and lectures) and tuition benefits for eligible employees and their dependents.

Hartwick College prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression and 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.


Working at Hartwick College 

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1500 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority.  Located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, NY, near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the College has adopted a Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum and aspires to “be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning.” 

Our Mission
Hartwick College, an engaged community, integrates a liberal arts education with experiential learning to inspire curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, personal courage and an enduring passion for learning.

Our Purpose
Our purpose as a college of the liberal arts and sciences is to educate people who will thrive in and contribute to the world of the future; people who are prepared to meet the personal, intellectual, and social challenges of a rapidly changing and increasingly interdependent world.

Hartwick graduates will be noted as being able to thrive in a world of global interdependence in which people of the broadest range of national, ethnic, social, and personal backgrounds will interact personally and technologically.

To thrive in this context will require that Hartwick students learn to: understand the world from a variety of perspectives; work constructively with people from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences; be avid learners and critical thinkers; communicate effectively and have a well-developed personal presence; be purposeful in their actions and value-based in their decisions; and know how to use information technology resources as a routine tool to enhance effectiveness.

Our Values
We are:

  • a college of the liberal arts and sciences, focusing on the development of the disciplines of thinking, learning, analyzing, communicating, and values-based judgment;
  • a relationship college, focusing on the development of a 24 hour per day, seven day per week, residential educational experience characterized by personal responsibility and collaborative relationships among faculty, students, and staff; and
  • a future-directed college, focusing on educating people in ways that will make them effective and contributing citizens to the world of their future.

Our Character:
By being intentional in fulfilling our values—taking those actions that help us better be what we believe we should be—we are a college of both quality and distinctiveness. We are a future-directed community of learners where students, faculty, and staff are mutually engaged in intellectual, social, and personal learning inside and outside of the classroom. Our curricular and co-curricular educational experience emphasizes: shared and interdependent learning; a balance of challenge and support; a caring commitment to the individual; intellectual, social, and individual rigor; the development of personal responsibility; and approaches that link theory and practice, what we term "The Liberal Arts in Practice." 

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