Advertised Summary Job Description: *** An internal candidate has been identified and has applied for this position; however, we are still accepting applications and will consider all qualified candidates.***
The Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of the university provides strategic leadership on human resource matters to Columbia University's officers, faculty, and staff, acting at all times as the steward of staff resources in service to the university's mission. The VP, HR will lead an activist HR organization of 103 full-time employees that delivers well-conceived and well-designed services to the university's exempt, non-exempt, and contingent staff employees. The VP, HR will enhance the organization's effectiveness in providing proactive and focused support, guidance, and training to academic and business units across the university that enables them to meet their strategic objectives. To achieve department and university goals, the VP, HR will oversee a function characterized by operational and service delivery excellence and efficiency.
The university's structure, its academic culture, and its tradition of faculty governance require the VP, HR to lead through a combination of direct authority, business acumen, functional expertise, and influence. In this culture, the VP, HR will require excellent communication skills, a demonstrated ability to interact comfortably with a wide range of constituents, and particular effectiveness communicating with and representing employees at all levels. The VP, HR will possess demonstrated success in negotiating and advocating contracts and relationships that advance the mission of the university and meet the needs of faculty and staff.
Major Responsibilities Support Columbia's research and teaching mission by providing effective human resources through a combination of embedded generalists and functional specialists.
Recruit and develop HR staff to create an environment in which HR professionals act as expert advisors to business, administrative, and academic units and deliver value to clients through consulting, coaching, creative problem solving, business understanding, proactive interventions, and service excellence.
Develop innovative and cost-effective HR policies and programs that are focused on recruiting and retaining the best employees and that encourage the development of the best staff talent.
Fully utilize technology and efficient and effective business practices in the design and delivery of services and in the generation of management and data reporting.
At a time when all academic institutions face financial challenges, work to develop operationally effective systems that link directly and clearly with university financial systems and objectives.
Create customer-service and communication capabilities that disseminate programmatic information in a timely, consistent, and user-friendly way and that educate the Columbia community about the role of HR in the university's mission.
Play a leadership role in the university's support for an environment where diversity and respect for others are core values.
Provide organizational design, change management, and other HR interventions that enable Columbia University to respond to changes in technology, work practice, and achieve the most efficient deployment of staff.
Support the university Board of Trustees' Committee on Compensation and other trustee groups, as necessary, in addressing staff and faculty compensation, benefits, and other employment issues; present information, issues, proposals, and policy analyses regarding HR matters.
Oversee the negotiation and implementation of collective bargaining contracts with Columbia's 10 unions and 15 bargaining units.
General Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree or equivalent and a minimum of 10 years of directly related experience are required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate will possess excellent communication and influencing skills. S/he will demonstrate the ability to interact comfortably with a wide range of university stakeholders and constituents and will be effective with employees at all levels. The candidate will be able to develop excellent rapport with administration and faculty leaders, the leadership of the unions representing university staff, faculty, trustees, university officers, and third-party vendors, including health and welfare insurance brokers and retirement plan investment managers. This candidate will be both a team builder and an advocate. Finally, s/he must demonstrate a track record of success in negotiating and advocating contracts and relationships that meet the mission of the university and the needs of faculty and staff.
The ability to understand a world-class academic environment and the relationship between a central business function and the teaching and research mission of the university.
At least 10 years of experience in human resources management, required; preferably coupled with leadership experience in a business unit. A strong background in compensation and/or employee relations is highly preferred.
Experience seeking systemic technical solutions that enhance HR reporting and deliver quality service to employees.
An advanced degree in a field relevant to managing human resources or a combination of undergraduate degree and experience.
Significant experience and success working in a large, complex, decentralized organization with diverse employee populations is required, as is direct management experience.
Working knowledge of regulations and laws governing New York state employee programs, including equal-opportunity and affirmative-action programs, as well as the ability to represent the university to outside agencies charged with enforcing regulations and laws.
Demonstrated skill and ability to create a shared vision for the HR organization and lead and inspire staff to execute the organization's commitment to the university and its diverse constituencies.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It... seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.