Job ID: 207094

Associate Vice President of Human Resources

Erie Community College

  • Mar. 13, 2023
  • Associate Vice President of Human Resources
  • Erie Community College
    Buffalo, NY
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Associate Vice-(Provost/Chancellor)
  • Human Resources

Department:  Human Resources

Salary/Hourly:  $95,000.00 Annual

Union/Position Status:  SES

Posting Closing Date:  April 3, 2023

Please note that the posting will close at midnight (12:00 AM) on the posting closing date.
This means any applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM the evening before.





The Associate Vice President of Human Resources 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 Associate Vice President of Human Resources serves as the strategic human resources advisor and plans, manages, and administers all human resources functions. The Associate Vice President of Human Resources will coordinate as needed with the President, Board of Trustees, college staff, departments, and external agencies to ensure compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations. Supervision is exercised over a number of professional and clerical staff. The Associate Vice President of Human Resources will create and maintain a high-performance environment characterized by positive leadership and strong team orientation. The Associate Vice President of Human Resources will perform any related work as needed.


  • 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;
  • Sets Human Resources team objectives and ensures they are aligned with department priorities and the College’s strategic goals;
  • Ensures job descriptions for all positions are up to date and necessary County and/or SUNY approvals have been acquired;
  • Collaborates with senior staff and President to implement the strategic plan as related to Human Resources goals and objectives, including facilitation of organizational and behavioral change;
  • Responsible for ensuring collection and analysis of data related to human resources, monitoring trends, and establishing metrics. Utilizes metrics and other analytical tools to evaluate policies, procedures and staffing levels. Collaborate with Finance Department to provide and evaluate analytics in areas where Human Resources has an impact on the annual budget;
  • Develops compensation and classification plans and fringe benefit administration for current and proposed positions at the College;
  • Oversees and monitors processes for worker’s compensation, disability, leave, workplace accommodation and health and safety issues;
  • Administers a comprehensive system of employee service records and other related personnel records;
  • Works cooperatively with the College’s Office of Equity and Diversity to further the mission of that office;
  • Prepares reports relating to personnel matters for internal constituents and federal, state, and local agencies;
  • Represents management in matters of concern to employee organizations including resolution of problems, grievances, arbitrations and participation in collective bargaining;
  • Recommends, establishes and updates college employment policies and ensures they are in accordance with applicable Erie County, New York State, and Federal laws and regulations;
  • Assists in the development of the annual budget for the College, with specific responsibility for the personnel budget;
  • Monitors recruitment activities to ensure candidate qualifications meet the standards prescribed on job descriptions according to NYS Civil Service Law and that established recruitment policies are adhered to;
  • Assists College departments to ensure a wide and diverse pool of applicants for job postings;
  • Acts as chief personnel officer to the College and as a liaison to the Erie County Commissioner of Personnel and other agencies as required;
  • Coordinates, develops and provides supervision and guidance for a College wide professional development program;
  • Advises, supports and provides training to department managers and team members on sensitive personnel issues such as coaching, counseling, restructuring, terminations, transfers/promotions and other personnel management matters;
  • Manages and provides support for the organizational performance review process, including performance trends;
  • Serves as the College’s Records Management and Freedom of Information Law Officer.


  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate awareness and sensitivity towards promoting an inclusive and diverse learning environment;
  • Ability to work independently at a senior level, and to identify, define, and solve problems, set priorities and implement solutions effectively with minimal direction or guidance;
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, negotiation, influence, and strategic decision-making skills;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and perform job functions with tact and diplomacy;
  • Ability to advise and implement organizational change. Demonstrated experience in the development and execution of organizational objectives;
  • Ability to work with department leadership to define talent development strategies appropriate for their department and staff members; Demonstrated experience identifying areas of organizational risk (low performance, dysfunction, understaffed departments, career paths, etc.) and acting proactively to mitigate that risk;
  • Outstanding facilitative, computer, oral and, written communication skills; ability to prepare clear and concise reports, incorporating quantitative data and analysis; ability to deliver presentations or training to any audience, including senior leadership and faculty; ability to be a team player and willingness to take initiative; ability to adapt communication style for varying audiences;
  • Ability to manage and develop others successfully, including setting goals, managing performance, and providing training and development opportunities;
  • Demonstrated experience with human resources information systems; ability to use technology creatively to achieve efficiencies; Ability to refine and create best practices in all Human Resources functional areas;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and work well under pressure with varying time constraints; excellent organizational 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;
  • Ability to evaluate and foster employee engagement and develop/implement strategies to improve employee morale;
  • Physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.


  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in HR, Business Administration, Personnel Administration or closely related field;
  • Minimum of six years of progressively responsible administrative experience in personnel administration, human resources, or employee relations at a successful company, public sector employer, or institution of higher education, and legal affairs and/or relevant law practice.
  • Evidence of experience and/or knowledge in labor relations and negotiations in the public sector; contract administration experience; persuasive communication and articulation skills; ability to work collaboratively with College and community constituencies in a diverse and inclusive environment.


  • Ph.D. in Human Resources or related field; or Juris Doctor with experience in employment law; SPHR or PHR certification;
  • Experience in employee/labor relations in an institution of higher education with several collective bargaining units; or experience in New York State public sector employee/labor relations.


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-Discrimination

SUNY 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 Officer

Cynthia Buckley, VP of HR, Equity & Inclusion

Human Resource Department

South Campus

4041 Southwestern Blvd.

Orchard Park, NY 14127

(716) 851-1844


For further information on notice of non-discrimination, please contact:

New York Office

United States Department of Education

Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor,  

New York, N.Y., 10005-25010;

Tel (646) 428-3800; Email:

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