Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
Cornell requires that all faculty and staff members, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status, and provide proof of vaccination if vaccinated, immediately upon hire.
The Cornell University campus is widely admired as one of the world’s most beautiful academic settings. The Division of Facilities and Campus Services (FCS) at Cornell University is committed to providing the highest quality service to faculty, students, staff, alumni, and visitors. With more than 260 major buildings enhancing the magnificent landscape of the Ithaca campus, approximately 1,000 highly talented and dedicated staff serve as stewards of the campus resources and operations. We are a values-based organization dedicated to the principles of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity.
FCS Human Resources serves as a strategic partner with FCS leadership to develop and deliver high-quality, innovative programs and services to attract, develop, motivate and retain a diverse workforce. Our team is dynamic, energetic, and embraces fun as we work hard together to provide excellent service to our employees. We believe that in order to serve our division well, we must think holistically about solutions to real-life challenges, and embrace a flexible approach to problem-solving.
All employees are accountable for supporting the organization’s values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity; and supporting inclusive and sustainable practices in carrying out everyday responsibilities.
What you will do:
The ideal candidate for this role will join our team and will provide essential support and HR services to a diverse staff population in FCS with a variety of needs. As an HR Associate, you will:
- Contribute to a high-functioning workgroup that fosters a positive, engaging work environment.
- Demonstrate sound judgment, creativity, maintain confidentiality and manage competing and changing priorities.
- Contribute to ensuring high-level efficiencies and smooth workflow including timely follow up.
- Proactively partner with managers and staff to provide consultative and functional support on recruitment and selection, performance management, position review and classification, compensation, transaction processing, temporary employment, policy and union contract interpretation, data management/analysis and reporting, and leaves administration.
- Provide efficient recruitment and hiring support for various positions, including managing regular and temporary employment activities.
- Provide consistent HR services, ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local laws, as well as University policies and a variety of bargaining unit contracts.
- Provide project support for HR-related activities and issues.
- Develop and conduct training on various HR topics depending upon business needs.
- Participate in continuous learning and specialized training in key human resources functional areas to enhance professional knowledge and skill.
Cornell University provides excellent benefits that include professional development, access to many wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options and generous paid leave provisions: 3 weeks of vacation, health and personal leave; 12 paid holidays (including end of year winter break), and great retirement options. Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
Ours is a values–based organization where all employees are accountable for supporting the organization’s values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity.
What we need:
As an HR Associate, you will be a self-starter and approach your work with a learner mentality. You will have demonstrated experience working both independently to execute tasks efficiently and collaboratively within a team environment to pursue broad division-wide solutions to challenges. You will have:
- An Associate’s degree with a minimum of four years of related experience in human resources, labor relations, business or related area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Solid human resources experience in a variety of HR functional areas.
- Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills, including a high degree of cultural awareness, and the ability to demonstrate a positive and professional attitude.
- Outstanding customer service and interpersonal skills; ability to proactively build and maintain relationships.
- Solid execution skills with proven skills in managing multiple conflicting deadlines in a proactive, solution-oriented manner.
- Demonstrated experience and the ability to quickly achieve a good understanding of department support activities and operations.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment, organize tasks effectively, prioritize a high volume of inquiries and competing deadlines in a solution-oriented manner, and follow up on issues with tremendous attention to detail and accuracy.
- Technical expertise: Demonstrated advanced skills and experience with office productivity software including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
If you have those things, great! Additionally, we would prefer experience in a unionized environment and experience with employee relations and HRIS database management systems but these are not required.