AVP for Human Resource Management and Labor Relations
Fashion Institute of Technology - New York, NY

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The Assistant Vice President for Human Resource Management and Labor Relations will report directly to the Vice President for Human Resource Management and Labor Relations and will lead, design, develop and implement human resource and organizational development projects to further support the College’s strategic goals. The ideal candidate will be a proven strategic leader who works collaboratively and effectively with all levels of faculty and staff and outside consultants as necessary. Incumbent will have a deep understanding of a wide range of core human resource functions including labor/employee relations, HRIS, compensation and benefits, employee and organizational development. S/he will work collaboratively with the senior leadership team of the Human Resource Management and Labor Relations division and will represent the Vice President on College-wide task groups, initiatives, and special projects. The AVP will take a lead role on several organizational development focused projects such as our Civility initiatives; classification and compensation reform for staff positions; competency development and assessment; policy and procedure development; training and organizational interventions. The AVP will provide direction and oversight to staff within the Office of Human Resource Management and Labor Relations and may supervise staff or functional areas as assigned by the Vice President. S/he will participate in other responsibilities as assigned.

The Assistant Vice President for Human Resource Management and Labor Relations will:
  • Take the lead in developing and implementing HR initiatives, including but not limited to compensation, classification, organizational development, HRIS and enhanced technologies and performance management for all levels of staff.
  • Examine the various human resource policies and practices and make recommendations for changes consistent with best practices to better serve the entire FIT community and ensure the College is in compliance with all federal, state, and city laws and regulations.
  • Work with the Vice President and/or other senior staff within the Office of Human Resource Management and/or senior administrators throughout the College to develop organizational change strategies; organizational redesigns to support the College’s evolving strategic directions; and to provide guidance and support to senior administrators in implementing such plans; and/or coaching others to provide such support.
  • Develop a training needs assessment for non-faculty positions throughout the College. Will take the results of the training needs assessment and develop a comprehensive training plan for the College. Will oversee the implementation of such a plan in concert with others in the Office.
  • Oversees the implementation of technological solutions to HR issues in concert with others inside and outside the division and bring them in line with best practices.
  • Take the lead in the development and monitoring of a strategic plan for Human Resource Management and Labor Relations.
  • Direct a process of organizational HR planning that evaluates structure, job design and staff forecasting throughout the College consistent with HR policies, laws, regulations, and the union contract. This includes the development of strategic succession planning throughout the College.
  • Establish wage and salary structure, pay policies, performance appraisal programs, and employee benefit programs for non-bargaining and auxiliary employees. Keep abreast of developments in the employee benefits arena and recommend changes to the College’s offerings for non-bargaining and auxiliary employees as appropriate.
  • Participate in other special and on-going projects at the direction of the Vice President for Human Resource Management and Labor Relations.
  • Direct and coach, and may supervise, staff within the Office of Human Resource Management and Labor Relations as appropriate and assigned by the Vice President.
Requirements:
The individual in this position will be an experienced senior human resource professional with an exceptional record demonstrating leadership and collaboration skills. S/he preferably will have experience in a complex and diverse higher education organization or an environment with similar characteristics. The best candidate will have experience successfully leading and managing culture change and a proven record of meeting high-level goals for service delivery. Familiarity with higher education human resources and an understanding of operating in a unionized environment is strongly preferred.

The individual in this position must have at least 7 years of experience in higher level human resource management, 5 years of which must be at the supervisory or managerial level. Experience in a public sector higher education setting and/or a unionized environment a plus. The individual preferably will possess a Master’s degree or a law degree. Degrees in human resources, public administration, business administration or some related field preferred. Certifications in human resource disciplines (such as a SPHR, PHR, or CCP) is a plus, but not required.

Additional Information:
Review of resumes will begin February 19, 2013. The position will remain open until filled.

35 hours/week – Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Schedule subject to change based on the needs of the department.

Salary commensurate with experience.