Cornell University

Join Our Journey:

At Cornell University, we are dedicated to advancing scholarship, research, and innovation through collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a commitment to broadened and inclusive participation in the life of the university. We leverage external funding and partnerships to enable groundbreaking research and ensure regulatory compliance, working together to translate our discoveries into real-world impact.

We are creating the future of research and innovation. If you’re a proactive HR leader with a passion for fostering an inclusive culture and driving innovation, apply today. Make a difference at Cornell and be part of our transformative journey.

Why Choose Us:

Rewarding Benefits: Competitive compensation, generous time-off, and comprehensive benefits – because we believe in taking care of our team. Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.

Our benefits programs include comprehensive health care options, generous retirement contributions, access to wellness programs, and employee discounts with local and national retail brands. We invite you to follow this link to get more information about our benefits:

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A hybrid work arrangement is possible for this position; the hybrid schedule requires an on-campus presence 2-3 days per week during most weeks; a fully remote work schedule is not possible for this position. The university reserves the right to modify, suspend, revoke, or terminate the hybrid or remote work arrangement at any time.

Inclusive Culture: We’re committed to creating a culture where every individual feels they belong, and we value psychological well-being, respect, and the contributions of all team members.

Your Mission:

As the Senior Director of Human Resources for the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation (OVPRI), you will play a pivotal role in fostering a culture of belonging and innovation. Working closely with the Research & Innovation leadership team and the University Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, your mission is to lead and oversee the HR function for OVPRI in a strategic and proactive manner.

What You Will Do:

Strategic Partnership: Collaborate with unit leadership, including R&I internal administrative departments, Cornell research centers, and core facilities. Together, we’ll develop and implement human resource strategies, programs, policies, and practices aligned with the goals and priorities of Research & Innovation and the university.

Talent Management: Ensure the recruitment, development, and retention of a highly qualified, diverse OVPRI workforce, including staff with direct supervision responsibilities within R&I administrative units and OVPRI-affiliated research centers/facilities.

Expert Advisor: Independently counsel and advise unit leadership, supervisors, and staff in areas such as organizational effectiveness, recruitment and retention strategies, employee relations, pay equity, and more. You’ll explore complex HR issues, advocate for the best approaches, and ensure compliance with university policies.

Inclusion Advocate: Implement diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives to create an environment of respect, trust, and inclusion. We value your experience in connecting these practices to our business goals.

Operational Excellence: Lead the R&I HR operations in collaboration with a service-oriented team. We’ll work together to improve processes, develop staff skills, and build an engaged, positive work environment.

What You Will Bring:

  • A bachelor’s degree with 7 – 10 years’ experience in HR, or equivalent combination of education and experience in HR management, employee relations, organizational development, and more.
  • A deep understanding of various HR aspects and strong problem-solving, collaboration, diplomacy, and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently or collaboratively in a team-based environment, maintaining effective work relationships.
  • Strong analytical skills and a commitment to ethical workplace practices.
  • Known for being an inclusivity champion with a demonstrated skill in understanding cultural differences, and proven experience connecting inclusion and wellbeing practices to business goals.

If you possess all of these, excellent! There are just a few additional qualifications we consider advantageous but not mandatory:

  • Experience in higher education.
  • SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification or equivalent.
  • Previous leadership of HR personnel or administrative teams.

No Visa Sponsorship is available for this position.

Pay Range:
$125,614.00 – $153,528.00

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