HR Business Partner, College of Human Ecology and Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy

Cornell University, a nationally ranked Ivy League institution, is seeking an a strategic, forward thinking HR Business Partner to support the College of Human Ecology and the Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy

Through innovative collaborations and an interdisciplinary, applied approach, The College of Human Ecology researches and explores solutions to complex issues facing humans throughout their lifespan. It is home to approximately 1,250 undergraduates, 400 graduate students, 100 full-time faculty, and over 20,000 proud alumni. The Cornell Brooks School harnesses the university’s broad disciplinary excellence in public policy, along with its innovative teaching, research, and engagement programs, to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. The school’s prestigious faculty apply a global, interdisciplinary, and problem-oriented focus to wide-ranging public policy issues as they explore how government choices intersect with people’s lives.

What you will do:  The HR Business Partner  partners across the organization, consulting on a broad range of complex academic and nonacademic HR issues including employee relations and climate, diversity initiatives, recruitment and retention strategies, compensation initiatives, classification decisions and pay equity, conflict negotiation and mediation, performance management and performance improvement plans.  

Key responsibilities include:

  • Direct staff recruitment initiatives with an emphasis on increasing overall staff diversity.

  • Work with hiring managers to determine staffing needs and lead recruitment efforts and search processes for non-academic staff and non-professorial academic positions.

  • Collaborate with the Asst. Dean of HR to establish  and implement HR best practices.

  • Develop and implement programs and initiatives that support employee engagement and a healthy and respectful work culture.

  • Advise and support senior leaders, managers, supervisors, and staff on employee relations, performance management, facilitating conflict resolution and mediation.

  • Develop and deliver or facilitate college-wide training.

  • Lead college initiatives to develop tools and solutions to improve HR processes and practices, engaging stakeholders and college leadership.

What you get:

Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability and diversity initiatives.

  • Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, access to wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands and generous retirement contributions.  We invite you to follow this link to get more information on contract college benefits:

  • Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: e.g., an end of year winter break, from December 25 through January 1.

  • Cornell’s impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, tuition aid for external education, and Cornell Children’s Tuition Assistance Program.

  • Flexible work options

  • Competitive wages.  

What we are looking for:

We are seeking an innovative and strategic thinker who will embrace, partner and counsel diverse constituents at all levels of the organization. Relationship building, leadership skills, and an ability to effectively manage multiple priorities is required.  The ideal candidate will have a strong background in driving HR best practices, recruiting and talent development, and will have experience working in a complex and dynamic environment. Bachelor's degree in related field with 5 to 7 years of progressive experience in Human Resources, or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.  PHR or SPHR Certification and experience or background working in higher education are preferred.

External Candidates, please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Internal Candidates, please submit a cover letter and resume to:$158872/9925$46606.htmld

Effective January 1, 2022, all new Cornell hires, regardless of role and work location, must be fully vaccinated and present proof of an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccination or have a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption. Failure to demonstrate compliance with this requirement prior to the first day of work will result in the delay of employment with Cornell and may result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We’re an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.