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Human Resource Business Partner

Cornell University
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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.

Effective immediately, all new Cornell hires, regardless of work location, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption by January 18, 2022, or before their start date if after January 18.

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is recognized internationally as a leader in public health, biomedical research, animal medicine, and veterinary medical education. Ranked consistently as one of the best veterinary colleges in the nation, the college's strength is due to its strategic breadth of focus areas and its depth of expertise in each of those areas; to the achievements of its faculty, staff, alumni, and students; and to its commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The CVM Human Resource team is seeking an HR Business Partner to join our dynamic and inclusive team. Top candidates will be mission-driven, customer-focused, analytical, engaging, and collaborative.   

Our team provides HR services to staff, faculty, academic personnel, interns, residents, and union employees. Within this dynamic environment, you will have the opportunity to directly support the multi-pronged mission of the CVM by leading critical initiatives to enhance the climate and engagement across the College through team building, professional development, coaching, and mentoring. In addition, you will provide consultative services in work climate, employee relations, performance management, and policy interpretation.  

What you will do:

  • Serve as an advisor to leaders, managers, and employees on various human resource policies and procedures, collective bargaining agreements, and related governing agency laws and regulations.
  • In collaboration with leadership, you will proactively manage employee relations incidents including conflict mediation, performance management, professional development, and retention strategies.
  • Coalesce and analyze data to determine and articulate trends and gaps to assist leadership with aligning HR strategies and informing business decisions.
  • You will proactively identify, research, and evaluate HR issues and develop creative solutions while advocating for the best possible approach.
  • Proactively partner with managers and directors to develop, lead, and implement HR strategies and programs to guide talent management solutions.
  • Lead the CVM efforts to design, develop and deliver effective professional development using data to determine skill gaps and development objectives.
  • Assist the Director in the creation and delivery of HR programs working in collaboration with central and local HR partners to implement and advance projects and best practices to further the strategic priorities of the college.
  • Exercise considerable judgment and discretion with little supervision.

What you will need:

We require a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Psychology or a related field with 3-5 years of experience as an HR Business Partner/Generalist or equivalent combination of education and experience. In addition, we are seeking candidates with the following knowledge, skills, and experience:

  • Demonstrated ability to consult, counsel, coach, and advice on a broad array of HR-related matters across all levels of the organization, effectively escalating to the Director as needed.
  • Strong business acumen and the ability to learn quickly and pivot with changing needs.
  • Experience synthesizing data to determine trends and gaps to aid in problem-solving and decision-making.  
  • Experience in conducting needs assessments, development, and delivery of dispute resolution, mediation, organizational development, and project management. 
  • Sustain ethical workplace practices, dealing with sensitive matters with tact and discretion while maintaining confidentiality.
  • Excellent written, verbal communication, and active listening skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.  
  • Demonstrated ability to support, advance, and implement organizational change.  
  • Proven ability to contribute to a highly productive and cohesive team with high standards.
  • Ability to set priorities, manage a high volume of work with competing demands, and provide timely responses to sometimes urgent issues.  
  • Comfort developing and delivering presentations or workshops to large and small audiences.  
  • Proficiency with standard desktop productivity tools, including MS Office Suite, database management systems, survey tools, and spreadsheets. 

This position is located in Ithaca, NY.  The successful candidate will be expected to work on the Ithaca campus, although they may be permitted to perform a portion of the work remotely.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.

Background check may be required.



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