Senior Human Resources Manager

Job Summary :
The Senior Human Resources Manager serves as the strategic HR partner to an assigned group of colleges and divisions of the university to deliver value-added HR support that reflects and advances the goals and objectives of the university.
What we believe at RIT :
Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse, collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity, innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts, and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. We are dedicated to building a diverse community, one where employees feel a sense of belonging and are valued for their contributions and the perspectives they bring.
As a member of the RIT community, you will receive a comprehensive employee benefits package that offers multiple options and access to additional employment advantages. You can tailor your benefit elections to meet your needs (affordable medical/dental/vision benefits; paid vacation/sick time/retirement saving plan with exceptional employer match; and tuition assistance for you and your family, to name a few).

Job Responsibilities :
The Senior Human Resources Manager will be responsible for managing various activities such as employee relations, performance management, employment/staffing, diversity & inclusion, compensation, employee engagement, and employee development.

This person provides advice and counsel on university HR policies and procedures, compliance with state and federal employment laws, and governmental compliance requirements.

They will also support the implementation of HR-related systems and processes and participate in department and/or university projects and assignments.


Provide direction to administrators, faculty, and staff with the interpretation of, and compliance with, federal and state discrimination and employment laws and regulations, including university-level HR policies, procedures, and practices.
Maintain in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance. Partner with university Legal Counsel as needed/required.
Provide guidance and counsel to administrators, managers, supervisors, faculty, and staff regarding employee relations issues and employment actions. Manage and resolve complex employee relations issues. Provide day-to-day performance management guidance to managers and supervisors (coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions).
Provide guidance and input to administrators on organizational development initiatives, strategic workforce planning, and business unit restructures and succession planning.
Provide guidance and counsel on compensation-related matters, including job offers, management of annual merit increase budget planning, and performance appraisal administration. Ensure actions align with RIT’s compensation philosophy.
Support the staff and faculty recruitment team with interviewing and hiring processes, including working with the hiring manager to determine appropriate compensation in collaboration with the Staff Recruitment and Faculty Recruitment Offices.
Support CPD/HR seminars and events in collaboration with HR Training and Planning Specialists; design, develop, deliver and facilitate training programs and organizational development initiatives as necessary, either through CPD or within the college/division being supported.
Lead and contribute to multiple assignments, projects, and committees to achieve HR, F&A, and university vision, mission, values, and objectives.
Review and approve faculty/staff requisitions, employee action forms, and salary changes submitted to HR to ensure consistency with market data and internal equity.
Work with university Legal Counsel on behalf of internal respondents for employment-related current and pending litigation; serve as the liaison with HR Compliance Manager and external immigration Legal Counsel as required regarding immigration matters.
Plan and conduct partnership meetings with respective colleges/divisions to assess, develop and implement HR-related support needs. Work closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention.
Work with HR assistants to interpret employment transactions and address needs of assigned colleges/divisions; provide mentoring and support as appropriate.
Review HRIS data audits for assigned colleges/divisions; take action as needed to ensure accurate payroll and other employment-related reports.
Support and participate in the annual faculty and staff salary planning and implementation process.
Conduct employee Exit Interviews, and track and analyze data to determine appropriate changes (if any) regarding current processes or policies.
Provide service, direction, and support to administration, department heads, and administrative staff in colleges and divisions regarding HR transactions and procedures.
Provide mentoring and support to HR colleagues.
Prepare for and attend unemployment and worker’s compensation hearings.
Support and assist with university policy development, revision, documentation, and interpretation; support and provide assistance in developing, monitoring, and improving HR-related systems and processes.
Served on internal RIT committees, including HR liaison to the Staff Recognition Awards Selection Committee.
Pursue a personal and professional development plan to maintain a current body of job-related knowledge and improve HR technology and systems skills.

Requirement: Ability to communicate in ASL (Strongly Preferred) or willingness to learn ASL

Required Minimum Qualifications :

Bachelor’s degree in an HR-related field or ten or more years of HR-related experience in employee relations, HR Manager and/or HR generalist role.

Experience, as well as demonstrated application of best practices in multiple Human Resources functions such as Employee Relations (includes investigations), Talent Management (goal setting, Performance Management), Disability, FMLA, PFL, Leadership Development & Coaching, Talent Acquisition, Organizational Development, Diversity & Inclusion, and Compensation.
Strong, up-to-date working knowledge and demonstrated application of best practices of multiple human resource disciplines, including employee/labor relations, talent management, performance management, leadership development & coaching, talent acquisition, organizational development, diversity & inclusion, and compensation practices.
Extensive, up-to-date knowledge of applicable state and federal employment and labor laws, governmental compliance requirements, immigration laws and processes, and employment-related policies and procedures
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including presentations and training delivery; participate in project teams to facilitate process improvements.
Ability and willingness to embrace, facilitate, and, as necessary, lead ongoing departmental and university-level organizational and operational changes.
Ability to interact effectively with all members of the RIT community, including students, faculty, staff, external partners, and visitors
Demonstrated effectiveness in developing strong, trusting relationships to gain support and achieve results; building and maintaining positive relationships internally and externally without direct positional authority
Ability and willingness to maintain strict confidentiality and high standards of ethics and fairness in the execution of HR duties; ability to conduct business in a manner consistent with university and HR core values
Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions
Ability to communicate in American Sign Language (ASL) or willingness to quickly learn, knowledge or awareness of Deaf culture

Preferred Qualifications :
Proficiency / Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) and familiarity and experience with Deaf culture and the Deaf community strongly preferred

Required Minimum Education Level :
Required Application Documents :Cover LetterCurriculum Vitae or Resume
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