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Associate Director of Human Resources

Columbia University- Columbia College

New York, New York 10027
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Reporting to the Senior Associate Director, the Associate Director plays a key role in the overall operations of the Columbia College Human Resources team. S/he must be successful in the completion of various competing projects and has responsibility for support to Columbia College employees and managers in a variety of human resources functions. S/he exemplifies a proactive, customer-centered HR philosophy and contributes to the College's continual strive to achieve excellence, collaboration and efficiency. S/he will work with a diverse set of departments that includes the Dean's Office, Undergraduate Student Life, Enrollment, Center for Career Education, Alumni Affairs and Development, Global Programs, and the Double Discovery Center.

A. Partners with unit managers on all aspects of the recruitment process, including review and evaluation of the job description and its approval by the University, providing guidance for recruitment strategies and using best practices relating to resume review, candidate interviews, reference checking, finalist selection, offer negotiation, and onboarding.

B. Interacts with all levels of College management and staff regarding a variety of HR issues by responding to employee inquiries and interpreting policies appropriately.Working with the Senior Associate Director and Executive Director, communicates relevant policy updates to employees and managers, creating useful tools as needed.

C. Manages onboarding and off-boarding of employees, including working to create an enhanced new employee orientation and other processes.

D. Provides guidance on matters related to the manager-employee relationship in consultation with the Senior Associate Director and Executive Director, including performance management, employee/labor relations and professional development. Participates in investigatory, disciplinary and grievance activities, including those involving union employees.

E. Oversees the payment of employees, including approving payroll, troubleshooting any complex payroll issues and reconciliation to ensure correct accounts are charged.

F. Approves new hire transactions in the University's employee system. Serves as the main contact for temporary staffing requests. Administers additional compensation process. Supports the overall organization of HR records and compliance with document retention policies. Maintains relevant employee lists and databases. Creates ad hoc reports and analyzes data to identify trends and report metrics.

G. Manages leaves of absence and accommodations including employee consultations, liaising with the University's Disability Benefits office and record keeping.

H. Supports the annual compensation and promotion process for the College, including roster creation and related activities.

I. Performs other related duties as assigned. Provides backup support to the HR team as necessary.


Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer --Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran. 


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