Associate Vice President for Human Resource Management

Employer:Buffalo State College

Position Information

Position Description:Buffalo State College seeks applications for the position of Associate Vice President for Human Resource Management (AVPHRM). The AVPHRM reports directly to the Vice President for Finance and Management and is a key member of the Finance and Management leadership team, working cooperatively with the vice president and team members to plan and implement the strategic objectives of the division and the college.
Candidates will demonstrate experience in strategic planning and a commitment to organizational development, able to help guide organizational transformation and purposeful, meaningful change; improve organizational effectiveness while adhering to the Buffalo State’s culture and values; and maximize employee productivity.
The successful candidate will be an experienced and proven human resources administrator, able to provide exceptional vision, leadership and oversight to the varied functions within the department, as well as advance strategic directions of the campus. This position will oversee human resource matters not only for state employees at Buffalo State, but also for those employed by the Buffalo State College Foundation and the Research Foundation for SUNY Buffalo State.
Candidates should be committed to high ethical standards, transparency, shared governance, consultative decision making and continuous improvement. The successful candidate will inspire units to work collaboratively, skillfully, and effectively to serve Buffalo State’s mission consistent with the strategic plans of the college and the Finance and Management division.

Required Qualifications
Successful candidates for the Associate Vice President for Human Resource Management position will possess the following:
• Bachelor’s degree
• Longstanding experience in relevant positions at institutions of similar size and scope
• Direct experience and demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following human resources areas: Organizational development, employee relations, personnel operations, employee benefits and payroll services
• Successful human resources and labor relations management experience in a unionized environment
• Evidence of success in utilizing data to guide recommendations
• Demonstrated success as a motivational and transformational leader
• The ability to excel in a complex, high demand environment, managing multiple priorities simultaneously
• Successful experience as an open and transparent communicator
• The highest standards for personal and professional ethics and integrity
• A profound respect for diversity and inclusive excellence in higher education

Preferred Qualifications
In addition to the required qualifications listed above, the ideal candidate will possess the following desirable personal and professional characteristics:
• An advanced degree in human resources, business administration, management, public administration, economics, finance, marketing or other relevant field
• Certification as a human resource professional: PHR, SPHR, SHRM or similar
• Experience in guiding organizational change management
• Demonstrated success serving as a human resources leader in a higher education environment
• Knowledge of New York State regulations and SUNY governance, policies and procedures
• Successful human resources experience in a public, unionized higher education institution with an appreciation for and support of shared governance

Application Process
Candidates should visit and electronically submit the following materials:
• Letter of interest that speaks directly to the applicant’s required and preferred qualifications
• Résumé or curriculum vitae
• Names and contact information (telephone and e-mail) for five references
• References will be contacted only for finalists. Candidates will be given prior notification.

The deadline to apply is January 23, 2020.

Organization Information

About Employer:Buffalo State is the largest comprehensive college in the State University of New York system. As a civic, urban, and engaged campus community, we pride ourselves as having small college learning environments coupled with large university opportunities. We are a diverse and inclusive college committed to the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Our mission is to transform lives, to empower students to succeed and to inspire a lifelong passion for learning. Buffalo State is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, service, scholarship, creative activity, and cultural enrichment. With degree programs in education, the arts, science, and professional studies, each year nearly 10,000 students choose Buffalo State for its broad array of high-quality academic programs, diverse and creative environment, hands-on learning opportunities, and affordable SUNY tuition.
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Terms and Conditions:Buffalo State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution that subscribes to all federal, state, and SUNY legal requirements and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or marital or veteran status. Any violation of this policy should be reported to the Equity and Diversity Office, Cleveland Hall 415, (716) 878-6210. Buffalo State is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. If you have any questions, please contact Lydia Kawaler at or call (716) 878-4822. All applicants are subject to a pre-employment background investigation. Our Pre-Employment Background Screening Policy is available at
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