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Human Resources Assistant - Student & Campus Life

Cornell University
Job Location:
Ithaca, New York
Human Resources

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Student & Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. Our nearly 4,000 staff and student employees who make up SCL embrace the opportunity to represent the division and strive for excellence as we shape the Cornell student experience, one interaction at a time.

As a part of the SCL Office of the Vice President unit, the SCL Human Resources team helps to operationalize the divisional mission, by helping leaders deploy the right people with the right skills at the right time. The SCL-HR team leverages a collaborative and innovative work environment to develop real world solutions to real world personnel challenges, and strives for efficiency and excellence in every aspect of their work. As a team, this group shares responsibility for having meaningful positive impact on staff recruitment, organizational design, HRIS systems management, employee relations activity, policy application, workplace culture, strategic change management, and much more. On this team, passion for people, flexibility in approach and a desire to create a work environment that is authentically fun are the keys to our overall success.

As a member of the SCL-HR team, the Human Resources Assistant is the backbone of everything we do. This critical role supports a wide-range of HR functions across multiple business units within the SCL portfolio. This position provides transactional HRIS support in coordination with HR Consultants, processing a wide variety of personnel related actions in the HRIS system, drafts offer letters and other ad-hoc correspondence, and ensures effective document retention and compliance practices across a high-volume customer base. This role also serves as a coordinator of temporary workforce staffing activity for assigned units, helps to coordinate transactional activity, supports team efforts related to data reporting and compliance, and performs basic administrative office duties; ensuring a high-level of customer service for our clients and guests. As a member of the SCL-HR team, HR Assistants help implement best practices and develop resources and tools to streamline services, ensure a high level of value-added customer service, contribute to the development of a high functioning work group, and create and maintain a positive work environment.

A successful HR Assistant will have a passion for people and regularly demonstrate a keen attention to detail, a service-minded approach, and an ability to navigate basic (and sometimes complex) personnel challenges. The ability to leverage a strong combination of systems acumen, relationship building, policy understanding, and talent assessment skills is critical to success in this front-facing role. Managing multiple priorities and competing deadlines, staying organized, and communicating key information to stakeholders and team members in a timely and collaborative manner are regular expectations of the position. Demonstrating progress in key metrics such as time-to-fill, vacancy ratios, candidate/employee experience satisfaction, and systems/data compliance will be key indicators of performance in the role.

Required Qualifications

  • Associates degree with 2-4 years of administrative, human resources, or related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Understanding of (or ability to learn) basic HR laws, policies, best practices, and procedures that drive internal recruitment and hiring processes. Demonstrated success in building relationships (both internally and externally) and a willingness to work collaboratively across a highly diverse set of client/business groups.

  • Technical Experience: Demonstrated advanced skills and experience with office productivity software including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. including use of advanced platforms to develop products to meet business needs. Experience utilizing software to perform analysis, including pivot tables, merging files, producing graphs from multiple data sources. Demonstrated experience creating key metrics and developing well-informed reports. Ability to maintain ethical and confidential workplace practices.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior talent-acquisition or recruitment experience; previous work experience in a union or collective bargaining environment, experience with payroll, and/or assisting with employee relations; experience with recruitment/candidate management software, HRIS databases, reporting tools, and/or payroll management systems.

No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

University Job Title:

Human Resources Asst IV

Job Family:

Human Resources



Pay Rate Type:




Contact Name:

Shallena Cunningham

Number of Openings:


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