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Executive Director of Human Resources

SUNY College at Old Westbury
Job Location:
Old Westbury, New York
Human Resources

The Executive Director, Human Resources will provide oversight of the staff, budget, and operations of the Office of Human Resources. The incumbent will work closely with the College President, Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors, and Chairs on all aspects of the college's activities to provide subject-matter expertise and guidance in all areas of human resources and will contribute to the institution's organizational strategic planning goals. The incumbent will be part of the Vice President and Cabinet teams.

In this role, the incumbent will lead with integrity and excellence and will promote and empower a culture where employees own and embrace the highest level of professional and ethical standards. The Executive Director, Human Resources will partner with the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to provide leadership in fostering a climate of diversity, inclusiveness, respect, and Title IX Compliance. This role requires the incumbent to be a hands-on leader and to assist in the performance of tasks that are the primary responsibility of their direct reports. The Executive Director is a full-time, twelve (12) month, Management Confidential position.

Title Position Reports To: Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff


  • Ensuring human resources is a center of excellence pertaining to all matters relating to employee engagement, including motivation, development, leadership, and performance management, providing pragmatic, legally sound, best practices, counsel, and where necessary ongoing support, coaching and guidance to leadership.
  • Developing and directing the strategic planning and long-range goals for the Office of Human Resources and collaborating with leadership to develop long-range, strategic goals for the organization.
  • Supervise and lead a staff of human resources professionals.
  • Administering and maintaining labor relations and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Overseeing all areas of human resources compliance with federal, state, and local laws related to employment and employment activity and compliance with State University of New York (SUNY) and SUNY-OW policies.
  • Directing the development of training and organizational development programs through subordinate departmental managers and university-wide instructors that address personal, professional, and organizational needs of university employees and departments.
  • Evaluating departmental procedures to streamline and/or automate processes, improve customer service, reduce paper-flow, and improve human resources data management; plans and implements changes as required.
  • Managing organizational change to increase employee satisfaction and productivity.
  • Employ cutting edge approaches to attracting and maintaining a richly diverse faculty and staff.
  • Develop and implement effective policies and procedures in all areas of responsibility, including recruitment, onboarding, offboarding, training, retention efforts, diversity management, affirmative-action, quality-of-life matters, benefits delivery, customer service, separations, and retirements.
  • Maintain effective communication with faculty and staff regarding human resource issues such as training, development, and performance management.
  • Work with and across all levels of the organization, including the capability to diplomatically influence executive leadership team members, and to establish and maintain a highly ethical reputation.
  • Works closely with the following:

- President, Vice Presidents, and Cabinet members
- SUNY - System Administration, General Counsel's Office, Employee - Relations Office and University-Wide Human Resources
- Other SUNY HR Leaders
- Campus Union leaders

  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

SUNY Old Westbury serves large populations of underrepresented, first-generation, and non-traditional students. Candidates with experience working with a similar student body, and a demonstrated commitment to supporting these populations, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Since its foundation in 1965, SUNY Old Westbury has been committed to social justice, diversity, and the empowerment of traditionally underserved populations. The College serves a large proportion of non-traditional students and has earned the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine for five consecutive years. 

Located on a 604-acre campus on Long Island, Nassau County, about 40 miles from New York City, SUNY Old Westbury comprises four Schools (Education, Business, Arts and Sciences and Professional Studies) with total enrollment of 4400 students, of which approximately 2800 are in B.A., B.S., B.F.A. and M.S. programs offered by the School of Arts and Sciences. For more details about the College at Old Westbury, please refer to our website at

Comprehensive benefits package:



  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills.
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution.
  • 10+ years of progressive HR and/or HR leadership experience.
  • Proven leadership and management experience.
  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Knowledge of human resources management principles, human resources policies and procedures, analytical, fact-finding, and administrative skills.
  • Experience with employment law and compliance at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Experience with collective bargaining environment and labor relations.
  • Demonstrated experience consulting and advising leadership on HR programs, issues, policies, requirements, obligations, and opportunities.
  • Proven ability to solve problems and resolve complex issues.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a high level of customer service.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and communication skills.
  • Presentation skills - ability to effectively present information in-person or virtually.
  • Ability to prioritize workloads according to volume, urgency, etc.
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and extended hours, as needed.


  • A Master's degree in Human Resource Management, a Doctoral degree, or an MBA.
  • 15+ years of progressive HR and/or HR leadership experience.
  • Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) certification and/or Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) certification.
  • Higher education or public-sector human resource experience in senior leadership or supervisory role.
  • Strong knowledge of SUNY policies and union agreements, including experience with NYS Department of Civil Service classification, staffing, and recruitment.
  • Experience with HR systems such as SUNY HR, PayServ, NYSTEP, and NYBEAS.

Application Instructions:

Please submit the following online at

  1. letter of application,
  2. resume,
  3. contact information (name, email address and telephone number) for three (3) references, and
  4. a fully completed Old Westbury employment application (available during the online application process).

Only applications submitted online will be considered.


VISA sponsorship is not available for this position.

We encourage protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, women and minorities to apply.

Employment in this position will be contingent on the College's verification of credentials and any other information required by federal or state law, and SUNY Old Westbury polices, including the completion of a criminal background check.

Additional Information:

The successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.

If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to participate in the selection process, please contact the Office of Human Resources/Affirmative Action located in the Campus Center, Room I-211 or by calling (516) 876-3179.

The Annual Security and Fire Report is filed as required by federal law. The purpose of this report is to provide faculty, staff and students with campus safety information, including crime statistics and safety policies and procedures. The report contains information regarding security and personal safety, including topics such as crime prevention, fire safety, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the previous three calendar years. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the University Police Department (516) 876-3333 or by downloading a copy.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Position Type: Management Confidential

Official Budget Title: Director

Campus Title: Executive Director, Human Resources

Department: Office of Human Resources

FTE: Full-time

Negotiating Unit: none

Salary Grade: MP-2

FLSA Status: Exempt

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