FLSBN Lead HR Manager - #740311

Cornell University

Date: 01/14/2022 15:30 PM

City: Mount Morris, New York

Salary: $60,000 / year

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

The Finger Lakes Shared Business Network has an exciting opportunity for a Lead Human Resources Manager

This position reports to the Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County and is responsible for providing high-level leadership and human resources operations management and guidance for all seven county extension associations which make up the Finger Lakes Shared Business Network (FLSBN): Livingston, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates

The position develops and maintains effective working relationships among staff at each association within the FLSBN, including HR administrators and Executive Directors, working in conjunction with Extension Administration Human Resources and other SBN HR Leads from across New York State to lead the human resources operation locally, regionally, and statewide to its optimal state

The SBN HR Lead exercises professional judgment, discretion, and confidentiality in leading the regional HR operations. Facilitates successful policy/procedure changes driven by compliance requirement or local/regional/statewide need. Provides leadership to implement system-wide initiatives at a regional level, and remains consistent with Extension Administration guidance while problem solving and offering HR solutions at the individual association level as requested by respective Executive Directors.


  • Bachelor’s degree and experience relevant to the role; or Associate’s degree and 2 years’ transferable program/functional experience

  • Experience in employee relations counseling, policy/procedure interpretation, managing recruitment, onboarding, promotion and separation, managing payroll, data/transaction oversight, and records management

  • Familiarity with Federal and State laws pertaining to human resources

  • Judgment, discretion, and confidentiality are critical to this position

  • Must be able and willing to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity

  • Must be able to work in a professional and collegial manner with colleagues at the local Association level as well as at Extension Administration

  • Ability to work well in a team setting and independently

  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position

  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate

  • Must have access to transportation to meet position responsibilities

  • Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read and write proficiently) in English

  • Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel

  • This position works in a typical office environment. In addition, the position regularly lifts, moves, or transports office supplies, work related materials and equipment. Work Environment: In addition to the Working Conditions; the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions


  • PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification

  • Demonstrated ability to use recruiting and HRIS software

  • Demonstrated ability to manage payroll, data/transaction oversight, and records management

  • Familiarity with CCE (Cornell Cooperative Extension) system

  • Familiarity/experience with CCE classification process, Workday HRIS system, and data transaction oversight

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels using traditional methods, as well as electronic technology such as WebEx, Skype and Zoom

  • Demonstrated ability to work well both in a team setting and independently, and to initiate, organize, and implement established goals

  • Ability to prioritize and balance time equitably across Associations

  • Internal and external customer service experience.


Administrative Direction - 30%

  • Assess and develop local/regional plans and strategies for human resources goals, best practices, and training based on direct work with Associations, guidance from Extension Administration, the FLSBN AMG, and/or based on local/state/federal laws and regulations

  • Plan regional implementation strategies for human resources systems, such as Workday

  • Establish regional best practice standards for human resources functions throughout the region

  • Assess and develop local/regional plans and strategies for Human Resources goals, best practices, and training based on direct work with Associations, guidance from Extension Administration, other SBN HR leads, and/or based on local/state/federal laws and regulations

  • May assist FLSBN Executive Directors with planning the HR administration of counties

  • Provide input to the region’s Associations on human resource implications of financial strategies

  • Assist in planning the human resources communication strategy for the region’s Associations

  • Partner with SBN Leads to coordinate strategies and planning for the region

  • Establishes best practice standards for HR function throughout the SBN and actively contributes to discussions on development of statewide HR best practices

  • Develop training materials and strategies to enhance the HR knowledge and expertise at the local level

  • Develop relationships with other HR professionals, colleges and community-based organizations to enhance and expand current recruiting efforts across the region

Administrative Management - 35%

  • Assist with guiding the delegated and assigned administrative functions across SBN region; this will include moderately to highly complex generalist responsibilities, including policy interpretation, dispute resolution, compensation, classification, and employee relations activities, engaging Extension Administration HR as appropriate

  • Establish best practice recommendations and standards for human resources functions across the region

  • Lead the implementation of HR regional strategy

  • Provide guidance, support and training support to regional human resources staff, including local human resources staff, Executive Directors, and regional Workday initiators

  • Manage HR training and communications for the region in accordance with established regional strategies

  • Ensure Association leaders, supervisors, and human resources staff are effectively made aware of local, regional, or statewide HR expectations and compliance

  • Provide advice and consultation to Executive Directors on a broad range of HR issues, including employee relations, performance management, recruitment, conflict resolutions, and labor law

  • Provide leadership in the management of HRIS Systems to ensure effective utilization that will result in: data integrity, compliance in payroll procedures, interpretation and support for the Compensation/Classification System, and understanding and consistent implementation of established HR policies, procedures, and best practices

  • Reviews HR data and analysis to form observations, anticipate trends, adjust operations and service to performance standards, and develops subsequent refinements and recommendations to shape ongoing improvements to support Association, SBN, and statewide HR strategy

Administrative Coordination/Operation - 30%

  • With substantial initiative and discretion, perform a moderate amount of substantially complex tasks to support the administration of associations within the region

  • With substantial initiative and discretion, coordinate and implement all HRIS best practices and procedures

  • Coordinate a schedule of regular audit reports (i.e. Comprehensive Informational Extract; Fixed Term Reports; Employees on Leave; Costing Reports) to ensure system/information integrity, and provide regular updates to local Associations as determined

  • With a high level of initiative and discretion, work closely with Association Executive Directors and Local HR Representatives to correct system issues when needed

  • Learn, use, and assist with the implementation of sophisticated human resources software

  • Coordinate the delivery of HR trainings, updates and best practice recommendations via various delivery methods (i.e. webinars, SharePoint site, recorded presentations) to Executive Directors, Human Resources Representatives, leadership staff, and employees across the region

  • Review and process Workday transaction approvals; communicate questions or clarifications to Associations; track and electronically file transaction forms

  • Prepare and post job requisitions for Associations; track candidates’ applications and move them through the process as necessary

  • Review written communications and documents for Associations as requested; engage HROne or CCE Administration HR as needed to ensure compliance with legal standards

  • Prepare reports for FLSBN Associations, FLSBN AMG, and CCE HR as needed

  • Work to effectively maintain existing relationships with Executive Directors, local HR Representatives, Lead Executive Directors, other SBN functional Leads and Extension Administration HR for the purposes of delivering efficient, effective and accurate Human Resources support in the implementation of HR policy, procedures and best practices across the region

  • Prepare and submit accurate expense reports, mileage reports, receipts/supporting documentation, and/or vouchers in a timely manner per established policy and procedures

  • Exercise a high level of confidentiality in performing all position responsibilities

  • This position will require the transport of self and/or materials/resources in performing position responsibilities

Professional Improvement - 5%

  • In cooperation with Executive Director and with input from AMG and CCE HR staff, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes in HR area, SBN, and CCE priorities

  • Participate in all required orientation, training, and/or in-service meetings and trainings as scheduled/required

  • Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension including but not limited to attendance at staff meetings, timely reporting of expenses, working with other staff, and perform other duties as assigned

  • Actively seeks out and participates in human resources professional development

  • Takes initiative to share human resources best practice, knowledge, and resource gained through professional development activities within the statewide system

  • Regular and predictable attendance and punctuality

Health and Safety - Applies to all duties and functions

  • Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment

  • Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard

  • Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified

EEO/EPO and Policy - Applies to all duties and functions

  • Conduct all programming and activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Act, Title IX Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act, and local, state, and regional affirmative action plans

  • Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public

  • Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences

  • Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Livingston County policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success

  • Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner



This is a full time, exempt position scheduled to work 37.5 hours per week, with annualized wage of $60,000

Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:

  • Vacation, Sick and Personal time

  • Paid Holidays

  • NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)

  • NYS Retirement

  • Long-term Disability Insurance

  • Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity

  • Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance

  • Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance

  • Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance

  • Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance

  • Voluntary Auto and Homeowner’s Insurance

  • Voluntary Pet Insurance

  • Voluntary New York’s College Savings Program



The FLSBN Lead Human Resources Manager will be an employee of CCE Livingston but may be based at the CCE office of another Finger Lakes CCE Office, including:

  • Livingston CCE

  • Ontario CCE

  • Schuyler CCE

  • Seneca CCE

  • Wayne CCE

  • Yates CCE



Review of applications will begin immediately and position will remain open until filled. Contact Christi at flsbn-recruiting@cornell.edu with questions

**For priority consideration, submit application online by 11:59pm EST on February 17, 2022**



To be considered for this position, all applicants must :

(1) Complete *ALL* sections of the online application

(2) Upload/attach a cover letter (Word or PDF format)

(3) Upload/attach a Resume (Word or PDF format)

(4) Upload/attach names and contact info for at least 3 professional references (Word or PDF format)

Please note that you should upload documents at the beginning of the application process. READ THE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS BELOW TO BE SURE YOU ARE UPLOADING DOCUMENTS AS REQUESTED

  • External Applicants: (Including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) please refer to Applying for a Job (External Candidate) for additional guidance

  • Internal Applicants: Apply via Workday under the "Career, Talent and Performance" section




Job Title:

Association Lead HR Manager



Pay Rate Type:



Contract College

Contact Name:

Kimberly Amey

Number of Openings:


Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply

Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement . This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell Cooperative Extension as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant.

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