CUNY Deputy Director of Human Resources in New York, New York


The Graduate Center (GC) is the principal doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York (CUNY). Offering more than thirty doctoral degrees from Anthropology to Urban Education, and fostering globally significant research in a wide variety of centers and institutes, the GC provides academic training in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Graduate Center is also integral to the intellectual and cultural vitality of New York City. Through its extensive public programs, The Graduate Center hosts a wide range of events - lectures, conferences, book discussions, art exhibits, concerts, and dance and theater that enrich and inform.

The Office of Human Resources (OHR) supports a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive employee community at the GC and at its affiliated CUNY colleges and professional schools, which include the Graduate School of Journalism, Macaulay Honors College, School of Professional Studies and Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Our comprehensive programs include employee relations, recruitment, benefits, compensation, professional development, coaching, and mentoring, with emphasis on quality and responsiveness.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Human Resources (EDHR), the Deputy Director of Human Resources carries out the mission of the GC and the Office of Human Resources. S/he serves as a senior member of the Office of Human Resources and works closely with the EDHR and Director of Human Resources Operations to develop, implement and evaluate on-going HR policies, programs, functions and activities for five business units. S/he will ensure the provision of superior services to the GC community and encourage diversity and equal opportunity. The Deputy Director assumes full responsibility for the leadership of all Human Resources functions in the absence of the EDHR.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provides interpretation and guidance to ensure compliance with university and college policies, contractual agreements, and employment laws and regulations;

  • Provides guidance to all levels of management (Deans, Chairs, and Directors) on human resources matters;

  • Researches sensitive and complex employee matters and recommends resolutions to the Executive Director; assists senior management in their responses to employee matters;

  • Serves on The GC's HR Council and Labor Management Committee;

  • Oversees on/off boarding activities for all title groups;

  • Manages employee relations to enhance productivity, performance, and morale; consults supervisors regarding performance evaluations and the performance review process;

  • Assists in conducting internal investigations and disciplinary cases for instructional, civil service, and classified managerial staff;

  • Responsible for the Human Resources portion of the annual GC’s One Stop Program for more than 300 incoming Graduate Assistants; makes presentations at the Program;

  • Investigates pay issues for more than 1,500 Graduate Assistants and part-time instructional staff; coordinates and acts as a liaison between the Office of Human Resources and Central Office; resolves any discrepancies in pay;

  • Manages all human resources functions for the Graduate Assistant Program for 1300 doctoral students and part-time instructional staff including orientations, appointments, reappointments, mass reappointments, evaluations, observations and employment verifications;

  • Organizes efficient and effective college wide human resources processes, systems and structures that support strategic priorities;

  • Develops and coordinates employee workshops;

  • Oversees and advises on employment related immigration matters (e.g., J1, H1 B, TN, 01, etc.); consults with international faculty and staff and liaises with attorneys on immigration matters;

  • Oversees the Exchange Visitor Program and serves as Alternate Responsible Officer for the Program; submits the annual report;

  • Responsible for the supervision and evaluation of professional and support staff; and

  • Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's Degree and eight years' related experience required.


A preferred candidate should have:

  • Master's degree.

  • Exceptional communication, writing, presentation, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

  • Experience with HR information systems (CUNYfirst, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Payserv) and proficiency in MS Office.

  • Experience working in a unionized environment with multiple Collective Bargaining Agreements.

  • Experience supervising staff.

  • Experience with visas and employment related immigration matters (e.g. J1, H1B, TN, 01, etc.).


Collaborates with campus or unit management to provide human resources leadership and to support related operations.

  • Directs human resources processes such as employment, benefits administration, recruitment and performance management

  • Manages staff responsible for providing employee services in the Human Resources office

  • Works with senior management in Human Resources, Labor Relations, and other areas to plan Human Resources strategies and programs; develops new Human Resources tools and programs to support management goals

  • Interprets regulations and policies of all kinds related to Human Resources, and advises senior executives and managers; reviews policies and procedures for improvement, and develops revisions

  • Ensures the integrity of Human Resources data, systems, records, and files

  • Independently researches sensitive Human Resources issues and assists executive management in their responses

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: HR Director


Higher Education Officer




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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June 14, 2017


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Location: Graduate Center

Job Title: Deputy Director of Human Resources

Job ID: 16675

Regular/Temporary: Regular