Associate Vice President of Human Resources (AVPHR)

About SUNY Orange:
SUNY Orange was founded in 1950 as the first county-sponsored community college in the State University of New York system. It has earned its reputation as a pioneer and innovator in meeting the needs of its students and the area it primarily serves. SUNY Orange was the first two-year college in the nation to offer the associate degree nursing program and studies in electron microscopy; and in 1982, the college was the first community college to plan and co-sponsor with local chambers of commerce a business institute.

SUNY Orange has touched the lives of countless numbers of the county's 350,000 residents through its credit programs, non-credit programming and cultural events. As the needs of the community grow, the college will continue to play a significant role in the county's endeavor to face the challenges and to profit from the opportunities that await it.

Job Description:
The Associate Vice President of Human Resources (AVPHR) is essential to the college's work in creating a dynamic and engaged work environment that supports the development and success of all our employees and, as a result, enhances the experience and outcomes for our students. The AVPHR will champion the college's commitment to an inclusive, innovative, and productive workforce through strategic and programmatic management of the human resources function. The AVPHR will utilize creativity, functional-area knowledge, and leadership skills to coordinate and direct a comprehensive human resources program.

Description of Position:
The Associate Vice President of Human Resources (AVPHR) is responsible for building and maintaining a high-performing human resources department that supports the strategic mission of Orange County Community College.

The AVPHR reports to the Vice President of Administration and Finance and is a key member of the president's cabinet. The AVPHR serves as the strategic human resources advisor and plans, manages, and administers all human resources functions. The AVPHR coordinates and partners as needed with the President, Board of Trustees, college staff and departments, and external agencies to ensure compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate commitment to achieving cultural diversity and equal opportunity; knowledge of human relations processes relative to employment, evaluation, training, and support of employees; knowledge of applicable federal and state laws; knowledge of classification and salary placement theory; ability to work collaboratively with internal (faculty, staff, and student body) and external constituencies; ability to analyze complex issues and relationships and provide direction and advice; ability to counsel employees and supervisors about sensitive and confidential issues related to job performance, complaints, grievances, and other related concerns; and possess excellent oral and written communication skills. The AVP for Human Resources will provide oversight of the staff, budget and operations of the Office of Human Resources and Payroll Departments.

Education Required:
Minimum of a Master's degree in HR, Business Administration, Personnel Administration, Public Administration or closely related field and a minimum of four years of progressively responsible administrative experience in Human Resources as described below.  Or Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of six years of progressively responsible administrative experience in Human Resources as described below.

Experience Required: Progressively responsible administrative experience in Human Resources preferably at a public sector employer or institution of higher education. Progressively responsible administrative experience includes demonstrated supervisory level responsibilities within two of the following areas (at a minimum):  Labor/Employee Relations, Collective Bargaining and Contract Administration, Classified Service, Personnel Administration, Affirmative Action or Training. Knowledge of complex federal, state  and labor laws and regulations, as well as OSHA and workers compensation reporting laws and requirements.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Worker Characteristics: SPHR or PHR certification; experience in public sector employee/labor relations. Appropriate administrative experience in higher education, preferably in a community college setting. Expertise in, or understanding of, labor relations, collective bargaining and contract administration.

Additional Information:
Deadline for Applying: Review of applications begins May 6, 2019, and will continue until successful candidate has been identified.

Orange County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction or any other category protected by law. The College adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in public institutions of higher education. Inquiries regarding this non-discrimination policy may be directed to: Wendy Holmes, Civil Rights Compliance Officer, 115 South Street, Middletown NY 10940, (845) 341-4662,,

Position begins August 5, 2019

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Application Instructions:
Please apply online at

Create a SUNY Orange Employment Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW tab. Upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • References: Include three (3) professional references (including names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses). References will not be contacted without prior permission of the candidate.
  • Orange County Community College values a diverse and inclusive community. Please include in your cover letter an answer to the following questions:

How has diversity and inclusion played a part in your career? How would you bring that insight into your position at the college?

After submitting your resume the subsequent pages will enable you to upload the additional documents.

Official transcripts will be required upon employment. Foreign transcripts which are not accompanied by an evaluation from an approved agency may not be reviewed. Applicants may contact NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluating Service) at to obtain a list of members providing this service. Any expenses incurred for this service must be borne by the applicant. Foreign transcript translations by applicant or educational institution are not acceptable.

All applicants must have the legal right to accept employment in the United States. SUNY Orange does not support visa applications.

Employment at the College may be subject to the favorable result of a background investigation.