Vice President for Human Resources
and Organizational Development
Posting date: April 26, 2021
Bergen Community College is an award-winning, comprehensive community college. More students graduate with associate degrees and certificates from Bergen than any other college in New Jersey. Located in northeastern New Jersey just minutes from New York City, Bergen’s main campus in Paramus features vast physical resources including the Technology Education Center (opened 2003), the region’s only Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center (opened 2016) and the cutting-edge STEM Student Research Center (opened 2019). With two additional locations, one in Hackensack (Ciarco Learning Center) and the other in Lyndhurst (Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands), Bergen provides high quality educational services and programs throughout the county to more than 19,000 credit and non-credit students.
Since its founding in 1965, more than 740,000 students have taken classes at Bergen, with countless others visiting for community and cultural events. The College boasts an accomplished faculty, cutting-edge facilities and opportunities for cultural awareness, civic-engagement and service-learning. Initiatives in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields have uniquely prepared Bergen students as the next generation of STEM innovators.
Graduating students use Bergen’s reputation as a top community college to propel them to institutions nationwide – including all eight Ivy League colleges. Students in career programs enter the workforce in a wide variety of fields, from healthcare to information technology and culinary arts. Bergen graduates earn the highest salaries among the state’s two-year institutions, even out-earning peers from some four-year colleges.
Bergen is a leader among its peer institutions. In 2019, Bergen was awarded the $12 million NJ Health Works grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to lead a consortium of partners to expand and enhance apprenticeship programs for more than 5,000 New Jersey residents. Partners include 14 New Jersey community colleges and healthcare partners such as CVS Health and the RWJBarnabas Health system.
Bergen Community College remains proud of its ethic of care for its students, faculty and staff and invites applications from those wishing to join a community of professionals dedicated to student success.
The Department of Human Resources is committed to attracting, motivating, developing, and retaining highly competent employees to support the College’s mission of “high quality, relevant and varied educational programs and for intellectual, cultural and personal growth for all members of its community.” The department is committed to designing and implementing policies, services, and programs in a professional and customer service-oriented manner.
Services cover all areas of human resources and payroll, including:
- Services cover all areas of human resources and payroll, including:
- Development, implementation and interpretation of policies and programs
- Recruitment, orientation, evaluation, and training of employees
- Enrollment of employees, implementation, and administration of benefit plans, including health, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement and pension
- Establishment and maintenance of accurate employee records and information systems
- Negotiation and administration of Collective Bargaining Agreements
- Compliance with local, state and federal laws in order to ensure fair and equal treatment of all employees
- Processing of payroll calculations, payroll tax statements, year-end taxes, and more
Position Summary/Job Description:
The Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Development reports directly to the President and provides strategic leadership and operational oversight for the College’s human resources and payroll departments, staff professional development and training, compliance reporting, recognition programs, performance management, benefits administration, employee on-boarding programs and services, and all aspects of the College’s organizational development. The Vice President ensures compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations and ensures best-practice maintenance of employee records. The Vice President has broad responsibility for developing and reviewing policies and procedures that promote accomplishment of the College’s strategic plan and fosters the development of a diverse and innovative workforce. The Vice President serves as an active member of the President’s Executive Team.
- Function as the subject matter expert and strategic advisor to the President, Board of Trustees, and the College’s Executive Team regarding personnel matters in line with the College’s operations, objectives, mission, and strategic vision.
- Administer the College’s collective bargaining agreements.
- Oversee and lead all functions of the human resources and payroll departments. Manage budgets and monitor expenditures for the department.
- Provide supervision, oversight, and professional development for human resources staff members. Lead with an ethic of care.
- Manage and coordinate the College’s performance management system.
- Oversee Title IX processes and procedures as the institution’s Title IX Coordinator.
- Receive and understand information pertaining to records, benefits, employee relations, employees, classifications, payroll, and employee information and communication.
- Develop and manage human resources metrics and monitoring trends, such as performance management, compensation and classification policies, succession planning, internal development and promotion, and benefits.
- Develop and maintain effective programs for workforce retention, leadership development, and a wide range of employee training.
- Actively engage, coach, and train college leaders in teamwork, effective leadership, and other development programs.
- Guide and assist members of the leadership team by providing expertise on performance reviews, performance improvement plans, human resources policies, practices, opportunities, and state and federal laws and regulations.
- Direct relevant workplace investigations, grievances and complaints, and disciplinary processes.
- Ensure process improvement initiatives are understood, communicated, and executed throughout the organization, and integrate institutional, statewide, and accreditation perspectives.
- Assume primary responsibility for select projects and initiatives, as directed by the President.
- Master’s degree strongly preferred in human resources management, public administration, higher education administration, business administration, or a related field.
- Bachelor’s degree plus extensive experience (12+ years) in leadership in human resources and organizational strategy and development may be considered.
- Previous human resources management experience in a unionized environment, preferred.
- Previous human resources experience in an educational, public, or non-profit setting, preferred.
- Strong demonstrated understanding of the mission of the community college.
- A minimum of 6 years of related experience with supervising, managing, or leading and developing staff and managing a department or enterprise is required. A minimum of 3 years of human resources management experience is required.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Well-developed analytical skills with an ability to synthesize complex information and apply it to strategic initiatives.
- Must be well-versed in human resources-related federal and state employment laws and practices.
- Demonstrated ability to increase productivity through championing a high-performance culture and continuous improvement.
- Experience and knowledge in the use of appropriate technology and the ability to leverage for effectiveness.
- Ability to prepare and monitor department budgets.
- Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, negotiation, analytical, presentation, and communication skills.
- Excellent employee relations skills, including knowledge of current mediation best practices.
- Ability to work cooperatively with multiple constituencies, both internally and externally
Review of applications:
Applications are encouraged by May 31st and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.
For full consideration please send resume, cover letter, salary expectations and a list of three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a New Jersey First Act Employer, new employees must establish a primary residence in New Jersey within one year unless an exemption applies.
Bergen Community College is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender, age, disabling condition, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veterans status or other non-job related criteria. Equal employment opportunity includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, hiring, retention, tenure, promotion, transfer, compensation, fringe benefits and other terms and conditions of employment in accordance with state laws and regulations.