Daemen College invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Human Resources, to succeed the incumbent Director who is retiring after two decades of distinguished service to the College.

The College seeks an experienced human resources professional, preferably in higher education, who will oversee and lead the College’s human resources programs and activities, including the maintenance and management of all employment records and human resources data; administration of employee benefits, recruitment, orientation and training; and College compliance with federal/state employment laws and regulations.  

Daemen College is a private, nonsectarian, co-educational, comprehensive college in Amherst, New York, with a diverse student population of approximately 3,000 students. Its attractive suburban location offers convenient access to the cultural amenities of metropolitan Buffalo and the scenic outdoor recreation areas of Western New York, the Niagara Frontier, and the Great Lakes. In addition, the College is near Canada, with cosmopolitan Toronto within easy driving distance.

Buffalo, New York is enjoying a resurgence that has been recognized nationwide and that has energized the region, attracting capital, innovative businesses, and a highly educated populace.  Daemen College is a key part of the higher education component of the Buffalo resurgence.

Founded on the principle that education should elevate human dignity and foster civic responsibility and compassion, Daemen College seeks to integrate the intellectual qualities acquired through study of the liberal arts with the education necessary for professional accomplishment.  

The Director of Human Resources will report to the Vice President for Business Affairs, and serve as the principal advisor to the President and the College’s senior management team, with regard to human resources policies and personnel-related matters. 

The Director is expected to provide strategic leadership to the Department of Human Resources, exhibiting a cohesive, collaborative, and coordinated approach to the human resources function of Daemen College.  Candidates for this position shall have strong writing and oral communication skills, along with excellent analytical skills with the ability to interpret, manage, and analyze statistical data.  A proficiency in human resources records and information systems is essential.

The successful candidate shall serve as the senior human resources administrator and advisor for the College; develop annual operating and financial plans for the human resources programs of the College; inspire the Human Resources staff through effective motivation, mentoring, and team building; and be the preeminent employee relations contact for all employees of the College.

The successful candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university, with a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management or Development; Organizational Management; Public Administration; Business; or related field, strongly preferred.  Human Resources certifications also preferred. 

Key experiential requirements include seven years of progressive professional human resources experience in human resources management, leadership, and/or related fields, including experience in a higher education setting in a leadership capacity. 

The successful candidate must also embrace the College’s mission to prepare students for life and leadership in an increasingly complex world.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.  To assure full consideration, applications should be received by February 15, 2017, and must include a cover letter of interest and CV, and the names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of five professional references (references will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant). 

The Director of Human Resources Search Committee shall accept applications electronically.

Daemen College is an AA/EOE and strongly encourages applications from women, veterans, people of color, individuals with disabilities and candidates who will contribute to and support the cultural fluency and diversity of our campus.