Chief Human Resources Diversity Officer

Chief Human Resources Diversity Officer, Riverhead, NY

Position Summary:

Providing high-level leadership and management of the human resources operations for the Association. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County (CCE-SC) Chief Human Resources Diversity Officer (CHRDO) Officer leads the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives supporting the Association's strategic plan to create a strategic plan a learning and working environment where all have an opportunity to succeed. The position champions the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive college environment and leads the development of a vision and effective strategy to create a culture for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Furthermore, develops and maintains effective working relationships among CCE-SC staff. This position works in conjunction with Extension Administration Human Resources and other HR Managers from across New York State to lead the human resources operation locally, regionally, and statewide to its optimal state. The CCE-SC CHRDO exercises professional judgment, discretion, and confidentiality in leading the HR operations. Facilitates successful policy/procedure changes driven by compliance requirement or local/regional/statewide need. Provides leadership to implement system-wide initiatives and remain consistent with Extension Administration guidance.The CCE-SC CHRDO is responsible for overseeing all human resources operations of the CCE-SC.The Human Resources Chief Diversity Officer is an executive leader responsible for designing and implementing CCE of Suffolk's diversity and inclusion strategy. The goal is to ensure equal opportunity for employees and candidates across dimensions such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, and disability.

Improving Employee and Community Relations with a focus on Equity and Inclusion: As part of a larger team within the CCE Suffolk Association, working collaboratively with staff and leadership, particularly with the Association's Equity and Inclusion Leader, to strengthen the organization's culture openness and competence. The Human Resources Chief Diversity Officer actively engages staff to further behaviors, attitudes, and policies that support diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Human Resources Chief Diversity Officer will collaborate with The Executive Director to assess potential barriers and develop strategies to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. As well as collaborate with The Executive Director and Administrative Team to assess the need for, and recommend training initiatives on, cultural competency, gender differences, disability, sexual harassment, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values and maintain compliance with applicable laws. The Human Resources Chief Diversity Officer will manage the Association's Workforce Analysis and oversee compliance with Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, and other applicable requirements.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and experience relevant to the role; or Associate's degree and 2 years transferrable program/function 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.
  • Work well in a team setting and independently.
  • Judgment, discretion, and confidentiality are critical to this position.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with different audiences.
  • Must be able to work professionally and collegially with colleagues at the local Association level and Extension Administration.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Must have access to transportation to meet position responsibilities.
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check standards, if required.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, which may include evenings and weekends, as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification.
  • Familiarity with CCE (Cornell Cooperative Extension) system.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels using traditional methods and electronic technology such as WebEx, Skype, and Zoom.
  • Demonstrated ability to use recruiting and HRIS software.
  • Ability to prioritize and balance time equitably across Associations.
  • Familiarity/experience with CCE classification process, Kronos payroll, and data transaction oversight on Workday.
  • Internal and external customer service experience.

Equal Opportunity Employment

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Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.


Salary: Exempt

Hour: Full-time 40+ hours per week

Benefits: Full Benefits

Date Position Available: Approximately January 2022


Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until a qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

Applicants need to:

  1. Attach/upload a resume to the online application in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.
  2. Attach/upload a cover letter to the online application in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.
  3. Attach/upload contacts info for three references to the online application in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.

In the "Experience" section of your application, use the Paperclip icon to search for file(s) or use the "Drop Files Here" box to manually drag document(s) into your application. Once the application is submitted, you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.

External Applicants: (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations), please refer to the Applying for a Job (External Candidate) document for additional guidance.

Internal Applicants: Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are considered internal applicants; please refer to the Applying for a Job (Internal Candidate) document for additional guidance.

No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.

The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform their essential functions. If you require an accommodation to participate in the selection process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Human Resources at (631) 727-7850 or via email at

Cornell Cooperative Extension collaborates with Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and New York State residents. 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.

Last updated March 31, 2022