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Skidmore College
Human Resources

The Roles of Human Resources

The people of Skidmore represent the college's most important asset in fulfilling our primary educational mission for our students. Accordingly, we always seek to improve our efforts to recruit and retain faculty members, administrators and staff members who represent excellence in their fields. Building a diverse workforce—one that will help advance the college's goals with respect to intercultural and global understanding—is a key component to the college's view of excellence.

Strategic Partner

  • Understand the functions of the organization
  • Be present in decision-making processes
  • Strategize execution of actions
  • Provide value added HR resources
  • Think independently while working collaboratively
  • Ensure capacity for implementation of campus Strategic Plan and initiatives
  • Assist with inter- and intra-organizational dynamics

Change Agent

  • Help the institution work positive change
  • Build capacity for change
  • Help with renewal and transformation
  • Help individuals and organizations "cope" with change
  • Build flexibility into people, organizations and processes
  • Provide facilitated opportunities for leaders and employees to prepare for and make change

HR Administrative Expert

  • Confront and solve problems knowledgeably, creatively and ethically
  • Deliver competitive, financially responsible benefit package
  • Administer fair and equitable employment practices
  • HR negotiate and administer win-win labor contracts
  • Manage data records effectively
  • Provide value added training and development opportunities
  • Administer fair, equitable and consistent total compensation practices

Employee Advocate

  • Listen to employees' concerns, issues and ideas
  • Ensure employee voices are heard
  • Ensure employees are treated fairly and with dignity and respect
  • Be employee champion and advocate
  • Ensure resources are available to meet needs of employees
  • Coach employees to be their own advocate with leadership
  • Help employees understand strategic decisions