Associate Director, People & Culture
Hudson Valley Farm Hub
Associate Director Job in Hurley, NY
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Hudson Valley Farm Hub (HVFH)
is a non-profit center for resilient agriculture located in Ulster County, New York. Founded in 2013, HVFH is dedicated to fostering an equitable and ecologically resilient food system in the Hudson Valley. They provide professional farmer training, host and conduct research, cultivate language justice, and support food access efforts in the region through food donations and innovative mission-aligned programming. They grow grains, cover crops, and vegetables with production taking place year-round across 1,500 acres of farmland and a suite of greenhouses. A diverse, multi-lingual staff of 60 employees serve in varied roles in areas of administration, farm operations, and programs.
HVFH is seeking an energetic, motivated, and experienced bilingual human resources (HR) professional (Spanish-English) ready to take on the management of HR functions, including reimagining the People & Culture department and making an impact on the culture and with the people of the Farm Hub. The Farm Hub underwent a change in ownership structure in 2021 which is requiring a build out of the internal People & Culture/HR departmental functions (previously held by a fiscal sponsor). The ideal candidate is adept and willing to be hands on in the day-to-day administration of HR functions as well as enthusiastic about shaping the strategic vision. This position reports to the Director of Organizational Development, People, & Culture and is located on-site in Hurley, NY.
The ideal candidate will bring deep, demonstrable experience: in building out effective, efficient, and accessible departmental systems, as well as with developing and implementing progressive and innovative HR policies and practices that center employee wellness and a culture of belonging and safety.
They will have deep expertise and skill in managing all aspects of HR, including recruiting, payroll/compensation, benefits, employee relations, employee reviews, professional development, and regulatory compliance. They will have strong social-emotional skills and a passion for social justice including alignment with the Farm Hub's values of equity, ecological resilience, interconnection, and belonging as well as the flexibility, creativity, and desire to work in an organization whose work and culture is evolving towards alignment with those values.
Responsibilities Include the Following:
Foster and steward a progressive HR approach at the Farm Hub that nurtures a positive, productive, and fulfilling working environment for all staff.
Partner with the Director of Organizational Development, People, & Culture and other senior leadership to make high-level, people-related decisions that create and maintain a values-aligned, healthy organizational culture.
Manage employee relations.
Coordinate, develop, and facilitate training programs for compliance or staff development.
Oversee payroll and benefits administration.
Oversee the full employee life cycle process. Including: recruitment and hiring, onboarding, leaves of absence, compensation, employee reviews, offboarding, etc.
Supervise a team of 1-3 people.
Development and rollout of values-aligned HR policies as well as regulatory compliance.
Required Qualifications Include the Following:
Minimum 5 years of relevant Human Resources experience encompassing all aspects of HR including: recruiting, payroll/compensation, benefits (health, retirement and other), organizational and management development, employee reviews, professional development, safety compliance and accident prevention (OSHA regulations), employee assistance, etc.
Minimum of 2 years supervisory experience, including proven ability to train HR employees.
Bilingual: Fluency in English and Spanish (written and verbal) is required.
Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification or comparable HR certification preferable.
Knowledge of agricultural labor regulations, including the NYS Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act preferable.
Experience translating documents between English and Spanish, or willingness to become trained.
Knowledge of HR compliance requirements and all pertinent federal and state regulations, filing and compliance requirements, both adopted and pending, affecting employee benefits programs, including the ACA, ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, ADA, Section 125, workers' compensation, Medicare, OBRA, and Social Security and DOL requirements; preferred knowledge of IRS and Cafeteria plan administration.
Broad knowledge of progressive and innovative performance management and HR practices.
Experience in owning, handling and executing employee relations investigations and preparation of appropriate documentation.
Self-starter with proven ability to create efficient, logical systems for workflow and organization related to HR; ability to work autonomously.
Commitment to the Farm Hub's mission and values of equity, ecological resilience, interconnection, and belonging, demonstrated through work, activism, or personal experience
Demonstrated ability to participate in and foster a work environment of mutual respect, team building, and collaboration; committed to a culture of continuous learning
Strong social, emotional, and relationship management skills; ability to develop and nurture positive working relationships with people across different backgrounds
Strong sense of self-awareness, humility, cultural competence and sensitivity to power dynamics
Trustworthy; high degree of judgment and discretion; knowledge of and ability to follow confidentiality rules
Meticulously detail oriented with excellent project and time management skills
Strong computer skills and high level of comfortability with technology and workflow systems, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook and digital file management systems, e.g. Dropbox
Valid driver's license and clean driving record (if driving Farm Hub vehicles)
Associate Director, People & Culture
is a full-time, salaried, exempt position with a competitive compensation package. They offer 100% employer paid health and dental insurance for full-time employees and their families. Additional competitive benefits are offered including retirement plan and wellness benefits. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the HVFH is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that respects and values diversity of cultural, ethnic, and experiential backgrounds. They welcome applicants of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, and differently-abled people that meet the requirements of the job.
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