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Human Resources/Training Associate

Columbia University- Finance Division
New York, New York 10027
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world. Columbia is one of the top academic and research institutions in the world, conducting path breaking research in medicine, science, the arts, and the humanities. It includes three undergraduate schools, thirteen graduate and professional schools, and a school of continuing education. We are committed to attracting and retaining the best and brightest in the workforce to support our mission of excellence in higher education and research.

We are seeking an ambitious and driven individual to join our team as a HR/Training Associate. The HR/Training Associate is a hands on role that will serve as the first point of contact for clients on all HR and Training matters. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Finance Administration, the HR/Training Associate will provide confidential administrative support, research, and analysis for the Finance division, a $37 million operation with 300+ FTE’s. Applicants must be highly organized, resourceful, extremely detail – oriented and take initiative, regardless of the task at hand. In addition, the successful candidate must be energetic, proactive and have a can – do attitude.

Position Responsibilities

Leave Administration:

  • Partner with the Leave Administration Team to manage various employee leave programs, including workers’ compensation claims
  • Communicate leave options to employees with a balance of information & empathy 

Employee Engagement & Talent Metrics:

  • Administer and manage the creation of all employee surveys, including tenure-check in and exit surveys
  • Track metrics, analyze data, and create dashboards related to employee engagement data
  • Identify organizational effectiveness solutions for employees, make recommendations for improvements, and share feedback with senior leadership
  • Organize and create employee engagement activities such as a regular newsletter, lunch and learn series, and recognition events


  • Conduct all Finance employee new hire orientations
  • Administer and process paperwork for all new hires and transfers

Temporary and Short Term Staffing – Recruitment

  • Partner with hiring managers to develop position scopes, reviews resumes, interviews applicants, and develops a short list of candidates
  • Track and manage temporary employee hours worked to ensure compliance with University policies as well as state and federal labor laws


  • Distribute and track documents, complete and process paperwork for personnel actions such as new hires, salary and/or title changes, upgrades, terminations, leaves of absence etc.
  • Schedule and coordinate meetings, events, conferences and manage calendars
  • Prepare meeting materials, presentations, correspondence, response to inquiries and reports
  • Research and resolve problems using the PeopleSoft system and with HRPC, Payroll, Labor Relations and Benefits;
  • Collect time and attendance data for division support staff and prepares bi-weekly payroll for approval
  • Monitor payroll suspense across the Finance division and ensures all employee salaries are appropriately expensed from an accounting standpoint
  • Update and maintain organizational charts for the division


  • Assist the Associate Director for Training with the development and delivery of live and web-based training programs related to the policies, procedures and systems managed by the Finance division, both in-house and University-wide
  • Manage the class scheduling, user sign – up, marketing and website content for live training courses
  • Assist with the transition of all online content to the University’s new Learning Management System while ensuring a seamless transition for end-users
  • Manage the administration of the of the user training data associated with the Financial Systems Security Application process, including notifying the user community of training certification status
  • Respond to customer queries via email and service delivery interface (ServiceNow) and runs related system and application reports
  • Compile raw training content and written materials to be used for the creation of class tutorials, web content and e-learning modules
  • Assist with review and associated updates of the Finance Gateway website content; other related duties and special projects as assigned.


You are resourceful, professional, take initiative, and are able to build successful relationships across an organization, as well as with external customers. You have a strong attention to detail, including a keen eye for accuracy and thoroughness. You are proactive and excited to take on the next challenge in your career. You also have these essential skills:

  • Customer service focused, flexible in nature and a commitment to exceptional quality
  • Acumen to implement and streamline processes and procedures
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Open and collaborative in nature, encourage teamwork and cooperation, but also be able to work independently
  • Must be comfortable as a strong role model, coach and mentor
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio)
  • Ability to handle confidential information with exceptional judgment and discretion
  • Aptitude to identify top priorities within multiple assignments in a high pressured, short-deadline environment
  • Ability to work with diplomacy and efficiency, ensuring all constituents and customers feel valued

Working at Columbia University

In addition to generous annual leave and holiday paid time off, Columbia offers a rich benefits package that allows our employees to choose the features that best fit their individual or family needs. Benefit options include retirement plans, health insurance with dental and vision plans, and tuition benefits for yourself and dependent children. Learn more about why you should consider Columbia University.

Columbia University is an Equal Employment / Affirmative Action Employer


Bachelor’s degree and/or the equivalent, with at least three years of related experience required, including previous human resources generalist and/or recruitment experience.


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