Behind the Scenes with Human Resources

This week I sat down with Assistant Vice President for Human Resources Judy Bender to discuss the work that is done by her office.

Judy’s department is tasked with the management of employee relations across the full cycle of employment from recruiting and finding them to assisting with retirement plans and benefits. In the middle her team tries to do its best to ensure that both the employee’s and RIT’s expectations are being met during the term of that employee’s employment with the institute. Human Resources handles all of the hiring of all RIT staff employees. They also manage the HR processes for faculty hires, Faculty recruitment however is is done by the Office of Faculty Recruitment and Retention under the purview of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Expectations go both ways and while RIT requires employees to follow policies and the requirements of their positions, RIT also want to provide a good work environment for employees and make sure that employees are getting what they expect from a job here. Within the department Human Resources Services Managers work with different departments across campus to constantly assess the needs and requires in terms of employees. process both faculty and staff.

RIT offers competitive benefits (which are bench marked externally), life insurance, dental, a 403-b Retirement Plan, the Center for Professional Development. Faculty and staff can earn a degree immediately free of charge and after 5 years of employment, some employees can have dependents earn degrees as well.

Human Resources job functions:

  • Benefits, Health & Wellness
  • Employee Relations
  • Employee Systems-Oracle
  • Compensation & Compliance
  • Center for Professional Development
  • Staff Recruitment

Human Resources also coordinates RIT’s Better Me program which offers health coaching, one-on-one meetings, fitness programs and health screenings. The programs seeks to create a culture of healthand wellness by educating employees about their personal choices and by providing employees with resources to maintain their good health.Lastly, Judy, an RIT alumna from the College of Business and student worker for Orientationand Special Events, wanted to remind students to think about the importance of making positiveimpressions and networking opportunities.To learn more about the Human Resources Department at RIT, visit their website.

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