CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Human Resources Analyst

Our client, Merchants Insurance Group, is seeking a dynamic, passionate and motivated Human Resources Analyst to join their results driven Human Resources Department. Since 1918 Merchants has been providing high-quality property and casualty insurance for businesses and individuals throughout the Northeast and North Central United States. Rated “A-” by the A.M. Best Company, Merchants Insurance Group is headquartered in Buffalo, New York and is a 2019 Buffalo Fast Track Company.

Responsibilities include:
• Collaborate with various functional areas to provide HR system administration and support
• Research and troubleshoot Human Resources Information System (HRIS) issues and unexpected results or process flaws and be able to recommend and implement solutions
• Understand system upgrades, changes and external trends in HRIS system while maintaining system integrity and be able to comment and make recommendations to HR Management on system improvements
• Write, maintain and support a variety of complex reports to include compliance and data audits
• Data integration between Ultipro, benefit enrollment software and wellness software
• Assists with the administration of benefit plans to include monthly vendor billing, annual ACA filings, compliance and annual cost analysis of all benefit plans
• Act as a back-up to the Benefits Manager and Payroll/HR Assistant and be involved in multiple ongoing initiatives
• Provide additional Human Resource analytical services as requested by HR Management
• Must have strong MS Excel skills, basic accounting or finance knowledge, and strong report writing preferably in COGNOS.Experience with Ultipro preferred

A Bachelor’s degree is preferred and 2-4 years of HRIS experience is required. Merchants offers a competitive salary, outstanding bonus potential, and attractive benefits package including health, dental, vision and 401(k). Qualified candidates may send a cover letter and resume to MaryEllen Carlo, Director of Search Services at CPI Buffalo | Niagara, at mecarlo@cpibn.com.

Executive Director

Buffalo Audubon, a non-profit organization dedicated to leading and inspiring Western New Yorkers to connect with and protect the natural world through bird-focused activities, advocacy and habitat restoration, is seeking an Executive Director. Established in 1909, with chapter affiliation to National Audubon, Buffalo Audubon serves the 8-county Western New York region from its headquarters at the Beaver Meadow Nature Center in Wyoming County. The organization is in the eastern portion of the North American Great Lakes, a globally important ecological region that is critical for many migratory bird species throughout the year. Buffalo Audubon looks to build on its 110-year history of environmental education, advocacy, and stewardship to advance Western New York’s environmental recovery and regeneration. The Executive Director will oversee a budget approaching $1 million and all areas of the organization, including staff and board development, fundraising, program management, outreach and advocacy, and nonprofit business operations. The successful candidate will become a part of a supportive and dedicated community comprised of a ten-person board of directors, 6 staff members (4 FTE, 2 PT), nearly 100 volunteers, and numerous other supporters spanning various professional fields and backgrounds.

The ideal candidate will have program planning and leadership expertise, the ability to lead and manage the staff, and will serve as the lead ambassador and chief fundraiser. Additionally, the successful candidate will have the ability to see the big picture while acting as a catalyst for action and change. Required competencies include: basic leadership orientation, business acumen, strategic thinking, presentation skills, motivation of others, hiring & staffing, diplomacy and decision-making skills.

A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5+ years of experience managing or serving as a key member of a small – medium sized non-profit organization is required. Also required is strong interest in sharing Buffalo Audubon’s passion for making our Western New York Community a place where birds and people live and flourish together. Qualified candidates may send a resume and cover letter to MaryEllen Carlo, Director of Search Services at Career Partners International Buffalo| Niagara at mecarlo@cpibn.com.

Controller

Our client, Modern Disposal, has an immediate need for a Controller.  The Controller is responsible for leading the accounting team in the delivery of outstanding accounting and financial services within the company; to ensure that managers at all levels have access to timely and accurate financial information; to maintain positive, productive relationships with our key vendors in banking, insurance and risk management and to participate as a member of the company’s senior management team, collaborating with other senior managers in setting and delivering on top level goals.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience and knowledge of all aspects of corporate accounting and financial management, and a thorough understanding of taxes and GAAP.  Required competencies include: a strong work ethic, teamwork & cooperation, action orientation, decision making skills, verbal & written communication skills, business acumen, presentation skills and performance focus.

A Bachelor’s degree (accounting major preferred) and 10 years of extensive experience and knowledge of all aspects of corporate accounting and financial management is required. CPA or CCIFP certification, experience in waste management or related industry, and public accounting experience are all preferred.  Advanced computer skills (MS office suite) are also required.  Qualified candidates may send a cover letter and resume to MaryEllen Carlo, Director of Search Services at Career Partners International Buffalo | Niagara at mecarlo@cpibn.com.

Program Officer

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation seeks a Program Officer to join the program team in Southeast Michigan. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is a grantmaking organization dedicated primarily to sustained investment in the quality of life of the people of Southeast Michigan and Western New York. The two areas reflect Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.’s devotion to his hometown of Detroit and greater Buffalo, home of his Buffalo Bills franchise. Prior to his passing in 2014, Mr. Wilson requested that a significant share of his estate be used to continue a life-long generosity of spirit by funding the Foundation that bears his name. Based in Detroit, the Foundation has a grantmaking capacity of $1.2 billion over a 20-year period, which expires January 8, 2035. This structure is consistent with Mr. Wilson’s desire for the Foundation’s impact to be immediate, substantial, measurable and overseen by those who knew him best.

Reporting directly to one Vice President, the Program Officer is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of grantmaking strategies, and communications support around these strategies (both for the Foundation and for Foundation initiatives with grantees and partners). This includes writing; managing grantees, key vendors and special projects; implementing grantmaking strategies; proposal analysis and evaluation; and partnership development. The responsibilities fall into the categories of grantmaking, grant monitoring and grant evaluation, communications and community relations and administrative responsibilities.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in implementing and managing grant making, and strong research and analysis skills. Additional required competencies include: excellent oral and written communication skills, creativity, performance focus, flexibility, detail orientation, visionary outlook, and teamwork and cooperation. Lastly, the Program Officer will demonstrate desire and passion to develop a broad knowledge of the core funding areas RCWJRF supports, and a personal commitment to improving Southeast Michigan and Western New York.

A bachelor’s degree is required and a minimum of 3 years of full-time grantmaking experience is highly preferred. A master’s degree is preferred. Relocation to Southeastern MI is required, as is regular car travel throughout the Foundation’s service areas. Advance MS office suite skills are also required. Qualified candidates may e-mail their cover letter and resume to MaryEllen Carlo, Director of Search Services at Career Partners International Buffalo | Niagara, at mecarlo@cpibn.com. Resumes will be accepted until November 20, 2019.