What is the HRAcademy?
The HRAcademy is a centralized professional development and training operation to prepare Human Resource (HR) professionals for the challenges of their position.
Who is the HRAcademy for?
New York State Human Resource Professionals include all State and local government positions where the primary purpose is related to providing a workforce that delivers quality service to taxpayers in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The human resources profession, in both the public and private sectors, typically includes such specialties as workforce planning, compensation and benefits, job classification, recruitment and selection, employee relations, performance management, training and development, employee communication and legal compliance.
Why was the HRAcademy created?
People are an organization's most important asset. Human resource professionals are key players in accomplishing the strategic missions of their agencies and are vital partners in the administration of the merit system. Understanding the merit system is critical to the effective staffing of the State and local government workforces and to providing equal opportunities for current and prospective employees. Human resource professionals are the front line of customer service to State and municipal agencies, to employees and managers and to those seeking employment in New York State. Recent statistics show that nearly one-third of the State's human resources workforce will become eligible for retirement over the next five years. This potential workforce loss, coupled with significant recent losses, increases the magnitude of the human resource challenge for New York State. Future human resource professionals will have to acquire new skills, take on challenging roles and address complex personnel issues. The Department of Civil Service (DCS) must do its part to ensure that human resource professionals in all State agencies will be prepared to deliver competent, effective services.
The Department of Civil Service has a responsibility to provide State agencies with an ongoing supply of well-trained, broadly-experienced human resource professionals who are ready and able to step into key positions. State agencies have clearly identified a need for training to address their succession planning needs, in both technical and non-technical human resource competencies. DCS also has a responsibility to provide State human resource professionals with training in its area of expertise -- merit system administration. The Department of Civil Service is the primary human resources business partner for New York State and local government customers. It is essential that our activities and services are responsive and consistent with the needs of our customers and the overall policy and operational goals of the State administration.
How does the HRAcademy operate?
The HRAcademy marshals the resources and programs currently available, adapts them to our needs and monitors their results. The HRAcademy will utilize available resources, technologies and delivery methods to reach our diverse customers. The Academy continuously identifies competency and skills development opportunities, including college course work, e-learning, seminars, activity within professional organizations and training administered by the NYS Department of Civil Service and HR professionals throughout NYS and local governments.
Provide State agencies with an ongoing supply of well-trained, broadly-experienced human resource professionals who are ready and able to step into key positions by offering training and opportunities for development to human resource professionals across New York State.
Goals of the HRAcademy
Develop and Empower a New Generation of Human Resource Professionals
The HRAcademy provides learning opportunities and improves individual, team and organizational performance through a centralized professional development operation. Our efforts include seminars, activity within professional organizations, online learning and training administered by DCS and HR professionals throughout state and local governments. Civil Service supports and encourages an organizational culture which rewards continuous learning.
Strengthen the "HR Community" within New York State Government
There needs to be a strong sense of community among HR professionals throughout New York State government. While an HR network does exist in State government, there is an improvement opportunity to develop a more integrated community, where everyone is collaboratively engaged in an endeavor with shared goals and objectives. A HR community will raise the professionalism of the entire function, increase the amount of shared information and provide support for common goals.
Actively Partner with Agencies on Civil Service-based Projects
DCS continues to make efforts to enhance their partnership with State agencies. DCS actively views things from a customer's perspective and will continue to promote ongoing partnerships.
Create a Forum for Human Resource Professionals and Human Resource Management to Share Information
Many HR Directors would like DCS to play a more active role in creating a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among HRM. DCS will support and utilize existing groups like the Personnel Council, Affirmative Action Advisory Council, NYS Training Council, Employee Relations AC, International Public Management Association-HR, ASPA, as useful mechanisms for cross-agency collaboration and sharing information on HR trends, best practices, and HR activities.
Provide Conferences and Workshops Related to HR Specialties
The Academy will sponsor professional development opportunities for State HR professionals.