Medgar Evers College Announces the Appointment of Tanya E. Isaacs as New Human Resources Director

Tanya Isaacs

Brooklyn, NY – Medgar Evers College recently announced that Tanya E. Isaacs has joined the College as its new Director of Human Resources.  Ms. Isaacs brings more than 15 years’ experience to her role at Medgar Evers.

“I am pleased that Tanya has joined the Medgar Evers Human Resources team,” said President William L. Pollard. “We look forward to her expertise and to working with her to streamline processes and our operations here at the College. Tanya’s wealth of experience and expertise will contribute solidly to the growth and expansion of the human resources functions.”

Ms. Isaacs was most recently the Regional HR Manager at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Affiliates (Elmhurst & Queens Hospital Centers) where she was responsible for administering the human resources functions for professional, technical and support staff employees located on two campuses, including recruitment, selection, training and development, employee and labor relations, investigations and discipline, benefits management, policy development, employee records, leave management, performance management, AA/EEO monitoring, diversity initiatives, compensation and regulatory compliance. She also provided counsel to senior and line management regarding all human resources matters.

“Tanya joins Medgar Evers at exactly the right time,” said Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance. “With the introduction of CUNYFirst on the horizon, the college will need someone who understands the importance of customer service and staff training. Her familiarity with technology and personnel systems will also help us to move the college forward with more self-help services for faculty and staff.”

Prior to her most recent position, Ms. Isaacs was the Senior Labor Relations Specialist at Mount Sinai Medical Center where she provided expertise in strategy development and executing, planning, and facilitation of labor and employee relations services for 19,000 employees, its affiliate organizations operating under management service agreements and its affiliated medical school. She also provided counsel to management staff regarding labor relations, employee relations and collective bargaining matters, conducted Step Three grievance meetings with union representatives, supported collective bargaining negotiations with several unions, conducted investigations for complaints of discrimination and harassment, and trained management staff in several areas, including performance management, sexual harassment, and behavioral interviewing.

“As a Brooklyn resident, I’m excited to join the CUNY/Medgar Evers family,” said Ms. Isaacs. “I’m inspired to work at a college whose commitment to academic excellence is matched only by its commitment to the community, and it’s exciting to have the opportunity to be a strategic player in the future of  Medgar’s successes!”

At the College, Ms. Isaacs will be responsible for all HR services, including labor relations management, as well as for  coordination with CUNY Central Office HR to ensure seamless services for the Medgar Evers staff.  She will also oversee all  contract interpretations and administration, HR policies and their applications, performance management and hearings, and will lead a more collaborative labor-management relationship with the unions to continue supporting the College’s mission.

Ms. Isaacs has a Master’s degree in HR Management from the New School for Social Research and a Bachelor’s degree in Media Communications from Marymount Manhattan College.  For the past six years she has been an Adjunct Lecturer at the Baruch College Continuing Education Program.  Her professional affiliations include the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA), the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), and Toastmasters International. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and also the mother of two boys.

About Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers College, a senior college within The City University of New York, was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community.  With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, the College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education. This year on June 12, 2013, the College will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers who was killed as he returned home from his job as field secretary with the NAACP.


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