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Human Resources Specialist Senior Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Performs professional human resource services such as employment, compensation, classification, training, employee relations, benefits and/or organizational development. Incumbents provide administrative direction and counsel regarding the interpretation of policies, practices and procedures regarding a wide variety of personnel actions.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of five classifications and is distinguished from the Human Resource Specialist by the responsibility for performing in-depth human resource duties under minimal supervision and the nominal supervision of subordinate personnel. Work is reviewed in terms of meeting specific goals and objectives.

Examples of Duties:

  • Coordinates the activities of subordinates.
  • Advises, interprets and provides direction to management and staff on Board of Regent policy and university rules and procedures involving employment, affirmative action, employer and employee relations, salary administration, training, benefits and organizational development.
  • Reviews and analyzes position description questionnaires; allocates positions to appropriate job classifications; prepares new classification descriptions, revises existing descriptions and defends them before a job evaluation committee.
  • Reviews documentation to support disciplinary actions; investigates employee grievances and participates in their resolution; reviews employee appeals, determines appropriate action, and assists in the resolution through negotiation with employees and supervisors.
  • Conducts candidate recruitment process; reviews and evaluates employee qualifications; maintains eligible applicant pools and refers candidates to hiring departments.
  • Develops and conducts training sessions, workshops and seminars for staff and community groups; represents the Human Resource/Personnel Department to community training organizations.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of training sessions and programs; determines changes to be made and initiates changes to programs to ensure appropriate skills development.
  • Counsel staff on financial planning programs, insurance options and retirement plans; resolves employee benefit problems and implements procedural changes to comply with applicable legislation.
  • Coordinates with line departments to review organizational structure and makes recommendations regarding work assignments; conducts detailed audits of work assignments and performance and makes recommendations for change.
  • Performs the duties of the Human Resources Specialist.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of principles, practices and standards of human resource administration.
  • Knowledge of the methods and procedures used in collecting analyzing, interpreting and reporting data.
  • Knowledge of state and federal regulations in assigned area.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Problem analysis and resolution skills.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Personnel or Business Administration or related field AND two years of professional human resources experience; OR, Six years of progressively responsible human resources experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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