The senior human resources consultant serves as a member of an HR and academic affairs team that provides HR consultation, support, and services to the college leadership and community. This position provides one-on-one consultation and coaching to academic department chairs and directors, managers, supervisors, and other employees to identify solutions to problems and resolve issues.
The consultant must be highly knowledgeable of HR policies and practices to provide timely and accurate information to administrators, faculty, other academic employees, civil service, and labor represented staff. The college's HR and academic affairs team works in partnership with the University's central Office of Human Resources.
The consultant will share in developing processes and tools to increase diverse representation at all levels of the college. The consultant will serve as a strategic partner with academic chairs, directors, supervisors, and all employee groups across the college to increase and leverage diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Consultation and Relationship Management (50%)
Serve as a leader on the HR and academic affairs team that manages programs and processes for CLA administration and multiple academic units within CLA. Solve problems and make recommendations on complex issues by researching and consulting with internal and external resources. Analyze information in a timely manner. This position operates with a high level of authority and independence in making decisions and recommending action. Build collaborative relationships with department chairs and administrators and represent the mission through activities of the college and its diverse units. Provide oversight and recommendations on policy, procedure, and practice related to recruitment and hiring of academic, civil service, and labor represented employee groups. Recommend effective recruitment strategies to ensure goals and targets are met. Consult and advise in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion. HR liaison for search committees. Act as an equal opportunity officer and EOAA liaison. Manage or oversee assigned annual HR processes in consultation with units. Advise and consult with unit chairs, administrators, and supervisors to analyze complex, high-risk employment situations, making recommendations for resolution according to best practices, employment law and within the context of employment contracts and policies. Protect organization from risk, assuring consistency and fairness. Work closely with CLA Administration including Fiscal, the Dean's office and other leaders and managers on relevant collegiate processes and initiatives. Contribute to the team's responsibilities for reporting on University policy and legal compliance. Supervise HR generalist(s) or temporary staff as assigned
Employee and Labor Relations (25%)
Advise and consult on performance and discipline issues, meet with supervisors, staff, and faculty as necessary to investigate and recommend solutions for workplace behavior issues. Make recommendations and provide coaching and training related to performance management and discipline within the guidelines of the various employee groups. Explain, interpret, and advise on employment laws, labor contracts, and University policy and procedures. Facilitate problem solving and the resolution of disputes between employees and managers and represent management in grievance processes. Collaborate with other University offices, such as Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Office of the General Counsel, Office of Human Resources and Disability Services to successfully resolve complex issues. Conduct investigations, prepare findings, and make recommendations on outcomes related to policy violations, claims of harassment, discrimination, and unprofessional behavior.Act as a resource to faculty and staff regarding terms and conditions of employment.
Organizational analysis and development (15%)
Partner with units in developing, planning, and implementing their organizational structures, in response to programmatic needs or funding changes. Advise hiring units on hiring, terminations, compensation, and benefits. Identify need for external consultation and recommend appropriate resources. Collaborate with the HR team to identify HR-related training needs; design and conduct tailored training programs for CLA departments and utilize resources of the University's Office of Human Resources to assist with training. Facilitate structured meetings as needed.
Specials projects and HRMS reporting (10%)
Actively participate in the planning and implementation of HR collegiate goals, including special projects, HRMS reporting, and the faculty and staff recruitment process.Manage collegiate annual processes such as outstanding service awards, professional and academic (P/A) promotions, professional development leaves, and multiple-year contracts.
BA/BS degree in Human Resources or related field plus six (6) years of related professional human resources experiences to include policy/law/contract interpretation, problem solving, performance management, compensation, and investigations.
Demonstrated experience in working effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.
Demonstrated experience in driving, promoting, and valuing a diverse and inclusive work environment.
Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated experience working successfully within a complex, highly collaborative environment.
Demonstrated experience balancing multiple priorities while achieving day-to-day results.
Demonstrated experience managing confidential matters with discretion and sensitivity.
Demonstrated facilitation and problem-solving skills.
Computer skills including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, HRIS, email and calendaring software programs.
Master's degree in Industrial Relations, Human Resource Development, or closely related field with at least six (6) years of professional experience in human resources.
Professional human resources credentials such as SHRM-CP/PHR, SHRM-SCP/SPHR.-Understanding of, and commitment to, the liberal arts.
Experience in human resources in higher education and/or the public sector.
Experience conducting employment and EOAA investigations and responding to complaints and grievances.
Project management experience.
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