Reporting to the Associate Vice President (AVP), Human Resources, Office of the Executive Vice President, the Human Resources Generalist provides a broad range of both strategic and tactical support for Human Resources functions in the Arts & Sciences (A&S) and acts as liaison to 28 A&S departments, and 60 institutes and centers, as well as to the Office of the Executive Vice President for Arts & Sciences.
The incumbent works closely with the AVP, HR to implement human resources initiatives and programs including talent management, on-boarding and training, policy interpretation and guidance, employee and labor relations.
The incumbent manages the life-cycle of administrative Leaves of Absence within A&S by providing guidance on leave situations, detailing benefits options, providing payroll expectations during leave and working with employee and manager to create return from leave transition plan. The incumbent communicates with key stakeholders to ensure deadlines are met and escalates issues using sound judgement as necessary.
The HR Generalist advises and provides assistance to hiring managers regarding the administrative recruitment process, including the use of Columbia's recruiting system TalentLink. He/she reviews and approves job requisitions and provides edits to ensure compliance with A&S and University compliance standards. The HR Generalist manages the hiring review process; ensuring appropriate and timely communication of hiring decisions to Schools/Departments/HR Client Managers. The incumbent consults with hiring managers to create, edit, and review job descriptions, postings, and other job-related documents for compliance with University policies. He/she coaches, advises and trains managers on hiring techniques including behavior interviewing.
The incumbent reviews and approves human resources transactions at 1st level in the People at Columbia (PAC) systems. The incumbent manages the casual hiring process, tracking temporary positions and advises managers on assessing performance during probation, and assisting with advising departments on the University's temporary hiring policies and procedures.
Working with the AVP, HR, the HR Generalist provides guidance and recommendations on organizational design and structures that meet the changing needs of the departments, centers, institutes and programs within A&S. He/she designs and implements change management programs and works closely with managers and employees to help them navigate and adapt to new processes and procedures.
The incumbent assists in managing employee relations and labor relations issues. He/she works with managers to create strategies and plans that address and resolve employee relations issues while ensuring consistency with CU policies and procedures. The incumbent also provides expertise and advice to managers and staff on general HR practices and policies including performance management, progressive discipline, bargaining agreement work rules, and grievance procedures. The incumbent represents A&S in labor relations meetings.
He/she builds relationship with A&S administrators at all levels and acts as a coach and mentor to proactively engage local HR to develop networks and forums to share information that can be leveraged across A&S. The incumbent creates communication plans to keep local HR partners informed of new updates to HR policies and/or procedures.
Performs special projects as needed.
Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent related experience required.
Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills are necessary. Must be organized and detail and task oriented with the ability to establish priorities and follow up on multiple issues in a time sensitive manner.
Ability to work under pressure and without supervision and good independent judgment is a must.
Have ability to exercise a high degree of professionalism, diplomacy, discretion, firmness, and collaboration in dealing with individuals at all levels.
Strong analytical and problem solving skills necessary.
Excellent computer skills including thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office, including knowledge of databases and advanced spread sheets skills required. Must be able to quickly acquire knowledge of University policies, procedures, and systems
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
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