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Senior HR Consultant

University of Minnesota
life insurance, paid holidays
United States, Minnesota, Minneapolis
June 18, 2024
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Position Overview

The senior human resources consultant is 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 partners with the University's central Office of Human Resources.

The consultant will contribute to developing processes and tools to increase diverse representation at all college levels. 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.

Working Environment: Hybrid with two days in the office.

Salary Range: $90,000-$110,000 annually.

Job Responsibilities:

Consultation and Relationship Management - 50%

  • Serve as an HR and academic affairs team leader, managing programs and processes for CLA administration and multiple academic units.
  • Solve problems and make recommendations on complex issues.
  • Analyze information promptly.
  • Build collaborative relationships.
  • Provide oversight and recommendations on policy and procedure.
  • Develop effective recruitment strategies.
  • Consult on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Serve as HR liaison for search committees.
  • Act as an equal opportunity officer and EOAA liaison.
  • Manage annual HR processes.
  • Advise on high-risk employment situations.
  • Ensure legal compliance.
  • Supervise HR staff.

Employee and Labor Relations - 25%

  • Advise and consult on performance and discipline issues.
  • Meet with supervisors, staff, and faculty to investigate and recommend solutions for workplace behavior issues.
  • Provide coaching and training related to performance management and discipline within the guidelines of various employee groups.
  • Explain, interpret, and advise on employment laws, labor contracts, and University policies and procedures.
  • Facilitate problem-solving and dispute resolution between employees and managers.
  • Represent management in grievance processes.
  • Collaborate with University offices, such as Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Office of the General Counsel, Office of Human Resources, and Disability Services, to resolve complex issues.
  • Conduct investigations, prepare findings, and recommend outcomes related to policy violations, harassment, discrimination, and unprofessional behavior claims.
  • Act as a resource to faculty and staff regarding terms and conditions of employment.

Organizational Analysis and Development - 15%

  • Partner with units to develop, plan, and implement organizational structures in response to programmatic needs or funding changes.
  • Advise hiring units on hiring, terminations, compensation, and benefits.
  • Identify the 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.
  • Utilize resources from the University's Office of Human Resources to assist with training.
  • Facilitate structured meetings as needed.

Special Project and HRMS Reporting - 10%

  • Actively participate in planning and implementing HR collegiate goals, including special projects, HRMS reporting, and faculty and staff recruitment processes.
  • Manage collegiate annual processes, including outstanding service awards, professional and academic (P/A) promotions, professional development leaves, and multiple-year contracts.

Required Qualifications:
BA/BS degree in human resources or related field plus six (6) years of human resources experience, including problem-solving, performance management, compensation, and investigations.

Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced degree in HR or related field.
Professional human resources credentials such as SHRM-CP/PHR, SHRM-SCP/SPHR.
Experience in human resources in higher education and/or the public sector.
Experience conducting employment and EOAA investigations and responding to complaints and grievances.
Supervisory experience.
Project management experience.

About the Department

The University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts (CLA) is an academic community that fosters critical thinking, creativity, and interdisciplinary learning. It offers diverse humanities, social sciences, arts, and languages programs, equipping students with the skills to succeed in a changing world. The Human Resources Department supports an inclusive environment that values diversity and mutual respect for all faculty, staff, and students.

To learn more, https://cla.umn.edu/.


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Tuition Benefit Program
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost
  • Employee Transit Pass with free or reduced rates in the Twin Cities metro area

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a resume.

Candidates who submit their application materials by Monday, June 17, 2024, will receive priority consideration.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-8647.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

At the University of Minnesota, we are proud to be recognized by the Star Tribune as a Top Workplace for 2021, as well as by Forbes as Best Employers for Women and one of America's Best Employers (2015, 2018, 2019, 2023), Best Employer for Diversity (2019, 2020), Best Employer for New Grads (2018, 2019), and Best Employer by State (2019, 2022).

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