Human Resources Generalist

Amherst, MA
Apr 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Full-time, year round position, grade 21, salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

The Human Resources Generalist performs a wide range of recruitment and employment services to support the College's efforts to attract, hire, and retain a diverse, qualified workforce. Provides employee relations support to help foster a positive work environment that inspires excellence. Collaborates with the Human Resources team to facilitate effective delivery of human resources initiatives by focusing on the College's most valuable asset, its employees. Ensures compliance with all college, state, and federal requirements. Takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Key Responsibilities


  • Manage the applicant tracking system, job posting platform and talent acquisition process including the recruitment, selection, and hiring of a qualified, diverse workforce
  • Guide department heads/supervisors on best practices for searches and strategies for a diverse applicant pool
  • Develop recruitment tools, resources, and workshops for supervisors and search committees
  • Review job descriptions; create and post advertisements and on-campus position announcements
  • Interview final candidates, coordinate pre-employment physicals, and process CORI checks and driver credentialing
  • Conduct reference checks as needed
  • Compile finalist and internal compensation data to help establish competitive offers of employment
  • Prepare and process appointment letters, and unemployment claims
  • Verify and confirm end of appointments and position extensions with supervisors
  • Collect, prepare, and analyze recruitment data and trends
  • Serve as back-up and/or support in the following areas: exit interviews, worker's compensation claims, and visa and permanent residency applications
  • Process recruitment and moving expenses, and bi-monthly reports for the purchasing card program

Employee Relations

  • Provide advice and guidance to department heads, supervisors, and employees regarding college policies, procedures, and practices related to employment matters and employment laws and regulations
  • Facilitate communication between employees and managers by providing guidance and consultation to address employee issues, concerns, and complaints, and problem solve and resolve conflicts
  • Conduct internal investigations including preparing documentation, making recommendations, and implementing action plans



  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 3 years of related experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal, presentation, time management, problem solving, organizational, and customer service skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Broad knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations
  • Demonstrated ability to use technology, including Microsoft Office software, HRIS systems, and applicant tracking systems to gather, analyze, and report data
  • Prior experience working with and contributing to a diverse workplace
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, collaboratively, and across teams with a focus on service orientation


  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources or related field

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (e-mail and/or telephone number) for three professional references. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 49 states, plus D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst a great place to work, learn and live!


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