Compensation and Staffing Specialist
Primary Work Location:
333 South Street, Shrewsbury, MA
Normal Work Schedule:
Standard: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (or alternative schedule approved by supervisor).
The University of Massachusetts Office of the President is seeking an experienced compensation professional who can take the lead in developing, implementing, and administering contemporary and innovative compensation systems and strategies in the Office of the President and across the university’s five campuses. As a member of a small and dedicated central Human Resources staff, the compensation and staffing specialist will also assist in job and organizational design, position control, and talent acquisition.
The University of Massachusetts has a long, proud tradition of excellence teaching, research, and public service and a strong mission of access to an affordable high-quality education. The compensation and staffing specialist will further that mission by working with senior leadership and campus HR partners to develop overall strategies to attract and reward the best available faculty and staff.
UMass is a five-campus public research university system renowned for the quality of its academic programs, the scope and excellence of its research and the strength of its public service mission. UMass provides access to high-quality, affordable education that advance knowledge and improves the lives of the people of the Commonwealth, the nation and the world.
- Assists in the development, implementation, and administration of all President’s Office compensation plans and programs and overall extrinsic reward strategies to support institutional priorities.
- Conducts periodic market comparisons, including the use of relevant salary surveys, to ensure competitive salaries; evaluates jobs to determine classification, grade, FLSA status, and salary.
- Conducts position audits, including desk audits, interviews, and focus group discussions as necessary to collect and organize job information for evaluation.
- Advises department managers in organizational structures and maintains job descriptions and salary grades for all President’s Office staff/positions.
- Assists in implementing periodic merit pay programs for President’s Office staff.
- Manages President’s Office Position Control process (with Assistant Director for HRIS).
- Reviews and advises senior management concerning campus job/salary evaluations for highly-compensated non-unit professional staff.
- Works closely with the Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer to ensure compliance with the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act and other federal and state compensation laws and regulations.
- Works closely with hiring managers to develop and implement recruiting strategies—consistent with Affirmative Acton responsibilities—to fill vacancies in the President’s Office.
- Develops and implements strategies to attract qualified candidates from diverse populations, including women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
- Assists hiring managers in screening and selecting candidates, including (through a consumer reporting agency) conducting background reviews of all final candidates for employment.
- Assists hiring managers in developing total reward packages to guide negotiations with selected candidates.
- Assists hiring managers in drafting and issuing offer letters to selected candidates.
- Assists in the preparation of annual Affirmative Action Plans and Pay Equity Analyses as needed.
- May assist in the development of overall compensation strategies in collective bargaining.
- May coordinate or serve on system wide committees in areas of responsibility.
- May draft Requests for Proposals for the procurement of goods and services within areas of responsibility.
- Other duties that are reasonably related to the essential functions of the position
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience):
- Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary practices concepts, principles, and procedures in compensation systems.
- Familiarity with staffing strategies to attract diverse populations.
- Familiarity with Affirmative Action principles and responsibilities.
- Excellent presentation skills; proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite; excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated data analysis analytical skills.
- Demonstrated ability to multitask, manage competing priorities, and meet deadlines.
- High ethical standards.
- Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline.
- 3-5 years’ progressively responsible related experience.
Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience):
- Demonstrated knowledge of staffing strategies to attract diverse populations.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Affirmative Action principles and responsibilities.
- Experience working in an institution of higher education.
- Experience working in a union environment.
- Demonstrated experience in project management, policy/procedure development and implementation, and data analysis.
- General work in an office environment; may require travel to Boston or one or more campuses.
- May require periodic extended hours, nights and weekends, as necessary.
UMass is one of the fastest-growing institutions in the nation and the single-largest contributor to the Massachusetts workforce. It is a vital economic driver in all regions of the Commonwealth, generating billions in economic impact each year. UMass is the third largest research university in Massachusetts, worth $670 million in annual research concentrated in areas of importance (Life Science, Advanced Manufacturing, Data Science, Robotics and Climate Science) to Massachusetts.