Human Resources Generalist

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Human Resources Generalist


Job ID: 2020-12066
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Human Resources

Princeton University


Princeton University’s Office of Human Resources strives to foster a work environment that enables all employees to embrace the spirit of Princeton and contribute at the highest possible level to support the mission of the University. We provide comprehensive benefits, programs, services, and policies that help employees meet their needs in career, health, and overall well-being in an equitable and inclusive environment.

The HR Generalist is responsible for fostering and maintaining client relationships, coaching for performance improvement, advising and negotiating in conflict situations, and assisting the Senior HR Manager in organizational effectiveness efforts. This role will deliver HR solutions in a number of key areas, such as employee relations, performance management, and training and development. As a member of a cross-functional team, reporting to the Sr. HR Manager, this role will partner with other members of the HR team, and work collaboratively with all levels of management to implement HR policies, practices and procedures, and administer HR transactions as appropriate.


- Provide advice, guidance and decisions on HR matters to managers and staff. Identify and analyze employee relations situations and recommend appropriate employment action to maintain a productive work environment.

- Conduct timely and thorough investigations with general supervision, recommend solutions to issues, and counsel employees. Advise managers on performance management processes, highlighting the legal requirements and ramifications. Facilitate dispute resolution within client groups as necessary to ensure the consistent, uniform and fair application of University policies and procedures.

- Manage disciplinary actions within client groups to ensure the consistent, uniform and fair application of University policies and procedures; adjudicate complex ER issues.

- Manage risk by ensuring employment actions are in compliance with local, state and federal employment requirements.

- Stays current on recent federal, state and case law changes and monitors labor law updates and newsletters for changes that may affect HR.

- Partner with University Learning and Development team to create and deliver solutions to managers and their departments. Align training solutions to organizational problems and priorities. Conduct training for clients on general human resource topics.

- Performs organizational assessments and provides advice and guidance on restructuring, workforce planning impact analysis and implementing change.

- Coordinate workforce and talent management efforts with clients relative to establishing solid promotion rationales, collaborating with Compensation on offers, salary actions, audits and the annual merit increase process.

- Collaborating with internal HR partners, assist clients with compensation and staffing needs; create solutions to handle issues.

- Supports the development and strategic implementation of policies, procedures and tools to support performance management, communication and relationship building while fostering positive relationships between employees and managers.

- Administer a wide range of transaction processes/procedures to ensure proper processing of various HR transactions.

- Participate in campus-wide strategic projects, committees and working groups; other duties as assigned.


Essential Qualifications:

- Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience, including 3+ years experience within the HR field
- Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups and facilitate discussion.
- Working knowledge of all HR functions, laws and practices, particularly employee relations; familiarity with organizational development and effectiveness and talent management is preferred as is the ability to understand and apply collective bargaining agreements for unionized staff
- Demonstrated ability to use technology (i.e. MS Office, HRIS systems) to gather, interpret, organize, and present data.
- Must possess sound judgment and critical thinking skills; ability to manage multiple priorities and administer broad range of tasks including resolving complaints, coaching and counseling managers and employees on policies and procedures.
- Experience working within a matrix organization with the ability to adapt quickly in a varied work environment, be sensitive to diverse cultural differences, build relationships, and work successfully at all levels of a complex organization
- Able to collaborate, guide and influence.
- Strong organizational skills; detail oriented; evidence of self-motivation; demonstrated ability to plan, schedule and work both independently and in teams within a service oriented organization.
- Demonstrated success managing multiple projects and competing priorities while balancing the need for quality with meeting deadlines.
- Experience with MS Office and HR systems

Preferred Qualifications:

- HR certification (PHR, SPHR / CP, SCP, DDI)
- Union and non-union experience
- Experience in higher education
- Experience with PeopleSoft HCM

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW





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Posted: 10/17/2020
Application Due: 10/28/2020
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