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Human Resources Generalist, UT System Human Resources

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Human Resources Generalist, UT System Human Resources

About the UT System

The University of Tennessee is comprised of campuses at Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin, and Pulaski; the Health Science Center at Memphis; the Space Institute at Tullahoma; and the statewide Institute of Agriculture and Institute for Public Service. 

The UT System has a presence in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Through the combined force of education, research and outreach, the University serves students, business and industry, schools, governments, organizations, and citizens statewide.

The University of Tennessee System, through its multiple campuses and institutes, serves the people of Tennessee and beyond through the discovery, communication, and application of knowledge. The System is committed to providing undergraduate, graduate, and professional education programs in a diverse learning environment that prepares students to be leaders in a global society. The UT System’s delivery of education, discovery, outreach, and public service contributes to the economic, social, and environmental well-being of all Tennesseans.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the executive director of HR administration, the Human Resources Generalist is responsible for performing a broad range of system-wide professional level HR duties. The HR Generalist works closely with all members the System Human Resources team, carrying out both administrative and strategic responsibilities in support of the department’s commitment to service and excellence.

Duties and Responsibilities

This position carries out responsibilities in the following functional areas: employee records, training, performance management, onboarding, policy implementation, recruitment/employment, unemployment, website management, affirmative action and employment law compliance.

Specific duties include the following:

    Shares responsibility for the development and implementation of personnel policies and proceduresParticipates in developing department goals, objectives and systemsResearches best practices and monitors HR trendsRecommends new approaches, policies, and procedures to effect continual improvements in efficiency of the department and services performedMonitors and revises the performance evaluation program as necessary Conducts new-employee orientations and facilitates the onboarding process for new hiresMaintains human resource information system records including Family Medical Leave, Employment Verifications and Fee Waivers/Educational AssistanceProvides full-cycle recruiting for non-exempt positions to include posting, sourcing, consulting, and developing diverse applicant poolsMonitors recruiting metrics and prepares reportsConducts reference checks and other due diligenceConducts background checks including UT Promise mentorsProcesses Unemployment Compensation claimsProvides planning, coordination, and support for employee relations committeesParticipates in staff meetings and attends other meetings and seminars
The HR Generalist supports a culture of engagement and belonging by treating others with dignity and respect at all times, and by exhibiting conduct that reflects a commitment to inclusion, diversity and engagement (IDE.) The HR Generalist respectfully communicates and cooperates with all employees and actively participates in diversity awareness learning and development opportunities to enhance knowledge and create equality in the workplace.

The successful candidate is also expected to contribute to the systemwide mission and fully embrace the University’s Be One UT Values. The HR Generalist must be a creative, organized, enthusiastic professional, with the demonstrated ability to work well independently and problem-solve in a fast-changing environment, and must also demonstrate maturity, sound judgment, professional fortitude, and the ability to navigate successfully within a large and complex system of higher education.

Qualities and Qualifications


Some college is required. A bachelor's degree in Human Resources or related field is strongly preferred. Professional certifications are also preferred.


A minimum of five years of experience in human resources is required. Experience in higher education and/or a large, complex environment is strongly preferred.


The HR Generalist will possess broad knowledge and a diverse skillset in all areas of HR. Specific skills include:

    Knowledge of HR concepts, applicable federal and state laws, and UT policies and proceduresAdvanced knowledge in Microsoft Office software including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPointExperience with SAP/IRIS or similar HRIS  The ability to quickly and independently learn new technologiesStrong interpersonal and communication skillsThe ability to demonstrate a forward-thinking, resourceful, detail-oriented mindsetThe ability to work successfully in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, and often ambiguous environment

The HR Generalist will:

    Respectfully communicate and cooperate with all employees at all levels of the organizationDemonstrate consideration, cooperation, and generosity in providing serviceFoster a team-oriented approach to achieving objectivesMaintain confidentiality and exercise professional discretion at all times
Application Process

For full consideration, candidates should apply electronically using the link below with a cover letter addressing their interest in and qualifications for the role, resume, and list of professional references.

Compensation for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits and much more. Additionally, Tennessee residents do not pay a state income tax. For more information on the University of Tennessee’s benefits, visit

Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Human Resources-Administration
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Nov 29, 2021, 8:03:52 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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