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Human Resources Generalist

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Human Resources

Bucknell University welcomes applications for a Human Resources Generalist position. The successful candidate will join a dynamic team of HR professionals and will be responsible for fostering and maintaining client relationships, coaching for performance improvement, advising and negotiating in conflict situations and assisting in organizational effectiveness efforts.

This role will deliver HR solutions in a number of key areas, such as employee relations, policy development, ADA and other leaves of absence, compensation management, performance management, and training and organizational development. As a member of a cross-functional team, reporting to the Director of HR Services, the HR Generalist will partner with other members of the HR services team, and work collaboratively with all levels of management and staff to implement HR policies, practices and procedures and to actively contribute to Bucknell's efforts to foster an inclusive, diverse campus community.

Human Resources supports the University's mission of excellence in teaching, critical thinking and intellectual exploration through strategic innovation and comprehensive services. The HR Generalist will ensure that Bucknell’s programs, policies, and practices support the diversity, equity, and inclusion goals of the University

This is a full-time, 12 month, exempt, benefits eligible position.

Job Duties:
• Working with an identified group of University employees, 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 progressive discipline process, highlighting the legal requirements and ramifications, and adjudicate complex employee relations (ER) issues.
• Facilitate dispute resolution within departments/divisions as necessary to ensure the consistent, uniform and fair application of University policies and procedures. Provide appropriate balance and perspective for both the needs of the employee and the University.
• Manage disciplinary actions within departments/divisions to ensure the consistent, uniform and fair application of University policies and procedures.
• Manage risk by ensuring employment actions are in compliance with local, state and federal employment requirements.
• Assist in the research, development, and writing of new and existing policies, forms, and procedures. Educate and train campus constituents accordingly in interpretation and application of policies and procedures.
• Support 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. 
• Participate in campus-wide strategic projects, committees and working groups.
• Stay current on recent federal, state and case law changes and monitors labor law updates and newsletters for changes that may affect HR.
• Assist with the interpretation and administration of all leave programs and policies in accordance with applicable federal and state employment laws.
• Manage the administration of all and support members of the Benefits and HRIS team with the day-to-day administration of all leaves of absence including Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), American's with Disabilities Act (ADA), personal leaves of absence and short/long-term disability.
• Monitor compliance with ADA, and other leaves of absence.
• Collaborate with employees and department managers to assist in processing, evaluating and responding to ADA, and other requests for accommodation or absence.
• Maintain thorough knowledge of ADA, FMLA and other leave of absence benefits to effectively serve as a liaison between staff, supervisors, department heads and the University.
• Partner with Training and Organizational Development Manager 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.
• Assist the Compensation Manager with projects, procedures, data analysis and or data entry/upload related to compensation surveys, staff merit process, and implementation of the University's Salary Administration program.
• 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.
• Under the direction of the Director of HR Services, supports the employment services team members to assist clients with recruiting, compensation and staffing needs.
• Support and contribute to the University's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
• Perform other duties as required or requested.

Minimum Qualifications:
• A bachelor's degree and 4-6 years' of related HR generalist experience.
• Previous experience assisting with employee relations investigations, action and follow-up. Knowledge of FMLA/ADA compliance.
• Experience writing, communicating and administering policies and procedures.
• Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups and facilitate discussion.
• Advanced level of technical proficiency in relevant applications such as MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), HRIS or other systems to effectively gather, interpret, organize, and present data.
• Demonstrated 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.
• Ability to collaborate, influence and command the respect and confidence of campus partners and have the capacity to deal with a wide range of relationships and situations.
• Strong organizational skills; 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.

Preferred Qualifications:
• HR certification (PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP)
• Experience in higher education or a service-oriented organization

Bucknell University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities.

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is a undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of students. Student life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

The Community

Lewisburg is located in central Pennsylvania, and features restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District (LASD) receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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