Human Resources Generalist

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

If you are creative, collaborative, confident, a critical thinker, and have a passion for helping both employees and the organization to thrive, consider joining Bucknell University’s Human Resources team as a Human Resources Generalist. This position touches a number of key HR functions, including employee relations, training and development, performance management, policy development and more. The Human Resources team has a weekly “huddle”, where we share information, troubleshoot issues, and celebrate achievements, so there are lots of opportunities to connect and collaborate with other team members. Bucknell provides a work environment that is fun and relaxed, but serious; challenging, while also enriching and rewarding. Come join a place where your work influences today’s scholars and tomorrow’s leaders.

The Human Resources Generalist is responsible for meeting a variety of the HR and learning/organizational development needs of the Bucknell community. Working primarily with staff, this position also supports faculty as appropriate. This role will deliver HR solutions in a number of broad areas including employee relations; policy development; complicated leaves of absence; learning and organizational development; performance management; training design, development, delivery and evaluation; orientation; leadership development; recognition; and may assist in other functions as requested to fully support the human resources division at Bucknell. As a member of a cross-functional team, reporting to the Executive Director, Human Resources Services, the Generalist will partner with other members of the HR team and work collaboratively with all levels of management and staff to implement HR policies, practices, and procedures. The Generalist will also actively contribute to Bucknell's efforts to foster an inclusive, diverse campus community. Human Resources supports the University's strategic plan to further distinguish itself among its peers and aspirant institutions and ensure a sustainable, vibrant future.

Are you qualified?
In order to be considered for this position, you must meet all the following requirements:
• A bachelor's degree and at least four (4) years of directly related HR generalist experience (e.g. training and organizational development, instructional design, employee relations, performance management, leave administration etc.) or an equivalent combination of education and HR generalist experience (totalling at least eight (8) years)
• Previous experience assisting with employee relations investigations, action, and follow-up
• Knowledge of FMLA/ADA compliance
• Experience writing, communicating, and administering policies and procedures
• Training and/or organizational development experience
• Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups and facilitate discussion
• Technical proficiency in relevant applications such as MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), HRIS, or other systems to effectively gather, interpret, organize, and present data and information
• Demonstrated sound judgment and critical thinking skills; ability to manage multiple priorities and administer a 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 include experience in higher education or a service-oriented organization and an HR certification (PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP).

If you have any questions, or if you would like to see a full position description, please contact the Bucknell HR office at or 570-577-1631. Applications require a cover letter, resume, and references and will only be accepted online through Bucknell’s career site (


About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 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 3,700 undergraduate and 30 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 its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The 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. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

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 within a three-hour drive of 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 outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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Bucknell University is committed to the health and well-being of our community. As such, we have implemented many strategies to keep our community healthy. Students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to vaccinate and provide documentation of vaccination to Human Resources. Employees who do not provide evidence of vaccination are required to participate in the University’s COVID-19 sequential testing program. All members of the Bucknell community and campus visitors are required to wear masks inside public and academic buildings, regardless of social distancing or vaccination status. Click here for more information.

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