HR Generalist

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

The HR Generalist is responsible for meeting a variety of human resources and learning/organizational development needs of the Bucknell community. Working primarily with staff, the 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 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. The Division of Human Resources supports the University's strategic plan to further distinguish itself among its peers and aspirant institutions and ensure a sustainable, vibrant future.

Job Duties:
Employee Relations
• 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 around employee behavior, performance, conduct, and other workplace issues in a manner that supports and balances the needs of individual employees and supervisors while protecting the business needs of the University.
• Evaluate or prepare summary or detailed reports following investigations and recommend appropriate employment action to maintain a productive, safe, compliant, and healthy work environment.
• Advise managers on coaching strategies or progressive discipline options, maintaining compliance with University policies, procedures, and applicable regulatory requirements, highlighting the legal requirements and ramifications and adjudicating complex employee relations (ER) issues.
• 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.

Policy Development
• Assist in the research, development, and writing of new and existing policies, forms, guidelines, and procedures. Educate and train campus constituents accordingly in interpretation and application of policies and procedures.
• Assist in administering policy management systems and practices.

Learning and Organizational Development
• Provide organizational development consulting to department/division leaders including engaging in conversations to conduct comprehensive staffing reviews to assist with re-org strategies, staffing goals, learning needs, etc.
• Provide solutions for the strategic learning and organizational development needs of divisions/departments in a manner that supports all phases of an employee’s lifecycle (new and existing staff, new supervisors, managers and leaders, front line staff, those further in their career, etc.).
• Develop, conduct, present, and evaluate the effectiveness of a variety of leadership training programs for new supervisors, seasoned directors, and other University leaders.

Complicated Leaves of Absence (e.g. FMLA, ADA and their intersection with employee relations)
• Assist with the interpretation and administration of all leave programs and policies in accordance with applicable federal and state employment laws and university policies.
• Engage with applicable HR team members, faculty, and staff in the administration of complex leaves of absence such as those that intersect with employee relations.
• Support members of the benefits team with the day to day administration of all leaves of absence including Family and Medical Leave (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADAA), personal leaves of absence, and short/long-term disability leaves.
• Provide support to the benefits team in collaborating with, educating, and supporting department managers and employees with questions about leaves of absence. Serve as a resource and liaison for communication and training as applicable.
• Maintain current and 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.

Performance Management
• 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.
• Actively engage with managers to train and assist them in writing effective performance reviews and having successful performance conversations on an ongoing basis as well as at key review times.
• Assist in administering the University’s performance management program and associated systems.

Training, Design, Development, Delivery and Evaluation
• Partner with the Training & Organizational Development Manager using a variety of learning methodologies to most effectively relate to a diverse audience of adult learners to assess, design, deliver, implement, and evaluate learning solutions that help the organization prepare for growth, change, and continuous improvement.
• Facilitate or conduct training sessions via in-classroom instruction or via on-line instruction.

Orientation and Retention
• Serve as facilitator/instructor for new employee and new supervisor orientation programs.
• Conduct exit interviews with outgoing staff. Review reports and data to evaluate trends, organizational strengths, and areas for improvement.

• Assist in administering a variety of programs to recognize staff performance and contributions to their role and the University such as the Geiger-Zeller and Maxwell awards.
• Actively contribute to Bucknell’s efforts to foster a diverse and inclusive campus community.
• Support and promote the University’s sustainability efforts to protect, maintain, and increase the long-term viability and resilience of the University’s environmental, social, and economic support systems.
• Participate in campus-wide or department-specific strategic projects, committees, and working groups as needed.
• Perform other duties as required or appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor's degree and 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, in lieu of education, at least eight (8) years of directly 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
• 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:
• HR certification (PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP)
• Experience in higher education or a service-oriented organization

Work Type: 
This is a full time, year round, benefit's eligible position.  This position will be considered for scheduling flexibility to work in a hybrid capacity based on staffing and business needs.


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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