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Human Resources Specialist

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 108231
Title: Human Resources Specialist I
Functional Title: Human Resources Specialist
Category Status: 20-Nonexempt,Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: VPUR-Financial Management
Hiring Range Minimum: $40,852.00
Hiring Range Maximum: $49,022.00
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Division of University Relations (UR) seeks a highly motivated Human Resources Specialist to provide a high level of administrative and programmatic support to the Office of Human Resources (6 staff members). This unit is responsible for providing human resources services to approximately 250 employees and 50 students within the division as well as others associated with the division.

Under general supervision, the Human Resources Specialist provides a high level of customer service to internal and external customers including answering inquiries and directing questions to the appropriate office staff member. The Human Resources Specialist must be able to handle sensitive and confidential materials/matters with discretion & tact. S/he will need to be flexible to manage multiple activities and deadlines.

The Human Resources Specialist works with supervisors and other staff across the division and campus to coordinate orientation and onboarding of new staff to the division and additional campus units associated with development. Additionally, s/he works with the Search Coordinator to arrange candidate travel to campus for divisional searches, and when needed, meet, greet and escort candidates to meetings to various campus locations. Other responsibilities may include, but are not limited to scheduling interviews, preparing documentation, updating candidate’s statuses and sending notifications.

The Human Resources Specialist will be cross trained on other HR functions. S/he will assist Human Resources staff on special projects as well as develop and maintain databases and lists. Additional duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelors degree in Human Resources Management or a related area AND One year related work experience. Working knowledge of human resources policies, practices, and procedures. Ability to interpret and apply human resources policies, practices, and procedures; to organize data and present clear, concise reports; to conduct interviews; to analyze jobs and job requirements for recruitment, selection, classification, and training; to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; to use automated systems, computers, and related software to facilitate assigned work; to maintain poise and courtesy under pressure; to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion and tact. Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.


• Four years of administrative/human resources experience.
• Experience in a higher education setting.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Excellent customer service skills demonstrated by the ability to deal with diverse internal and external customer in a flexible, calm, and professional manner.
• Strong verbal communication skills. Strong written communication skills, demonstrated by the ability to compose effective, customer-focused correspondence, including e-mail messages and produce work with minimal errors.
• Demonstrated proficiency with MS Suite applications: Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Must have the ability to create and manage databases and spreadsheets.
• Ability to work independently and as a team player.
• Ability to handle sensitive & confidential materials/matters with discretion & tact.
• Demonstrated ability to successfully and independently manage multiple activities and deadlines with strong attention to details.
• Proactive and creative problem solver with the ability to work independently and handle multiple tasks and shifting priorities.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:
Posting Date: 08/11/2017
Closing Date: 08/25/2017
Open Until Filled No
Physical Demands

Traditional office environment with much of the time spent working with a computer.
Occasional travel to on and off campus locations on foot or by car. Must be able act as a host to candidates by providing walking escort or vehicle transportation across campus to meetings. May need to lift and transport boxes.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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