Human Resources Generalist

Employer:Mississippi State University
City:Mississippi State

Position Information

Position Description:Position Information
As a strategic business partner, the Human Resources Generalist provides guidance to administrators, deans, directors, department heads, supervisors, and other employees based on routine, critical, intense, and complex work-related situations. Provides guidance based on interpretation of University policies and procedures, applicable State and Federal laws, and IHL Board policies and procedures related to human resources management. Performs an administrative role within HRM to provide resources to the University in the following functional areas: employment, employment-based visa processing, compensation (including job evaluation, salary administration, and pay related benefits), employee relations, training, and compliance. Provides support to other systems, processes, and programs such as workers compensation, performance management, drug testing, background screening, employee assistance program, EthicsPoint reporting system, and the University’s Talent Management system.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Develops a strategic partnership with assigned divisions and locations to provide guidance to administrators, deans, director, department heads, supervisors, and other employees based on routine, critical, intense, and complex work-related situations.
2. Provides guidance based on interpretation of University policies and procedures, applicable State and Federal laws, and IHL Board policies and procedures related to human resources management.
3. Develops human resources solutions by collecting and analyzing information; recommends courses of action based on University policies and procedures.
4. Collaborates with departments to address current and future hiring needs and to ensure that staffing resources are available to meet these needs.
5. Develops and updates new and existing position descriptions.
6. Collects and provides data to the job evaluation system; manages outcomes to ensure proper classification of staff positions.
7. Assists in creating and sustaining a positive work environment. Consults with management and employees to facilitate resolution of work-related issues.
8. Reviews employee complaints and ensures accurate and timely documentation of concerns or issues.
9. Provides guidance to management and employees in the use of the positive discipline/staff conflict resolution program.
10. Provides guidance to management and employees on various compensation issues.
11. Conducts due diligence reviews with regard to departmental restructuring and requests for reductions in force. Supports two-way communications among members of a department in times of change.
12. Supports the University’s Talent Management system by providing training and information to users.
13. The Human Resources Generalist is the subject matter expert on the processing of employment-based visa processes at the University. Works with departments and employees to collect required information; files non-immigrant visa petitions and/or consults with the University’s immigration attorney in the filing of permanent residence petitions.
14. Processes criminal background screen requests and participates in the adjudication process to obtain clearance for all employees and selected student worker positions.
15. May be assigned to manage the University’s random drug testing programs.
16. Provides guidance and information on the workers compensation and unemployment programs.
17. Acts as a liaison for learning and development training programs; may create and conduct training sessions.
18. May participate in the investigation and response to complaints of misconduct; violation of University policies and/or procedures, federal and/or state law; discrimination and/or harassment; and, other work-related areas.
19. Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualified candidates will possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Business, or a related discipline and at least three years of experience of progressively and responsible relevant experience in an HR Generalist role.

Preferred candidates will possess at least a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management or other related discipline; experience in human resources in higher education; PHR/SPHR certification; and experience in conducting mediation.

These are the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the functions of the job.
1. Ability to use critical thinking to effectively solve human resource issues
2. Ability to enhance the HR function through technology
3. Demonstrated ability to make informed decisions based on data and statistics
4. Highly developed verbal and written communication skills
5. Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills
6. Ability to effectively present to small and large groups
7. Ability to deal credibly and effectively with senior University leadership
8. The ability to be diplomatic and flexible
9. Sensitivity to a diverse workforce, with its wide variety of cultural backgrounds and experiences.
10. Negotiation and persuasion abilities
11. Strong project management skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
12. The ability to maintain objectivity and confidentiality
13. Computer proficiency and experience analyzing statistical data
14. Working knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations, and policies related to human resources, including employment, immigration\work authorization, equal opportunity\affirmative action, and other relevant government agency compliance requirements.

Application Information
Applicants must apply at and attach a cover letter and resume that includes the complete contact information for at least three references. You can also search for 498856 at in order to pull up the posting for application.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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