HR Project Manager

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 16, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Human Resources Job Description

HR Project Manager

Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction and purpose. A college of and for the world, Smith links the power of the liberal arts to excellence in research and scholarship, thereby developing engaged global citizens and leaders to address society’s challenges. Imagine working in a community dedicated to learning, teaching, scholarship, discovery, creativity and critical thought. It’s the diversity and inclusivity of our community, founded on the free and open exchange of ideas, that runs through everything we do. Join Smith and become part of a unique team bringing our mission to life.

Primary Function

As a Human Resources Project Manager you will undertake a diverse and integral role within the HR team. You will manage department wide and cross functional projects as well as support the running of the HR operations area. Reporting to the HR Operations Director, and working closely with the HR Partner team, the role will blend both knowledge of HR process and best practice with a clear understanding of the project management discipline.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.


HR Projects (80%)

  • Devise and own the HR Project plan and ensure key milestones are identified and communicated to key stakeholders.

  • Create and manage a regular project reporting mechanism for the HR team and relevant college leaders.

  • Schedule and lead planning meetings, including or communicating with key partners, gaining decisions, etc.

  • Work with the HR Partners and project team to ensure the delivery of key project milestones on time and within budget, resource and policy.

  • Build relationships and form alliances with counterparts, communities of practice and stakeholders to scan for innovations and opportunities to form partnerships.

  • Develop dashboards, decks or other appropriate methods to communicate project progress to senior leadership.

  • Support the HR director of operations with managing the Workday HCM enhancement/fixes priorities as well as help manage existing Workday projects.

Office (20%)

  • Manage and triage all communications that come though and manage all communication tools for the HR Department (Salesforce, YAMM, Workday announcements, etc.). Establish a ticketing system to automate response and improve customer service.

  • In charge of maximizing office space, storage, and layout. Manage all office equipment and facilities concerns.

  • Optimize user experience of HR Website by managing updates and coordinating with College Relations on the continuous improvement of website user experience.

  • Liaison with Workday training team to maintain self service Workday HR process documentation.

  • Supervise student employees as applicable.

  • Other duties as assigned

All employees are expected to participate in the college’s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive and welcoming work environment.

Required Qualifications

  • Associates Degree or equivalent, plus three to five years experience in project management with an acute understanding of the project management discipline and best practice.

  • Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Skills and Competencies

  • Bachelor's degree preferred

  • Practical understanding and experience of key HR processes and practices

  • Experience in interpreting concepts and clearly presenting back in Powerpoint or report format

  • Knowledgeable in relevant office software most notably GSuite and Workday.

  • Data savvy and able to analyze, interpret and report back key themes and make recommendations.

  • Ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decisions made.

  • Communicates challenges and influences a variety of stakeholders effectively. .

  • Adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups.

  • Able to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts, explore and evaluate them systematically.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . You may combine your resume and cover letter into a single file or attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you have provided all attachments BEFORE SUBMITTING your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

February 15, 2021

Compensation Grade:

Grade K Exempt

Position Type:


About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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