Human Resources Manager

Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 11, 2021
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Human Resources Manager

Job no: 527528
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Human Resources

Department: Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA06-Fiscal Year 2020-2021
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
June 24, 2021; position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants
With your online application, please provide a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references.

Department Summary
The University of Oregon (UO) holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities (AAU). In 2014, the University launched an ambitious fundraising campaign focused on supporting faculty excellence in teaching and research, creating access for outstanding students, and enriching the student experience. In 2017, the UO received a very generous $500M gift for the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, which has resulted in a state-of-the-art research building and the arrival of new research-intensive faculty.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) serves as an advocate and catalyst within the University for expanding the range and impact of UO's research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. The OVPRI also oversees sponsored programs, research compliance, technology transfer, and research development and administrative responsibility for numerous high-profile research centers and institutes and core research facilities, which provide opportunities for faculty across the university to collaborate on research efforts that are inherently interdisciplinary, and of significant societal importance.

Position Summary
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) is seeking a Human Resources (HR) Manager to provide leadership, management, consultation, and transaction execution. This is an exciting opportunity to work proactively and collaboratively with OVPRI and University HR staff to plan and execute strategies that meet the unique personnel objectives and diverse HR needs across the research enterprise (research administration, research core facilities, and centers and institutes).

The HR Manager reports to the Associate Vice President for Research Operations. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Implement and manage effective strategy and operations for OVPRI recruitment activities. This includes close coordination with unit leads and search chairs to craft position descriptions, staff search committees, promote diversity and inclusion in searches, coach on effective search practices, and manage timelines to ensure successful hires. This includes working in close coordination with Research Finance and Business Administration (RFBA) to ensure effective integration of HR functions at the transactional level within the overall HR support structure.
  • Provide expert support and guidance to OVPRI in human resource functions to facilitate effective long-term HR planning, advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and navigate complex HR functions.
  • Support the career development of Officers of Administration and classified staff including working with managers to enhance their management skills.
  • Act as a resource to divisional staff and research centers and institutes in HR policies and procedures for administrative, classified, and research faculty employee groups, answering or referring questions as needed to maintain consistency and alignment with University HR.
  • Represent OVPRI in relevant forums related to University Human Resources, including union bargaining, the Academic Personnel Working Group, HR Advisory committees, etc.
  • Actively support the Vice President's goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in OVPRI by supporting active recruitment, staffing searches, leading exit and stay interview processes, and keeping OVPRI informed of best practices as developed by the UO's Division of Equity and Inclusion.
  • Develop and implement clear HR processes, including the definition of roles and responsibilities, in partnership with RFBA.
  • Oversee annual performance review process for all staff and serve as an expert resource for supervisors in addressing performance management challenges.
  • Manage the research faculty review process.

    Minimum Requirements
  • A bachelor's degree and five years of experience in human resources administration; OR
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience equal to 10 years.

    Professional Competencies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of human resource management principles, practices, policies, laws, and regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to support human resource administration in a large, complex, matrixed organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work on human resource matters with a diversity of employee groups including both represented and unrepresented employees.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations with demonstrated poise, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with external and internal contacts, including presentation and facilitation skills; strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to draft clear, respectful emails, procedures, and other documents.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, diplomacy, and perceptual objectivity to effectively and appropriately make decisions.
  • Aptitude to define problems, identify trends, collect data, and establish facts to draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to efficiently manage processes and actions to completion while adhering to timelines and adjusting to support changing priorities with minimal oversight and direction.
  • Detail-oriented, excellent customer service skills, and the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds in an inclusive, welcoming environment; ability to effectively work and communicate with individuals from varied cultural backgrounds.
  • Commitment to working collaboratively and inclusively, maintaining poise and calm in stressful situations, and taking a proactive approach that supports action even in the face of heavy workloads and busy schedules of partners.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships and collaborate in a matrixed organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, manage projects and initiatives, and solve problems.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite or equivalent electronic tools.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Professional work experience in higher education.
  • Previous supervisory experience.
  • Professional experience with the range of roles common to an academic institution including staff and faculty, including grant funded research related positions.
  • Knowledge of payroll functions as they intersect with human resources administration.
  • Experience using human resources software, such as BANNER, PageUp, or equivalents.

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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