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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jul 16, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration
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Full Time
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Job no: 236500-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Management/Supervisory, Human Resources, Payroll, Office & Administrative Support

Position Summary:

The Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) at the UW-Madison seeks a self-motivated, collaborative, innovative, and service-oriented leader for the position of Human Resources Unit Head (HR Specialist). Under the general direction of the WNPRC Associate Director of Operational Services, this unit leader designs, implements, and monitors more than one HR functional program for the WNPRC, including payroll and benefits; recruitment, classification, and compensation; employee life cycle management (onboarding, performance management, etc.); and employee relations. The HR Unit Head leads a team of two HR staff: an HR Business Partner and an HR Coordinator. This position assists in strategy development to ensure the HR Unit is able to process and support workforce needs, to ensure regulatory compliance, and to support the greater WNPRC goals and mission.

The WNPRC is one of seven federally supported National Primate Research Centers and the only one in the Midwest. The WNPRC's mission is to increase our understanding of basic primate biology and to improve human and animal health and quality of life through research. Since its establishment in 1961, thousands of scientists have conducted research in primate biology with relevance to human and animal health through the WNPRC. Based in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE), the WNPRC has strong, long-established research and teaching links to UW-Madison Schools and Colleges including Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), Letters and Science (L&S), Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), and Veterinary Medicine (SVM).

The Primate Center has approximately 200 employees, including academic staff, university staff, graduate students, undergraduate students, and employees-in-training. Additionally, WNPRC affiliated faculty initiate a variety of appointments through the Primate Center, as well as their home departments. Therefore, the HR Unit Head must be able to interact with a number of different schools, centers, and departments on the UW-Madison campus, and will have extensive contact with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) HR Office.

Under the general direction of the WNPRC Associate Director of Operational Services, the HR Unit Head performs a wide variety of complex human resources activities as noted in the list of duties.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources or Business Administration highly preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Well-qualified applicants will have the following experience:

* At least five years of professional experience working in human resources, preferably within an academic environment (seven years of experience required for appointment at the senior-level).
* Demonstrated commitment to courteous and responsive customer service with the ability to lead an HR team dedicated to exceptional customer service.
* Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion, as well as the ability to maintain confidentiality.
* Knowledge of HR management methods and techniques, as well as the principles of management and supervision required.
* Demonstrated ability to solve a wide array of complex, multi-disciplinary problems while considering immediate and long-range planning.
* Demonstrated ability to utilize exceptional customer services techniques to respond to inquiries thoroughly and accurately while maintaining professionalism, tact, confidentiality, and diplomacy.
* Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to efficiently and effectively manage communications with faculty, staff, and trainees at all levels.
* Meticulous attention to detail, effective time management, superb organizational skills, and independent decision-making skills are essential.
* Knowledge of federal and state laws and statutes related to human resources; knowledge of University of Wisconsin policies and procedures highly desirable.

Strongly Preferred:
* Proficiency in or familiarity with, or ability to learn, HRIS system software (e.g., JEMS, TREMS, HRS, Cypress, WISER, Business Intelligence, etc.).
* Supervisory experience (preferably within the last three years), with demonstrated ability to train, lead, motivate, delegate and to establish and maintain effective working relationships, not only with direct reports but throughout an organization.

Additional Information:

* Occasional evening and weekend work required.
* Must be TB negative.
* A measles titer will be required.
* Must possess a valid driver's license that meets standards of UW Risk Management in order to operate WNPRC vehicles.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $79,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process, please click on the "" button. Please submit a cover letter and current resume/CV. Please reference PVL/Job Number 236500 in your application materials. You will also be asked to provide a list of five professional references.

Your resume and cover letter should include all relevant education and/or work experience as it relates to this position and should specifically address your human resources experience in interpreting policy and procedures, providing customer service, and maintaining effective working relationships. Cover letters will be used as a writing sample and to determine the best qualified applicants.


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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: .

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department .

Applications Open: Jul 16 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Aug 1 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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