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HR Manager

University of Bridgeport
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 24, 2024

The mission of The University of Bridgeport is to promote academic excellence, personal responsibility, and commitment to service. Distinctive curricula in an international, culturally diverse supportive learning environment prepare graduates for life and leadership in an increasingly interconnected world.

Position Description Summary/Purpose :

Reporting directly to the Senior Director of Human Resources, this position manages the daily operations of the Universities employee hiring, retention, and separation functions and ensures compliance with the University guidelines and federal, state, and local regulations, including Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO). This position will also partner with supervisors to effectively handle and address employee relations matters and refers complex issues to the Senior Director.

Essential Job Functions/Primary Responsibilities :
  • Develop and execute recruitment strategies to attract a diverse pool of candidates.

  • Source, screen, and schedule interviews for candidates to assess their qualifications and cultural fit.

  • Manage the entire recruitment process for all new hires, promotions, and transfers, from job posting to offer negotiations and onboarding including, but not limited to:
    • Constructing and sending appointment letters

    • Background checks

    • Sending correspondence as needed to pre-hires to ensure positive employment process

    • Ensuring HRIS system (Paycom) is accurate with payroll and HR data as required as well as uploading documents such as transcripts into the system

    • Emailing hiring managers instructions for onboarding

    • I-9 Verification; greeting new hires

  • Works closely with the HR Assistant to facilitate recruitment efforts for entry and mid-level staffing needs.

  • Works closely with the Senior Director to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase employee productivity and retention throughout the organization.

  • Develops, streamlines, updates and distributes hiring guidelines to faculty and staff and provides training for employees participating on search committees.

  • Maintain strong knowledge of policies and procedures to provide day-to-day assistance to managers and supervisors. Collaborates with management on employment-related issues and refers more complex issues to the Senior Director for guidance.

  • Assists with drafting the appropriate disciplinary action letters and/or performance improvement plans (PIP) for review by immediate supervisor.

  • Provide coaching, guidance and support to faculty, staff and supervisors on issues impacting work relationships, productivity and morale.

  • Partners with other members of the HR team to ensure that internal processes are efficient; communicates effectively on all issues and priorities to ensure an optimal work environment.

  • Conducts exit interviews for employees leaving the University. Analyzes trends and collaborates with leadership to develop strategies to improve employee retention.

  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.

  • Conducts all work in a safe manner and all work safety practices are followed.

Other Functions :
  • Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.

  • Continues professional development and training; keeps current with trends.

  • Assists other department staff as needed to promote a team effort.


Knowledge, Ability and Skill :
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) as well as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills as well as effective problem solving and critical thinking skills.

  • Strong customer service skills.

  • Effective relationship management at all levels of the organization, influencing and conflict resolution skills.

  • Knowledge of HR best practices, particularly around recruitment and retention strategies.

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and adherence to HIPPA and other related federal, state, and University employment law guidelines.

  • Must be able to multitask in a highly productive environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to exercise initiative, independent judgment and be a self-starter while also being collaborative and a strong team player.

  • Ability to learn new computer systems and applications quickly and effectively.

  • Demonstrates a commitment to fostering and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.

Minimum Required Qualifications :

Education, Training and Experience :
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in a related field or SHRM/HR Certification preferred.

  • 3-5 years’ relevant work experience

  • Demonstrated knowledge of applicable federal and state employment laws including Title VII, FMLA and ADA

  • Proven experience in recruiting for a wide array of functions. Demonstrated results in developing and implementing recruiting strategies.

Physical and Mental Requirements :

Work Environment


Under 1/3

1/3 to 2/3

Over 2/3

Outdoor Weather Conditions


Work with fumes or airborne particles


Work near moving mechanical parts


Risk of electrical shock




Physical Activity


Under 1/3

1/3 to 2/3

Over 2/3







Talking & Hearing


Using hands/fingers to handle/feel


Climbing or balancing


Bending, pulling, pushing




Lifting Requirements


Under 1/3

1/3 to 2/3

Over 2/3

Up to 10 pounds


Up to 25 pounds


Up to 50 pounds


Up to 75 pounds


Up to 100 pounds


Over 100 pounds


Vision requirements (Especially relevant if driving is required by the job)

_X_ Close vision (i.e. clear vision at 20 inches or less)

___ Distance vision (i.e. clear vision at 20 feet or more)

___ Color vision (i.e. ability to identify and distinguish colors)

___ Peripheral vision (i.e. ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or

left and right while the eyes are fixed on a given point)

___ Depth perception (i.e. three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and

spatial relationships)

___ No special vision requirements

Full-Time Employee Benefits:
  • Medical Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Pet Insurance

  • 401k employer match

  • Employee & dependent life insurance

  • Great tuition benefits for employee, spouse & dependents

  • PTO program

  • Flexible work schedules / work from home opportunities (after probationary period)

(This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between The University of Bridgeport and employee. It is used as a guide for personnel actions and is subject to change by the University as the needs of the University and requirements of the job change.)

The University of Bridgeport provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. The University of Bridgeport complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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