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HR Specialist (Senior – Principal Level)

University of Colorado System
Aurora, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 14, 2024

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes

Job Title: HR Specialist (Senior – Principal Level)

Position: #00800754 – Requisition: #33918

Job Summary:

The full-time HR Professional at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes will share responsibility for recruitment, on-boarding, off-boarding, and payroll processes for the BDC. This individual will maintain a working knowledge of all relevant policies and procedures and serve as a resource for faculty and staff on matters related to recruitment, onboarding, orientation, off-boarding, payroll processes, leave, performance management, and professional development. This position will work closely with the University of Colorado Denver and School of Medicine Human Resources units, as well as with the University’s Employee Services Department.

Examples of Work Performed:
  • Responsible for day to day recruitment activities for all employees of the BDC including faculty, research assistants, university staff, pre and post-doctoral fellows, ‘Persons of Interest’ (POIs), and undergraduate students.
  • Assist search committees by editing job descriptions, screening applicants, and selecting/developing assessment devices.
  • Work collaboratively with Central, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine Human Resources, and BDC Business Services Professional to ensure all actions are accurate and approved.
  • Generate letters of offer for all hires to ensure appropriate language and commitments are included.
  • Oversee onboarding process for students and employees to ensure timely completion of all necessary paperwork (e.g. visas, permanent resident requests, work authorizations etc..).
  • Manage onboarding process for new employees including gathering all required documents, coordinating access, reviewing training requirements, and providing resources.
  • Offboard employees including obtaining processing leave payouts, exit interviews, cancelling access and obtaining university property.
  • Serve as a resource and the primary point of contact for policies and procedures including time reporting, FMLA, FAMLI, worker’s comp, short term disability, and ADA accommodations.
  • Manage leave tracking and monthly payroll process including uploads and reconciliation
  • Manage the performance management process including evaluations, performance improvement, and termination proceedings
  • Maintain personnel files (electronic and hard copy) and is responsible for disposing of hard copies appropriately.
  • Counsel division employees on HR policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.
At the Principal Professional level, the Human Resources Specialist will:
  • Serve as a subject matter expert responsible for articulating complex HR concepts clearly and concisely to diverse stakeholders, including faculty, staff, and leadership.
  • Identify opportunities and develop communications for professional development, mentorship, and training/cross training programs to meet organizational needs; provide education and advice to supervisors and leadership related to staff and faculty employment and compliance, including documentation and initiation of discipline and discharge procedures.
This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority

Work Location:

This is an on-campus position with potential for hybrid work schedule (1-2 days/week) in the future.

Why Join Us:

The Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes (BDC) is the largest diabetes institute in the world specializing in type 1 diabetes research and care for children and adults. Over 235 clinicians, clinical researchers, basic biomedical scientists and supporting staff work at the BDC to find the most effective treatment, prevention, and cure for type 1 diabetes. The Center provides state-of-the-art diabetes care to over 7,500 children and adults with diabetes, as well as inpatient care at the Children’s Hospital Colorado.

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition benefits, ECO pass, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays and more. To see what benefits are available, please visit: .

Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:

Senior Level:
  • A bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, public administration, higher education administration, social sciences, behavioral sciences or a directly related field from an accredited institution.
  • Two years (2) of experience working in human resources.
Principal Level:
  • A bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, public administration, higher education administration, social sciences, behavioral sciences or a directly related field from an accredited institution.
  • Three years (3) of experience working in human resources.
    • A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Masters degree in human resources, public administration, business, higher education administration, or a directly related field from an accredited institution.
  • Experience working with Peoplesoft Human Capital Management, CU Careers, PRiSM

  • Experience working in human resources in a higher education or healthcare setting.

  • Experience working with accounting and financial data effectively analyzing as well as identifying variances.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Strong independent judgement and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, and evaluate a broad range of laws, rules, and regulations in order to exercise good judgment in applying them to human resource challenges.
  • Knowledge of the professional standards, concepts, and practices of recruitment, organizational development and human resource policy.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally, including public speaking.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Thorough knowledge of current management and leadership methods and best practices.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement and coordinate complex human resource activities.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information and documents and maintain strict confidentiality in all HR matters.
How to Apply:

For full consideration, please submit the following document(s):

1. A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position

2. Curriculum vitae / Resume

3. Three to five professional references, including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate), and email address

Questions should be directed to:

Screening of Applications Begins:

Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by June 20th, 2024. Those who do not apply by this date may or may not be considered.

Anticipated Pay Range:

The starting salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established as:

Senior Level: $51,368- $65,340

Principal Level: $59,073- $75,141

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. This position may be eligible for overtime compensation, depending on the level.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

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ADA Statement:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at ​.

Background Check Statement:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Vaccination Statement:

CU Anschutz strongly encourages vaccination against the COVID-19 virus and other vaccine preventable diseases . If you work, visit, or volunteer in healthcare facilities or clinics operated by our affiliated hospital or clinical partners or by CU Anschutz, you will be required to comply with the vaccination and medical surveillance policies of the facilities or clinics where you work, visit, or volunteer, respectively. In addition, if you work in certain research areas or perform certain safety sensitive job duties, you must enroll in the occupational health medical surveillance program .

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