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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: D0033 / HR Projects Specialist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 14

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Manages and participates in the establishment and support of assigned projects and initiatives for the University's Human Resources Department. Evaluates projects for conformance to the overall goals and objectives of the Department and the University. Develops and implements operational support programs, as applicable to the overall objectives of the department.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides leadership in the planning and implementation of various University-wide programs and initiatives for the Division, to include meetings, symposia, and special events; works to integrate planning efforts with the University's strategic plan.
  2. Prepares and disseminates communications on Human Resources accomplishments to the University community and external audiences.
  3. Composes, writes, edits, and/or reviews HR Divisional communications intended for internal or external publication; provides guidance and leadership in the development and implementation of high-profile communications programs for the Division.
  4. Researches, evaluates, and interprets trends and emerging human resources issues within higher education and the community at large that have potential impact on the University; develops reports, discussions, projections, and strategic recommendations in response.
  5. Coordinates the development and implementation of programs, special projects, research studies, and other unit initiatives.
  6. Participates in the development, coordination, and implementation of changes and/or improvements in fiscal, human resources, and/or other management systems and procedures for the department.
  7. Participates in development, implementation and maintenance of policies, objectives, short-and long-range planning; develops and implements projects and programs to assist in accomplishment of established goals.
  8. Oversees, advises, and assists in the coordination, development, and preparation of various institutional grants and/or other fundraising proposals in support of unit programs.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of effective mass communication principles, processes, media, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in technologies, techniques, issues, and approaches in area of expertise.
  • Advanced analytical, evaluative, and objective critical thinking skills and the ability to effectively summarize and present information.
  • Program planning and implementation skills.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Excellent written, oral, and electronic communication skills.
  • Knowledge of grant funding policies and procedures and applicable local, state, federal and university regulations.
  • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and community relations skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community.
  • Ability to establish and implement cohesive communication, marketing, and public relations strategies and plans on an institutional basis.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017