Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: D1002 / Compensation Specialist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

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.


Within the Division of Human Resources, provides professional guidance, coordination, and support in the effective and consistent application of staff job classification and compensation administration policies and practices. Administers and maintains various compensation-related data management systems, and coordinates and facilitates implementation of corporate-level compensation programs and initiatives. Provides advice, training, and support to Human Resources Consultants and the University community, as appropriate, in the application of compensation management principles, guidelines, procedures, and best practices.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides training and instruction to Human Resources generalists as appropriate in the day-to-day application of compensation programs, policies, and procedures.
  2. Collaborates with Human Resources Consultants in the analysis and review of job classification and reclassification requests; quality controls the job classification process for both existing positions and newly created positions, performing job audits as appropriate.
  3. Researches and analyzes competitive compensation practices in the job market; contributes to established compensation surveys and/or develops and implements custom surveys as appropriate.
  4. Develops and writes job descriptions to accurately describe job content, utilizing specialized, relational database job description software.
  5. Maintains and updates compensation databases and the job description web site; consults with HR systems analysts regarding problems with programming and data integrity, and makes recommendations for system enhancements.
  6. Reviews and oversees the career ladder process among assigned constituencies to ensure overall consistency and appropriateness of application, and compliance with established policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  7. Assists and collaborates, as appropriate, in the planning, coordination, facilitation, administration, and reporting of the annual salary review program for regular staff employees.
  8. Acts as a primary point of contact and consultation for Human Resources Consultants and the University community, as appropriate, on job classification and reclassification and associated compensation issues.
  9. Works with Human Resources Consultants as appropriate to assist client management with organizational structure development, job design, and related issues.
  10. Assists in the development, writing, editing, and modification of operating policies, guidelines, and procedures, as appropriate.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 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

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Ability to gather and analyze statistical data and generate reports.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of customer service standards and procedures.
  • Database management skills.
  • Skill in analyzing and evaluating job content and writing accurate job descriptions.
  • Ability to provide on-the-job and technical guidance and training to staff.
  • Knowledge of statistical sampling and survey methodology.
  • Ability to interpret, adapt, and apply guidelines and procedures.
  • Knowledge of organization structure, staffing patterns, and job design.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, and administer complex administrative systems and processes.
  • Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues.
  • Knowledge of job analysis and job evaluation principles, methods, and procedures.
  • Skill in developing policy and procedure documentation.
  • Ability to devise, design, and implement customized compensation surveys.
  • Knowledge of compensation administration principles and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of computerized applications and procedures as applied to compensation management.
  • Knowledge of career development and career laddering concepts, principles, and processes.
  • Knowledge of federal and state wage and salary laws and regulations.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) use of expertise in job analysis and job evaluation and knowledge of organization structure to audit and classify staff positions at all levels; b) designing, conducting, analyzing, and reporting on compensation surveys; c) statistical data entry and analysis using relational databases and other statistical software; d) interaction and advisement on sensitive issues with faculty and staff at all levels of the organization; e) preparation of accurate job descriptions for multiple uses; f) participation in the development and delivery of presentations and training programs

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.

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: 05/22/2022