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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: D1015 / Human Resources Consultant
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.


Provides generalist human resources support and counsel to assigned departments and/or operating units within the University community. Provides advice and assistance to client constituents on staff policies, regulations, and procedures regarding equal opportunity/affirmative action employment, recruitment and hiring options, compensation, performance management and disciplinary procedures, employee benefits, and training. Provides consultative direction to constituents on best HR practices in specific situations, and coordinates and facilitates timely response to constituent needs, as appropriate.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Serves as initial point of consultation, problem resolution, and facilitation in the areas of employee relations, performance management, and employee discipline; advises both employees and management regarding employee relations policies, procedures, and documentation; researches, identifies, and analyzes specific employee relations concerns and makes appropriate recommendations to client management.
  2. Provides a range of generalist support and problem resolution to an assigned client group including, but not limited to, implementation of FMLA and catastrophic leave policies, compliance with ADA, FLSA, and other related regulations and internal policies.
  3. May provide advice and problem resolution to client employees on employee benefits issues; reviews and refers policy questions to Benefits Specialists, as appropriate.
  4. Consults and advises hiring officials in the planning, approval, and implementation of staffing projections, recruitment strategies, utilization goals, posting/advertising, screening and applicant pool development, requisition/applicant tracking, and selection support; assists with and facilitates the design of proactive staffing plans.
  5. Conducts periodic audits of various HR processes to ensure adherence to policies and procedures. Reports findings and makes recommendations for corrective actions as appropriate.
  6. Undertakes research into operating policy and procedure issues and participates as appropriate in the development or revision of operating policy and procedures; analyzes and prepares recommendations to management on specific policy-related issues, as appropriate.
  7. Consults with client constituencies regarding application of all aspects of staff issues, staff compensation policies, benefits guidelines and procedures; works with constituents to resolve human resources issues within policy parameters; reviews and refers policy variations to appropriate department for adjudication.
  8. Develops, designs, and presents in-service and general training to client representatives with regards to general and specific human resources policies, procedures, and documentation.
  9. Monitors, verifies, and authorizes routine personnel actions and requests pertaining to existing employees and new hires, in accordance with established policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  10. 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 make administrative and procedural decisions and judgements on sensitive, confidential issues.
  • Knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations, and public sector employment policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of UNM HR guidelines, principles and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze complex data, define and solve problems.
  • Ability to prepare and present training programs and materials.

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