Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: D1015 / HR Consultant
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13
HR Review/Approval:RVIEW

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 expertise on a broad range of human resource (HR) management concerns. Serves as a first point-of-contact for client departments regarding day-to-day HR-related questions, needs, and problem resolution. Provides advice and connects departments to resources, services, and information. Maintains knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and University policies, processes and resources.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides expertise on a broad and comprehensive range of human resources activities, including recruitment, compensation, performance management, talent development, employment transactions, policy compliance, and other related HR functional areas.
  2. Serves as a first point-of-contact for departments regarding HR concerns, needs and issues; evaluates situations, navigates and directs departments to the various resources available; partners with HR specialty areas across the Division of Human Resources to address organizational needs.
  3. Provides advice to management regarding adherence to applicable federal, state, and local laws, as well as UNM policies and procedures; identifies innovative solutions and options to address complex human resource management issues.
  4. Assists departments, as needed, in identifying opportunities to enhance departmental operations, policies, and procedures.
  5. Approves personnel actions, including performance improvement documentation, contemplated and final action documentation, compensation and classification changes, personnel transactions, and other related HR transactions.
  6. Conducts general needs analyses and provides recommendations to management regarding opportunities for improvement; develops and delivers routine training, as needed.
  7. Maintains knowledge of University policies, processes and resources, as well as applicable federal, state, and local laws.
  8. Assists with projects to improve the quality of HR consulting services provided to University departments
  9. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  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 judgments 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 develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Strong critical thinking skills; ability to synthesize and interpret complex issues and to create integrated solutions and recommendations.
  • Ability to perform research and prepare reports and summaries based on research data.
  • Knowledge of human resources administration principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of compensation administration principles and procedures.
  • Knowledge of equal opportunity and affirmative action requirements as related to public sector human resources procedures.
  • Knowledge of public sector recruitment procedures, and automated applicant tracking systems and processes.
  • Knowledge of FMLA and catastrophic leave policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Knowledge of ADA, FLSA, and other employment legislation and regulations.
  • Knowledge of staff employee benefits laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and documentation.
  • Knowledge of labor relations principles and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of HR transactions and procedures to enable review of accuracy and completeness of documents submitted.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Consultation to University departments on a broad and comprehensive range of HR matters: b) Problem resolution regarding day-to-day HR issues and concerns; c) Application of general knowledge of HR management policies, practices, and principles.

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