Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: D4007 / Sr Faculty Affairs Conslt/SOM
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.


Provides and/or oversees provision of faculty-related human resource practice consultation, guidance, and support to constituent departments within the University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. Provides integrated, strategic guidance and leadership to client constituents on faculty affairs policies, regulations, and processes, to include equal opportunity/affirmative action employment, recruitment and hiring options, contract administration, compensation, promotions and tenure, disciplinary procedures, employee benefits, and training. Coordinates consultation and response on best practices in specific situations, as appropriate. Supervises and coordinates the day-to-day activities of lower level consultants and/or technical staff, as appropriate.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Serves as consultant and subject matter expert to senior HSC management and administration on all issues related to tenure and promotion, faculty contracts, compensation, and payroll.
  2. Provides leadership and direct collaboration with senior departmental faculty and administration to resolve day-to-day problems associated with faculty hiring, faculty contracts, letters of academic titles, paid and unpaid leave, promotions, sabbatical leave requests, and tenure decisions.
  3. Advises and collaborates with SOM faculty and administration to ensure that all aspects of faculty-related human resources practices are in compliance with established University policies, procedures, and guidelines, as well as all Federal and State laws and medical regulations.
  4. Monitors and oversees the day-to-day process activities of lower level Consultants and/or technical staff as assigned; provides internal orientation, consultation, and training as appropriate in the application of processes and procedures and in compliance with established service guarantees and best practices.
  5. Provides, coordinates, or oversees the delivery of in-service and general training to client faculty and staff with regards to human resources policies and best practices; develops and delivers curriculum as appropriate.
  6. Provides guidance and consultation for faculty searches conducted by the HSC to ensure compliance with all relevant regulations, policies, and procedural guidelines, as well as all State and Federal EEO/AA laws and regulations.
  7. Works with constituent leadership in the establishment of job classifications, salary levels, total compensation, and benefits for faculty; provides consultation to leadership on the application of faculty compensation and benefits policies and the resolution of compensation issues within policy parameters.
  8. Participates in the planning and promotion of faculty benefits programs; provides information and guidance to faculty on benefits issues and serves as advocate and liaison to UNM Human Resources on individual benefits issues.
  9. Assists in the handling and administration of legal issues pertaining to faculty within the HSC.
  10. Participates in the development, implementation, and/or enhancement of Human Resources information and records management systems for faculty; maintains all in-house faculty databases for the SOM and generates and/or monitors reports.
  11. Participates in the planning, development, and implementation of operating policies, processes, systems, and communication programs related to SOM faculty affairs.
  12. Assists with the development and management of annual operating budgets for the unit.
  13. Oversees operational and administrative matters for the unit in the absence of the unit principal, as assigned.
  14. 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

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
  • Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.
  • Knowledge of faculty governance issues and processes.
  • Ability to process computer data and to format and generate reports.
  • Knowledge and understanding of faculty recruitment and hiring principles, procedures, and standards.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and critical thinking skills gained within a complex, demanding work environment.
  • Conflict resolution and/or mediation skills.
  • Integrated knowledge and understanding of human resources concepts, practices, systems, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of computerized information systems used in human resources applications.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and institutional practices specific to the human resources management of medical school faculty.
  • Technical leadership skills within area of expertise.
  • Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues.
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control procedures.
  • Knowledge of medical faculty compensation administration principles and practices.
  • Ability to provide professional advice and consultation to practitioners in areas of expertise.
  • Administrative planning skills.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Basic working knowledge of integrated HR/payroll planning and management systems, such as SCT Banner.
  • Ability to provide leadership and direction to staff in the field.

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