Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: D4015 / HR Consultant,Sr
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 14
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 advanced expertise on a broad range of human resource (HR) management concerns. Serves in a leadership capacity by partnering directly with department managers and administrators to resolve day-to-day, as well as large-scale organizational issues, and/or leading major University-wide HR initiatives, typically associated with areas of compliance. Identifies opportunities to enhance HR management across the department(s) in an effort to support organizational and University goals and objectives. Maintains in-depth knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and University policies, processes and resources.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Supports the University's efforts to provide excellent HR services by partnering with management to evaluate a range of complex and day-to-day situations and/or leading major University-wide HR initiatives.
  2. Provides advanced expertise and leadership on a broad and comprehensive range of human resources activities, including recruitment, compensation, performance management, talent development, employment transactions, policy and regulatory compliance, and other related HR functional areas.
  3. Directs and oversees the day-to-day supervision of assigned personnel, evaluates performance, mentors and provides training. Makes recommendations for personnel action and participates in hiring decisions as appropriate.
  4. Independently navigates and directs department managers and employees to the various resources available; partners with HR specialty areas across the Division of Human Resources to address organizational needs.
  5. Provides in-depth 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.
  6. Identifies opportunities to enhance departmental operations, policies, and procedures; makes recommendations for improvement and implements changes.
  7. Approves personnel actions, including performance improvement documentation, contemplated and final action documentation, compensation and classification changes, personnel transactions, staffing plans, and other related HR transactions.
  8. Conducts proactive and comprehensive organizational needs analyses, which may include data collection, design of proactive staffing plans, training and development assessments, strategic planning, etc.
  9. Maintains in-depth knowledge of University policies, processes and resources, as well as applicable federal, state, and local laws; recommends and participates in the development of University policies and procures and may sit on University planning and policy-making committees.
  10. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  11. 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

  • Ability to supervise and lead lower-level staff.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues.
  • Ability to identify and implement effective solutions to complex human resources issues in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and UNM policies and procedures.
  • 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.
  • Ability to provide effective technical and operational leadership to other professional HR practitioners.
  • Ability to analyze complex information, and to define and solve problems.
  • Ability to provide on-the-job and technical guidance and training to staff.
  • Ability to analyze, develop, establish, and maintain efficient office work flow and administrative processes.
  • Knowledge of human resources administration principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations, and public sector employment policies and procedures.
  • Skill in examining and evaluating business processes and operating procedures and managing procedure/process change.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • 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) Provides support to a University department(s) to include in-depth consultation on broad and comprehensive range of HR matters OR leadership in University-wide HR initiatives; b) Independent problem resolution regarding day-to-day and complex HR issues and concerns; c) Application of advanced knowledge of HR management policies, practices, and principles; d) Proactive evaluation of opportunities to improve organizational processes and implementation of recommended improvements; e) day-to-day supervision of lower-level consulting staff.

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: 05/01/2024