Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: D7045 / Mgr,HR Compensation
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16
HR Review/Approval:COMP

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, manages and oversees all strategic compensation functions related to the University's staff employees, ensuring that all services and programs support the University's mission, values, and objectives, and that they remain compliant with all relevant laws, regulations, and quality standards. Establishes and promotes effective compensation policies and processes for all University staff. Oversees the introduction or modification of staff compensation initiatives that are responsive to both immediate client needs and the long-term best interests of the institution.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides direction and leadership to Human Resources consultants and representatives, and the University community in the implementation of staff compensation policies, strategies, programs, and practices.
  2. Develops and promotes institutional compensation philosophies, strategies, and methodologies with respect to staff employee compensation, ensuring consistency with the University's overall mission, goals, and strategic plans.
  3. Provides direction and oversight in the development and modification of institutional compensation policies, guidelines, strategies, and processes for staff employees.
  4. Reviews individual staff compensation practices across all campus units to ensure compliance with University policies, Federal and State regulations, and best practices.
  5. Directs and oversees the supervision of personnel, which includes work allocation, training, promotion, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.
  6. Designs, implements, and promotes compensation strategies, initiatives, programs, and services that are responsive to the needs, goals, and objectives of the University, to include strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures.
  7. Manages and coordinates all day-to-day activities of the Compensation Department.
  8. Continually monitors the market competitiveness of current staff compensation practices; regularly reviews and evaluates the various institutional staff salary plans, and prepares comprehensive, costed recommendations for adjustments and modifications, as appropriate.
  9. Coordinates and provides strategic leadership in the design, development, and implementation of major organizational classification/compensation studies with institutional impact, ensuring that these studies effectively support the overall class/comp objectives and plans of the institution.
  10. Represents the organization at various community and/or business meetings, committees, and task forces; promotes existing and new programs and/or policies.
  11. Participates in the development and implementation of operating budgets, systems, and procedures for the operating unit; participates in overall organizational decision making as a member of the Divisional management team.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 7 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

  • Advanced knowledge of human resources management as applied to a major, research-intensive higher educational institution.
  • Strategic planning skills, and ability to apply strategic concepts in the development of successful Human Resource solutions.
  • Advanced analytical, evaluative, and objective critical thinking skills and the ability to effectively summarize and present information.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Excel and Word software.
  • Strong spread sheeting, data management, and reporting skills.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of all State and Federal laws and regulations applicable to area of oversight.
  • Working knowledge of integrated enterprise resource planning systems.
  • Program planning, development, implementation, and leadership skills.
  • Skill in examining and evaluating operations and developing and/or re-engineering operating strategies, systems, and procedures.
  • Demonstrated organizational and management skills.
  • Excellent written, oral, and electronic communication skills.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.

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