Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: D8017 / Dir,HR Services
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 17
HR Review/Approval:COMP

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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 strategic direction and leadership to multiple functions within the university's Human Resources Division. Plans and implements strategic initiatives ensuring maximum efficiency, cost-effectiveness, compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies, and consistency with the university's overall mission, goals and objectives. Oversees and coordinates the activities of a diverse team of professionals, technical and support staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides direction and leadership to assigned functional units within the HR division.
  2. Provides strategic guidance and consultation to university constituents regarding Human Resources best practices, policy interpretation, problem resolution, and compliance with university regulations and state and federal law.
  3. Anticipates, establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures.
  4. Designs, implements, and evaluates programs, services, and initiatives that are responsive to the needs, goals, and objectives of the university, to include strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures.
  5. Monitors assigned functional units efficiency; develops reporting procedures and other methods to establish service accountability and measure success; revises processes and procedures to reflect current approaches to human resource management and to improve effectiveness.
  6. 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.
  7. Develops and implements operating budgets, systems, and procedures for the unit(s) of oversight.
  8. Oversees and coordinates various initiatives with other university areas to achieve diversity goals and to maintain nondiscriminatory Human Resources practices.
  9. Ensures that the development and execution of policies governing Human Resources practices are in compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations.
  10. Represents the organization at various community and/or business meetings, committees, and task forces; promotes existing and new programs and/or policies.
  11. 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

  • Knowledge of contemporary principles of human resource management and public personnel practices.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Knowledge of equal opportunity and affirmative action programs.
  • Knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations, and public sector employment policies and procedures.
  • Skill in developing policy and procedure documentation.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Ability to supervise and train assigned staff including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and customer service orientation.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of human resources management principles, practices, and standards, as applied to public institutions.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze, summarize, and effectively present data.
  • Skill in examining and evaluating operations and developing and/or re-engineering operating strategies, systems, and procedures.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of people.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • 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