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HR Senior Consultant

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applicants must include a resume, cover letter, and contact information for at least three (3) professional references with the online application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets the required qualifications and additional requirements.

Posting Details

Position Details

Employee Type AP-Administrative Professional
University Title Human Resource Administrator - Area/College
Working Title HR Senior Consultant
College/Area Presidential Units
Department Human Resource Services
Department Link

Human Resource Services

Position Number 100066
Hiring Unit Employment Services
Work Location Spokane
Zip Code 99210
This position is in a Bargaining Unit No
Summary of Duties

The HR Senior Consultant is a professional administrative position providing leadership and management in the effective delivery of human resource (HR) services and programs to assigned university areas/colleges. As a Senior Business Partner, this position formulates partnerships across the HR function to deliver value added service to management and employees which reflect the business objectives of the university.

This position serves as a consultant to senior leadership and management on HR related issues and communicates needs proactively to successfully develop integrated solutions. This position collaborates with HR subject matter experts across the university.

This position is part of WSU Pullman Human Resource Services with the primary work locations assigned to the WSU Spokane Campus. This position will travel to the WSU Pullman campus and university locations throughout the state of Washington one to three times per month.

Key Responsibilities include but is not limited to:
• Seeking to advance the relationships between Human Resources Services and areas/colleges to facilitate the success of the University’s mission and goals consistent with federal and state laws, university policies/procedures and HR best practices
• Serving as a consultant and advises areas/colleges, senior leadership and management regarding all HR related matters, including recruitment, classification, compensation, employee relations, and laws, policies and procedures.
• Guiding and coaching senior leadership in facilitating solutions for complex employee relations issues by discussing options and possible impacts.
• Leading HR staff in classification/compensation. Providing constructive feedback regarding proposed allocation decisions. Assisting in evaluating classification/compensation impacts to organization structure within the unit, as well as, university-wide impacts.
• Overseeing and managing the recruitment process for assigned areas/college working closely with department managers and supervisors.
• Overseeing the supervision of HR staff, which includes work allocation, training, corrective action and problem resolution.

Additional Information

The Department
The Office of Human Resource Services provides a variety of support to our faculty and staff across the university system.

Human Resource Services is staffed by professionals to support key areas including:
Administrative Services, Employment Services, Disability Services, Benefits, Records and Compliance, Position Control, Training and Development, and Labor Relations.

The University
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.

The City
Spokane is the second largest city in Washington State and the largest city between Seattle and Minneapolis. Complete with a rich cultural scene, historic neighborhoods, urban appeal, and easy access to four-season outdoor recreation, Spokane supplies a high quality of life for the nearly half million residents who live in the region.

Benefits Package
Competitive Benefits available, more details here or at .

Appointment Status Permanent
Job Appointment (FTE%)


Position Term in Months 12
Monthly Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Position Qualifications

Required Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and six (6) years of progressively responsible relevant experience. A Master’s degree in a related field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience.

Additional Requirements

Progressively responsible experience in any or all of the following human resources administration, strategic human resource planning organizational and employee development, employee relations, performance management, classification/compensation, and supporting a diverse workforce; including two (2) years of managerial experience.

Ability to travel to the WSU Pullman campus and university locations throughout the state of Washington is required (approximately 1-3 times per month).

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated ability to successfully prepare and present policy interpretations and investigation findings and conclusions.

PHR/SPHR, SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP or similar professional HR certification.

Human Resource experience in a higher education setting.

Will this position require a background check? This position has been designated by the department to require a background check

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 09/07/2017
Close Date 09/24/2017
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must include a resume, cover letter, and contact information for at least three (3) professional references with the online application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets the required qualifications and additional requirements.

EEO Statement

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

Posting Number 20133686P

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The classification requirements for this position are a Bachelor’s degree in business, human resources, or related area AND four (4) years of demonstrated knowledge of general human resource practices. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. Do you meet these classification requirements?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have the ability to travel?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • WSU Website
    • Personal Contact/Referral
    • Career Fair
    • Professional Journal/Association
    • Newspaper
    • Radio
    • Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • State of Washington WorkSource
    • Workplace Diversity
    • Facebook
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Other