|Job Description :
Department Physics and Astronomy-319000
Career Area Human Resources
Is this an internal only recruitment? No
Posting Open Date 12/09/2021
Application Deadline 03/25/2022
Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Position Title Human Resources Specialist – Advanced
Salary Grade Equivalent GN11
Working Title Department Human Resources Leader
Position Number 00003718
Vacancy ID P014059
Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Permanent
If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment
Hours per week 40
Monday through Friday
8am – 5pm
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range $51,645 – $55,758
Pay Band Information
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Position Summary Information
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
Our primary mission is providing instruction of the highest quality in physics and astronomy to undergraduate and graduate students at UNC-CH. Training in physics is fundamental among the natural sciences because it provides understanding of the forces governing the structure of matter, from subatomic particles to the large-scale structure of the universe.
Our departmental instructional mission spans all segments of the student community. Over 60% of all college graduates from UNC-CH have taken a course in our department. Among them: undergraduate liberal arts majors who should master the power of quantitative reasoning; undergraduates seeking a degree in another of the natural sciences, who need physics as a foundation for their advanced scientific training; the small number of undergraduates who major in physics, to whom we provide broad and rigorous training. Our graduate education and research advances frontiers of knowledge at the two extremes of space and time, from the very small) the realm of particle physics) to the very large (the realm of astronomy, while expanding the boundaries of knowledge in the many subfields spanning length scales between. Forefront physics and astronomy research requires access to well-equipped laboratories and extensive computing capabilities; it also must be supported by comprehensive and accessible library collections. Again, in research at this advanced level, the bridging aspect of physics provides basic interdisciplinary insight for many other sciences.
Applied Physical Sciences lives in the collaborative space between science and engineering, combining knowledge and discovery with an engineering mindset, team-based science, and entrepreneurship to address real-world problems. Organized around ‘Ideas to Impacts,’ the Department will unite with campus themes in health, water and energy to help Carolina continue to be a leader in science innovation and the application of knowledge.
Drawing on the talents of faculty and researchers across the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, one of the highest rated educational institutions in the country, as well as those of individuals at other universities and research institutions in the Triangle, the Department of Applied Physical Sciences is on the cutting edge of the research and development, creating materials, methodologies, and solutions that will have worldwide impact for decades to come.
The Department of Applied Physical Sciences educates the next generation of groundbreaking and entrepreneurial scientists in its nationally ranked Material Sciences graduate program. In the future, the Department will extend this training to a new Applied Sciences undergraduate major that embraces and leverages the Carolina culture in the liberal arts and innovation.
This instructional mission is supported by a strong managerial, administrative, and technical staff. Duties of these employees range from budget planning and management for the numerous research grants held by faculty in the department to maintaining course and student records. These activities are usually accomplished in a standard 40- hour week schedule.
The Department Human Resources Leader is responsible for managing all personnel administrative activity in the departments. Within the Department of Physics & Astronomy, this position serves with the Department Chair, the Assistant Chairs, and the Department Manager as a member of the informal departmental Executive Committee. This group considers all issues which need attention to make the department and its educational programs run smoothly. The Department Human Resources Leader is expected to bring to this group informed opinion and advice about management of human resources matters for all departmental personnel. This includes ~209 employees on payroll: 38 permanent EHRA faculty consisting of tenured and tenure-track faculty and fixed-term faculty, 8 EHRA visiting or research faculty, 26 SHRA employees, 13 EHRA Non-Faculty employees, 24 postdocs, 114 graduate students, 16 affiliated graduate students, 33 undergraduate assistants. In addition, there are several adjunct and emeritus faculty who maintain their affiliation with the departments. Personnel administration requires careful oversight of personnel budgets, consideration of payroll alternatives, payroll eligibility, appointment periods, employee records, biweekly and monthly payrolls, and employee reclassification or promotions. The Department Human Resources Leader’s responsibilities also include direct supervision of departmental staff who support the faculty and the department by providing administrative support for academic and research affairs, managing travel administration, administering and coordinating the graduate admissions process, and billing for departmental accounts.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s degree; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
The ideal candidate must be systems-oriented, with good Excel skills to create and manage spreadsheet records. This individual will possess excellent multitasking skills and the ability to prioritize and work under deadline pressure. A high level of accuracy and attention to detail is also required. This position requires an individual with excellent problem-solving skills, organizational skills, ability to exercise excellent judgment, the ability to work independently and to make sound decisions in the absence of formal guidelines. This person should be resourceful. Must possess the ability to interpret, apply, and communicate multiple policies and procedures. Because so many of the duties of this position involve constant interaction with others, an extremely high value is placed on verbal communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a collaborative team environment. Excellent written communication skills are required to manage an extremely heavy volume of email and written correspondence. Management of time-critical information requires punctual communication between all parties. Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel) proficiency is required. Occasional evening and overtime work may be required.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Experience in University Human Resources Management and Student Services Administration is highly desirable. Preference for candidates with two or more years of supervisory experience. Prefer individuals familiar with University systems, policies, and procedures. Experience with PeopleSoft, PeopleAdmin and GradStar is highly preferred. Prefer candidate with the ability to record, compile, summarize and perform basic analysis of narrative and numerical materials.
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities
Position/Schedule Requirements Evening work occasionally, Overtime occasionally, Weekend work occasionally
Please note that a resume, cover letter, and list of references are required when applying to this position.
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