Human Resources Generalist

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 460300 - Human Resources Management
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Provides guidance to managers and employees based on one or more of the following areas: Talent Management, Total Rewards, Performance Management, Employee Relations, Learning and Organizational Development, and Compliance. Provides support for external programs including workers compensation, drug testing, background screening, Employee Assistance Program, and the EthicsPoint reporting system.

Salary Grade:  15

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provides guidance to managers and employees for a variety of Human Resources issues in one or more of the following areas: Talent Management, Total Rewards, Performance Management, Employee Relations, Learning and Organizational Development, and Compliance.
2. Provides guidance based on interpretation of University and IHL Board policies and procedures as well as applicable State and Federal laws related to human resources.
3. Reviews and analyzes data to recommend best practices.
4. Consults with management to address current and future hiring needs.
5. Consults with management to assess organizational structures, develop new and modify existing job descriptions, and provide staffing recommendations.
6. Consults with management and employees to facilitate resolution of work-related issues.
7. Provides advice to management for employee relations issues and recommends a course of action based on written policy and procedures .
8. Documents advice and resolutions regarding employee relations, performance management, and employee discipline. Researches, identifies, and analyzes specific employee relations concerns and makes appropriate recommendations to management.
9. Supports the Talent Management System by consulting with hiring managers in the planning, approval, and implementation of recruitment strategies. Provides support related to posting positions, advertising positions, applicant tracking and screening, and candidate selection.
10. Acts as a liaison for Learning and Organizational Development programs; may create and conduct training sessions.
12. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management, Business, or other related discipline
Experience: Three years' experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities

Additional higher education may be considered in lieu of work experience for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Master’s degree in Human Resources Management, Business, or other related discipline
• Human Resources experience in higher education
• PHR/SPHR Certification

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Demonstrated critical thinking and analytical skills
2. Superior verbal and written communication skills
3. Excellent interpersonal skills and effectiveness as a team player
4. Ability to effectively present to groups
5. Demonstrated commitment to foster a diverse and inclusive community.
6. Ability to effectively manage multiple projects.
7. Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Power Point
8. Working knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations, and policies related to human resources, including employment, immigration/work authorization, equal opportunity/affirmative action, and other relevant government agency compliance requirements.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

No unusual physical requirements. Requires no heavy lifting, and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
Externally imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; travel or irregular hours often anticipated; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position; involves conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis
Job frequently requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands
Job requires standing, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, and lifting up to 10 pounds

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applicants must apply online and attach a cover letter and resume that includes the complete contact information for three references.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

What do I do if I need an accommodation?

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Mississippi State University, please contact the Department of Human Resources Management at tel: (662) 325-3713 or

If you have any questions regarding this policy, contact the Department of Human Resources Management at (662) 325-3713 or Upon request, sections of this job listing are available in large print, and readers are available to assist the visually impaired.

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