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Human Resources Consultant (Human Resource Generalist)

Penn State University Altoona, Pennsylvania
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March 27, 2023
Penn State University
Altoona, Pennsylvania


The Pennsylvania State University at Altoona is seeking a Human Resources Generalist to coordinate HR programs and activities , provide advice and guidance to supervisors and managers regarding HR policies, practices, and procedures, participate in the implementation of University-wide initiatives, and act as a liaison between HR functional groups and unit leadership. The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • Initiate and/or respond to inquiries concerning non-routine and unusual human resources issues (e.g., performance deficiencies, employee relations issues, and job evaluations)

  • Provide guidance to employees and management on human resources policies and procedures

  • Interpret policies and procedures and investigate complex issues, obtaining information from higher-level human resources staff and/or referring as appropriate

  • Coordinate human resources functions within unit such as performance evaluation, staffing, salary increases, training, etc.

  • Provide guidance to management on staffing process including providing direction to search committee, developing appropriate interview questions, identifying appropriate candidate evaluation methodology, and finalizing offers

  • Coordinate and approve human resources/payroll transactions; coordinate work of support staff as it relates to completing forms and meeting deadlines

  • Review human resources laws, regulations, policies for compliance within unit

  • Assist with the development of unit-specific human resources policies, procedures, and programs

  • Query databases and/or review data provided by support staff, analyze data and prepare reports and proposals

  • Investigate and resolve moderately complex issues and employee concerns

  • Act as liaison between employees or departments and the main office of Penn State Human Resources

  • Recommend process improvements (e.g., streamline procedures, realign workloads, eliminate outdated programs, etc.)

  • Promote diversity through specific human resources programs such as recruitment and employment activities

As a member of Penn State Human Resources, you will be joining a team of individuals who have the ambition to help Penn State succeed. Workforce diversity, cultural inclusiveness, and employment equity are deeply rooted in Penn State s historic to our success. Just as we are committed to a diverse educational environment, we are also committed to a diverse working community. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

This position typically requires a n Bachelor s d egree or higher plus 4 year s of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

This is a limited-term appointment for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of refunding.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here .

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.


Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

Penn State Covid-19 Vaccination or Testing Requirements

Penn State is committed to the health of our local and global communities. As a condition of employment, all employees are required to comply with COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements. Click on Penn State Covid-19 Vaccination or Testing Requirements to learn about the requirements as well as general COVID-19 information at Penn State.

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