HR Generalist

JOB TITLE: HR Generalist

DEPARTMENT: Human Resources

REPORTS TO: Associate VP of Human Resources (AVP-HR)

This position is an integral role within the Human Resources team. The HR Generalist works closely with the AVP-HR. The HR Generalist is responsible to provide HR expertise, guidance and support, on a professional level, to all staff and faculty ensuring compliance with University of the Arts policies and federal, state and local employment laws. Facilitates effective HR solutions to achieve desired business results. Supervises two HR Coordinators. This position is a full-time, exempt, 52 weeks/year position.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manages HR Front Office Operations. Ensures an effective operating model so that all staff and faculty HR needs are met in a timely, accurate and productive manner.
  • Supervises two (2) HR Coordinators. Coaches and trains in prioritizing work, how tactical tasks relates to strategic goals of the University and the department. Reviews all work. Gives regular feedback on performance not just during performance review period. Completes and conducts performance reviews in a timely manner. Backs up HR Coordinator during paid time off.
  • Partners with AVP-HR, in development, implementation and maintenance of various HR training programs including but not limited to On-Boarding, Job Description development and New Hire Orientation.
  • Coordinates and administers Job Description Program by reviewing position descriptions and job content questionnaires to confirm all are written according to the University’s program requirements and employment law.
  • Ensures all job posting advertisements are consistent and compliant with Title IX, Clery Act and ADA requirements.
  • Reviews all HR employee change forms as well as offer/change letters to ensure completeness and accuracy based on policy prior to submission to AVP HR for processing.
  • Certifies and maintains University of the Arts and HR's compliance with federal, state and city employment laws. Manages ACT 153 compliance and ensures new hires and renewals are completed according to law (FLSA, ACT 153, ADA).
  • Administers Compensation Program, which includes analyzing compensation data, benchmarking positions for external and internal equity, and performing Fair Labor Standards Act exemption testing.
  • Builds effective relationships will all levels of staff and faculty.
  • Partners with AVP-HR in development and implementation of HR policies and procedures.
  • Compiles, analyzes and creates quarterly summary report of HR Metrics. Based on results, partners with AVP-HR in developing and maintaining Talent Management programs such as Employee Engagement, Career-Pathing. Performance Management, etc.
  • Assists HRIS Assistant with regard to unemployment claim filings. May attend Unemployment Compensation hearings as needed.
  • Assists Benefits Manager with the coordination of the Leave of Absence Program and is responsible to verify compliance with leave laws and the University’s policies. Assists Benefit Manager with open enrollment activities and new faculty orientation.
  • Manages first level employee relations issues.
  • Manages Worker’s Compensation program with timely and accurate reporting while ensuring compliance with WC laws.
  • Participates in the planning and implementation of HR initiatives that will impact the University of the Arts as a whole.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions. Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources


  • 5 years’ experience in a Human Resources function as a Generalist
  • 2 years’ supervisory experience
  • PHR or SHRM-CP certification preferred
  • Project management experience helpful

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent supervisory skills
  • Working knowledge and well versed in employment laws (federal, state, local)
  • Ability to maintains confidentiality and discretion
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills; high degree of emotional intelligence
  • Proficient in both oral and written communications
  • Understanding of sound ethical conduct both in and out of the workplace
  • Excellent critical thinking skills, problem analysis and solving
  • Excellent time management, planning & organizational skills; detail oriented
  • Exercises sound independent judgment and thinks strategically
  • Readily adapts to changing priorities
  • Exhibits customer-centric attitude, professional attitude and appearance
  • Proactive and a team player
  • Computer literate in Microsoft Office as well as various HR systems
  • Knowledge of Google platform helpful but not required

About The University:

University of the Arts’ mission is simple: to advance human creativity. Established in 1876, UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society and has educated generations of groundbreaking artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for more than 141 years. After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors, 15 graduate programs and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Center for Immersive Media, Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. Learn more about UArts.

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