Search for University Jobs in Staff & Non-Managerial Professionals

Job ID: 130565

HR GENERALIST 2 (7595U) - ERSO - 1660
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 3, 2019
Title HR GENERALIST 2 (7595U) - ERSO - 1660
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Human Resources

HR GENERALIST 2 (7595U) - ERSO - 1660

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 9/25/19

Departmental Overview

ERSO functions as a central hub, providing administrative support to the College of Environmental Design; and administrative and research support to the School of Information and the College of Engineering and its affiliated research centers.

ERSO delivers effective and efficient services, allowing faculty to focus on developing UC Berkeley's academic and research enterprise rather than managing administration. We maintain a customer-oriented operation with appropriate levels of faculty and staff oversight to support a culture of expert service and continuous improvement.

The HR Generalist role involves recommending, developing, implementing, administering, coordinating, and/or evaluating Human Resources policies, labor contracts, statutes, programs and procedures covering several of the following: recruitment, compensation, employee relations, labor relations, payroll, benefits, welfare programs, training and development, visa procurement, intercampus transfers, and employee services. Sets work priorities and provides oversight and training to HR staff.


45% Academic Case Management and Recruitment

Applies knowledge of University policies and procedures to counsel department managers, employees and supervisors on employee and labor policies, procedures, and appropriate practices. Advises Faculty and Managers and communicates with foreign appointees regarding visa acquisition. Makes recommendations regarding visa type and timelines. Assists in the preparation of Postdoctoral Scholar academic merit cases and negotiated agreement increases. Processes Visiting Scholar, Postdoctoral Researcher, Visiting Student Researcher appointments.

30% Appointment processing

In collaboration with academic departments, coordinates the hiring of Postdoctoral Scholars, Visiting Scholars, Visiting Student Researchers and several contingent worker titles as needed. Provides support to departments in administering policies and programs in the areas of employment, labor relations, wage and salary administration, training, and other areas of HR. Provide tax guidance to foreign employees using GLACIER tax reporting system. Handle routine issues related to benefits, visas and stipends. Collaborates with payroll services to request late pays, process overpayments and other payroll needs. Initiates and approves transactions in UCPath with attention to accuracy. Runs reports in Cognos and CalAnswers.

20% Onboarding and Benefit Counseling

Provides comprehensive onboarding to new hires, rehires and transfers. Serves as Departmental Benefits Counselor. Applies policy and delivers leave counseling, FMLA/CFRA, COBRA, Workers' Compensation. Monitors employee eligibility in UC benefits/retirement.

5% Special Projects

Prioritizes work assignments, demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills, works collaboratively on assigned projects, provides analysis, and recommendations. Other duties/special projects as needed.

Required Qualifications

This is a full-time (100%), one-year contract position

  • Possesses analytical skills to conduct analysis and develop recommendations, demonstrating organization and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of human resources concepts, policies and procedures, employment practices, labor relations, salary administration, training and other areas of human resources.
  • Skilled in communicating clearly and effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrates skill in prioritizing competing work assignments, employing political acumen and integrating information to determine appropriate courses of action and their implications.
  • Possesses analytical, active listening and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle very difficult or volatile situations/individuals effectively.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Has knowledge of campus policies and procedures; knowledge of functional area and understands how work may impact other areas.
  • Knows UC Berkeley's Human Capital Management System (HCM) and other related business software programs and systems.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

*The hourly salary range designated for this position: $26.53 - $29.00; however, starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

*This is a one-year contract position. Contract positions may be extended based on operational demand. Contract positions are eligible to participate in the health and welfare programs offered by UC Berkeley.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

To apply, visit


Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

Please see the job description for contact details
pertaining to this university job announcement.


Refer this job to a friend or colleague!

New Search | Previous

Looking for a higher education job?