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HR Generalist 2 (7595U) 37262 - Engineering Research Support Office (ERSO)
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 26, 2022
Title HR Generalist 2 (7595U) 37262 - Engineering Research Support Office (ERSO)
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Human Resources

HR Generalist 2 (7595U) 37262 - Engineering Research Support Office (ERSO)

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 acceptance-academic and artistic, political and cultural-make 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

Departmental Overview

The Engineering Research Support Organization (ERSO) is a service region of the Berkeley Regional Services (BRS) that supports 400+ faculty affiliated with 22 campus-wide departments, schools and colleges, organized research units and centers with over $180 million in annual research expenditures including research gifts, and over $9 million in annual administrative operating budget. The total research expenditures administered by the unit represent 25% of campus-wide research expenditure volume. The mission of ERSO is to provide fully integrated and effective administrative services to support and encourage healthy growth in the units it serves and to support the mission of the University. 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 2 role involves 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. The incumbent sets work priorities and provides oversight and training to HR staff.

***Flexible, Hybrid Position***

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 6/22/22 - Open Until Filled


***Flexible, Hybrid Position***

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, Visiting Student Researcher and Postdoctoral 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. Provides guidance to foreign employees on how to use the GLACIER tax reporting system. Handles routine issues related to benefits, visas and stipends. Collaborates with payroll services to request late pay, 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. 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
  • Possesses analytical skills to conduct analysis and develop recommendations, demonstrating organization and problem-solving skills.
  • Has knowledge of campus policies and procedures; knowledge of functional area and understands how work may impact other areas.
  • Has knowledge of human resources concepts, policies and procedures, employment practices, labor relations, salary administration, training and other areas of human resources.
  • Knowledgeable on UC's HR/Payroll System (UCPATH) and other related business software programs and systems.
  • Is 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.
  • Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

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

*The hourly salary range designated for this position: $27.20 - $33.52; however, starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

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:
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