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HR Consultant

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Business and Financial Affairs, Human Resources

Position Title Human Resources Consultant
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The Human Resources Department supports Western's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities.  We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

As an HR Consultant, you will be part of the Employee & Labor Relations team and provide a broad range of HR services.  You will have the opportunity to be fully immersed in employee relations, labor relations, contract administration, classification/compensation, performance management and employment. 

Your responsibilities will include:

Employee & Labor Relations

  • Work with assigned units to proactively address and resolve complex or difficult HR issues and provide employee and labor relations consultation to employees, supervisors and managers in a professional and confidential manner
  • Coach supervisors in giving feedback and conducting effective performance evaluations; follow-up with supervisors regarding employee performance concerns; facilitate formal disciplinary actions and conduct workplace investigations

Contract Administration & Legal Compliance

  • Advise and counsel employees and supervisors regarding the interpretation and application of the collective bargaining agreements, handbooks, and federal/state labor laws
  • Ensure consistent application of rules, regulations, university policies, handbooks, and collective bargaining agreements

Classified Staff Compensation

  • Review, evaluate, analyze, and allocate classified positions within assigned units and ensure alignment with State HR guidelines


  • Support assigned campus units throughout the staff recruitment process; ensure assigned units have the information and support necessary to efficiently and effectively navigate the recruitment process
Required Qualifications

You will need the following qualifications in order to be successful in this position:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and relevant professional experience
  • Two (2) years of relevant Human Resource experience or equivalent education or other relevant professional experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to support a workplace culture in which diversity is honored, respected and celebrated
  • Strong customer service skills, including demonstrated ability to work with all levels of the organization and to apply appropriate flexibility in response to issues and opposing points of view
  • Demonstrated experience using sound judgement and problem solving skills and making recommendations on complex issues
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated high level of accuracy, thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex data
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure on multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Working knowledge of Word and Excel
Preferred Qualifications

The following qualifications will support your success in this position, but are not a requirement to be considered:

  • Experience in any of the following areas:  classification, compensation, employee relations, labor relations, recruitment
  • Experience interpreting or applying labor laws and collective bargaining agreements
  • Experience using Banner or comparable HRIS
Salary New hires typically start at $55,000 - $61,000 per year, commensurate with experience.  The full hiring range is $55,000 - $64,500.
Application Instructions

Please be kind to our search committee; include a cover letter and resume that addresses your experience related to the position responsibilities and that details how you meet the required and preferred qualifications.

Also include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins August 1, 2018; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act").  It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.  The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters.  You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the office of the Vice President for enrollment and Student Services.  The report can be found at

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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