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HR Manager, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

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Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Human Resources, Full Time, Extension and Outreach



Under limited direction of the HR Director, Academic HR Business Partners/Asst. Provost for Faculty Affairs, the HR Manager at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) provides counsel to the Dean, Deputy Dean, College Business Officer, Department Chairs, Center Directors, faculty, and staff on all matters of human resources management. Effectively manages and serves as the HR subject matter expert for all essential human resources, to include staffing approvals, position development, recruitment, training, promotion actions via reclassifications, as well as retirement, resignation, and termination activities. Consults with College leadership and management in the strategic planning process and development of human resources strategies that support the College's needs. Develops and maintains on-going Human Resources (HR) procedures. Effectively manages a wide variety of complex human resources issues many of which are highly sensitive in nature. The HR Manager's responsibilities will extend to all CANR operations including the UD Farm, UD Creamery, Cooperative Extension Program, and will encompass CANR locations in Newark, Georgetown, and Dover.


  • Manages the College-wide recruitment process for all benefitted hires. For all approved searches, works in conjunction with the hiring manager/search committee on job description development, creation of advertisements, and ad placement decisions.
  • Along with the Dean and Deputy Dean, participates in activities related to salary determination and offer letter creation for all position levels in the College.
  • Manages the faculty search process, and ensures that processes are conducted with appropriate approvals and in compliance with UD and College policies.


  • Manages employment functions at all levels to assure efficient and consistent compliance with university, federal, and state policies and guidelines. Interprets University policies and guidelines for staff and employed students on all matters related to their employment.
  • Manages the FMLA process for the College, and interacts, as needed, with HR Benefits and Employee/Labor Relations on FMLA matters.
    Provides guidelines and assistance in the administration and review of the annual performance appraisal process.
  • Manages the reclassification request process, and coordinates submission to HR. Provides consultation to departments on the documentation and submission of reclassification requests. 
  • Manages compensation related issues (e.g., pay adjustment, supplemental pay, pay offers, etc.).
  • Oversees the onboarding for all student and miscellaneous wage employees.

Employee Relations:

  • Works closely with the Dean, Deputy Dean, and Department Chairs to provide effective management of employee relations matters.
  • Advises department administrators/Chairs on employee relations matters, including interpretation of related information.
  • Consults with the Provost's Office on matters related to the interpretation of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement as well as faculty policies and the Faculty Handbook.


  • Supports the College Dean's Office in all HR processing functions. 
  • Manages, in collaboration with College and HR leadership, HR projects and programs (e.g., training programs, succession planning, employee engagement, organizational design, and development, etc.).
  • Ensures that Business Administrators are trained and receive necessary communication on new and existing policies and procedures related to these functions.
  • Represents the College through participation in Human Resources related campus-wide meetings, discussions, and search committees.
  • Serves as the key contact in the College during the selection, testing, and implementation of new University-wide HR systems and applications.
  • Collaborates with CANR departments and the Center for Global Programs and Services to process visa paperwork and forms for faculty, staff, and visiting scholars on J-1 and H1-B visas.
  • Performs other job-related duties as necessary.


  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or a related field with five years job-related experience, or
    equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Knowledge and experience in HR procedures, advanced analytical
    and critical thinking skills are required. Working knowledge of applicable HR federal, state, and local laws and regulations
  • Excellent business acumen and demonstrated competency in business partnership.
  • Ability to build rapport with senior management and collaborate effectively with all levels of the organization.
  • Strong, process management, analytical and consulting skills.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Ability to maintain absolute confidentiality with all personnel related information.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to interact well with a diverse constituent population.
  • Ability to interpret, adapt and apply guidelines and procedures.
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement, evaluate, and modify administrative support.
  • Intermediate computer skills to quantify and illustrate complex reports, comparisons, impacts, and/or projections (including
    but not limited to proficiency with spreadsheet, database, and word processing).
  • Ability to travel to off-site locations, such as Dover and Georgetown, as needed.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds. 
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.


• Knowledge of the University of Delaware's policies, guidelines, and procedures in the areas of HR (e.g., payroll, benefits,
   compensation, employee relations, etc.).
• Knowledge in PeopleSoft.
• Professional certification (PHR, SPHR).
• Certification in the Predictive Index tool.




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