Human Resources Generalist, Human Resources

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January 7, 2021

The HR generalist performs human resources-related duties at the professional level and may carry out responsibilities in some or all of the following functional areas: benefits, compensation, employee relations, training, employment, labor relations, affirmative action and employment equity programs. This position reports to the Director of Human Resources.

Essential Functions

  • Partners with employees and management to communicate various human resource policies, procedures, laws, standards and government regulations.
  • Maintains knowledge of legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting human resource functions and ensures policies, procedures and reporting are in compliance.
  • Works with hiring managers to post and recruit candidates to fill vacant positions. 
  • Facilitates or provides training (including orientation) to the workforce; conducts new hire orientation.
  • Keeps records of benefits plans participation, personnel transactions such as hires, promotions, transfers, performance reviews, and terminations and employee statistics for government reporting.
  • Responds to inquiries regarding policies, procedures and programs.
  • Administers benefits programs such as health, dental and disability insurance, and leaves of absence.
  • Prepares employee separation notices and related documentation, and conducts exit interviews to determine reasons behind separations.
  • Meets with employees and managers to appropriately resolve employee relations issues.
  • Maintains employee files.
  • Maintains and coordinates employee recognition programs.
  • Participates in benefits Open Enrollment preparation meetings, arranges for staff meetings, prepares and collects all necessary communications and paperwork.
  • Assists with all compliance issues and updates policies as needed.
  • Assists the Business Office with the monthly processing of Payroll and daily operations of the TimeClock system to process employee hours and leave time.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrates strong attention to detail
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner
  • Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics
  • Manages difficult or emotional employee situations
  • Collaborates with other managers within the organization
  • Maintains confidentiality of sensitive subjects and information
  • Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations
  • Builds commitment and overcomes resistance
  • Prepares and supports those affected by change
  • Understands business implications of decisions
  • Aligns work with strategic goals
  • Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences and promotes a harassment-free environment
  • Adapts to changes in the work environment
  • Exhibits sound and accurate judgment
  • Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position
  • Inspires the trust of others

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resource management, business or a related field or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.
  • The successful candidate must be able to work independently and learn quickly.
  • Must have the ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • PHR, SHRM-CP or SPHR, SHRM-SCP Certification is preferred.
  • Proficient skills with Microsoft Office, including Excel and Word.
  • A minimum of one year experience in human resource management.

Application Process

Submit a cover letter detailing the ability to meet the competencies of the position and qualifications; resume, academic transcripts (copies are acceptable for the initial review) and contact information for three professional references.  Materials may be submitted online or mailed to:

Truman State University
Human Resources MC 101
100 E Normal Ave
Kirksville, MO  63501

Questions may be directed to Human Resources at 660-785-4031 or Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

Review of applications will begin February 8, 2021, and continue until position is filled.

Truman State University 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, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Inquiries may be directed to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101,  100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or

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