Human Resources

Human Resources Specialist, PBA (#80928) Position Description

UH Hilo, Administrative Affairs, Human Resources, full-time, permanent, to begin approximately May 2023, pending position clearance and availability of funding.


Performs a wide range of professional human resources duties in assuring good customer service, compliance, efficiency, & maintaining a positive & productive employee relations environment for UH Hilo. Ensures continuity of daily coverage for the department, informs HR Director of critical issues affecting operations and recommends and implements changes as necessary. Researches and processes position/personnel actions for civil service and BOR appointment types, as needed, e.g. establishment/abolishment of positions, salary changes, hire and separation to ensure compliance w/ UH policies, procedures, & laws. Researches, processes, responds to, and resolves issues involving pay and benefits and advises HR Director or designee of unusual or difficult cases. Operates a computerized human resources management system such as PeopleSoft and other personnel/payroll/financial database systems such as KFS, NEOGOV, TAPS, etc. Researches, processes, and responds to requests for regular and special reports, information, surveys which include but is not limited to workers’ compensation, salary adjustments, overpayments, ERS issues, and leave inquiries in a timely manner. Coordinates orientation and onboarding of new employees, including but not limited to, generating and processing employment and payroll documents, providing an overview of employment benefits and resources, and serves as point of contact among staff and departments to assess ongoing employee development and training needs. Participates in the planning, coordination, assessment and implementation of employee engagement, professional development and training activities. Maintains the HR website to ensure content is up-to-date with valuable employment tools and resources readily available to our campus community and prospective employees. Advises supervisors and employees in the performance review and evaluation process for APT and Civil Service appointments to ensure timely completion and follow-up. Keeps abreast of the laws, directives, policies & administrative procedures & policy decisions that affect the human resources function. Drafts and composes memos, letters and forms of communication and reports related to areas of responsibility or as assigned. Receives calls, greets guests, screens and directs them to the appropriate staff or office. Maintains files as assigned. Performs other human resource related duties as assigned or necessitated. Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a baccalaureate degree in any field and two (2) years of progressively responsible professional experience with responsibilities in one or more functional areas of human resources such as position classification; pay administration; recruitment and examination; personnel and organizational development; employee and labor relations; or equivalent education/training or experience. Functional knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in human resources administration demonstrated by knowledge, understanding and ability to apply concepts, terminology. Functional knowledge and understanding of principles, theories, federal and state laws, rules, regulations and systems associated with human resources administration. Demonstrated ability to recognize problems, identify possible causes and resolve the full range problems that may commonly occur in the area of human resources administration. Demonstrated ability to understand oral and written documentation, write reports and procedures, and communicate effectively in a variety of situations.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team members and individuals. Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and apply word processing software. Any equivalent combination of education and/or professional work experience which provides the required education, knowledge, skills and abilities as indicated.

Desirable Qualifications

Knowledge of UH Policies, procedures, and organizational structure. Professional work experience with University of Hawaii personnel/payroll/financial database systems (e.g. PeopleSoft, KFS, NeoGov). Professional work experience with HR responsibilities in a State of Hawai’i department and/or post-secondary education setting. Knowledge of collective bargaining agreements governing public employment in the State of Hawai’i (e.g. HGEA, UHPA, UPW). Experience in employee engagement activities, public speaking, conducting meetings and/or trainings. Detail oriented and able to prioritize multiple duties with demanding deadlines.

Pay Range

PBA, $3,907/month minimum

Applications (How to Apply)

For application instructions and to submit an application, please visit NEOGOV and search for #80928 or HR Specialist. Please be sure to review the full job posting before applying. Failure to submit all required documents shall deem an application to be incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Note: If you have not applied for a position before using NEOGOV, you will need to create an account.

Inquiries (General)

Lorena Kauhi,

Please refer to position #80928 when making inquiries.

Application Deadline

Continuous recruitment, first review to begin April 5, 2023

Important Information

The official advertisement can be found at NEOGOV.

The University of Hawaiʻi is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.

Individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation for the application or hiring process are encouraged to contact the EEO/AA coordinator(s) for the respective campus.

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

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In accordance with Article 10A of the unit 08 collective bargaining agreement, bargaining unit members receive priority consideration for APT job vacancies. As a result, external or non BU 08 applicants may not be considered for some APT vacancies. BU 08 members with re-employment rights or priority status are responsible for informing the hiring unit of their status.

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