Human Resources Manager, University Human Resources

California, United States
15 May 2019
End of advertisement period
15 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford University is one of the world’s premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives.

The Office of the Vice President for Human Resources is looking for a Human Resources Manager to provide the full range of human resources services for University Human Resources. Reporting directly to the Vice President for HR, this position will help support the university’s mission through strategic, innovative, and flexible policies, practices, programs, and services that sustain a workplace culture of excellence and high engagement, foster innovation and growth, promote diversity and respect, and support the integration of the demands of work and life.

We are looking for an organized, dedicated, and collaborative individual who excels managing staff-related issues, policies, programs, and processes. The candidate will independently and under general direction address a variety of complex problems and organizational issues, interacting with a diverse group of individuals in an active, fast-paced, and challenging environment. This position is located at our new Stanford Redwood City Campus, 505 Broadway, Redwood City, California.

Business Title: Human Resources Manager

Job Classification: HR Manager 2, Level K

Core Duties

  • Collaborate with University HR leaders to support initiatives by understanding the organization's objectives, issues, needs, and key success factors. Participate in planning processes and promote best practices; provide leadership for workforce planning efforts.
  • Design strategies for facilitating organizational and behavioral change. Perform needs assessment, analysis, and consulting on organizational issues; make recommendations on organizational design and development issues.
  • Investigate basic and complex employee relations issues and recommend and facilitate effective solutions in alignment with applicable policies and laws. Work in consultation with Employee & Labor Relations to resolve highly complex issues, as needed. Coach and advise on organizational, employee, and labor relations issues.
  • Working in partnership with UHR program owners, develop implementation plans for executing university-wide and/or UHR-specific HR programs within UHR.  Plans should include stakeholder management and education, communication needs, training and support tools and rollout schedules. 
  • Oversee UHR’s performance appraisal process; design procedures and documents specific to the organization, as needed. Provide relevant coaching and guidance.
  • Oversee organizational-wide view of talent management (recruitment and staffing plans), and structure offers for UHR. Support or lead higher level searches, and advise on affirmative action objectives, as needed.
  • Manage UHR’s salary planning program. Advise managers on assignment of employees to appropriate classification levels; review and approve salary actions; design and/or manage incentive and bonus programs, as needed.
  • Assess organizational and individual development needs. Identify, communicate, and consult with staff on training and career development opportunities. Develop and conduct relevant training, and participate in training design.
  • Oversee processes for workers' compensation, disability, leave, workplace accommodation requests, and health and safety issues for UHR; inform managers and human resources director, as needed. Act as a resource to others in organization, and oversee the accurate documentation and recordkeeping.
  • Oversee and approve human resources transactions submitted for processing. Prepare reports, and analyze data available through local and centralized database resources.

* - Other duties may also be assigned

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience as a consultant and advisor to management in at least four human resources areas, including: employee relations, employment and labor law, compensation, staffing and employment, training and development, performance coaching and management, and organizational development.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and understanding of group dynamics. Successful track record of establishing credibility and trust with a diverse client group.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, problem solving, judgment, negotiating, influencing, and decision-making skills. Ability to maintain confidentiality, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Excellent facilitation and oral and written communication skills; ability to prepare clear and concise reports and deliver formal presentations or training to senior management and other audiences.
  • Strong supervision/management and staff development experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite and human resource information systems.

Certifications and Licenses:



  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a computer; use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally reach/work above shoulders, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp forcefully, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, write by hand, sort/file paperwork.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, operate foot and/or hand controls.

* Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


Travel on campus to schools/units; some occasional travel out of town.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,
  • Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4706
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: K
  • Requisition ID: 82890