Human Resources Manager 4 (HR Strategic Partner)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – M – Exempt
Work Unit:
Penn State Human Resources
Smeal, Penn State Law, and the School of International Affairs
Full/Part Time:


Penn State is seeking a dynamic and experienced human resources professional to lead the HR function for the Smeal College of Business, Penn State Law School and the School of International Affairs. As a member of the Human Resources team, and serving as strategic partner to the Deans’ leadership teams, the successful candidate will provide strategic HR leadership by fostering innovation through organizational improvement and change. The Strategic Partner will align and execute unit-level HR strategy with the College and Law School’s strategic plans and with University-level HR mission strategy that will enhance organizational and individual employee excellence and success. With a team of two HR professionals, the successful candidate will lead HR programs for a workforce consisting of over 400 full-time faculty and staff represented across multiple locations. In this role, the Strategic Partner will be the primary HR business partner and ensure alignment and delivery of HR strategic and service delivery needs across multiple HR functions, including Talent Acquisition, Organizational Development, Employee Relations, Equal Opportunity, Talent Management, Total Rewards and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Collaborative, innovative, and service-oriented, the ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record in building strong relationships with a diverse group of individuals within a collaborative and collegial environment. In addition to exceptional technical skills and management abilities, the candidate must have a passion for delivering high-quality service; the ability to develop and mentor staff; the ability to manage large-scale projects with diverse groups of people; and, the ability to work both independently and cooperatively with various levels of faculty, staff, and administrators. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus ten years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master’s degree with progressively responsible HR experience in higher education is preferred. Experience in HR management and leadership in recruitment and compensation, performance management, employee relations, and organizational development is required. A thorough knowledge of employment and labor laws is a must. Demonstrated competencies in the following areas will be required: superior verbal and written communication skills; strong quantitative and analytical skills; a collaborative and flexible decision-making style; a commitment to fostering diversity and equal opportunity; and, the vision to assess and proactively lead organizational change based on changing needs.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088