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Position Management & Compensation Consultant


Department of Human Resources

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

University Staff



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Job Summary

The Department of Human Resources at CU Boulder welcomes applications for a Position Management/Compensation Consultant. This position functions as an HR Consultant with a primary focus on providing position management and compensation services for the Boulder campus. This individual will have responsibilities that include determining appropriate position exemptions from the state of Colorado personnel system; providing position evaluation and compensation services; reviewing and approving position titles and job descriptions; determining appropriate position FLSA status; responding to position management data requests; advising campus departments on appropriate use and interpretation of Regent and University policies for non-classified positions in addition to applicable state and federal employment laws for classified positions; and reviewing, correcting and approving appointment and compensation data and documentation.

Who We Are

Human Resources at CU Boulder exists to create success through others as we all strive to achieve the goals and fulfill the mission of CU Boulder. We contribute leadership, ideas, and services that allow each person – whether an individual contributor or manager, a member of the faculty or staff – to do what he or she does…better.

The Position Management/Compensation Consultant team in Human Resources provides human resources services for the University of Colorado Boulder for the purpose of hiring, compensating, developing and retaining a qualified, diverse workforce. This includes compensation analysis, position management, FLSA determination and interpretation, and serving as a strategic partner to assist the University in the accomplishment of its mission. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Position Management
  • Serve as primary contact and resource for position management, compensation and related questions for assigned campus departments. 
  • Review position descriptions in accordance with state constitution and statutory provisions for exemption from the state of Colorado personnel system. 
  • Determine appropriate exemption criteria or recommend classified staff options instead. 
  • Determine the proper classification of classified staff positions by evaluating assigned duties as documented in the position description relative to the State Class Descriptions (CDs). 
  • Review position descriptions for overall completeness, clarity, and consistency. 
  • Meet with campus employees and supervisors to communicate decisions, discuss classification issues, or explain the rationale behind the classification decision. 
  • Determine appropriate job title based on responsibilities described. 
  • Review minimum and preferred requirements and recommends changes if necessary to ensure requirements match the level of job responsibilities and comply with equal opportunity best practices. 
  • Determine appropriate FLSA status for the work assignment and ensures background check and essential function requirements appropriate to the position are documented.
 Compensation Analysis
  • Collect and analyze market data in order to develop salary ranges for university staff positions. 
  • Advise departments on the appropriate use of salary ranges and provides guidance on all aspects of compensation. 
  • Review offer and addendum letters for compliance and appropriateness and advises HR recruiting coordinators or requesting department of any changes. 
  • Assist departments with compensation strategies related to setting salaries; retaining employees; and issues of market equity or compression.
  • Advise campus departments on appropriate use and interpretation of Regent and University policies in addition to applicable state and federal employment laws. 
  • Review, correct and approve compensation and position management related data in various IT systems, including Avature, PayFactors, and HCM. 
Consulting and Policy Interpretation
  • Advise, interpret and guide university employees, supervisors, and/or external parties regarding University policies and state and federal laws and regulations. 
  • Work collaboratively and in partnership with campus departments on a variety of HR issues in a strategic and consultative manner to help persuade and guide toward solutions that best meet their needs and the needs of the university as a whole. 
  • Review situations from multiple angles and perspectives considering the pros/cons and impacts of each decision. 
  • Seek guidance from other experts to find the best solutions. 
  • Educate and inform departments of recommendations and rationale in a manner that builds and maintains trust and credibility. 
  • Provide guidance and expertise to departments and other HR units on issues or special projects related to classification and compensation best practices. 
  • Assist in developing and conducting campus training programs as needed. 
  • Implement and communicate related reference or “how to” materials. 
  • Assist with implementation of new campus HR systems and other HR-related projects to improve outreach and services to the campus and to ensure legal and policy compliance. 
  • Develop or maintain knowledge in cross-functional areas of HR, such as labor/employee relations, recruitment/selection, etc. 
  • Interpret Regent and campus policies in order to appropriately and strategically answer department or employee questions.

What We Can Offer

Salary range starts at $48,000.00 commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum one year of professional experience in business administration, public administration, human resources, communications or a similar professional field.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking abilities.
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment.
  • Ability to accept change, let go of failure and move on in a productive way.
  • Ability to make good judgments for the benefit of the university.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Master’s degree in human resources, business management, public administration or closely related field.
  • Professional human resource certification through the Society for Human Resource Management (PHR, SPHR), World at Work (CCP) or the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (Certified Professional).

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
1. A current resume. 
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer