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HR Generalist

Inst Soc& Econ Research&Policy

HR Generalist

  • 530956
  • Morningside
  • Inst Soc& Econ Research&Policy
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Nov 10 2022
  • Grade 10
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $65,600-$69,000

Position Summary

The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) is Columbia University’s research institute dedicated to the social sciences.  ISERP pioneers research and integrates knowledge and methods across the social sciences. ISERP supports researchers, faculty, students, and social science research through research development, education and training programs, centers, programmatic initiatives and administrative support.

Reporting to the Director for Administration and Finance, the HR Generalist provides proactive and effective facilitation of daily operational support on human resources and academic appointments for the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) and the Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences MA program (QMSS).

A copy of the resume, cover letter and writing sample are required to be considered for this position.

Subject to business needs, we may support flexible and hybrid work arrangements. Options will be discussed during the interview process.


The HR Generalist will work closely with the Administrative Manager for Human Resources and Academic Appointments and the Director for Administration and Finance to oversee the adherence to established University policies and exercise discretion and independent judgement as it related to the onboarding processes for students, staff hires, academic and research appointments.

Acts as a key player in the recruitment process. Assists with the preparation of job descriptions, posting positions on CU employment websites, appropriate journals and external job board sites.

Initiates and prepares hiring documents for a variety of student, research, support staff and administrative hires within the Institute.

Responsible for handling all employment transactions for the Institute. Initiates and processes transactions in CU systems and serves as a level 1 approver.

Serves as backup for processing student casual payroll, reviewing timesheets for accuracy, confirming faculty or Principal Investigator (PI)’s approval, and entering hours for approval.

Assists the Administrative Manager for Human Resources and Academic Appointments with yearly Officer of Research recertification process, vacation accrual report, and New York Safe and Sick Leave (NYSSL) tracking.

Responsible for the accuracy and processes additional compensation, monitors the approval process, and confirms all general labor accounting transactions.

Ensures the accuracy of all data entries by HRPC and corrects any issues that may arise. Confirms first payment of all new personnel or when payment circumstances change, verifies additional compensation payments, and addresses any payment issues. 

Assists the Administrative Manager for Human Resources and Academic Appointments with Affirmation Action approval and visa processing.

Serves as back up for all approval of Work Study time sheets, and hires when necessary.

Maintains digital and physical employee files.

Assists with the onboarding and off-boarding of employees.

Maintains and contributes content to the Institute’s website section for hiring and payroll.

Administers specialized programs with the assistance of the Administrative Manager within the scope of Human Resources such as team building initiatives, and distribution of HR updates to employees.

Performs other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent related experience required.

0 to 2 years related experience. 

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications

Ability to work with high volume, time-sensitive deadlines, and change priorities is needed.

Strong computer skills in MS Office (Word, Excel, and Visio). 

Strong organizational skills and acute attention to detail.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Ability to work individually and as part of a team.

Ability to maintain confidentiality and use professional discretion with sensitive matters.

Preferred Qualifications

Working knowledge of Columbia’s Human Resources policies, procedures, and systems including PeopleSoft application (PAC), Talent Link, and Academic Search and Recruiting (ASR) is strongly preferred.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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