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Senior Compensation Analyst


University Human Resources seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

We currently have an opening for a Senior Compensation Analyst.  This role will contribute to University Human Resources programs, resources and technical expertise that enable U-M to attract and retain the world’s most talented faculty and staff.


Job Summary

Provides consultative and expert advice and training in the development and administration of compensation and classification programs in a diverse, multi-mission University environment.  Ensures compliance with compensation and classification federal and state laws, including reporting requirements.  Researches, promotes, and implements strategies and associated programs and policies that are market competitive and internally equitable.



  • Builds relationships with senior management and University units to provide consultative and analytical support for compensation and classification approaches

  • Subject matter expert and mentor to management and human resources staff on classification and compensation policies, practices and administration, enterprise systems and standards, as well as applicable federal and state laws

  • Leads and manages the analysis and compliance of compensation and job classification, tracking competitive trends, and identifying and recommending strategies to support business objectives

  • Accountable for a collaborative team environment to establish and maintain consistency in team deliverables, facilitate equitable workload distribution, and organize and preserve current and legacy information

  • Develops, disseminates, and presents communication and training materials, including analytical summaries, multifactor data analyses, research findings, charts/graphs/infographics

  • Leads or participates in organization-wide or HR-sponsored special projects or initiatives

  • Partners with central units and external organizations for survey reporting/preparation and compliance reporting

  • Manages the testing and modifications of the compensation and classification enterprise modules/tables

  • Maintains knowledge of executive compensation and incentive design practices, and regulatory compliance, in collaboration with central units


Required Qualifications

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Minimum of five (5) years progressively responsible classification and compensation experience to include evaluating markets and trends, program design and implementation, and managing legal compliance

  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other federal and state legislation related to compensation and classification

  • Proficiency with software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, HR enterprise data systems, and with compensation-related web applications.  Demonstrated skills with creating  Excel pivot tables, trend analyses, and cost impact analyses. Quantitative and statistical skills; ability to develop, analyze and present data, including recommending various options, actions, and summary observations

  • Ability to assess situations, understand compensation implications and form a proposal to address issues

  • Proven ability to work and communicate effectively as a team member, establish and maintain effective working relationships across multiple functions and job levels

  • Demonstrated success interfacing with and presenting information to staff and management at all levels, varying style and content to fit the audience; and actively communicating with those with differing opinions and differing levels of understanding

  • Demonstrated skill and ability to exercise discretion and judgment in matters of a sensitive or confidential nature

  • Must be able to demonstrate accountability, ability to take initiative, work independently, adapt to change, attention to detail in composing and proofing materials, establishing priorities, managing and successfully completing multiple priorities and meeting deadlines


Desired Qualifications

  • CCP (WorldatWork)

  • Knowledge of the higher education and health care industries and competitive markets

  • Knowledge or implementation of executive and/or incentive compensation programs in a non-profit or higher-education environment

  • Experience with data extraction tools such as Business Objects or Crystal Reports and BI software such as Tableau

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.