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Job Summary

The Department of Aerospace Engineering is seeking well-qualified applicants for the position of HR Generalist. As a key member of the Aerospace administrative team, the HR Generalist is responsible for performing a wide range of HR-related duties and working closely with our faculty, staff, students, and visitors. The ideal candidate is an experienced HR professional who can exercise a high level of discretion and independent judgment in managing the day-to-day administrative responsibilities for all Aerospace HR activities.  He/She should be an effective communicator, adept at utilizing data systems and technology, self-directed, highly organized and accurate, collaborative, dependable, adaptable, and have a strong work ethic.

Who We Are

The University of Michigan’s Department of Aerospace Engineering is the first collegiate aeronautics program in the United States—started in 1914, with more than 6,000 aerospace engineers who graduated over the past 100 years.  It currently has 19 staff members, 29 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, and approximately 354 undergraduate and 182 graduate students.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering is committed to: excellence, leadership, and collaboration in research and education; to service-based leadership at the Institute, national, and international levels; to a passion for air and space vehicles and systems, the technologies that enable them, and the missions they fulfill; and finally to the personal and professional development of its faculty, staff, and students.

College of Engineering’s Mission Statement:  

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus, and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do. Information about our vision, mission, and values can be found at:

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at:


General HR Management (50%)

  • Act as department liaison to the College of Engineering (CoE) and University central offices for HR-related matters.
  • Serve as the first point-of-contact for Aerospace staff, supervisors, faculty, lecturers, students, and visitors for all HR activities and questions.
  • Initiate and manage all HR Personnel Action Request (PAR) transactions. Ensure all HR data in the M-Pathways HR system is current and accurate.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain department HR policies, procedures, and relevant documents.
  • Manage staff directories, MCommunity groups, and HR information on the Aerospace intranet.
  • Collect, analyze, and summarize HR data to assist in strategic direction and informed decision-making.
  • Collaborate with relevant staff on internal control issues and policies related to HR, including assisting with the annual gap analysis.
  • Monitor the academic term and fiscal year effort certification processes for employees and ensure timely compliance.
  • Advise and process CoE visiting scholars via the CoE visitor registry system.
  • Ensure department compliance with UM’s Children on Campus procedures and policies, including initiating background checks and monitoring training.

Recruiting and Employment (40%)

  • Manage the full spectrum of recruitment and hiring processes for all regular and temporary staff, faculty, research faculty, research fellows, lecturers, student temporary employees, and graduate students.
  • Monitor and manage appointments, including identifying the need and appropriateness of extensions and terminations in a timely manner.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate orientation/onboarding and exit/off-boarding processes for department personnel and maintain a confidential record retention process for departmental files.
  • Collaborate with the Graduate Student Services Coordinator and financial staff to effectively manage appointments and funding information for graduate students in the College of Engineering’s Student Information Center (SIC) system.
  • Assist with navigating the employment of foreign nationals with supervisors. When necessary, process and coordinate the paperwork process between employees, Shared Services Center, and the International Center.

Compensation (5%)

  • Manage the time-keeping processes and deadlines for regular and temporary staff, including responding to inquiries and creating information resources. Act as a delegate on behalf of the faculty to approve temporary employee and research faculty timesheets.
  • Assist with the monitoring, investigation, and resolution of payroll, timekeeping, and benefits issues. Serve as the department liaison with the University's Shared Service Center and Payroll Office.
  • Ensure that faculty summer appointments are processed correctly and timely.

Employee and Labor Relations (5%)

  • Act as the primary contact regarding the LEO Lecturer and GEO contracts. Assist with researching basic labor issues/questions and consulting with College and/or Academic HR when necessary.
  • Proactively maintain awareness and knowledge of CoE, University, and federal and state HR policies, procedures, and initiatives. Elevate issues to the Department Administrator and CoE Human Resources Office as appropriate.
  • Assist department leadership as needed with personnel issues and grievances in a confidential manner.
  • Manage and advise department leadership, faculty, and staff on compliance for ADA, LOA, Work Connections, and FMLA, including policy interpretation and implementation requirements.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3+ years of progressive experience working in human resources in higher education.
  • Extensive knowledge and application of HR concepts and practices.
  • Strong critical thinking skills and ability to exercise sound judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise appropriate discretion and confidentiality when dealing with highly sensitive information.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and excellent follow-through.
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities and successfully handle multiple assignments and deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and diplomatically with faculty, staff, and students under a variety of circumstances.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate accurate information in a welcoming, professional, and effective manner using a variety of channels, such as in-person meetings and presentations, phone, email, and teleconferencing.
  • High level of proficiency and accuracy with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe Suite software and Google documents, forms, and spreadsheets. Ability to navigate web-based systems and quickly learn and adapt to changing technology.
  • Ability to work independently, exercise a high level of resourcefulness, and also collaborate effectively as part of a diverse team.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify opportunities to streamline processes, procedures, and duties and successfully implement them.
  • Demonstrated success in working in a fast-paced environment that requires flexibility and adaptability.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or other relevant fields
  • Knowledge of University policy and procedures
  • Proficiency with the University M-Pathways HR and timekeeping systems
  • Experience working in a higher education academic unit 
  • Familiarity with the College of Engineering’s Student Information (SIC) system
  • Experience in immigration matters
  • Experience working with various UM campus offices such as CoE HR, Staff/Academic HR, Shared Services Center, Office of Institutional Equity, Regional I-9 Centers, Payroll, and the International Center.

Work Schedule

Work hours are generally Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Some flexible scheduling and/or working remotely for some portion of weekly hours may be possible.

Additional Information

The salary range for this position is $59,000 to $65,000; however, a higher salary may be considered for an exceptionally qualified candidate.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The application review process will be done on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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