HR Generalist

Pacific University achieves excellence and distinction by investing in exceptional people to think, care, create, and pursue justice in our world. We embrace discovery in a close nurturing environment that leads to genuine transformation. Our community is diverse, sustainable, and dedicated to discovery and excellence in teaching, scholarship and practice. 

At Pacific University we thrive in an extraordinary environment, surrounded by the beauty of the great Pacific Northwest, with campus locations in Forest GroveHillsboroEugene, and Woodburn. We humbly acknowledge and thank the original caretakers of the lands on which we live, work, teach, acquire and share knowledge.

The Human Resource Generalist coordinates HR policies and programs with emphasis on recruiting, onboarding, reporting, project management, communication, and data integrity, insuring that the organization is in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations. In addition, the position works closely with the Director of Human Resources in developing, implementing and evaluating ongoing HR policies, programs, functions, and activities.

This position reports to the Director of HR and is located in Forest Grove.

What you will do

  • Manage the administration and maintenance of job requisitions, postings, and encourages best practices for recruitment with an EDI lens
  • Lead onboarding processes in person and in the HRIS system
  • Conduct background checks and employee eligibility verifications
  • Analyze HRIS work process design and flow, improve processes and leverage the return on technological capabilities
  • Support departmental communication and university self service on website, in HRIS, and in person
  • Develop, prepare, generate and analyze ongoing and ad-hoc special reports, effectively utilizing employee data to analyze pertinent metrics and maintain data integrity
  • Conduct regular advice, counsel, and training for employees and supervisors on programs and processes; support audits by providing documentation and records
  • Manage projects and process improvement, including applying change management experience to facilitate movement to new levels of quality
  • Support university policy review, revision, and adherence
  • Assist the HR Director in the daily administration of HR services as directed or assigned to advance the mission of the university
  • Build, adapt, and maintain tools and reports 
  • Suggest strategies for process improvements
  • Develop and maintain documentation and standards
  • Support change management processes within the department
  • Train new and existing employees on systems and processes
  • Provide support and advice on cross-functional projects
  • Participate in team meetings; provide knowledge, support, and advice for interdepartmental process improvements, projects, or policy revisions
  • Participate in university volunteer and service opportunities


  • Three years of related experience required
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Accounting, Business Administration or equivalent experience preferred
  • SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification highly desired
  • Experience in higher education preferred
  • Proficient understanding of Microsoft Office Suite or related software
  • Proficient knowledge of federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations
  • Proficient writing and documentation experience
  • Proficient expertise in excel and analytical analysis and reporting
  • Proficient understanding of the financial and business acumen to drive profitability
  • Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality
  • Proficient presentation and public speaking
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills
  • Commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace
  • Superior time management skills with a proven ability to efficiently manage multiple, concurrent, time-sensitive projects and priorities
  • Superior problem-solving abilities to meet ambiguous and multicultural needs
  • Extremely organized with meticulous attention to detail

Physical requirements

  • General office environment
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk, working on a computer
  • Communicate effectively via phone, email, online meetings, and in person
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times

At Pacific University we are dedicated to providing experiences that are authentic, holistic, equity minded, and responsive. We continue to develop our equity practices with a particular focus on racial equity.

For qualifying employees, our benefits include generous paid time off for vacation, holidays (including winter break) and sick leave. We offer medical coverage with alternative care (in-network services covered at 100% after payroll deduction), comprehensive dental, vision plans, 9% contribution to retirement after one year of service with no match required, free mental health appointments, and tuition remission for employees and their dependents. We cover employer paid life, short term disability, and long term disability insurance. On campus benefits include free access to our sports facility and library, with discounts on campus food, bookstore purchases, clinic services, and gear rentals through our outdoor program (kayaks, snow shoes, bikes and more).

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Studies have shown that candidates that are female and/or BIPOC are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet all of the qualifications they find in the job description. We are seeking the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be a person who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet every minimum qualification described or are unsure if your experience could be considered related experience.


It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military, veteran or Vietnam Era status, or any other protected classification recognized by applicable law, in admission, access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other applicable state or federal law, or city ordinance. Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116,


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