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Senior Human Resources Compensation Specialist

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 033740
Department Code 19002-7220
Department Office of Human Resources
Job Title Senior Human Resources Compensation Specialist
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range commensurate with experience
Salary Grade S5
FLSA Status Exempt

Standard University business hours:

8:30am -5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

As a member of the Compensation Team within Human Resources, the Senior Compensation Specialist will help ensure that internal compensation policies and practices are upheld, that existing and proposed statutory requirements governing compensation are adhered to, and that others in the University are informed of compensation related matters as part of the Syracuse University Human Resources unit. This individual will strategize with a diverse group of leaders on faculty and staff on compensation issues. This role reports to the Director of Compensation.


• Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in Human Resources or Business Administration preferred.
• 3-5 years of human resources compensation or related experience.
PHR, SHRM-CP, and/or CCP certification is preferred.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Ability to understand and convey complex compensation principles in readily understandable terms to senior administrators and faculty.
• Expert level MS Office Excel required with the ability to perform quick, accurate and progressive analysis of compensation data. Proficient in other MS Office Products (PowerPoint, Word). Access experience desired.
• Prior experience with compensation fundamentals such as salary band/zone development and job family analysis preferred.
• Strong ability to prepare presentations, perform project management activities, and facilitate change through communications and implementation processes.
• High moral and ethical standards that reflect honesty, integrity and reliability.
• Must be highly organized, detail oriented and deadline-driven.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.


• Interact with all levels of administration at the University on reviews and classifications of all staff job descriptions, make compensation recommendations, and work collaboratively with all areas for approval to post open positions.
• Develop, implement and administer compensation policies and programs. Conduct research and analysis of data and prepare recommendations requiring a broad understanding of compensation techniques, methods and practices. Maintain the classification and compensation structure for non-faculty positions. Continually benchmark for best practices.
• Manage salary survey results and conduct comprehensive market studies to gauge the University’s competitive market position. Collaborate with outside institutions to ensure that the University remains competitive in the Academic market. Analyze various data sources to ensure that positions are categorized appropriately and make recommendations where necessary.
• Review proposed salary adjustments for conformance to established guidelines, policy and practices. Recommend corrective or alternative actions to resolve problems. Advise departments on requirements for exempt status and FLSA regulations regarding overtime, exemption testing, etc.
• Work with the Director of Compensation on executive compensation reviews and annual report, including executive compensation and larger reorganizations.
• Work with outside vendors on reports, surveys, and compensation strategy.
• Partner with Information Technology team on system requirements and configuration.
• Collaborate with campus administrators on HR and Compensation issues. Participate in special projects as needed.
• Accountable for all annual budget load HR processing. Collaborate with the HR Tech Team, Compensation Team and Budget & Planning Teams to have a successful budget load and address comp abnormalities. Monitor data throughout the year to ensure data integrity.
• Review existing and proposed statutory requirements governing compensation and benefits administration and recommends appropriate courses of action.

Physical Requirements




Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please submit a cover letter and resume.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 07/13/2017
Application Deadline
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Job Category Staff
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