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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now Job no: 101210-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Human Resources, Payroll

 textPosition Summary:

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research is one of the oldest, largest, and most productive university-based education research centers in the world. Under the direction of Robert Mathieu, WCER provides a dynamic environment where some of the country's leading scholars conduct basic and applied education research. The WCER portfolio includes research centers and projects that investigate a variety of topics in education.

WCER is home to 500+ faculty, staff, and graduate students who are engaged in more than 100 research projects spanning the full range of education research including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), English language learning and assessment, social studies and literacy, the learning sciences, education policy, school finance and human resource management, teacher professional development, and value-added modeling. Under the general direction of WCER's Human Resources Manager, the person in this position performs a wide variety of complex paraprofessional human resources activities in the areas of recruitment, classification, compensation, payroll, benefits and other HR related functions.

This is a key service-oriented position within the WCER Business Office that requires a high degree of initiative and individual judgement. Additionally, this position requires detailed tasks to be performed efficiently and often simultaneously. The successful candidate must be able to relate well with others, have strong communications skills, be an active listener and have excellent follow through skills. The position will provide guidance to Principal Investigators, Supervisors, and Project Managers and staff on a complex set of human resources/payroll policies, procedures, and best practices.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's Degree strongly preferred

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

The HR Generalist is expected to demonstrate exceptional customer service by establishing and maintaining effective professional relationships with faculty, staff, students, and other administrators.
The successful candidate will have the following experiences, skills, and abilities:
- Prior administrative, HR, or payroll experience working in a complex, deadline driven environment
- Ability to utilize HRIS system software such as such as JEMs, JEMS/CHRIS, TREMS, HRS and WISDM.
- Knowledge of policies and laws related to human resources.
- Ability to explain and train staff /management on HR/payroll policies and procedures
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to relate complex information in an understandable fashion to a variety of people with different levels of knowledge on the topic.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
- Demonstrated commitment to the values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace
- Must maintain confidentiality of sensitive information with tact and discretion.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $43,871 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply for this position, please upload a cover letter addressed to Mary Hegge, current resume and a reference list with the contact information of at least three professional references. Please include your current or most recent supervisor.


Franchesca Beswick
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Spring 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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