Fresno State campus

Human Resources Consultant

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Work type: Staff
Location: Fresno
Categories: Confidential, Probationary, Full Time, Human Resources
Position Description

Human Resources Consultant
(Confidential Administrative Support III)

Compensation and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $5,102 - $5,833 per month 

  • This is a full-time, probationary, exempt position.

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 14 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.


Job Summary

Under the general direction of the Associate Vice President (AVP) for Human Resources, the HR Generalist/Consultant works to support Fresno State’s strategic priority to invest in a dynamic environment to attract, develop, and retain talented and diverse employees. The scope of work includes guidance and advisement in functional areas such as recruitment, compensation, classification, employee relations and labor relations, regulatory compliance (e.g. EEO, ADA, FMLA etc.), benefits, and training/development. The HR Generalist/Consultant will develop, recommend, and communicate human resources services, programs and procedures which recognize and respond to the different needs and concerns of their assigned clients. The HR Generalist/Consultant is responsible for providing general interpretation and guidance to campus administrators, managers, and staff regarding state and federal labor laws and regulations, collective bargaining requirements, and CSU/HR policies, procedures and practices. This position performs work of a highly sensitive and confidential nature requiring regular access to information related to collective bargaining negotiations or management strategies, investigations, and grievances, and provides information and makes recommendations to management.

The HR Generalist/Consultant works independently and applies sound judgment in the development of solutions to complex employee relations matters, cases, and programmatic items. To satisfactorily perform these duties, the incumbent is expected to possess an advanced and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of employment laws, legislation, policies and procedures, and workplace investigations. The HR Generalist/Consultant is also expected to stay current on CSU/HR policy changes and maintain an awareness of trends in the human resources profession. The HR Generalist/Consultant supports the AVP for Human Resources’ efforts in setting a professional and caring tone in all interactions with the campus community given the sensitive nature of the work. 


Key Qualifications

  • General knowledge of:
    • The principles, practices and procedures of human resources administration in the areas of recruitment, employment, compensation and classification, employee relations, and employee development and training.
    • An understanding of classification system standards and methodology.
    • Federal and state laws/regulations related to common HR functions (e.g., Title IX, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); Equal Pay Act, Title VII, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), etc.).
    • Working knowledge, or ability to quickly learn, university methods, procedures and practices.
  • Skills in:
    • Using a variety of communications processes including the ability to facilitate meetings, make oral presentations and represent the Human Resources Department to the campus community.
    • Organize, track and prioritize assignments and tasks, including project management and coordination.
    • Conducting effective interviews to obtain accurate information from customers, clients, and respondents.
    • Interpret and apply collective bargaining agreements, federal and state laws, CSU and Fresno State policies and procedures.
    • Use high level of judgment and discretion in independently developing solutions to complex and confidential problems.
    • Maintain confidentiality and appropriately handle sensitive communications with employees and external agencies with tact and diplomacy.
    • Proficient in standard office software applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • Interpret and apply state and federal statutes and applicable rules and regulations related to HR management and equal employment opportunity compliance programs in higher education.
    • Manage client personnel actions from inception to completion for all assigned transactions.
    • Compose a variety of correspondence and reports in a clear and understandable manner.
    • Perform accurately in a detail-oriented environment.
    • Perform in-depth analytical studies, perform research, and prepare reports.
    • Perform mathematical and statistical analysis appropriate to the position.
    • Effectively handle multiple work priorities, organize and plan work and projects in a fast-paced environment.
    • Deliver exceptional client service to a wide variety of constituents. 


To view the full list of qualifications and job responsibilities, please click the Position Description button above.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business or Public Administration, Psychology, or a related discipline (Closely related professional HR experience and/or specialized training can be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis).
  • Five years of progressively responsible professional human resources experience.
    • Preferred Qualifications:
      • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.
      • PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP Certification.
      • Advanced knowledge of HRIS functionality (e.g. PeopleSoft).
      • Experience in a higher education environment.
      • Experience in a complex collective bargaining environment.


Department Summary

The mission of Human Resources is to enhance the university community by attracting, retaining, and supporting a quality workforce in its effort to provide an excellent educational program for our students.


Deadline & Application Instructions

Applications received by July 28, 2022 will be given full consideration by the search committee.

  • Applications received after that date will be forwarded at the request of the Hiring Manager and/or search committee.

Please click “Apply Now” to complete the employment application for California State University, Fresno. Interested applicants must complete the application and attach the following: 1) their most recent resumé/vitae, 2) a cover letter that addresses their specific qualifications and interest, and 3) contact information for three professional references.


Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.


Equal Employment Opportunity Information

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.


Vaccination Interim Policy

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to


Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with California State University, Fresno. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Fresno State has identified as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.

Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.

Fresno State is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions. (e.g. H1-B Visas)

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