Compensation Consultant - University of Washington - Seattle, WA

Friday, August 07, 2020 9:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

UW Human Resources (UWHR) strives to ensure that the University of Washington’s reputation as an employer parallels its reputation as a world-class university, allowing for individuals to achieve their full potential. We believe that every position at UW plays an important role in helping the University achieve its goals and that every employee brings unique value. 

The Compensation Office, a unit of UWHR, has an outstanding part time (60-90% FTE) TEMPORARY opportunity for a Compensation Consultant. 

This position is available from approximately the end of August 2020 through the beginning of May 2021 to provide coverage during upcoming leaves.

Do you enjoy reading and evaluating job descriptions? 

Are you a data and Excel pro? 

Do you thrive on building great relationships with clients? 

If so, read on! 


Reporting to the Executive Director – UW Compensation, this professional level position has substantial responsibility for exercising discretion and independent judgment in effecting, executing, and discharging various aspects of the compensation and classification function for the UW campuses including Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. 

This position will advise clients and/or deliver specific products/services for classified, professional staff and other non-academic UW personnel in the areas of classification, compensation, and in organizational restructuring. 

This position functions in a highly complex compensation environment involving multiple unions and various State and Federal regulations. 


Provide comprehensive compensation support to assigned client areas. Make decisions regarding best course of action for compensation and classification issues, and provide advice and counsel to all levels of employees. Perform the following responsibilities for assigned client areas: 

Evaluate new and existing professional staff positions using a point factor job evaluation system, and recommend salary ranges that maintain equitable salary relationships across the University. Review and evaluate jobs on FLSA exemption criteria. Provide advice and counsel on issues pertaining to the Fair Labor Standards Act. 

Evaluate existing or proposed contract classified and classified non-union positions. Use job specifications, desk audits, and interviews to determine appropriate classification.  Interpret contractual language to administer changes to classification/compensation and anticipate possible labor relations issues arising from classification misalignment. 

Educate clients on the various components of the UW Compensation system as needed. Work with HR colleagues and clients to develop creative compensation and classification solutions considering the goals of the organization, recruitment and retention issues, staff planning and/or career ladders, recognition of team and individual performance, etc. 

Coordinate reallocations out of a bargaining unit to another union, classified non-union or exemption to a Professional Staff position with Labor Relations. Meet and discuss with HR Labor Relations and labor union representatives as necessary. Act as University expert to defend reallocation determinations if actions are challenged through contract classified or classified non-union appeal processes. 

Organize, analyze and produce specialized reports including costing analysis. Compile and distribute statistical reports dealing with staff classifications and compensation including salary changes, trends and relationships, and analysis of competitive labor market conditions. Develop and apply knowledge of premium pay and shift differentials for represented jobs. Become knowledgeable about the Workday pay elements and HR Compensation Office procedures for payment of premiums, and how to perform premium pay cost estimates using data from Workday, the UW's data warehouse, and other reports. 

Conduct compensation and classification related training to further enhance understanding of UW policy, federal and state regulations, and creative ideas of administering programs that assist in the recruitment, retention and development of staff that meet unit objectives.  

As a member of the Compensation team, interact, provide suggestions and implement changes to work processes; assist in the development of plans and the implementation of enhancements to compensation and classification system. 

Work collaboratively with other University staff departments, such as the Integrated Service Center (ISC) including ISC Technical Services, ISC Payroll, ISC Time and Leave, etc., for the purpose of implementing mass employee salary adjustments and developing new or enhancing existing classification and compensation systems. 

Prepare responses to annual or ad hoc local, state and national salary surveys, as needed. 

Proactively identify compensation and classification issues and independently resolve them within the framework of the UW Compensation system. 

Assist in developing new classification specifications to be proposed to the unions and/or to the Washington State Office of Financial Management - State Human Resources (OFM-State HR). 

Perform special projects and other duties as assigned.  


·  Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business or Public Administration or related field. 

·  Three years of progressively responsible work in Human Resources, to include one year of compensation experience, such as working with job descriptions or classification specifications to evaluate job content, or interpreting and applying the provisions of the FLSA. 

·  Proficient in MS Excel, familiar with MS Access. 

·  Experience working in an environment that requires excellent customer service skills. 

·  Demonstrated excellent writing and oral communications skills. 

·  Demonstrated ability to communicate to all levels of management including sensitive communications to senior leadership using the applicable communication method. 

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. 


·  One year of previous experience working with job descriptions, including authoring, editing, or evaluating job content. 

·  Certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR). 

·  Certification as a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP). 

·  Experience working with a work force that is unionized. 

·  Experience using Workday. 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years. 


Duties may occasionally require working beyond a 40-hour week, or working late into the night or on weekends in labor negotiations or for emergency rush project.

Work is ordinarily performed in an office environment but may be performed remotely depending on health and safety requirements under the COVID-19 pandemic.  


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