Affirmative Action Specialist, Division Of Human Resources

University Of Arizona Tucson , AZ 85704

Posted 2 months ago

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Title Affirmative Action Specialist, Division of Human Resources Department Human Resources (7101) Location Main Campus Position Summary

The Division of Human Resources Recruitment and Outreach team is seeking a committed colleague who will quickly become a vital resource and trusted advisor working as an Affirmative Action Specialist (AAS).

This is an excellent opportunity for a collaborative individual to provide expertise and compliance in the area of our affirmative action plan. The AAS is responsible for drafting and implementing the University's affirmative action strategy ensuring compliance with Department of Labor regulations.

They will be responsible for creating and implementing training and outreach plans designed to increase campus knowledge of the university's affirmative action plan (AAP)/equal employment opportunity (EEO) commitments and to support progress toward meeting affirmative action staffing goals.

The successful candidate will be an integral part of the recruitment team and will partner closely on projects and initiatives supporting the team's success. They will also work with a diverse set of units across campus including the Office of General Counsel, Provost Office, and Division of Equity and Inclusion and Title IX. They will also build relationships with our external community partners in an effort to build a diverse talent pipeline.

Our Team

Our team values exceptional quality, integrity, and responsiveness. We strive to make critical decisions, exercise good judgment, and maintain good client relations. We are creative professionals in a flexible and supportive work environment that fosters team engagement, innovative thinking, and lifelong learning.

Our Top Performers

  • Aren't intimidated by a high volume of phone calls and emails

  • Love to solve problems and learn new things

  • Enjoy helping others and collaborating on projects

  • Are resourceful and aren't afraid to ask questions

  • Care about quality and strive for excellence

  • Maintain professional composure during stressful situations

  • Maintain a high level of integrity and confidentiality

Benefits Are Just the Beginning of Our Amazing Perks

We have excellent benefits and university perks for our employees that go way beyond health care and paid time off. We care about our employees and have crafted many meaningful resources to support your health, your work/life balance, and your family.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop and monitor the university's affirmative action plans (AAPs), to include analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of AAP information for production of annual reports, and incidental compliance reports as requested by state and federal enforcement agencies.

  • Recommend action steps in affirmative action based on quarterly and yearly analysis of statistical performance (hiring, promotions, and terminations) to Recruitment Director and CHRO.

  • Act as main point of contact with outside legal counsel supporting development and analysis of AAP.

  • Work closely with outside counsel on interpretation and reconciliation of related data.

  • Develop and conduct targeted programs to educate senior leadership, faculty, and staff on affirmative action policies and regulations; disseminate information to increase awareness of affirmative action issues; and to share strategies to increase the recruitment and hiring of a diverse workforce.

  • Build and maintain contacts with federal and state government agencies, civic agencies, and organizations involved with affirmative action and cultural diversity.

  • Oversee outreach management system and related recordkeeping and reporting. On a yearly and quarterly basis conducts an analysis on the effectiveness of known university outreach methods.

  • Act as the organization's affirmative action expert and serve as a point of contact for related inquiries from the community and regulatory agencies. Responsible for communication of updates related to AAP to campus stakeholders.

  • Review, draft and suggest revisions to written policies, procedures, and guidelines to address HR compliance obligations in partnership with campus stakeholders.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

A successful candidate will demonstrate mastery of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of relevant employment laws and compliance strategies

  • Knowledge of HR best practices

  • Knowledge of the recruitment lifecycle and methods

  • Skilled in writing technical documents

  • Skilled in writing business communications

  • Skilled in presenting information in an individual or group setting

  • Ability to navigate and resolve time-sensitive issues on a daily basis

  • Ability to gain trust and build relationships

  • Ability to accomplish multiple detail-oriented tasks and remain focused on the big picture

  • Ability to thrive in a changing environment while demonstrating flexibility and adaptability

  • Ability to multitask and maintain composure under pressure

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience attained through professional level experience.

  • Five or more years of employment experience in an affirmative action/equal opportunity/compliance position

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree

  • SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, SHRM-TASC, PHR or SPHR certification

  • CAAP or Sr. CAAEP certification

  • Diversity or EEO professional certification or coursework

  • Experience in a college or university setting

  • Experience working for a large employer of 10,000 or more

  • Experience with PeopleSoft or Cornerstone software products

FLSA Exempt Full Time/Part Time Full Time Number of Hours Worked per Week 40 Job Category Administrative and Professional Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits Posted Rate of Pay $52,000-$65,000 Annually, DOE Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A24432 Number of Vacancies One Desired Start Date Position End Date (if temporary) Limited to Current UA Employees No Contact Information for Candidates

Audelia Shay

Open Date 12/17/2019 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Review Begins On 01/06/2020 Special Instructions to Applicant

Review of applications will not begin until Monday January 6th. We would like to hire our Affirmative Action Specialist in March.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • Where did you first learn about this position?

  • Arizona Daily Star

  • Arizona Republic



  • Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Department of Economic Security (DES)

  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education


  • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education



  • Jobing.Com

  • LinkedIn

  • Local Job Banks

  • Pima County One-Stop

  • Professional Conference

  • Professional journal/publication

  • Referred by UA Employee

  • Invited by Dept to Apply

  • UA Website

  • Other

  • Do you have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience attained through professional level experience, AND, Five or more years of employment experience in an affirmative action/equal opportunity/compliance position?

  • Yes

  • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

Optional Documents

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Affirmative Action Specialist, Division Of Human Resources

University Of Arizona