Human Resources

Human Resources Manager

Muskingum University invites applications for a Human Resources Manager.  Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Human Relations & Risk Management, the Human Resources Manager supervises a Human Resources Coordinator and is responsible for managing all operational aspects of the University’s Human Resources Office.  The successful candidate will ensure that delivery of services to all employees is performed in a manner that is ethical, welcoming, thorough, and in compliance with relevant laws and regulations.


Compensation & Benefits

  • Reviews relevant compensation data to ensure competitive and equitable compensation; contributes University salaries to compensation surveys; and analyzes results of compensation surveys.
  • Manages the administration of all employee benefits including, but not limited to, health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, retirement plans, flexible spending account, and 125 plan.
  • In consultation with appropriate administrators, reviews, researches, and negotiates employee benefits programs.
  • Manages IRS and Department of Labor compliance including federal 403(b) and 457(b) tax deferred limits, maximum contribution calculations and compliance, annual discrimination testing, and excess contribution testing. 
  • Maintains plan documents and summary plan descriptions, annual 5500’s, federal summary annual reports, etc.
  • Maintains and audits self-funded workers compensation plan, including State of Ohio compliance, orientation, policies, records, and cost control.
  • Coordinates Medicare Prescriptions subsidy to the University including, but not limited to, applications, monthly entries, quarterly subsidy requests for Medicare Part D, and prescription and enrollment eligibility. 
  • Provides responsive customer support to employee concerns and questions. 
  • Administers COBRA; distributes original letter; provides notification to eligible employees and families.
  • Verifies accuracy of vendor bills to enrollment date, as prepared by the Coordinator, before payment is processed.

Talent Acquisition & Onboarding

  • Reviews, updates, and maintains all position descriptions and classifications on a regular basis in compliance with federal and state employment laws and regulations and University policy.
  • Actively reviews external resources to identify and solicit specific candidates for certain positions.
  • May review applicant materials and participate in interviews and the selection process as necessary.
  • Meets with job applicants to explain benefits program and answer questions as needed.
  • Monitors the diversity of the applicant pools and takes active steps to promote and attract a diverse applicant pool.
  • Manages documentation process for international employees, including visa applications or extensions and residency changes.
  • Performs reference checks as needed or verifies that reference checks have been completed. 

Separation of Employment

  • Manages the retiree process, including qualification for retiree benefits, provision of resources, and coordination of appropriate planning meetings.
  • May receive and respond to reports of alleged employee misconduct.
  • In consultation with the AVP-HRRM, conducts appropriate investigations and delivers appropriate disciplinary action in compliance with pertinent laws and University policies. 

Professional Development

  • Develops and manages a Professional Development Program, consisting of both mandatory and optional training opportunities for all personnel. Professional Development opportunities must support employees’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in their current role, and, in collaboration with supervisors, may focus on increasing leadership skills or succession planning.  
  • Monitors employee compliance with the Professional Development Program both as needed and as part of the Performance Evaluation Program. 

Performance Management

  • Develops and manages an annual Performance Evaluation Program.  Faculty performance evaluations will be managed in consultation with the Provost.
  • Oversees 60-day probationary performance appraisals.
  • Provides training to supervisors to maintain consistency in the Performance Evaluation Program.
  • Provides training to employees to ensure meaningful self-evaluation efforts. 
  • Coordinates with other human resources professionals and/or appropriate administrators regarding the impact of the Performance Evaluation Program on individual employees

Safety Program

  • Coordinates the University’s workplace safety plan in compliance with federal and state workplace safety laws and regulations.
  • Organizes and leads quarterly meetings of the University’s Safety Committee.
  • Maintains all official documentation of the Safety Committee.
  • Maintains records of University-wide or department-specific safety standards and reports.
  • Receives reports of workplace injuries and manages the University’s response, including worker’s compensation.


  • Ensures compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations, including but not limited to OSHA, FMLA, ADA/504, and HIPAA., Fair Labor Standards Act, child labor,
  • Receives notice of employee needs for FMLA or other extended leave. 
  • Manages the University’s documentation and response to FMLA and other extended leave requests.
  • Receives notice of employee requests for accommodations.
  • Engages in an interactive process with the employee to determine the reasonableness of requested accommodations and collects and maintains all documentation.
  • Drafts memoranda to update senior leadership regarding compliance issues.

Communications and Record-Keeping

  • Collects and maintains all legal personnel data. 
  • Controls content in and access to personnel files, enters data into electronic personnel system, and runs reports as needed.
  • Proposes new or amended policies to the AVP-HRRM as needed.

The above statements reflect the general duties and responsibilities necessary to describe the major functions of the position and should not be considered a complete description of the essential functions of the position.  This Job Description is not intended to be all inclusive.  The employee will be assigned by the immediate supervisor to perform other duties as needed or to perform other reasonable related duties, including special projects.


  • BA required in human resources, business administration, or similar field of study. 
  • 3 years of experience working with an organization’s benefits program.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations effecting human resources.
  • Proven ability to coordinate FMLA leave and reasonable accommodations;
  • Ability to implement a professional development program.
  • Proven ability to conduct FLSA testing; understand or learn the needs of each hiring supervisor/department; assess the knowledge, skills, and abilities of job applicants; and to identify appropriate and impactful networks to recruit talent.
  • Knowledge of workplace safety laws and programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including oral and written communication.
  • Ability to maintain the strictest confidence and avoid conflicts of interest.
  • Possess strong analytical skills and be detail-oriented.
  • Ability to interact with a diverse group of individuals.


  • Master’s Degree in Human Resources, MBA, or other similar area of study.
  • SHRM or HRCI certification preferred.
  • 2 years' experience working with 403(b) retirement plans.


Applications must include a letter of interest, a resume, and 3 professional references.  The list of references should include each reference's email address, phone number, and a brief description of your relationship to the reference.  Applications should be sent by email to or faxed to 740-826-6131.  Please include the position title in the subject line of your correspondence.  This position will remain open until filled, with review of candidates to begin on February 10, 2023.

Muskingum University actively seeks out and welcomes administrators and staff who are committed to excellence in student learning, consider the engagement of diverse communities in the University’s educational programs and activities, and are committed to full inclusivity at the University.  As an equal opportunity employer, Muskingum welcomes applications from individuals from populations, which have been historically underrepresented in higher education and/or have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.

Muskingum University does not discriminate in its employment or educational programs or activities.  Please visit to review the university’s official non-discrimination statement.

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