Classification and Compensation Specialist

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Classification:Human Resources Professional 3
Grade:Grade 79
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Statewide
School/Business unit:SW Human Resources
Location: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau
Categories: Human Resources, Business/Accounting/Finance, Other

Position Summary:

As our Classification & Compensation Specialist, you’ll help the University of Alaska by counseling and advising managers on development of position descriptions (PDs), career development plans, and workforce planning. Every day we’ll rely on you to counsel departments on filling out PDs for creation on new positions and updates/reclassifications of existing positions. To thrive in this role, you must be able to provide excellent customer service to students, faculty, and staff on classifications, affiliated job families, and salary ranges.


100%Counsel and advise managers on development of position descriptions. Review and approve position reclassification requests. Assist in revising/updating job families, develop new job families as needed. In the job family development, lead work team, research occupation category, write/edit specifications, allocate positions, evaluate job family levels to determine pay grades. Evaluate jobs for FLSA exemption. Review with supervisor. Evaluate temporary job descriptions and assign a pay grade consistent with similar jobs. Counsel departments on filling out pd’s for creation on new positions, updates/reclassifications of existing positions. Analyze pd’s and review with supervisor, document the analysis and allocate/reallocate staff positions within the appropriate job family. Advise supervisors, managers, and employees on career development planning. Assist in creating career and professional development plans. Assist in designing, administering and actively participate in the identification and selection of the Successors and "Potential" employees.Review final plans and recommendation for approval. Serve as backup to Sr. Compensation Specialist with the administration of the following processes: exceptional step placements, in-grade step increases, promotions and bonuses. Collaborate and work with the HR team at the service centers with problems and issues that escalate to be resolved that are compensation and classification focused. Serve as a system administrator for MyUA, troubleshoot user issues and make manual updates to the system as salary and classification structures change. Provide customer service to all employees regarding UA compensation and classification policies and procedures.Essential


  • Requires comprehensive understanding of HR (payroll, personnel, benefits, recruitment, budget), including HR processes, HR theory, and HR Compliance
  • Ability to interpret and follow UA policies, regulations and practices
  • Ability to interpret applicable state and federal employment law
  • Intermediate skills with office automation applications, advanced Excel required
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously; has the ability to plan, meet deadlines, and manage competing priorities
  • Demonstrated knowledge of compensation and classification systems.
  • Ability to effectively build and manage processes, tools and systems
  • Ability to translate ideas into clear written and visual materials/communication
  • Must be able to analyze problems and develop strategies for resolution


Minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in Human Resources, including compensation and classification.


Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field, OR an equivalent combination of training and experience. Master’s degree preferred. Professional human resources certification preferred.

This position may be filled in Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Juneau. 

This is a full-time, Grade 79, minimum $26.08/hr, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. UA employees receive excellent benefits including participation in State of Alaska PERS retirement, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage.

This position is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on October 25, 2021.  To ensure your application is considered, apply by 11:55 pm, 10/24/2021.  Applications received after this date may not be considered.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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