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HR Manager

Apply now Job no: 505702
Position Type: Staff
Location: Portland, ME Campus
Categories: Office of the Chancellor

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:

Roux Overview:
Northeastern University’s Roux Institute is designed as an engine of innovation, talent-building, and economic growth for Portland, Maine, and northern New England. Partnerships set our model of graduate education and research apart. With leading companies and nonprofit organizations at the table from day one, we’re creating programs that are preparing the workforce to stay agile and thrive in a competitive landscape powered by artificial intelligence. We’re nurturing an environment for high-impact research and innovation in computer and data science, digital engineering, the advanced life sciences and medicine, and other tech fields. And we’re helping entrepreneurs launch businesses focused on and powered by technology. Together, we envision an “innovation corridor” that in the coming years will stretch from Boston to Portland and beyond. 

Position Overview:
A member of the Roux Institute’s team and the Office of the Chancellor Employee Experience & Organizational Success (OTC HR) team, the HR Manager will be located at the Roux Institute in Portland, Maine and will serve as the primary Human Resources lead for the Roux Institute, providing full-cycle human resources support. He/she acts as the initial point of contact for all HR related issues in order to help maintain a high touch, high performing culture. He /she is responsible for performing HR-related duties on a professional level, working closely with the unit leadership and partnering with the divisional and central human resources teams to promote a happy, healthy, and engaged workplace community.

The HR Manager is a key member of the management team and the divisional HR team organizing and mobilizing staff and resources to support the delivery of a high-quality experience for all employees. The HR Manager serves as a liaison, partnering with the hiring manager and the Talent Acquisition team to coordinate, conduct, and advise on recruitment and hiring best practices and procedures, at each stage of the recruitment lifecycle. He/she coaches managers through employee relations concerns, working in partnership with OTC HR, central HRM, and Office of General Counsel, to effectively assess, diagnose, and resolve employee relations issues providing accurate, timely, and effective documentation when required. The HR Manager is also responsible for overseeing the performance development framework, ensuring effective performance development evaluations and conversations are taking place, and providing guidance and support during the review process. The HR Manager will perform exit interviews, identifying trends and recommending corrective actions when appropriate. This position carries out responsibilities in the following functional areas: talent acquisition/recruitment, employment processing, training and development, records management, onboarding, policy implementation, performance management, employee relations and engagement.

The HR Manager is important in executing the division’s people initiatives, providing exceptional internal customer support to managers and staff, driving HR functional excellence, and process improvements. They guide and coach managers in effective HR and management strategies and practices that will positively impact the employee experience and aligns with the mission and vision of the university. The HR Manager fosters a culture that enables staff to do meaningful and impactful work.


The ideal candidate will support Roux employees, provide high-touch employee service, and will partner with Roux leadership and OTC HR to build and strengthen high-performing teams. The HR Manager is team-oriented with strong collaboration, organizational, problem-solving, and communication skills and has demonstrated the ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and projects in a fast-paced environment. Working closely with Roux leadership and partnering with OTC HR and central HRM, he/she will support initiatives and activities that foster and promote a happy, healthy, and engaged workplace community.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree preferred or significant direct experience.
  • Higher education experience preferred.
  • Minimum 5-7 years of progressive human resources experience, including employee relations experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to analyze and develop solutions to complex issues;
  • High level of discretion, confidentiality and professionalism required.
  • Ability to prioritize competing tasks
  • Proven ability to work independently and make sound judgments on a day-to-day basis
  • Proficiency with or the ability to quickly learn HRIS and talent management systems (Workday, Banner HR, PageUp)
  • Proven knowledge and application of federal and state employment law and best practices.
  • Excellent relationship management and internal consulting abilities
  • Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply the appropriate sections of applicable laws, guidelines, and policies
  • Ability to acquire a thorough understanding of the organization's hierarchy, jobs, qualifications, compensation practices, and the administrative practices related to those factors.

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Additional Information:

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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