Human Resources Specialist - Palmer College of Chiropractic

TITLE:     Human Resources Specialist          

LOCATION:      Davenport, IA                         DEPARTMENT:  HR   

Job Description:

This Specialist position has lead responsibility to oversee and administer the College’s employee health, retirement and all other employee benefits. Review and recommend best practice benefits options to the Human Resources and Financial Affairs leadership. Administer and oversee all of the College’s employee benefit programs including: benefit records maintenance, 5500 and other audits and plan documents review.


The Human Resources Specialist is responsible for providing experienced, professional support and guidance to College employees, managers and executives across assigned Human Resources programs and functions; and will interpret established external and internal legal and policy requirements in order to guide employment related decisions affecting the College and employees.  The Human Resources Specialist will have primary responsibility for one or more Human Resources functional areas and will serve as back-up in another assigned Human Resources functional area.


This position is also responsible for assuring and co-coordinating the College's regulatory compliance within assigned areas of responsibility.  The assigned duties will be performed using sound administrative best employment practices and effective available technology.  This position will participate in all other Departmental functions and special projects as assigned.  



  • Responsible to the Senior Director of Human Resources and has a support responsibility to all other departments and college personnel as necessary.



For assigned responsibility for human resources functional areas, the Specialist will:

  • Review and recommend best practice options to the Human Resources and Executive leadership; Participate in and contribute to the planning, development, administration and audit of human resources policies, programs and processes;
  • Represent the College in oversight of and communications with all related vendors and third-parties;
  • Administer and oversee all of the College’s initiatives, programs, projects and functions including:
    • records maintenance, audits, documents reviews to assure that record keeping protocols comply with governing statutes and regulations, accounting principles and College policies and practices;
    • review and approve vendor invoices;
  •  Develop, launch, refine and update programs and processes;

  • Advise employees and counsel supervisors about the College policies, practices and protocols that govern the assigned functional area as well as federal, state and local statutes and regulations.

  • Effectively communicate program purposes and processes to employees to promote their understanding and ability to make informed decisions; assist employees with program questions and/or concerns;

  • Serve as a liaison between employees and external vendors to resolve program-related issues.

  • May serve as a backup Administrator of the HRIS platform, as appropriate and needed;

  • Effectively interpret College policies and procedures and maintain compliance with federal and state regulations;  

  • Identify and assist in developing new or revised human resources and assigned area-related policies and procedures;

  • Perform all responsibilities in a manner that fully complies with Palmer’s Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action policy; and  

  • Perform other duties as assigned.




  • Bachelor's Degree; Five years of progressively responsible work experience in a Human Resources environment. Masters' Degree in administration, counselling or related area is a plus; Professional Human Resources Certification is a plus.



  • Knowledge of Human Resources management principles and practices
  • Knowledge of employment and human resources related state and federal statutes and compliance requirements
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to:
    • manage and administer a broad range of tasks including resolving complaints, counseling managers and employees on the interpretation of policies and procedures;
    • learn and use human resources software programs;
    • originate and implement new ideas and approaches;
    • analyze and resolve difficult problems;
    • communicate effectively with all levels of management and employees, verbally and in writing;
    • exercise sound judgment and make decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions;
    • work various hours as job requires; and
    • travel on occasion.



  • Perform sedentary to light work in a ventilated, lighted, and temperature- controlled office setting.

  • Frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, sit, lift light objects (up to 10 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the workday. 


    Applicants MUST apply online using our Job Board.




posted 12/10/2018