Compensation Specialist (Hybrid Eligible)

Compensation Specialist (Hybrid Eligible)

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Compensation Specialist (Hybrid Eligible)

Job Profile Title
Compensation Specialist

Job Description Summary
Compensation Specialist

Job Description

Be part of the University of Pennsylvania's Division of Human Resources!

Like Penn's renowned schools and centers, the Division of Human Resources is committed to serve. We offer our faculty and staff a generous total compensation package and benefits options that help you reach your personal and professional goals. Our programs and resources also help you develop your career, care for yourself and your loved ones, and plan your future.

Human Resources also partners with schools and centers to create supportive workplaces and advance their business and organizational goals.

As part of Penn's HR team, this role with report to the Executive Director of Compensation. The Compensation Specialist researches, analyzes and reports on data to provide recommendations for compensation-related issues, conducts job evaluations and salary reviews by analyzing and evaluating jobs and recommending appropriate job title and salary. They will provide advice/guidance to management regarding individual, department or school/center-wide compensation and salary administration issues. The Compensation Specialist supports the Human Resources Compensation function in the administration of the annual pay increase program, analysis of compliance issues, and compensation projects. They will assist in analyzing wage and salary data and preparing reports for senior management.

Specific responsibilities include:
  • Conducts job evaluations to establish the appropriate classification based on University's compensation system
  • Reviews staff positions and salaries based on market data and internal equity.
  • Makes appropriate job title and salary recommendations to clients, management and HR partners.
  • Writes or edits job descriptions as required.
  • Provides advice/guidance to management and HR administrators regarding individual, department or school/center-wide salary management tools, techniques and practices.
  • Advises departments on compliance issues such as FLSA, pay equity and legally defensible pay practices.
  • Completes salary surveys and assures submission of accurate data on a timely basis.
  • Participates in the annual merit increase program; development and implementation of communications, guidelines, training, reports and analyses.
  • Provides research and analysis for annual Compensation reports and various compensation team projects.
  • Works with Talent Acquisition to recommend appropriate salary offers that support recruitment and retention.
  • Interprets compensation policies; monitors pay practices to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies.
  • Assists with special projects to support new initiatives and compensation administration.
  • Works with Staff and Labor Relations as needed.
  • Other additional duties as assigned.

  • Bachelors Degree with a minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience in Human Resources compensation or equivalent combination of education and experience. Excellent quantitative and analytic skills. Demonstrated customer service and negotiation skills; familiarity with compensation laws and regulations; knowledge of the University's systems and policies preferred; strong computer skills, particularly Microsoft Excel. Experience with Workday is a plus. CCP, PHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP preferred.

Targeted Pay Range:

$65K -- $75K commensurate with education and experience

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaCompensation Specialist Senior

Department / School
Human Resources

Pay Range
$51,824.00 - $78,096.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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