The Senior Human Resources Generalist is responsible for supporting the HR function in the areas of hiring, onboarding, compensation, benefits, employee relations, learning & development, policies and more. This position ultimately contributes to the organization’s ability to hire, retain and develop staff and faculty in support of Bastyr’s mission.

Bastyr University believes that inclusive diversity is essential for achieving academic excellence and creating a profoundly enriching university experience. Our faculty and staff are committed to achieving our mission by educating students to be future leaders that bring the natural health arts and sciences to people from all backgrounds. Promoting an educational environment that allows students, faculty and staff to develop their talents while experiencing a sense of community, we expect campus members to engage in respectful communication, behaviors and thoughtful self-reflection, increase their understanding of cultures and empower people who are disenfranchised, marginalized or oppressed. In so doing, the University pledges to prepare our students (and support faculty and staff) to recognize and appropriately respond to health inequities that affect multiple communities. This involves infusing DEI knowledge, skills, and practices in all academic programs, clinical training and patient services. In all, Bastyr University is dedicated to the welfare of our students and patients as well as to promoting equal opportunity and access in education and health care.

 In alignment with Bastyr’s DEI commitment, applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged. 


  • Counsels staff and supervisors on issues including (but not limited to) performance management, policy and procedure questions, attendance, conflict management, and work scheduling. 
  • Administers day-to-day activities of University programs, such as benefits, payroll, policies, learning & development, data entry, customer service, etc.
  • Identifies potential employee relations, benefit policy, or leave issues/problems and takes the necessary steps to research legal/regulatory compliance requirements, Bastyr University HR policy compliance, potential impact on employee morale/relations, and develops a recommendation on appropriate steps to respond to issues/problems for review
  • Maintains written logs and other records documenting events. 
  • Ensures that the university complies with all federal, state and local regulatory compliance, filing, and employee notification requirements for health and welfare benefit, retirement and leave programs.
  • Oversees and maintains confidentiality and integrity of information



  • Assist supervisors with drafting action plans, warning letters, terminations and performance improvement plans.
  • Prepares internal communications regarding policies, benefits, and other announcements. Updates Bastyr’s HR’s intranet site and Policies page.
  • Provides trainings to community alongside AVP of HR for benefits, performance management, and strategic plans.
  • Acts as compensation subject matter expert: participates in salary surveys, performs market analyses and position classifications for new or revised positions.
  • Oversee the annual performance evaluation process in partnership with the AVP of HR.
  • Oversee the 403b retirement plan, including annual 403b nondiscrimination testing, plan administration, and serving in administrative role on the Retirement Committee.
  • Assists HR team in the design/implementation of benefits policies, procedures, & programs.
  • Assist HR team with specific projects as requested such as HR policy updates, employee experience survey, and new software program implementations.
  • Serve on university committees as requested or needed, including the University Governance Council Professional Development Committee, University Policies Committee, Assessment Committee, and 403b Retirement Committee.
  • Participates in the annual health insurance plan renewal process.
  • Provides support/assistance in any general HR areas as requested, including payroll, benefits, and recruitment.
  • Reports to Associate Vice President of HR and does not directly supervise other positions.


  • A minimum of 5 – 8 years of progressive responsibility in developing, implementing and administering  human resources programs.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a job-related area or a significant combination of related education and experience.
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position and also occasionally move about the inside of the office or building.



  • Job-related training and continuing education, such as SHRMP-CP or PHR.
  • A record of success in maintaining confidential information.
  • Demonstrated success in delivering high quality customer service.
  • Highly organized, able to multi-task, detail oriented and able to meet deadlines.
  • In-depth knowledge of employment laws including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Affordable Care Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Seattle Paid Sick Leave and other applicable state and federal laws.
  • In-depth knowledge of defined contribution retirement plans.
  • In-depth knowledge of progressive discipline and performance management theories and practices.
  • Knowledge of Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity issues.
  • Knowledge of recruitment and selection processes and procedures, benefits and compensation and classification.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to mediate situations between opposing parties, diffuse volatile situations, calm upset persons, and explain policies, procedures, and legal requirements in a clear, understandable manner.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information.
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to develop course materials including handouts and visual aids.
  • Proficiency in Word and Excel to create documents such as correspondence, handouts, visual aids, moderately complex spreadsheets, etc.
  • Ability to produce high quality work results that are accurate and error-free.



This job description does not list all of the duties associated with this position and the employee may be required to perform additional duties assigned by the employee’s supervisor or otherwise a recognize requirement for this position. Bastyr University reserves the right to revise the job description at any time. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions of this position satisfactorily and, if requested, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable employees requiring accommodation to perform the essential functions of this job so long as the university can do so without undue hardship.


Bastyr University does not discriminate against any person in matters of employment, application for employment, student or applicant for admission, or participation in our programs or benefits on the basis of the following protected classes: ancestry, gender, gender identity, or expression, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, religion (includes religious dress and grooming practices), sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), ethnic or national origin (includes language use and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the United States is authorized under federal law), age (40 and above), disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS), marital status, genetic information, medical condition (genetic characteristics, cancer or a record or history of cancer), veteran or military status or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law. Our programs, services and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Please don’t hesitate to contact jobs@bastyr.edu to request or discuss a special accommodation due to a disability.

All applicants must prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a position offer. Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. Any applicants requiring special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability during the application process should contact Human Resources at (425) 602-3087 (phone), (425) 602-3058 (fax) or jobs@bastyr.edu.

How to Apply:

Please refer to job #21-051 and position title when applying. Please send your cover letter and resume to: jobs@bastyr.edu.