Senior Compensation Analyst (515090)

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Jose
  • San Jose, California
  • Jun 07, 2022
Full Time Accounting and Finance

Job Description


Job Summary

**Note: Applicants will be considered for both the Senior Compensation Analyst and Compensation Analyst positions based on their qualifications.**

Reporting to the Manager of Recruitment & Retention, the Senior Compensation Analyst is the primary compensation professional on campus. The incumbent acts as the subject matter expert for classification and compensation for campus and for the Recruiting team in University Personnel. The incumbent is responsible for conducting and making decisions on classification & compensation reviews for staff, management and faculty employees (when applicable) and is responsible for reviewing and maintaining equity across the campus while ensuring adherence to CSU policies and Collective Bargaining Agreements.

In addition, the incumbent is responsible for temporary and permanent reassignments, interim appointments, bonuses and stipends, merit increase processes, position management, position description modifications, department reorganizations, classification & compensation studies and all salary surveys. The incumbent works closely with campus managers, including Vice Presidents and other cabinet level managers, to provide solutions and ensure consistency across campus. The incumbent is responsible for providing updates on operations to the Manager of Recruitment and Retention and other UP management, when appropriate.

Key Responsibilities
  • Act as the campus subject matter expert for classification and compensation, providing guidance to internal staff and managers as well as managers across campus including Vice Presidents and other cabinet level managers.
  • Collaborate with the Manager of Recruitment and Retention to develop and implement classification & compensation strategies for the campus; research best practices and methods.
  • Conduct classification and compensation reviews of new and existing staff, management and applicable faculty positions, both filled and vacant, using job evaluation and analysis tools consisting of interviews, audits and observation; make appropriate classification and compensation decisions and communicate results.
  • Coordinate temporary and permanent reassignments, as well as interim appointments, ensuring all guidelines are met and procedures followed.
  • Develop position descriptions and obtain department agreement; ensure consistency across departments and divisions.
  • Manage MPP/C99 merit increase process when approved by the Chancellor's Office.
  • Conduct classification & compensation studies and provide detailed analysis and recommendations to UP management, as required.
  • Develop, recommend and implement internal and external guidelines related to classification & compensation.
  • Review and approve proposed salary actions to ensure conformance with established guidelines, policies and collective bargaining agreements, including bonuses and stipends.
  • Partner with Leads and Managers in UP to ensure compliance with Chancellor's Office, CSU, Collective Bargaining, and SJSU rules and guidelines as well as smooth and effective processing for all classification & compensation actions.
  • Participate in system wide compensation calls and represent SJSU at system wide compensation meetings.
  • Participate in system wide classification standard updates.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of Human Resources methods, procedures and practices
  • Thorough knowledge of Classification and Compensation methods, procedures and practices
  • Thorough knowledge of software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases; Proficient with PeopleSoft HR
  • Strong analytical, organizational and project management skills
  • Strong skills in the collection, evaluation, and interpretation of data to develop sound conclusions and make appropriate recommendations
  • Ability to make decisions in situations where guidelines do not exist
  • Ability to define problems, establish facts, collect data, draw conclusions and to effectively present information when responding to questions from internal and external customers
  • Ability to effectively present ideas and concepts in written or presentation format and use consultative facilitation skills to gain consensus
  • Ability to use ingenuity and innovation to conceive new approaches and solutions to address complex problems and issues
  • Ability to assess, formulate, and evaluate the impact of recommended or implemented policies from a strategic and operational perspective
  • Ability to analyze compensation data, draw conclusions and make decisions
  • Ability to work with and interpret collective bargaining agreements and understand and apply CSU classification standards
  • Ability to interpret technical procedures or regulations related to classification and compensation processes
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or professional training program specific to the position and directly related work experience, or a combination of education and experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position
  • Three (3) years of administrative work experience

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's Degree
  • Experience working with classification/compensation; Experience with PeopleSoft HR or similar database; Experience developing and analyzing reports related to classification/compensation; Experience working in a collective bargaining environment; Experience communicating and working with all levels in an organization; Experience in higher education


Classification: Confidential Administrative Support II
Anticipated Hiring Range: $5,500/month - $6,400/month
CSU Salary Range: $4,233/month - $9,514/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: June 5, 2022 through June 30, 2022 This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Contact Information

University Personnel

CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (including all booster doses of an approved vaccine for which an individual is eligible per current CDC recommendations) or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. As a condition of employment, any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as well as with other safety measures established on the campus. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


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Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).


Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


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