Compensation Officer II

Website Harvard University

Position Description

Harvard University seeks an experienced, strategic and collaborative Compensation Officer to contribute to compensation initiatives that support the University’s academic mission. As a member of the Compensation team, you will develop and execute compensation strategies and programs that allow Harvard to attract and retain top talent from around the world. This is an exciting opportunity to participate on strategic initiatives that support Harvard’s talent management goals. The ideal candidate will enjoy tackling complex challenges in a fast-paced environment and collaborating across divisions. Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse staff.

Core Duties

•    Participate in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of compensation programs to support HHR strategies and business objectives.  Lead the ongoing work in Job Framework implementation for remaining job functions; coordinating engagement and input from HR partners and line managers across the University.
•    Assist schools and units in the development of compensation strategies, programs and other initiatives to ensure competitive position and internal equity.  Proactively audit internal equity of job grade and compensation levels to ensure compliance
•    Provide consultative and expert advice and training in the administration of the University’s compensation programs including FLSA reviews
•    Support the survey submission process by providing input and direction related to job function matching within areas of responsibility.  Review HU job matches to surveys ongoing during submission process.  Adapt changes in survey leveling, adds and deletes of jobs within the survey and within HU.
•    Conduct market analyses in support of school and unit requests and/or related to cross university job function studies using external market data and internal comparative data; make recommendations for level and pay adjustments to ensure external competitiveness and internal equity.  Continuous improvement of survey database usage by recommending updates to job matches including expansion to non-exempt roles and senior manager and leadership graded jobs.  Reviews pay markets and recommends necessary changes.
•    Participate in and/or lead department projects in support of ongoing and ad-hoc services to schools and units.  Re-establish the Compensation Committee of HR partners across the university, develop topics and coordinate quarterly meetings.
•    Develop and deliver training sessions for HR staff across the University in the area of compensation administration and related policies and practices.
•    Ensure compliance with University Human Resources policies, procedures, and requirements. Review HHR Comp intranet content, solicit input, update policy and practice documents, links etc.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 7 years’ relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, advanced Excel skills
  • PeopleSoft experience preferred
  • Strong working knowledge of FLSA including a thorough understanding and experience in applying Massachusetts state and federal wage and hour regulations

Certificates and Licenses

  • CCP preferred

Working Conditions

This full-time exempt position has a (limited) hybrid schedule. The department has a regular on-campus day once per month for the team with additional ad hoc days on campus for meetings, trainings etc., as required and based on business need.
Work is performed in an office setting.
Harvard Human Resources actively supports hybrid work where business and team needs allow.  This is a five day per week position with a hybrid schedule. Additional details pertaining to this position will be discussed during the interview process.  All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, IL, NH, NY, RI, VA, VT, WA) The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up to date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Additional Information

Harvard University regrets that it cannot provide Visa Sponsorship for this position.

Work Format Details

This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.


We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

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