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The Human Resource (HR) Manager is responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of HR functions for the SDSTA and SURF.
Open until filled.

Position Summary

The Human Resource (HR) Manager is responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of HR functions for the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA) and the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF). The HR Manager supervises HR staff and reports to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Functional Responsibilities (include but are not limited to)

Recruitment, Selection, and Staffing

  • Develops and administers recruitment and advertising strategies.
  • Writes job announcements and advertisements.
  • Develops and maintains applicant tracking systems.
  • Develops and administers internal job posting program.
  • Coordinates pre-employment physical exams, drug testing, background checks, safety training, and final job placement.
  • Conducts new employee orientation, benefits enrollment, and payroll setup.


  • Manages job descriptions and assigns salary ranges.
  • Develops policies to implement compensation decisions.
  • Oversees time keeping and ensures employees are paid according to pay policies.
  • Prepares all employee payroll change letters and enters all payroll changes in the Deltek Costpoint system.


  • Initiates contact and negotiates with vendors to provide health, dental, vision, life, disability, and flexible benefit plans within budget guidelines.
  • Acts as authorized agent for retirement plans.
  • Administers changes to benefit plans.
  • Organizes and conducts annual open enrollment and processes all changes.
  • Serves as primary contact for employees with benefit questions, changes, concerns, or issues.
  • Enters all benefit changes in the Deltek Costpoint system.
  • Serves as COBRA Administrator.
  • Processes resignations, retirements, and terminations.

Employee Relations

  • Works with employees and managers to resolve employment issues.
  • Investigates employee complaints.
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local employment and benefits laws and regulations.
  • Manages the Alcohol and Controlled Substances testing program.

Performance Management

  • Develops performance appraisal methods and documents.
  • Sets policies for appraising employee performance and dealing with performance issues.
  • Tracks performance appraisals and notifies supervisors when employee appraisals are due.

Records and Reporting

  • Establishes and maintains employee and HR records.
  • Prepares government reports related to EEO compliance, benefits, and other HR reports.


    • Supervises HR staff including hiring, termination, training, and performance management.
    • Coordinates and oversees the work of HR staff in support of the various HR needs of the organization.


Required Education and Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources or relevant field.
  • 5+ years of experience in progressively responsible human resource roles.
  • 5+ years of experience in Labor Relations and Employee Relations.
  • 5+ years of experience in a supervisory role.
  • PHR/SPHR certification or ability to obtain certification within two years of hire date.


  • Communicationability to communicate well both orally and in writing and with a wide variety of people.
  • Initiative—ability to persist despite difficult conditions and to make suggestions for improvements.
  • Teamwork—ability to work cooperatively and support others in the workgroup.
  • Influence—ability to influence, negotiate, resolve conflicts, and effectively coach both managers and employees. To establish credibility, trust, and partnership at all levels of the organization.
  • Problem Solving—ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw conclusions.
  • Organization—ability to prioritize tasks, manage time, keep order, and coordinate a variety of activities.
  • Confidentiality—ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.

Work Requirements

Successful incumbent will be required to: 

  • Provide proof of a valid driver’s license.
  • Perform limited physical labor and light lifting including walking up and down flights of stairs.
  • Perform work in a typical office environment with prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Comply with SURF’s safety program.
  • Act in accordance with SURF’s core values: Safety Focused, Care for Others, Professionalism and Being a Team Player.

The South Dakota Science & Technology Authority (SDSTA) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to the development of a diverse workforce. Applicants are invited to self-identify as an individual with a disability or as a protected veteran. Forms are available on the website or upon request from Human Resources.