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Human Resources Retention Specialist

  • Job ID: 811239977
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: Daylight Hours
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: Corporate Human Resources
  • Department: Bedford Altoona HR
  • Location: 620 Howard Avenue, Altoona PA 16601
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $23.08 to $40.02 / hour


We're hiring a Human Resources Retention Specialist for our UPMC Altoona Human Resources Team! If you have prior human resources experience and a love for data, this could be the perfect opportunity for you!

This position is a regular, full-time position that works standard business hours, Monday through Friday at UPMC Altoona.  A perk of the position includes free parking!

The Human Resources Retention Specialist facilitates the new hire/transfer on-boarding process including new hire follow up and overall retention initiatives. They identify opportunities and formulate action plans to enhance employee engagement, employee retention, and inclusion.  If this sounds like a fit for you, apply online today!


  • Furthers a culture of recognition by use of employee recognition strategies facilitated by executive leadership, leadership and human resources.
  • Assists with turnover analysis (new hire, annual and job specific) to assist with development of strategies to improve retention.
  • Assists with learning and development strategies between UPMC learning and develop and the hospital.
  • Develops, facilitates and ensures completion of all UPMC and business unit new leader on-boarding and orientation requirements.
  • Assists business unit human resources leadership with business unit workforce retention initiatives by use of human resources metrics and strategies such as exit interview data, turnover analysis, absence management statistics or focused interviews.
  • Actively participates in business unit or system-wide human resources committees.
  • Provides primary human resources consulting services for the Business Unit by providing expert recommendations on workplace retention and engagement and cultural improvements. Engages leaders and staff on a culture of inclusion.
  • Acts as a UPMC and business unit culture champion.
  • Coordinates efforts related to business unit new hire experience, including but not limited to surveys, follow up calls/discussions, and analyzes and reports on outcomes.



  • Bachelor's degree in human resources, business or related field and at least one year of employee relations or HR project related experience required.
    • OR High School Diploma/GED and three years of employee relations or HR project related experience required.
  • PHR, SPHR certification, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP certification or UPMC HCI Strategic HR Business Partner Certification preferred.
  • Understanding of federal, state and local legislation as it applies to human resources and the employment process required.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products required.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
PHR, SPHR certification, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP certification or UPMC HCI Strategic HR Business Partner Certification preferred.

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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