Human Resources Business Partner

Suffolk University is a private, urban university located in the heart of downtown Boston. Our college green is the Boston Common and we are steps from dozens of historic sites including the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, City Hall and the Massachusetts State House. We have no real boundaries to our campus—Boston and Suffolk blend together.

Suffolk has been committed to creating an exceptional learning experience since 1906. Our vision is to be recognized as a dynamic institution that fosters engaged learning, rigorous scholarship, innovative thinking, and community collaboration across disciplines. We will ensure that Suffolk graduates are versatile and prepared for modern society and the new world market. We will provide rich curricula, experiential learning opportunities and professional mentoring through increased collaboration with alumni and community partners. We will recruit, mentor, and support a diverse faculty of teacher-scholars who are passionately committed to preparing our students to be leaders in the global community. We will inspire investment in a Suffolk community that is built on ethical, forward-thinking leadership, teamwork, and cooperation.

We compete for the best talent. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse community. We are actively seeking applicants from groups that might be under-represented because of race/color, gender, religion, real or perceived disability, national origin or LGBTQ status. As part of our commitment we encourage you to complete the demographic portion of the application in addition to submitting your cover letter and resume/CV as it will assist us in targeting our recruitment efforts.

Please note that Suffolk University conducts background checks as a condition of employment.

We are also committed to the well-being of our employees. Our terrific benefits package for benefits-eligible positions include, but are not limited to:
  • Generous paid time-off programs and commitment to work-life balance
  • Tuition free course benefits in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Sawyer Business School for employees with additional tuition benefits for spouses, domestic partners, and children
  • Top-notch well-being care available through Harvard Pilgrim Medical/Delta Dental and a Flexible Spending Account
  • Pre-tax commuter benefit
  • Employee Assistance Program that provides employees and their family members with initial assessment, referrals and short-term counseling for personal and work challenges
  • Discounted home and auto insurance

  • Description

    The Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Human Resources (HR) for an assigned school, department or business unit. The HRBP serves as a strategic partner to key business leaders, providing insight on opportunities to leverage people to meet organizational objectives. The HRBP coordinates with relevant HR units and shared services departments to influence departmental policy to support HR-related business initiatives .

    Leverages a deep understanding of the business strategy to provide expert insight. Influences division/business unit management on all aspects of people management, focusing on performance management; organization development and effectiveness; and employee productivity.

    Primary/Principal Responsibilities:

    • Develops and implements organizational capability initiatives and workforce strategies for the assigned school/department/business unit. Leads talent review(s), diversity & inclusion initiatives, and in partnership with other HR units, develops talent acquisition strategies that align to division/business unit needs.
    • Aligns the delivery of HR services to proactively integrate with organizational initiatives. Develops and implements best in class HR practices across the schools/departments/business unit to support business objectives, strategic priorities and department philosophy.
    • Identifies, develops, and implements HR programs that support business objectives and key performance priorities of assigned division/department/business unit. Identifies ways to improve operational efficiency
    • Participates in relevant leadership team meetings to develop operating plans, and ensure that the unit has the people, organizational alignment, and culture to enable it to execute effectively to meet near-term and long-range goals.
    • Pro-actively identifies key business issues and the related people, organizational and cultural implications.
    • Responsible for organizational development; change management; leadership development; diversity & inclusion; and the associated enhancement of performance of the unit.
    • Recommends and implements improvements to goal setting within the unit; performance management processes; and implements customized learning and development programs.
    • Supports key change management needs and the development of a high-performance culture.
    • Works to align workforce plans and strategies with budget allocations/constraints
    • Serves as a strategic partner, providing expert insight on all aspects of people management.
    • Provides day-to-day coaching to leadership on a variety of actions to include employee relations issues, policy interpretation and application; talent management and development; and organizational design consultation.
    • Provides coaching to business leaders on people-management topics.
    • Monitors and ensures compliance with HR policies and procedures; collective bargaining agreements; and employment law.
    • Represents the business interests of the assigned school/department/business unit and coordinates with HR and other shared services departments in the development of HR policies; collective bargaining agreements; and other labor agreements. Works with business leaders to facilitate the adoption of such policies and agreements.
    • Leverages HR resources to respond to issues relevant to the division/business unit. Gathers data, information, and feedback to influence continuous improvement of HR service delivery and align HR support models to match business and employee needs.
    • Develops and implements HR metrics and reporting to facilitate decision-making.
    • Monitors external market trends relative to talent issues across the division/business unit and demonstrate proactive efforts to address emerging HR issues


    • Bachelor’s Degree required.
    • 5-7 years of relevant experience as a Human Resources Business Partner
    • Broad knowledge in a variety of human resources disciplines
    • Ability to effectively implement change management.
    • Excellent collaboration and team building skills
    • Demonstrated strong listening, and verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability to think through problems, organize information, and identify key factors and underlying causes to generate solutions.
    • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills
    • Ability to drive multiple projects to successful completion
    • Ability to persuade, convince, influence, and gain the buy-in of others.
    • Excellent organizational skills
    • Maintains a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality
    • Ability to effectively coach, deliver constructive feedback, inspire and develop staff
    • Other: Demonstrated strategic thinking, leadership capabilities, including people development, objective setting, and measurement skills

    Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.

    Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment.

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