Senior HR Business Partner

Posting Details

Job # 036707 Department Code 19002-7220 Department Office of Human Resources Job Title Senior HR Business Partner Location Syracuse University Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S6 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

This is a unique opportunity to join Syracuse University’s highly motivated team of talented and experienced HR professionals in a strategic and operational capacity.

As a Senior HR Business Partner, you will work in partnership with the senior leaders, key stakeholders and HR colleagues to shape, develop and deliver HR plans and strategy in line with the needs and priorities of the organization. You will operate as your assigned academic and/or administrative unit’s HR expert providing high-level people management support and development in an inclusive and student-centered environment.

The role requires the Senior HR Business Partner to be fully cognizant of how to provide counsel to the most senior leaders in a complex and challenging environment across the full range of employee matters. The most qualified candidates will be conversant in the most up to date best practices in employee relations, organizational development, performance management, recruitment, retention, staff development for employees, supervisors and faculty, workforce planning, benefits and compensation.


• A four-year degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration or related fields is required. Degree requirements may be substituted for an equivalent combination of education, training and relevant experience. SHRM - SCP, SPHR, or similar certification is desired. Preferred candidates will have an advanced degree and experience working with faculty, and research staff in a higher education setting.

• Preferred candidates will have an advanced degree and experience working with faculty, research staff in a higher education setting.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Preferred candidates for this role will have at least eight years of progressive HR experience demonstrating senior level competencies in HR expertise, consultation, business acumen, global & cultural effectiveness, critical evaluation, leadership & navigation, communication, relationship
management, and ethical practice.

• Sound understanding of all aspects of human resources and must possess the willingness and ability to ‘think outside of the box’ to become a thought leader as a Senior HR Business Partner.

• Demonstrated ability to advance organizational change and development.

• Proven skills in building and maintaining effective work relationships with the ability to counsel and advise a broad array of constituents at all levels of the organization.

• Proven ability to demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

• Must have a proven record of taking initiative and being proactive.

• Interpersonal skills.

• Excellent judgment, problem solving, customer service, diplomacy, and
proven clear and effective written and verbal communication skills.

• Proven analytical and sophisticated reasoning skills.

• Demonstrated ability to deal with sensitive and confidential matters with tact and discretion.


• Act as a point of contact for leadership to access services provided by other Human Resources functions, e.g., Talent Management, Learning & Development, Human Resources Information Technology, Benefits, Compensation, and EEO .

• Develop, implement, and advise leadership on new and ongoing HR programs and initiatives in order to maintain a sound employee relations program.

• Coach and consult with leadership in leveraging performance by creating and recommending strategic employee-focused programs.

• Work with the CHRO, university leadership, and/or Office of General Counsel to resolve conflicts and provide counseling, mediation, support and advice to leadership and in appropriate resolution of employee relations matters.

• Maintain positive employee relations through employee activities, employee recognition programs, career development, and/or communication forums.

Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Quick Link Job Posting Date 10/22/2020 Application Deadline Full Consideration By Job Category Staff Message to Applicants

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