Senior HR Business Partner

Maryland, United States
Salary Not specified
Jan 26, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Senior HR Business Partner


Welcome to the official site for employment opportunities at MICA. At MICA, we value diversity and empower our employees to use their talent in a variety of ways. We are pleased that you are interested in career opportunities offered at MICA.


General purpose: The Senior HR Business Partner will be responsible for providing generalist support for managers and employees of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). The selected candidate will be the first point of contact for client groups in the areas of employee relations, performance management, new hire orientation, onboarding, employee engagement activities, and recruiting. The position will ensure effective delivery of HR core processes and compliance with relevant institutional guidelines, policies, practices, and employment laws. The Senior HR Business Partner will receive and investigate complaints related to matters of Title IX, Title VII, ADA, EEO and other compliance related matters. This position reports to the Associate Vice President, Human Resources.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides guidance to managers and employees on counseling, discipline, performance management, policy interpretation and other employee relations matters. Adheres to policies in accordance with federal, state, and College guidelines and policies in partnership with HR Partners, and the Deputy Title IX Coordinators in Human Resources and Student Affairs.
  • Receives and investigates complaints related to Title VII, Title IX, ADA, EEO and equity/compliance matters. Creates an investigation plan, provides parties with information about the process and their rights, gathers evidence, conducts interviews, and drafts written findings and reports.
  • Consults with the HR Director and AVP of Human Resources as needed. Coordinates efforts with other institution offices that receive or investigate complaints
  • Remains knowledgeable of federal and state law and regulations, and trends within higher education related to harassment and other discriminatory practices. Identifies and integrates best practices into knowledge base and practice.
  • Provides guidance to managers, employees, and students, where applicable, on a wide range of issues including employee counseling, performance management, and policy interpretation.
  • Ensures a fair, timely, and well-documented investigative process. Maintains accurate and thorough records and notes of investigatory process.
  • Creates comprehensive written investigative reports that clearly identify the issues investigated, identify all relevant College policies, and summarize all relevant evidence. Maintains all information in a case management database to organize, manage, and track employee relations issues.
  • Tracks, trends, reports, and raises concerns that may be systemic problems relating to complaints.
  • In partnership with the HR Director and HR Partners, identifies training needs that stem from employee relations issues.
  • Supports employee retention through engagement and recognition activities. Participates in campus-wide committees, identifies opportunities for recognition, supports existing recognition events and activities, and assists in development and implementation of employee engagement surveys.
  • Provides resource referrals to faculty and staff involved in investigations.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Organization, synthesis and analysis of varied and complex information and problems;
  • Effective oral and written communication of policies, procedures, and legal concepts;
  • Problem-solving, analysis, and writing comprehensive reports;
  • Working with diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, staff, and faculty
  • Utilizing computer technology used for communication, data gathering, and reporting.
  • Conduct, plan, organize and lead investigations, facilitations, and preparation of reports and recommendations;
  • Work collaboratively with others and foster effective working relationships;
  • Maintain confidences and exercise sound judgment and discretion;
  • Tolerate a high degree of ambiguity;
  • Diffuse and manage situations involving intense conflict
  • Knowledge of current State and Federal laws.
  • Manage multiple, on-going and complex caseload of employee relations and Title IX-related incidents and complaints.


Database or HRIS experience

  • Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
  • Excellent customer service, enjoys working with many types of personalities
  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems with critical thinking skills
  • Ability to multi-task while maintaining attention to detail


Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Psychology, Business, or related field
  • Proven Human Resources Generalist skills
  • Experience in employee relations and compliance investigations


Preferred qualifications:

  • Master's degree
  • Experience in higher education
  • Knowledge of Title IX
  • Familiarity with Workday software


Reporting to this position: no direct reports


Conditions of Employment:

Conditions: Satisfactory Background Check


Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Physical Demands: While performing the duties of job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


Required training: Handbook orientation, Anti-Harassment, Hazard Communication, Emergency Plans & Fire Prevention, Personal Protection Equipment.


Applicants must apply online for each job in which they are interested. You will not be considered for any job for which you have not specifically applied. We do not accept applications via email, U.S. mail, or fax. Successful candidates for any staff or faculty positions will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


MICA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Human Resources at 410-225-2363.


Maryland Institute College of Art is committed to its policy of providing equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status (disabled, Vietnam-era, or otherwise). Furthermore, the College does not tolerate any form of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual violence. This policy applies to all programs, facilities, and activities provided by Maryland Institute College of Art, including but not limited to admission, educational programs, and employment.

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