Human Resources Business Partner - Office of People & Culture


Job Description Summary:
The HR Business Partner (HRBP) position is responsible for aligning business objectives with employees (staff and faculty) and management in designated departments. The position formulates partnerships across the HR function to deliver value-added service to management and staff/faculty that reflects the business objectives of the University. The HRBP maintains an effective level of literacy about the department’s operations, goals, and its culture.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
•tThis position has no direct supervisory responsibilities but does serve as a coach and mentor for other positions in the department.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Job Duties and Accountabilities:

An Asterisk (*) denotes an “essential job function” for ADA purposes.

All items listed below are considered “essential job functions” for ADA purposes
  • Conducts weekly meetings with respective leaders and departments, and build strong working business relationships.
  • Consults with management, providing HR guidance when appropriate.
  • Analyzes trends and metrics in partnership with the HR group to develop solutions, programs and policies.
  • Manages and resolves complex employee relations issues. Conducts effective, thorough and objective investigations and recommends appropriate follow up resolutions.
  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance. Partners with other departments as needed/required, including legal counsel, compliance, etc.
  • Provides day-to-day performance management guidance to management (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, corrective actions).
  • Works closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention.
  • Provides HR policy guidance and interpretation.
  • Partners with Management and Recruiter, when needed, to determine terms for new hires, promotions and transfers.
  • Provides guidance and input on department restructures, performance management, workforce planning and succession planning.
  • Identifies training needs for departments and individual executive coaching needs, and researches/determines plan for execution of needed training.
  • Participates in evaluation and monitoring of training programs to ensure success. Follows up to ensure training objectives are met.
  • Ability to create and present training information via in-person or remote presentations to leadership audiences.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Required Skills/Abilities:
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply the appropriate sections of applicable laws, guidelines, regulations, ordinances, and policies.
  • Ability to acquire a thorough understanding of the University’s hierarchy, jobs, qualifications, compensation practices, and the administrative practices related to those factors.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software, Excel, Powerpoint, MSTeams, Workday.
Education and Experience:
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience resolving complex employee relations issues.
  • Working knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines, including compensation practices, organizational diagnosis, employee relations, diversity, performance management, and federal and state employment laws.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Higher Education experience
Physical Requirements:

The physical demands 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.
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.
Employee Status:
Exemption Status:
United States of America (Exempt)
Time Type:
Full time
Job Shift:

Pay Range:


Samuel Merritt University currently provides base salary ranges for all positions-on job advertisements-in the United States based on local requirements. Individual compensation will ultimately be determined based on a variety of relevant factors including but-not limited to qualifications, geographic location, and other relevant skills.

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