F&A HR – Talent Management
About the Department
The UChicago Talent Management team is dedicated to building institutional capacity to advance the University’s mission in providing excellence in education, research and innovation. As a strategic partner, we collaborate with divisions and units to attract, develop, reward and engage diverse talent to meet their specific goals and those of the University overall. As part of the Central Human Resources Team, we are a team of professionals working together to provide organizational leadership, advice and support to meet the changing needs of our academic and staff communities.
Reporting to Central Human Resources (HR), the Senior Human Resources Business Partner serves as the generalist and strategic consultant to one or multiple units across the University. Working closely with both the unit(s) and Central HR allows this role to maximize the HR expertise available to the University while maintaining specialized knowledge of individual unit needs. The Sr. HR Business Partner works with unit leadership on organizational strategy, performance management, compensation and other duties as needed. The Sr. HR Business Partner also utilizes various University systems and partners with HR Systems team to complete all necessary transactions. This role will support the IT Services department at 75%. The remaining 25% of the role will support various units/departments based on departmental needs.
- Workforce Planning – partners with leadership on organizational design, succession planning, change management, improvements and transition activities.
- Performance Management – assists units in assessing career growth and talent needs of the unit and determining where promotional opportunities exist.
- Employee Engagement – strategizes and shares methods for leaders to establish and sustain a positive work environment that enables employees to learn, grow and succeed.
- Communication – serves as an advocate for HR policies, procedures and practices as well as communicate policy updates.
- Investigations – conducts complaint investigations, acts as a neutral party in fact-finding and ensures confidentiality, accuracy and timeliness to employees involved.
- Title IX – escalates to ELR if inquiries involve Title IX, employment law or if questions arise regarding the Business Partner’s ability to serve as a neutral investigator.
- Grievances – hears step one of grievances for union employees and works with ELR on subsequent steps.
- Terminations – advises on severance agreements/negotiations, conducts exit interviews for voluntary resignations, involves ELR to assist with risk mitigation or other concerns and works with HR Systems Specialist to ensure employee is terminated in appropriate timeframe.
- Reasonable Accommodation Requests – in coordination with ELR, facilitates conversations between managers and employees regarding accommodation requests.
- Position Posting – collaborates with unit to draft job description and evaluation criteria, and review/update job postings to ensure alignment of objectives and budget.
- New Hire Experience – works with hiring managers and HR System team to determine system access and hardware needs for new/transfer employees and ensure transactions are completed accurately within the expected timeframe.
- New Hire Orientation – facilitates orientation sessions approximately 1-2 times per month.
- Offboarding – conducts exit interviews, providing feedback to unit management, ensures compliance for hardware retention.
- Job Evaluation – reviews and assesses job profiles of staff as needed to ensure they reflect current roles and responsibilities as this is the basis for all pay decisions.
- Pay-for-Performance – assists units as they complete alignment reviews and makes recommendations surrounding merit, equity adjustments and lump sum awards.
- System Specific Transactions – initiates personnel actions in University systems (e.g. personnel changes, requests, job changes) and approving personnel actions.
- Leave Administration – counsels employee on request for leave, manages communications between leave administration/unit/employee.
- Counsels employees on benefits and compensation. Coordinates with managers and senior colleagues to determine employee compensation. Analyzes data and prepares charts, graphs, and trend lines for management review with a minimal level of guidance.
- Has a deep understanding of unit’s employee/labor relations efforts, including handling grievances, disciplinary warnings, and employee complaints.
- Performs other related work as needed.
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with specialization in human resources or business administration.
- Master’s degree.
- Minimum of five years of HR experience.
- Facilitate succession planning and performance conversations including developing annual processes, associated materials, and facilitation plans.
- Working knowledge of Nine-Box Performance Matrix.
- Two years of prior experience supporting an IT department or organization.
- Familiarity with higher education environment and administrative systems.
- PHR or SPHR.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
- Proven ability in recruiting/staffing, employee relations, conflict resolution and management practices.
- Expertise with Microsoft Office Suite and proficient PC skills.
- Develop and maintain strong business relationships with all levels of the organization.
- Superior oral and written communication skills with varying levels of personnel.
- Excellent decision-making, time management, priority-setting, and learning agility capabilities.
- Demonstrated ability to manage and maintain sensitive or confidential information.
- Work in a team environment and independently.
- Resume/CV (required)
- Cover Letter (preferred)
- References Contact Information (3)(preferred)
When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.
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Scheduled Weekly Hours
Drug Test Required
Health Screen Required
Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required
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