Are you a consultative individual with high emotional intelligence who likes to develop custom solutions for clients? Northwestern’s Office of Human Resources, based in the heart of Evanston, is looking for a self-directed individual to join their team. This job is great for a client-focused individual who wants to facilitate change, diagnose issues, and provide value-added HR support in a decentralized environment. The ideal candidate will have experience working across at least two HR disciplines, managing complex employee relations issues, implementing organizational development strategies, and will demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills. In addition to joining a fun and highly collaborative team, Northwestern employees take advantage of excellent healthcare and retirement benefits, as well as generous paid time off. If you feel this could be a great next step in your career, apply today!
The Human Resources Business Partner serves as a key business partner and provides a variety of human resources consulting services for assigned client organization(s). The HR Business Partner facilitates change by anticipating, identifying, planning and implementing people strategies relevant to school/unit priorities. This role partners with clients to achieve annual goals and objectives that position the organization for future success. The incumbent will be functionally/technically deep in all aspects of the HR generalist role and be knowledgeable in HR specialist functions (e.g., labor, compensation, benefits, employment, and records). In addition, the incumbent will have solid, operational knowledge of organization development. The HR Business Partner's HR competence must enable the efficient identification of client centric solutions and additional HR resources to deliver relevant solutions. The individual must be poised and strong at creating HR alignment and building relationship to broker expertise from HR specialists to meet client expectations.
Develop and implement HR initiatives and programs that maximize the performance potential of school/unit leaders and support the school/unit’s strategic plan. Provide ongoing organization development consulting and create, implement and support morale and performance improvement initiatives of the school/unit.
Provide HR leadership and direction to facilitate the development of programs designed to enhance the development and potential of all school/unit employees.
Design and facilitate strategic planning sessions for senior leadership team to develop short- and long-term strategic plans.
Develop and deliver customized OD solutions to help improve performance, sustain client's organizational culture and drive business results throughout the multiple schools/units and operational entities.
Implement talent management initiatives, monitoring top talent readiness, growth and career paths for leadership development. Assist, support, and monitor development activities of high potential talent. Develop succession plans to meet future talent requirements.
Lead the design, development, implementation, integration and assessment of initiatives including organizational change, organizational analysis, communication planning, and restructures.
Accurately diagnose client organizational problems/dynamics and deliver solutions that improve situation and school/unit culture.
Collaborate with senior leadership team (and others as necessary) to enhance employee and organizational development to meet the changing needs of the organization.
Provide coaching to senior staff members to increase their leadership effectiveness.
Identify school/unit training needs and partner with training SME to provide necessary training.
Provide guidance on school/unit reorganization plans and coordinate with managers/directors on new changes to meet objectives.
Leverage and implement change management methodologies to achieve school/unit strategies and objectives.
Ensure the development and implementation of HR strategies that help the school/unit achieve its mission, vision, culture, values, and strategic priorities.
Perform needs assessment for employee development to enhance the effectiveness of employee performance in achieving individual and organizational goals and objectives.
Consult with departmental leaders on organizational needs and designs/ facilitates team development interventions.
Lead Human Resource Planning and Develop Overall Policies:
Develop a framework to identify human resource implications of initiatives and to prioritize human resources activities. Create policies and guidelines to ensure that all departments within the unit act consistent with one another and comply with University guidelines and federal, state, and local laws.
Evaluate employment and compensation plans to ensure that goals are being met, classifications of positions are fair and equitable, and hiring, raise, and bonus practices are consistent and clear.
Identify human resource implications of unit initiatives and strategies.
Partner with the client to prioritize the unit's human resource initiatives.
In partnership with client, create policies and guidelines in such areas as employment, compensation, training among others to ensure that all departments within the school/unit act appropriately and consistently are in accordance with University guidelines as well as federal, state, and local laws.
Guide Ongoing Human Resource Operations:
Provide guidance on school/unit reorganization plans and ensure appropriate and consistent classification of positions and implementation of salary structures.
Offer direction and counsel to department hiring managers/directors on human resource issues, practices, and conflict resolution. Advise school/unit on all labor related issues. Serve as the school/unit's primary liaison with university, central human resources staff and legal counsel in matters related to human resources.
Offer direction to department hiring managers/directors on human resource goals and issues.
Counsel managers/directors and assist them with proper handling of practices such as recruitment, compensation, conflict resolution, and performance issues.
Oversee the recruitment and selection process including guiding managers/directors through employment process.
Focus on strengthening retention by developing appropriate metrics and using them to monitor, identify, and address situations that need improvement.
Manages the Employee Relations Program:
Support and advise management and staff as appropriate in investigation, counseling, and discipline meetings, hearings, and arbitrations. When needed, take the lead in these activities.
Counsel managers/directors and staff as appropriate to help resolve conflicts and refer to employee assistance programs when warranted.
Review and analyze employee performance and disciplinary trends and recommend systemic changes and prevention solutions.
Advise and collaborate with the school/unit managers, supervisors and staff in development, application, and interpretation of employee/labor relations policies and practices, relations in regards to the union.
Facilitate communication among employees and management; guide leadership and employees on problem solving and dispute resolution.
The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree with 10+ years of experiences in human resources or a Master’s degree with 5+ years of experience in Human Resources.
Five years of human resources experience in complex organization with background in at least two of the following HR disciplines: generalists, training, organizational development and/ or employee relations is required.
Strong knowledge of human resources administration, policies, practices and laws is a strong requirement of the position. The candidate must possess demonstrated experience analyzing synthesizing needs and implementing relevant programs and policies.
Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
Client relationship management skills are required to develop and sustain productive working relationships.
The successful candidate will be client-centric and responsive to and exceed customer expectations.
Demonstrated skill for listening to others and objectively consider others’ ideas and opinions, even when they conflict with one’s own.
The HR Business Partner will have demonstrated experience successfully developing implementing and maintaining organization development strategies and programs as well as ability to align and drive business and human resources imperatives. S/he will also have strong working knowledge of change management principles, practices, processes, techniques and tools.
Solid experience in designing facilitation processes and understanding inherent group dynamics is critical.
Strong knowledge of organizational development theory and practices is necessary.
Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills to a variety of audiences are essential. The candidate must have outstanding skills in building teams, collaborating and/ or leading project teams. S/he must possess the ability to identify and resolve complex problems and generate alternative solutions and alignment across diverse constituents. Demonstrated facilitation, negotiation skills and high emotional intelligence will be key to successfully performing the HR Business Partner role.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.