Sr. Human Resources Partner Bears Region (7597U) 27391
University of California Berkeley
Location: Berkeley, California
Internal Number: 2656026
Sr. Human Resources Partner Bears Region (7597U) 27391
At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.
We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.
Berkeley Regional Services (BRS), Berkeley Educators & Administrators Regional Services (BEARS) - a unit of the UC Berkeley Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration -provides reliable, high-quality administrative support to the Chancellor's, EVCP, Vice Chancellors', administrative, auxiliary, and other units that support academic excellence at UC Berkeley. Not only is BEARS the largest service region, it supports the largest variety of personnel positions in realizing UC Berkeley's mission of teaching, research, and public service.
This position serves as the senior and may serve as a lead HR generalist for their team. This position primarily handles in employee workplace issues such as conduct, discipline, performance, communications, campus policies and procedures. Uses employee relations concepts and applies campus policies and procedures to resolve a variety of employee relations and labor relations issues and situations. Also involves recommending, developing, implementing, administering, coordinating, and/or evaluating Human Resources policies, labor contracts, statutes, programs and procedures covering several of the following: recruitment, compensation, employee relations, labor relations, payroll, benefits, programs, training and development, visa procurement, and employee services.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: December 3, 2021
Provide strategic HR consultation, education, and support to client management to resolve the most complex and sensitive issues concerning staff and the organization. Apply advanced HR concepts to counsel senior managers on HR issues, employee and labor policies, procedures, and appropriate practices. Employs a comprehensive understanding of campus labor contracts and State and Federal labor laws to efficiently administer all human resources responsibilities.
Work with managers and staff on the most complex personnel matters from initial employment, performance management, staff retention, succession planning, and talent identification to termination of employment and special separation agreements.
Conduct highly complex analyses of operational human resource and organization behavior related issues or concepts and develop resulting recommendations employing political acumen and integrating information to determine appropriate courses of action and their implications. As technical leader provide guidance to managers and supervisors on programs, personnel policies and procedures. Influence others on matters of importance.
Conduct complex employee and management investigations, prepare written reports and recommend action following investigations. Oversee the investigatory process of complaints by employees alleging violation of policy, work-rule, law, misconduct, performance or other complaint (i.e. violations of EEO, ADA and other similar issues, etc.). Work with campus compliance office on larger more complex investigations.
Ensure complaints meet minimum criteria for processing. Identify scope of the investigation including planning, interviewing, fact finding, evidence gathering, meeting, coordinating, and report writing. Gather, organize, and perform advanced analysis on diverse and complex matters requiring investigation.
Schedule & interview witnesses, collect written and oral statements, gather evidence, review data (including policy, labor contracts, handbooks, and work rules) as part of the interview process. Write investigatory reports for preparation of final report, including: the issue in question, policies violated, methodology used, discussion of the statements and evidence, and the investigator's findings
Advise senior management on emerging risk management issues to minimize University exposure. Develop and manage organizational development priorities, including the resolution of organizational climate issues.
Conduct difficult termination interviews, provide feedback to management, and recommend changes to department practices as appropriate.
Develop and nurture positive relationships with client group managers and staff, to support the shared services concept and empower managers to create a high performance work culture.
Provide direction and guidance to HR Generalists on the Employee Relations team. Interprets and analyzes highly complex campus human resources policies and procedures for BEARS-HR colleagues. Review resumes and applications and interview applicants for senior level positions. Provide direction and guidance to other HR staff and effectively and collaboratively interacts with diverse client groups and at all levels on campus.
Counsel employees concerning sensitive and difficult to resolve work-related problems and recommend to senior management systemic remedies such as training, changes to organizations practices and procedures. Provide consultation, education, and support to client group staff to resolve the most complex and sensitive human resources issues.
Take responsibility for effectively developing and implementing new human resources policies across the client groups supported and satisfactorily resolving all related issues. Work with client groups on highly complex staffing actions to assist in meeting business objectives.
Provide support to units or departments in administering policies and programs in the areas of employment, labor relations, wage and salary administration, training, and other areas of HR.
Serve on campus-wide HR committees to provide feedback on new HR initiatives and to help determine appropriate campus HR strategies, policies, and practices. Represent the unit in campus meetings on matters pertaining to personnel policies and practices. Effectively and collaboratively interact with HR colleagues in campus HR and across campus.
Minimum 2 years' experience in handling complex employee and labor relations cases in similar sized organization in addition to 7 plus years' experience in line operations or HR support services.
Possesses advanced analytical skills and business acumen to conduct analysis and develop recommendations, demonstrating organization and problem-solving skills.
Demonstrates advanced knowledge of campus policies and procedures; advanced knowledge of functional area and understands how work impacts other areas in Human Resources and the campus.
Has advanced knowledge of human resources concepts, policies and procedures including employment practices, employee and labor relations, salary administration, wage and hour law, training and other areas of human resources as well as campus initiatives relating to and/or impacting human resources.
Thorough knowledge of applicable state and federal laws and regulations.
Ability to interpret and apply knowledge of union/labor contracts.
Has skills associated with effective and timely conflict resolution.
Demonstrated ability to apply advanced HR concepts to adequately assess and complete investigations. Includes conducting investigations (e.g. allegations of policy or, work-rule violation, law, misconduct, performance or other complaints). May include violations of EEO, ADA and other similar issues. Writes effective preliminary investigatory reports as well as final investigatory reports that meet the 7 principles of just cause and can be easily understood by both impacted parties and outside reviewers and arbitrators.
Possesses well developed active listening and critical thinking skills.
Demonstrated ability to handle extremely difficult or volatile situations/individuals effectively.
Has in-depth knowledge of a Human Resources Management System (HRMS) and other related business software programs and systems.
Is highly skilled in communicating clearly and effectively verbally and in writing.
Has strong desktop and mobile productivity tool user skills
Has good experience developing, tracking, and presenting both service level metrics and HR trends that impact customers both short and long term and can provide strategic thinking to recommend proactive mitigation.
Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
Experience in handling employee relations cases in higher education environment.
Has in-depth knowledge of campus policies and procedures.
Knows UC Berkeley's Human Resources Management System (HRMS) and other related business software programs and systems.
SHRM or other comparable organization certification/training as a Senior HR Business Partner highly preferred
Salary & Benefits
This is a full-time, career position. Hiring range is commensurate with experience. Range is 86,00 to $103,200. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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