The University of Southern California (USC) is one of the worldâs leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles and a global center for arts, technology, and international business, USC is also one of the largest private employers in the City of Los Angeles.Â We are searching for exceptional individuals to help us fulfill our mission: Developing individuals and society as a whole through the cultivation and enrichment of the human mind and spirit. As an employee of USC, you will be part of a world-class research university and a member of the âTrojan Family,â which is comprised of the faculty, students, and staff that make the university what it is.
World-renowned for its unparalleled combination of academic and athletic prowess, USC has a storied history of collegiate and Olympic success. USC teams have won 133 national championships, establishing the standard of excellence upon which the athletics program is built. The Women of Troy have claimed 90 individual NCAA crowns while USCâs 327 menâs individual NCAA titles are more than any other university. The USC football program, which competes in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, has won 11 national championships, competed in 34 Rose Bowls with 25 wins, and produced 516 NFL Draft Picks, including five first overall selections. USC is the leader among U.S. universities for most all-time Olympians, medalists, and gold medalists. USCâs 326 all-time Summer Olympics medals would tie for 12th most among all countries, while its 153 gold medals would be 11th most.
The vision of the USC Department of Athletics is to be the most student-athlete-centered athletics program in the country. USC Athletics is committed to serving and empowering its student-athletes by providing the support, resources, and environment for student-athletes to pursue a world-class education; engage in a meaningful and fulfilling college experience; transform into the best versions of themselves; compete for championships, and prepare to thrive after USC. A member of the Pac-12 Conference and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, USC is proud to support nine men's (baseball, basketball, football, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo,) and 12 women's (basketball, beach volleyball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo) teams across 12 athletics venues.
USC Athletics is looking to hire an Associate HR Partner to join our staff and student community of 600+ individuals. This role is responsible for acting as a school/business unitâs trusted strategic talent advisor, analyzing the human resources needs of people and organizations. Supports unit leadership by maintaining communication with HR Centers of Expertise, HR Solution Center, and relevant expertise centers. Enables unit HR activities aligned to overall talent and organizational strategies. Analyzes compliance adherence of all practices with applicable policies and regulations. Works primarily with assigned units but reports to HR for operational guidance, (e.g., best practices, support, expertise, personal career growth).
This position serves a diverse student and staff population must demonstrate a commitment to improving outcomes for historically under-served populations and is expected to contribute to the programâs diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts. USC Athletics is committed to increasing diversity in its staff and welcomes applications from persons of all backgrounds, ethnicities, races, genders, and sexual orientations.
This is an Exempt position and may require work and travel on weekends, evenings, and/or holidays, based on business necessity.
Roles and responsibilities to include:
Maintaining working knowledge in HR domains including but not limited to compensation, recruitment, employee and labor relations, workforce planning, talent management, continuous process improvement, change management, training, diversity and inclusion, and organizational development. Maintaining updated knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks, and ensuring regulatory compliance.
Maintaining an effective level of literacy about the assigned unit's near and long-term plans, culture, and services. Demonstrating an understanding of and responding to the complex business environment and identifying how business managers can partner with HR productively.
Teaming with business units and analyzing current practices to ensure compliance adherence. Providing day-to-day management support to line management (e.g., performance management, career development, performance improvement plans including disciplinary actions).
Demonstrating effective written and verbal communications skills to produce documents, proposals, presentations, and reports tailored to individual audience needs. Maintaining an open line of communication with the business unit.
Soliciting constructive feedback and insights from the HR Partner team and unit leadership and proactively incorporating suggestions into continuous improvement of the work environment. Expanding and updating knowledge of existing and proposed federal, state, and local employment laws/regulations.
Gathering and analyzing information on key human capital indicators to enable effective decision-making. As directed, assisting with employee or labor relations matters and litigation including conducting effective, thorough and objective investigations ensuring open yet discreet communications and an unbiased disposition.
Recording and reporting any breaches of compliance to HR and local management as well as providing on-the-ground assistance to rectify. Promoting an environment that fosters inclusive relationships and creates unbiased opportunities for contributions through ideas, words, and actions that uphold principles of the USC culture and values including the Code of Ethics.
Demonstrating, through words, actions, and ideas, alignment to USCâs strategic plan and the HR organizationâs strategic plan. Enabling the university to fulfill its academic and people missions through enhanced HR service.
Promotes an environment that fosters inclusive relationships and creates unbiased opportunities for contributions through ideas, words, and actions that uphold the principles of the USC Code of Ethics.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
The ideal candidate will possess at a minimum a Bachelorâs Degree along with a minimum of 3 years of experience. Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Three or more years of experience in human resources or human capital management.
Understanding of a broad spectrum of HR domains including compensation, recruitment, employee and labor relations, talent management, continuous process improvement, change management, training, diversity and inclusion, workforce planning, and organizational development.
Ability to consult with business units about talent metrics, employee and labor relations, workforce planning, talent assessments, and performance management.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Ability to work on multiple concurrent projects with diverse teams.
Ability to learn quickly and flexibly adapt HR expertise to different business units.
Ability to work effectively alongside corporate partners and other service providers (i.e., healthcare providers, ADP, contingent staffing vendors, etc.).
Ability to develop positive working relationships and a strong rapport with team members.
Proficient with Microsoft Office
Experience working in higher education and/or a sports-related field ideal.
All candidates must submit a (1) resume or curriculum vitae, (2) and cover letter explaining the candidateâs interest in working at USC, qualifications for the position, impact the candidate would make on the department of athletics and how the candidate would contribute to the department's goal of promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education and sport. Additional materials may be requested at a later date. All USC employees will undergo reference checking and background screening prior to hire.
USC 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, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy.
We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at email@example.com. Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.
USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.Â
Minimum Education:Bachelorâs degreeCombined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience:3 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise:Three yearsâ experience in HR and/or human capital management. Demonstrated broad understanding of varied HR domains (e.g., compensation, recruitment, employee/labor relations, diversity and inclusion), and the ability to learn quickly and flexibly adapt expertise to different business units. Excellent written and oral communications skills, with the ability to exercise discretion with confidential information. Ability to consult with business units about talent metrics, employee/ labor relations, workforce planning, talent assessments and performance management. Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills, with exceptional attention to detail. Ability to work on multiple concurrent projects with diverse teams and alongside varied stakeholders (e.g., corporate partners, healthcare providers, staffing vendors). Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated emotional intelligence, able to develop positive working relationships and strong rapport with people from diverse backgrounds. Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.