Human Resource Business Partner


Chicago, IL

Industry: Education.


Not Specified years

Posted 295 days ago

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About the Unit

The University of Chicago is a private, non-denominational institution encompassing the undergraduate College, six professional schools (Business, Law, Divinity, Public Policy, Medicine and Social Service Administration), four graduate divisions (Biological Sciences, Humanities, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences) and the University of Chicago Medical Center. The broader University enterprise includes Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab, and Yerkes Observatory. The Biological Sciences Division (BSD) and the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) are managed by a single Dean/Executive Vice President and comprises the largest unit of the University. The Medical Center oversees the finances and operations of all inpatient and ambulatory services. Physicians who provide patient care services are all appointed in one of the 13 clinical Departments within the BSD. The BSD includes the Pritzker School of Medicine, approximately 24 academic units, degree granting committees, and research centers and institutes. The BSD is located on the University's main campus in Hyde Park, ten minutes south of downtown Chicago. BSD's patient care operations are conducted primarily at the University of Chicago Hospital and clinics, which share the same campus. In addition, we launched a network of clinically integrated community physicians.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Human Resource Business Partner (HRBP) has responsibility for managing, administering and advising the department regarding all aspects for staff and academic human resources. The HRBP will report to the Director, HR? BSD and will have a matrix reporting relationship working closely with the Executive Administrator(s) and Chair(s) to proactively manage the Department(s). 

The HRBP provides the Department?s strategic direction in building human resource capabilities to respond to operational and business needs. The HRBP develops mechanisms ensuring that strategic planning, recruitment, succession planning, compensation, coaching, policy development, training, and talent management practices are aligned with the organizational goals and objectives. Additionally, the HRBP redesigns organizational roles and functions to promote value by working to better outcomes by problems and recommending solutions.  


HR Business Partner

  • Provide leadership, HR expertise and coaching to department in core HR areas including, talent management, recruitment, onboarding, and engagement Manage the process for academic appointments/reappointments and post-doctoral appointments by providing advice to Faculty, search/review committees and hiring managers on job postings, advertising, interview questions, and reference checking
  • Builds credible relationships across the organization to help facilitate effective employee communications, problem solving and solutions based outcomes 
  • Manages and resolves complex employee relations issues by conducting through and timely investigations through to resolution
  • Manages HRIS data management activities, including Workday and FAS transactions ensuring data integrity and compliance

Academic Affairs

  • Prepares appointment, re-appointment, non-renewal and faculty governance letters, as needed, which may include gathering and synthesizing information from other offices
  • Coordinate and document faculty and other academic appointee searches using the University's applicant and employee tracking systems
  • Assume comprehensive responsibility for the drafting, review, assembly, and submission of electronic and paper materials in support of departmental appointive actions
  • Onboard faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, and academic visitors, including coordination of privileging with the University of Chicago Medical Center's Medical Staff Office
  • Process visa materials, working with the University's Office of International Affairs

BSD HR Partnership

  • Works closely with leaders, employees, and internal partners to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase engagement and retention across the BSD
  • Analyzes trends and metrics in collaboration with departmental and BSD HR leadership to develop solutions, programs and organizational practices
  • Contributes to the success of the BSD HR department by working withHR leadership to identify, prioritize, and build organizational capabilities, behaviors, structures, and processes
  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees and appointees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance
  • Serves as a resource to faculty and faculty administrative leaders on University policy and process matters and on BSD's academic guidelines


  • Exceptional analytical skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality required
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required
  • Ability to partner with different levels of the organization to achieve results

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Bachelors degree in huyman resources, organizational development, or related field
  • Experience in Human Resources, preferably in medical center or academic environment
  • Experience with, or knowledge of, employment law
  • Experience with core HR processes
  • Demonstrated experience delivering high quality HR services
  • Experience using and applying data and analytics to diagnose problems using strategic thinking skills to design and implement appropriate solutions
  • Strong facilitation, influencing and conflict resolution skills
  • PHR or SHRM certification preferred

Technical Knowledge or Skills:

  • MS Office experience
  • WorkdayHRIS experience
  • Social Recruiting experience

Required Documents:

  • Cover Letter      
  • Resume
  • References

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action//Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under thelaw.