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HR Partner

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Position Title HR Partner
Department Human Resources
Classification Exempt
Job Summary

This position coordinates Human Resource activities for assigned divisions, acting as a liaison between Human Resources specialist staff and the assigned staff divisions/departments. The position serves in a HR generalist role as a coordinator of all HR activities, providing guidance, consulting, and case updates to area leadership in Human Resource functions such as employee relations, equal opportunity, compensation, recruiting, employee leaves and accommodations, etc. This position works collaboratively with HR specialists to execute the work of each area. This position proactively works on creating and maintaining Gonzaga University as a welcoming and inclusive environment for all through outreach, policies and training that is founded in the mission of Gonzaga University.

Work Schedule
Hours per Week 40
Months per Year 12
Employment Status Regular
Temporary or Fixed-Term Assignment End Date
Total Rewards Depends on Experience
Essential Functions

1. Coordinates human resource activities for staff by serving in a HR partner role, dedicated to the assigned staff divisions / departments.
a. Provides back-up support to other HR Partners based on varying workload.
2. Acts as a liaison between the assigned divisions / departments and Human Resource specialists, primarily for recruiting/selection processes, compensation, employee relations, equal opportunity, Title IX, employee leaves and accommodations.
a. Available and visible regularly in assigned departments/division to create positive working relationships
b. Assists with communications to departments / divisions on Human Resource or organizational changes, policies, etc.
3. Partners with members of the Human Resources department to insure:
a. Cases involving several aspects of HR (accommodations, employee relations, complaint process, etc.) are coordinated and communicated through one person to the appropriate division representative;
b. Issues are handled in a timely manner;
c. Consistent treatment and communications to faculty, staff, and administration;
4. Responsible for application of the University’s Policies and Procedures Manual, Faculty Handbook, and departmental / division policies.
a. Supports and/or conducts investigations of employee relations and civil-rights based claims and/or complaints as assigned by the Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion.
b. In collaboration with the assigned divisions / departments, implements education programs that support identified employee relations and equal opportunity needs within those areas.
c. Coordinates with Human Resources and assigned divisions / departments to resolve complaints.
d. Proactively assist employees and leadership in resolving work-related conflicts through facilitation, conflict resolution, and guidance consistent with the University’s mission, values and policies and procedures.
e. Conducts new employee 90-day check-ins and exit interviews; tracking data for recommendations to be shared with the cabinet-level divisional leadership.
5. Conducts regular meetings with the leadership within the assigned division/department to provide:
a. Status updates on issues within the department / division;
b. Performance and behavior management guidance;
c. Policy guidance and interpretations;
d. Opportunity to discuss ideas and seek input on any topic related to Human Resources or employment.
6. Identify for the Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion potential patterns, trends, policy, and concerns utilizing HR metrics to inform as applicable.
7. Identifying training needs and delivering programs to meet those needs in collaboration with appropriate departments
8. Maintains required employment and investigation files and documentation as required by internal practices and governing regulations, including routine auditing of relevant files.
9. Support the Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion, with various policy and Affirmative Action responsibilities
10. Adhere to the HR Standards of Performance and:
a. Support departmental budgets and/or being good stewards of university funds and resources,
b. Provide customer service in accordance to the HR Standards of Performance,
c. Participates on committees and attends events as deemed appropriate and as approved by Human Resources leadership.
d. Working knowledge of all applicable HR management systems in use. Expectation that each HR staff member will use these systems to look up information, manage personnel/case files, and to coach supervisors across campus.
e. Be knowledgeable about HR workflows and processes

Other Functions

Participates on committees and attends events as deemed appropriate by Human Resources, and as approved by Human Resources leadership.

If a conflict of interest arises within the Gonzaga University organizational structure, the HR Partner has the authority to go directly to the Assistant VP of Human Resources or the Chief of Staff.

Supervision Given/Received

Reports to Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion for Human Resources. Works with human resources team members, Title IX Coordinator, Investigators, General Counsel and administration as appropriate. Works independently without direct daily supervision.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Bachelor’s degree in business, human resources, or related field
2. Three (or more) year’s increasingly responsible experience in human resources and/or equal opportunity
3. Current knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations
4. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal skill to relate effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and all organization levels
5. Demonstrated ability to operate with a high level of confidentiality and discretion
6. Able to work non-traditional hours on a periodic, as needed basis

Desired Qualifications

1. Master’s degree in business, human resources, or related field
2. Human Resources and/or equal opportunity experience in a higher education setting
3. Human Resources related professional certification
4. Two years demonstrated ability conducting thorough, impartial investigations into employee relations and/or harassment/discrimination issues
5. Experience in interpreting and enforcing policy with high-level customer service implementation
6. Experience conducting in-house training programs
7. Mediation, collaborative negotiations, alternative dispute resolution or comparable experience

Physical Demands

This position is essentially sedentary with most duties performed while sitting; frequent moving about to other areas of the University is required. Substantial amounts of wrist and hand movement related to computer keyboard work. This position functions in a highly stressful environment due to the nature of the issues and the potential liability of decisions and recommendations. This individual must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of constituents, maintain a calm, professional demeanor while dealing with issues involving conflict, and maintain objectivity while balancing the University’s needs with those of its employees, faculty and students. Ability to be mobile campus wide for appropriate business needs.

Open Date 10/04/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Application Review Begins On 10/23/2017
Special Instructions to Applicants
EEO Statement

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.

Clery Statement

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics

The safety of all members of the campus community is of vital concern to Gonzaga University. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the law enforcement authority of Campus Security, policies concerning the reporting of any crimes which occurred on the campus (and other specified locations), other security and safety-related policies, as well as the crime statistics for the most recent 3-year period may be found in the Campus Safety and Security Guide and Annual Fire Safety Report. The Gonzaga-In-Florence Safety & Security Guide is also available.

A paper copy of the Campus Safety & Security Guide and Annual Fire Safety Report or the Gonzaga-In-Florence Safety & Security Guide may be obtained by contacting the Student Development Office on main campus, College Hall 120. The Florence Guide may also be obtained on the Florence campus in room 105.

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in business, human resources, or related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have three (or more) year’s of increasingly responsible experience in human resources and/or equal opportunity?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents