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Reporting to the HR Director, the Human Resources Partner is responsible for providing expert Human Resources knowledge, leadership, and consultation to employees and managers throughout Graduate School, a hybrid academic/administrative organization comprised of staff across 12 administrative units and 16 interdisciplinary degree programs. Specifically, the Human Resources Partner provides HR generalist expertise as part of an evolving HR unit and supports the organizational development initiatives of the Graduate School.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Human Resource Administration The HR Partner will provide HR expertise in the areas of counseling and training regarding hiring, performance management and corrective action; facilitating partnership with labor relations; and expediting successful complaint resolution. Sample duties include: • Manage all aspects of the recruitment process for professional and classified staff and student positions ranging from job description development to final hire. • Analyze, review and take action on compensation change requests, promotions, in-grade salary increases, and reclassifications. • Advise managers on the onboarding and exiting processes for staff. • Independently advise and provide resourceful solutions to diverse and varied first-tier employee relations issues within the parameters of all regulations, laws, policies and procedures. • Provide direction and counsel regarding salary equity, retention, recruitment, complaint and grievance investigations, awards and recognition, staffing assessment, complex leave issues, performance evaluations, disciplinary actions and dismissals, etc. in collaboration with the HR Director. • Manage, administer and advise on compliance with Federal, State and UW policies (i.e., FMLA, ADA, State Ethics compliance).
Organizational Development The HR Partner will actively support the HR Director in launching Organizational Development initiatives and engage in continuous improvement efforts to build organizational community and culture. Sample duties include:
• Develop, implement and participate in Graduate School-wide community building activities that foster staff engagement. • Develop, analyze and revise Graduate School HR processes and policies under the direction of the HR Director. Draft guidelines, procedures and policies as necessary. • Manage and support the assessment of leadership and team needs; design, implement and evaluate programs and facilitate the professional development and continuous learning of team members. • Partner with HR Director to create and support an inclusive culture through development opportunities focused on Graduate School and UW values and organizational capabilities.
Operations Support The HR Partner will serve as an in-unit expert for UW’s HR systems and will be involved with HR reports and managing and maintaining employee records. Sample duties include:
• Run Workday reports as needed for the HR Director and Dean. • Manage and maintain Graduate School HR metrics and tracking systems. • Maintain confidential HR documentation in accordance with UW Records Management policies and procedures. • Review, update and edit HR content on the Graduate School’s intranet.
Miscellaneous • Other duties as assigned to support the mission, goals, and strategic plan of the Graduate School and the University of Washington.
KEY COMPETENCIES: Core Effective communications: Expresses oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communication, i.e., verbal and written, one-on-one and group, etc. Interpersonal Awareness: Builds and maintains positive relationships and actively contributes as a member of working teams to achieve results. Professional Credibility: Takes responsibility for meeting goals, objectives, obligations, and solving problems while representing the mission, vision and values of the organization. Critical Thinking: Obtains, analyzes and evaluates information effectively in the face of ambiguity. Makes appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experience. Ethics and Trust: Models and upholds the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness and honesty despite internal and external pressures. Acts consistently with Washington State ethical guidelines and organizational core values and beliefs. Valuing Diversity & Inclusiveness: Respects, values and contributes to the UW’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity. Functional Expertise Organizational Acumen: Able to size up a situation, balance reason and the interest of others, and act in a decisive, timely and appropriate manner that is congruent with the organization's values, goals and mission to achieve success. Innovation Management: Able to anticipate market trends and be effective in facilitating and managing creative processes to achieve results in self and others. Planning & Implementing: Ability to develop strategies, measures for success and feasible timelines for successful project implementation and execution. Managing Conflict: Recognizes and addresses conflicts and disagreements in a safe and respectful environment, manages conflicts collaboratively, and builds consensus with the best interests.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: •Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration or other related field •Two to three years of experience in human resources or related field. •Ability to analyze, interpret and apply complex rules and regulations in problem solving and consulting regarding employment. •Intrinsically motivated and able to create innovative ideas to achieve results. Recognizes and seizes opportunities. •Works to resolve conflicts and differences through dialog and open communication in a timely manner. Sees difference as an opportunity for growth and change. •Evidence of the practice of a high level of confidentiality. •Demonstrated success working with diverse populations and fostering an inclusive work environment. •Demonstrated strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for correspondence, special reports, spreadsheets, databases, forms, etc.
Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: •Specialized training in employment law, compensation, organizational planning, organization development, employee relations, safety, training, and preventive labor relations. •Knowledge of UW HR policies and procedures. •Experience working in a unionized environment. •Experience with UW systems, specifically Workday and UWHires.
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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