Human Resources Business Partner

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

34465 Inst For Molecular Engineering

About the Unit
The Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME), established in 2011 by the University of Chicago in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, is a transformational academic unit exploring the intersection of science and engineering. IME explores innovative technologies that address fundamental societal problems through advances in nanoscale manipulation and design on a molecular scale. IME is the largest new academic program that the University has started since 1988.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Human Resources Business Partner reports to the Business Administrator for Finance, HR, & Operations and is a tactical position that administers and coordinates the full recruitment cycle process to include, onboarding, orientation, compensation evaluation, employee relations, and performance management, and departure process for staff and academic employees

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage recruitment process for all open staff positions to include creating job descriptions, position posting, interviewing, selection, salary approval, background checks, offer letters, and a robust onboarding process.
  • Interpret and apply University hiring polices for academic staff to include identifying hiring categories, appropriate approvals required, and compensation rules.
  • In coordination with the University's Office of International Affairs (OIA), initiate visa application activities for staff and academic employees, and new hires.
  • Regularly prepare and distribute human resource communications to faculty, staff, and students.
  • Along with Central HR Labor Relations, steer employee relations issues ensuring legal and University compliance.
  • Navigate the University's Human Resource information system (HRIS), Workday, for payroll changes to include new hires, reappointments, job changes, transfers, compensation, and terminations for faculty, staff, and students.Ensure data integrity, pay, and reappointment obligations.
  • Research human resources best practices and assist in developing and implementing policies, guidelines and procedures.
  • Provide leadership and direction for HR staff to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness for the IME HR unit.Conduct performance evaluations and provide staff development opportunities.
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of metrics and ad hoc reports, and serve as a key resource on all relevant federal, state, local and University human resource regulations and policies.
  • Play an active role in improving and maintaining the overall efficiency of IME Human Resources operations. This includes a focus on analyzing, auditing, optimizing, and documenting the HR processes and workflow to ensure timely and accurate support to the IME Unit.
  • Train and counsel managers and employees on a variety of HR policies, procedures, and practices to ensure compliance with all University, immigration, employment and wage and hour laws.
  • Assist with special projects as needed.

  • Tactical
  • Excellent Communication (Written & Verbal)
  • Customer Service orientation
  • Teamwork
  • Flexibility
  • Organizational Astuteness

Additional Requirements

(Note: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under resume/CV section of the application.)


Bachelor's degree required along with 5-7 years of experience in human resources or HR operations required. PHR certification preferred.

  • Must have 5-7 years of experience in human resources generalist activities and specific expertise in either recruitment, staffing, payroll, employee relations, or information systems.
  • Must have 1-2 years of experience and a strong aptitude with HRIS systems.
  • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Human Resources practices and fundamentals are essential.
  • Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Excellent and effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills along with exceptional customer service skills are necessary.
  • Experience processing visa petitions and payroll for foreign nationals preferred.

Technical Knowledge:
  • Working knowledge of the labor laws governing employment such as FLSA is a must.
  • Excellent command of Microsoft office suite to include Word and Excel.

Documents Required:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • References upon request

(Note: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under resume/CV section of the application.)

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Drug Test Required?

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Health Screen Required?

Background Check Required?


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Job No:
Posted: 3/2/2018
Application Due: 4/19/2018
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