Human Resources Business Partner

Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, California (US)

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The Human Resources Business Partner is expected to provide broad level support to the Office of Human Resources at Claremont McKenna College in the areas of leave administration, safety, training and development, recruiting, employee relations, benefit administration, and general office administration to a diverse employee base.



Reporting to the Director of Human Resources, the Human Resources Business Partner will work independently to perform the following essential duties and responsibilities:

Recruiting and Onboarding – Provides general recruiting support, including reviewing job descriptions, preparing job postings, posting ads, answering questions regarding the recruiting process and conducts reference checks, prepares offer letters. Conducts new employee orientation sessions, reviews policies and benefits and assists new employees in completing required forms.   Processes request for temporary agency employees, coordinates with departments to ensure proper documentation and approval.

Employee Relations – Supports departments across the College with regard to human resources and employee relations issues. Performs investigations as necessary to support employee relations work. Partners with department leaders to respond to employee concerns. 

Leave Administration – Administers the College’s leave of absence policies. Communicates with employees and explains leave of absence policies, benefits and procedures. Prepares proper correspondence and tracks leaves of absence in coordination with applicable policies and leave laws. Works with the TCCS Benefits Office to coordinate information.

Safety – Receives and reviews employee and employer reports of incidents and injuries. Ensures forms are completed properly and investigates injuries and incidents for root cause. Summarizes findings and identifies opportunities for improvement and provides recommendations for follow-up. Maintains documents as required by OSHA. May schedule ergonomic evaluations and track equipment requests. Tracks employee safety training and maintains training records.

Benefits Open Enrollment – Provides support to employees with regard to benefit open enrollment each year. Coordinates and attends benefit information sessions in conjunction with the TCCS Benefit Office. Assists employees with online open enrollment system.

Training and Development – Arranges and supports training sessions for employees in such areas as safety, time management, retirement issues, benefit programs, employee policies, and other programs of interest to staff.

General Office Administration – Works to keep the handbook up to date. Updates the web page. Works collaboratively and provides back up support for the Human Resources Administrative Assistant and Human Resources front desk. Other duties may include but are not limited to answering phones, filing, copying, preparing mailings and other correspondence for distribution. Provides some bilingual Spanish translation as needed to support the employees of the College

Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment. 

The successful candidate will also be able to perform the following essential functions:

  • Take and follow directions.
  • Work cooperatively with others.
  • Receive and respond appropriately to constructive criticism.
  • Display a positive attitude.
  • Balance multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Performs other essential duties and tasks specific to the position.


EDUCATION:  Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or Human Resources Development or a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 

EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of 3 – 5 years of Human Resources Business Partner experience supporting a fast-paced environment with highly diverse employee base, managing multiple priorities and responsibilities and interaction with employees in all level of the organization. Experience with Workday highly preferred.  Experience in higher education also preferred.

LICENSES:  A valid driver’s license is required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:  Individual must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of knowledge skills and abilities.

Knowledge of California Wage and Hour Laws is required. 

Bi-lingual in English and Spanish is highly desirable.

Ability to deploy professional skills in collaboration with colleagues, to best promote the College’s strategic interests and the goals of the department.

Ability to work effectively as a team with HR Staff, department managers and employees.

Ability to share and discuss ideas, solutions and suggestions with the common objective of selecting the best course of action.

Demonstrate effective, accurate and clear communication with excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, reading, phone, customer service and leadership skills. Follow all written and verbal instructions, ask questions as needed for clarification of projects/tasks/duties/assignments.

Operate computers with basic Microsoft Office software such as Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, and PowerPoint and other associated professional software such as Workday and Kronos. Possess the ability to conduct internet research if necessary. 

Handle all activities and highly confidential information with patience, discretion, excellent professional judgment, courtesy and tact while working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Define and prioritize realistic and specific goals and objectives, perform multiple projects/tasks, meet deadlines/timelines/schedules, solve problems, respond to others in a timely manner, and work both independently and as a collaborative member of the College with a high standard of integrity and ethics, in support of the College’s strategic vision and the department’s annual goals.

Use exceptional organizational and time management skills to complete work with accuracy and a keen attention to detail.


REQUIRED HOURS: The regular hours for this full-time position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Holiday, weekend and evening work hours may be required. Regular hours may vary due to needs of the College or division. This is a 12-month position.

CLASSIFICATION AND STATUS: This is a regular, full-time, exempt position. This is a benefits-eligible position.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Light (up to 20 lbs.)


GROOMING AND APPEARANCE:  The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a neat and professional image at all times. 

BACKGROUND CHECK:  The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check.  Certain positions will require the successful completion of a post-offer physical agility test.  Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.

ADA/OSHA:  This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position.  It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others.  It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. 

DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position.  Duties and responsibilities can change and develop over time, accordingly the College reviews job description on a periodic basis and may make changes of business necessity.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT:  Employment with the College is “at-will” meaning that the terms of employment may be changed with or without notice, with or without cause, including, but not limited to termination, demotion, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, duties, and location of work.  There is no agreement express or implied between the College and you for continuing or long-term employment. While the College has every hope that employment relationships will be mutually beneficial and rewarding, employees and the College retain the right to terminate the employment relationship at will, at any time, with or without cause.  The President is the only person who can modify or alter the at-will employment relationship.



As one of the nation's most selective private liberal arts colleges, CMC sits among the intellectually-stimulating, socially-fulfilling, seven-college community known as The Claremont Colleges, a system modeled after England's Oxford University. Founded in 1946, CMC is the youngest of the nation's top colleges and enrolls approximately 1,200 students.

Claremont McKenna College (CMC) educates its students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership in economics, government and public affairs. CMC's strong grounding in the liberal arts, together with its emphasis on economics, government, and international relations, attracts students who approach education pragmatically and who intend to make a difference in the world. With this broad-based foundation graduates leave CMC well prepared for the challenges of the 21st century. Many go on to pursue careers in law, business, government, foreign service, international relations, public policy, museum administration, science and education, or to pursue graduate study.

The College's cutting-edge research institutes provide students unprecedented opportunities to work alongside their professors and discover how what they learn in the classroom links to life in the world behond. The world comes to Claremont McKenna through a vibrant and renowned speakers series in which world leaders, thinkers, artists and visionaries visit campus through the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and other public programming.

In September 2007, Robert A. Day, the Founder and Chairman of The TCW Group, Inc., pledged a $200 million personal gift to establish the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance and its unique programs. This was the largest recorded gift to a liberal arts institution, the largest gift in the field of finance and economics, and among the top 20 largest gifts ever given to a college or university. Through his generosity, the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance now offers multiple programs, including a Master of Arts in Finance degree.

While many other colleges champion either a traditional liberal arts education with emphasis on intellectual breadth, or training that stresses acquisition of technical skills, Claremont McKenna College offers a clear alternative. Instead of dividing the liberal arts and the working world into separate realms, education at Claremont McKenna is rooted in the interplay between the world of ideas and the world of events. By combining the intellectual breadth of the liberal arts with the more pragmatic concerns of public affairs, CMC helps students to gain the vision, skills, and values necessary for leadership in all sectors of society.

In addition to its dedication to teaching and learning, the College is a center for scholars who are engaged in research that can enlighten a society intent on finding solutions to its economic, political, social, and environmental problems. Ongoing research at CMC is contributing to the body of knowledge in areas such as the effects of government regulations upon the economy, toxic waste, juvenile justice, changes of enzyme systems in humans, and the ecology of desert regions.

The Research Institutes are perhaps our clearest example of the linkages forged at CMC between research, teaching and learning. Here, students serve as assistants to, and collaborators with, their teachers, co-authoring scholarly articles and presenting papers to academic bodies, corporations, political organizations and government agencies. They test theories in the public marketplace and actively seek answers to questions of broad social importance.

In recent years CMC has gained national recognition as one of the top liberal arts colleges in America. This recognition can be attributed, in part, to CMC's mission which acknowledges its obligation for service to the larger scholarly community through faculty contact with business and with government, a process that enriches both the outside world and the campus itself. Also contributing to CMC's national reputation are the accomplishments of its almost 8,000 alumni. Today, about seventy percent of CMC's graduates go on to advanced degrees at prestigious institutions, and one in eight graduates holds a position in top management.

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