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Human Resources Partner

Smith College
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Human ResourcesJob Description

Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction and purpose. A college of and for the world, Smith links the power of the liberal arts to excellence in research and scholarship, thereby developing engaged global citizens and leaders to address society’s challenges. Imagine working in a community dedicated to learning, teaching, scholarship, discovery, creativity and critical thought. It’s the diversity and inclusivity of our community, founded on the free and open exchange of ideas, that runs through everything we do. Join Smith and become part of a unique team bringing our mission to life.

Smith College is looking for an experienced Human Resources professional to partner with various campus departments. This is an exciting opportunity to work as a trusted advisor to provide solutions and recommendations to support the growth and success of the College. This role reports to the Director of Human Resources Consulting.


In this role, you will deliver a full spectrum of both strategic and tactical Human Resources support and programs to employees and managers. From educating clients on compensation practices, performance management, career development to advising on various management issues. Provide expertise and mentorship to both managers and employees about how to develop and progress at Smith. Understand the unique needs of the organizations you support and help them achieve maximum organizational performance and efficiency. Provide advice and counsel to managers and employees on all performance related issues, including identifying key talent and leadership planning. Understand the training/development needs and create and deliver the appropriate training to the organization. Execute the annual salary planning process. Conduct employee relations investigations as necessary.

The Human Resources Partner is both a strategic and hands-on role that provides full employee lifecycle support. This role provides comprehensive day-to-day Human Resources support and advice as a single point of service to client groups on all Human Resources related matters, including employee relations and employee engagement, succession planning, talent identification and development, performance management, and talent acquisition.


HR Generalist

  • Partner with multiple department heads and managers to provide strategic people support including (but not limited to) performance management, employee engagement, talent management, organizational design, change management and people matters.

  • Act as a trusted coach to college leaders as they address sensitive/complex people related issues, equipping them with the right skills and behaviors to lead their teams.

  • Manage the implementation of holistic workforce planning for assigned organizations by providing insights and recommendations, and sharing feedback and ideas with leadership on the development of the plans.

  • Analyze workforce data to guide decision making and provide proactive solutions to client groups.

  • Advocate for inclusion and engagement in driving performance in all areas of the college

  • Partner with management to improve work relationships, build morale, increase productivity and retain talent

  • Collaborate with Talent Acquisition to forecast needs, ensure a strong talent pipeline; interview and give feedback on leadership positions.

  • Initiate talent and career conversations, succession planning, and help create actionable development plans with top talent.

Performance Management & Employee Relations

  • Work with managers and leaders on employee performance management plans and employee relations concerns

  • Coach management on effectively responding to employee relations concerns

  • Analyze data and trends on employee relations and performance management, to provide input to the business strategy to prevent the recurrence of known issues

  • Conduct thorough and timely investigations; mitigate liability related to employment practices.

  • Identify risks associated with how we manage human resources including compliance with Human Resources policies. Limit liability and provide solutions to mitigate negative employment actions

Learning & Development

  • Create and deliver training content across a variety of topics and for targeted audiences including leaders and individual contributors.

  • Establish data measures to track Learning & Development programming impact on organizational effectiveness and employee engagement

  • Coach, train and guide managers during the performance review process and compensation planning process.


  • Lead or actively participate in Human Resources related project work.

Participate in the college’s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive and welcoming work environment.

This job description reflects general functions; it does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree and five years of working in a human resources role or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • In depth experience in Human Resources functional areas (generalist, training, benefits, talent, recruiting, compensation, etc.)

  • Considerable ability to identify training needs and plan, organize and coordinate training programs to meet those needs.

  • Deep knowledge of Human Resources programs and practices including applicable state and federal employment laws and regulations. Knowledge of application of ADA.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two years of experience working in an Human Resources capacity within Higher Education.

  • Adept with a variety of multimedia training platforms and methods.

  • Ability to evaluate and research training options and alternatives.
    Ability to design and implement effective training and development.

  • Considerable knowledge in methods to identify training needs, reporting and evaluating results of needs assessments, and analyzing performance problems.

  • Familiarity with college software, Workday, Google, Excel, etc.


  • Strong business and Human Resources acumen, including strong problem solving skills, critical thinking and analysis

  • Coaching and consulting skills

  • Ability to take project from concept to execution

  • Ability to create and deliver training content across a variety of topics and for targeted audiences including leaders and individual contributors.

  • Continuous improvement mindset and skillset

  • Self starter, positive attitude, accessible, and approachable

  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Operate with the highest degree of integrity and confidentiality.

  • Highly organized, thrives in an ambiguous environment and able to manage multiple simultaneous priorities

  • Possesses intellectual curiosity; brings insight into the team & business

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . Be sure you have provided all attachments before submitting your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

September 30, 2022

Compensation Grade:

Grade H

Position Type:


About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 151B, it is the policy of Smith College to provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship. The policy regarding requests for reasonable accommodation applies to all aspects of employment, including the application process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact our recruiting team at

Diversity and a culture of inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religions, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Working at Smith College 

Founded in 1871, Smith College is the nation's largest liberal arts college for women. The reputation of the College as one of the finest in the country holds strong because of the dedicated work of our staff, faculty, and administration. We are a diverse group bringing to our community different talents, perspectives, and experiences. Our strength arises from this diversity and is sustained by a community value of providing an outstanding educational environment for our nearly 2,700 students. Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

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