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Sr HR Business Partner VIMS

William & Mary
VIMS - Gloucester
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Position Title:

Sr HR Business Partner VIMS

Employment Category:

Full Time Professional


VIMS - Gloucester


111100 Office of the Dean and Director

Unit Mission Statement:

William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) has a three-part mission to conduct research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens, and provide advisory service to policy makers, industry and the public. VIMS provides these services to Virginia, the nation and the world. Chartered in 1940, VIMS is currently among the largest and most respected marine research and education centers in the United States. The School of Marine Science (SMS) at VIMS is the graduate school in marine science for William & Mary. It offers outstanding education and research opportunities for students who seek advanced careers in academia, government or the private sector.

University Human Resources (UHR) advances the mission and values of W&M by advising and collaborating with W&M leaders to recruit, engage, and support an exceptional, diverse workforce. We provide programs, assistance, and consultation at the campus, team, and individual levels to foster a productive, inclusive environment in which employees can flourish.

Position Summary:

Serving as a member of the Dean & Director’s cabinet, the HR Business Partner will support the full spectrum of HR services at VIMS. This leadership role blends strategic planning with hands-on execution, fostering a high-engagement culture in a fast-paced environment. The HR Business Partner will shape HR policies and practices to amplify the organization’s goals, nurture talent, and enhance employee engagement. They will be a proactive coach to management, adept at handling a high volume of work with a results-oriented mindset. We are looking for a flexible leader with outstanding communication skills and a commitment to innovative HR solutions that will help us maintain our momentum in delivering exceptional internal employee experiences and successful recruitment. This position will report to both the Dean & Director of VIMS and the Director of HR Business Partners within University Human Resources at William & Mary.

Conditions of Employment:

This position is subject and may require additional hours beyond the typical work week to meet the business needs.

Essential Designation:




Position Restricted?:

No, this is a continuing E&G funded position

Position Term:

12 month - Continuing

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education & experience.
  • Several years of experience as a Human Resources Business Partner, with a track record of strategic HR partnership and hands-on implementation (typically 4+ years)
  • Demonstrated subject matter expertise across HR functions including – Organizational Design, Talent Development, Workforce Planning, Compensation, and Talent Acquisition
  • Experience producing results in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
  • Experience with designing organizations and change management
  • Strong understanding of HR laws, regulations, and best practices
  • Experience with HR metrics and data analysis to inform business decisions
  • Proficiency with HRIS systems and comfortable with technology to streamline HR processes
  • Ability to design and implement effective training, development, and retention programs
  • Excellent communication, facilitation, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and influence at all levels of the organization

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous higher education experience

Is the position remote work eligible?:

Hybrid (works remotely at least 1 day per week but not full-time)

Remote Work Disclaimer:

Remote work eligibility is not guaranteed and is subject to approval. Employee eligibility depends on the likelihood of the employee succeeding in a remote work arrangement and the supervisor’s ability to manage remote workers. Departments and/or Human Resources may amend, alter, change, delete, or modify eligibility.

Advertised Pay Range:

Up to $105,000, commensurate with experience.

Advertised Pay Range Statement:

All hiring rates are commensurate with relevant experience up to the advertised amount considering internal alignment.

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Benefits Summary Statement:

William & Mary offers our employees a full array of benefits including retirement, health insurance with options for expanded dental and vision along with group and optional life insurance with coverage for spouse and children, flexible spending accounts, and an EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

Our employees enjoy additional university benefits such as educational assistance, professional development, wellness benefits, and a robust holiday schedule. All employees have access to fitness facilities on campus. Staff members also have access to the university libraries, and much more. To learn more, go to:

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Background Check Statement:

William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement:

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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