Senior HR Business Partner

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Classification:Human Resources Professional 5
Grade:Grade 81
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Statewide
School/Business unit:SW Human Resources
Location: Juneau
Categories: Administrative/Personnel, Human Resources

Position Summary:

The Senior HR Business Partner (Sr. HRBP) serves as a functional expert, liaison, talent advisor, labor and employee engagement consultant and point of contact for leadership for the University of Alaska Southeast, including the Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan campuses. The Sr. HRBP will explore innovative opportunities to improve system-wide business results, look for opportunities to enhance the organizational culture, and facilitate issue resolution. The Sr. HRBP will proactively engage with program leadership to positively impact the campus environment by identifying resources and formulating/presenting actionable recommendations/options for leadership consideration. This position listens to leadership at each campus to ensure high-quality talent acquisition, employee transitions and benefits, labor and employee engagement, operations (accounting, HR systems, and customer service) and organizational development.


100Partner with campus chancellor and leadership to understand strategy and objectives to help drive a high-performance culture. Will act as a knowledge base and point of contact for all campus-specific HR needs. Work closely with the Director of Labor and Employee Engagement to ensure positive and strong working relationships with campus leadership. Coach and support leaders and colleagues with issues related to work challenges, change management efforts, and managing under-performers. Works closely with management to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention. As needed, lead full-cycle employee recruitments and serve on the UA Talent Acquisition team as a UAS representative. Provide system wide consultative services to supervisors regarding position classification and compensation. Perform new employee benefit orientations for incoming UAS faculty and staff member. Advise supervisors on employee on-boarding best practices. Serve as the primary point of contact for UAS employees regarding family medical leave. Stay up to date on present UA Employee Benefits & Transitions processes and practices. Help identify successes and areas for improvement and work with the HR team to refine processes, standards, and workflows that maximize efficiency. Collaborate with stakeholders on HR initiatives and ad-hoc projects in service of organizational alignment and also manage the planning, administration, and implementation. Provides senior level generalist interpretation and guidance to senior leadership regarding HR policies, practices, legal and compliance matters to ensure equal and consistent application. Assist with tracking and driving key campus metrics. Review and interpret HR data and people metrics to identify business or process improvement opportunities, understand trends, and inform solutions. Perform other duties as assigned.Essential

Education & Experience 

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business, or related field; Or an equivalent combination of training and experience is required.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in human resources, labor and employee relations is required. 
  • A Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Senior or Professional Human Resources (SPHR or PHR) certification preferred.


  • Requires a comprehensive understanding of HR (payroll, personnel, benefits, recruitment, budget), including HR processes, HR theory, and HR compliance.
  • Demonstrated experience and effectiveness in HR practices, process improvement, and employee engagement.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to interact and communicate with all levels within the organization.
  • Ability to problem solve and adapt quickly to changing circumstances.
  • Proven ability to establish credibility, build relationships and act as a strategic partner to clients.
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully with people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.  
  • Strong verbal communication, writing, and interpersonal skills along with the ability to form strong cross-functional relationships.
  • Excellent diplomacy skills, conflict resolution, and collaboration.
  • Ability to handle sensitive information with the highest degree of integrity and confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of federal and state employment laws, policies, regulations, and procedures.
  • Must be able to prioritize workload independently and meet deadlines under stressful situations.
  • Willingness to travel to other campuses. 

This is a full-time,12-month, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the Grade 81 UA salary schedule, based on education and experience. This recruitment is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on October 23rd, 2019.  If you need assistance in completing this application or are seeking accommodations for the interview, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Required materials to be submitted include the following:

--Cover Letter


--List of three professional references

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Southeast that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAS. 

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment.   During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason.  Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Tobacco-Free Campus:

UAS Campus is a tobacco-free campus. 

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at

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