UAS 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: Human Resources

Position Summary:

The HR Business Partner (HRBP) serves as a functional expert, liaison, talent advisor, labor and employee engagement consultant and point of contact for leadership at each campus.


15%HR Training: The Training Specialist is responsible for assisting in developing, presenting, coordinating, and the employee training program in collaboration with the Labor and Employee Engagement department. Facilitate learning through a variety of delivery methods including classroom instruction, virtual training, on-the-job coaching. Track and report on training outcomes. Develop training aids such as manuals and handbooks.Essential
85%Human Resources Business Partner: Partner 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. Consult with UAS through direct interaction with all levels of a diverse employee population (executive, faculty, staff, union represented and temporary employees) on HR policies, procedures and programs in the areas of employment, benefits, compensation, employee/organizational development, and employee relation issues. Work closely and seek guidance with the Labor and Employee Engagement team on Labor and Employee Relations and 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. Work closely with management to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention. While maintaining professional ethical standards, look after the interest of all parties; management, employees, and the institution as a whole. Provide authoritative counsel during disciplinary actions, terminations, non-retentions, non-CBA grievances, and compliance with CBAs. Recognize internal policies and regulations (P&Rs), and external statutes and laws that relate to employment situations and appropriately apply them. Research, review and prepare appropriate documentation. When appropriate, mediate disputes and facilitate communication between parties. When appropriate, conduct investigations and recommend follow up actions and remedies. Serve as the UAS Talent Acquisition Specialist. Lead full-cycle employee recruitments and serve on the UA Talent Acquisition team as a UAS representative. Meet with UAS leadership to gain understanding of recruitment needs and advise on developing recruitment strategies. Stress innovative strategies that meet both the strategic direction of UAS and our diversity goals. Responsible for ensuring the integrity of the recruitment process for all recruitments that meet both the strategic direction of UAS and our diversity goals. Responsible for ensuring the integrity of the recruitment process for all recruitment at UAS and is responsible for documentation of the progress of the process. Review recruitment materials for completeness and compliance with applicable laws, P&R and accepted recruitment practices. All recruitments require Business Partner approval prior to posting. Review documentation of the successive stages of the recruitment process for completeness and compliance with applicable laws, P&R, and accepted recruitment practices. Grant final approval to make an offer of employment. In consultation with legal counsel and management (as necessary), decide whether an applicant's prior criminal conviction presents a bar to employment. Provide system wide consultative services to supervisors regarding position classification and compensation. Classify all UAS positions and serve as the University’s Compensation Specialist. Collaborate with the Director of Talent Acquisition and Sr. Compensation Specialist on tracking pay policy changes. 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. 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

The HRBP will explore innovative opportunities to improve system-wide business results, look for opportunities to enhance the organizational culture, and facilitate issue resolution. The 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.

As HR Training Specialist they will work closely with Labor and Employee Engagement to assess system-wide training needs and recommend training opportunities. They will develop, coordinate, present and lead employee training programs. Additionally they will forecast future training needs.

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.


  • Demonstrated experience and effectiveness in HR practices, process improvement, and employee engagement.
    Knowledge of general business practices, communication, information management, project management, and inter-department coordination.
    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.
    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.
    Requires a comprehensive understanding of HR (payroll, personnel, benefits, recruitment, budget), including HR processes, HR theory, and HR compliance.
    Must be able to prioritize workload independently and meet deadlines under stressful situations.
    Knowledge of various training and teaching methods.
    Demonstrated experience in designing training programs and workshops, and development programs across the system in collaboration with LEE.

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 UA salary schedule, Grade 81, based on education and experience. This recruitment is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on October 14th, 2021.  

Required materials to be submitted include the following:

--Cover Letter


--List of three professional references

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

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

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.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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