The Associate HR Partner supports HR Client Services operations for business units. This role enables the leadership of their unit by analyzing the people and organizational needs in their unit. The Associate HR Partner works proactively to identify opportunities for improvement to enhance culture, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement and experience, and professional development in partnership with centers of expertise. This role will enable HR activities within their unit that align to the overall talent and organizational strategy. The Associate HR Partner will analyze compliance adherence of all HR practices in their unit within the area of responsibility and with legislative and regulatory requirements, standards, and other applicable policies and guidelines. The team of HR Partners will work closely with the centers of expertise for deep domain expertise, and the Solution Center for employee questions and HR transactions. This role will work primarily with their unit but will report into HR for operational guidance, including leading practices, standard HR processes and procedures, HR related support and expertise, and for personal career growth. This role will help enable USCâs vision while championing USCâs culture and values.
The candidate for the position of Associate HR Partner must meet the following qualifications:
Three or more years of experience in human resourcesÂ or human capital management.
Understanding ofÂ a broad spectrum of HR domainsÂ includingÂ compensation, recruitment, employee and labor relations, talent management, continuous process improvement, change management, training, diversity and inclusion,Â workforce planning,Â and organizational development.Â
Ability toÂ consult with business units about talent metrics, employee and labor relations, workforce planning, talent assessments and performance management.Â
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.Â
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.Â
Ability toÂ work onÂ multiple concurrent projects with diverse teams.Â
Ability to learn quickly and flexibly adapt HR expertise to different business units.Â
AbilityÂ to work effectivelyÂ alongsideÂ corporate partners and other service providers (i.e. healthcare providers, ADP, contingent staffing vendors, etc.)Â
Ability to develop positive working relationships and a strong rapport with team members.Â
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.Â
The ideal candidate for the position of Associate HR Partner has the following qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in business, psychology, human resources, industrial relations or related field.Â
Five or more years of experience in human resourcesÂ or human capital management.
Experience in higher education or consulting.
Excellent mentoring and coaching skills to enhance client management and leadership abilities and relationships among teams.Â
Knowledge of Workday HumanÂ CapitalÂ ManagementÂ applications and analytics.Â
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD),Â Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP),Â Organization Development Certified Professional Program (ODCP),Â Society for Human Resource ManagementÂ Certified Professional/SeniorÂ Certified ProfessionalÂ (SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP),Â Professional in Human Resources/Senior Professional in Human ResourcesÂ (PHR/SPHR)Â or other similar certifications.Â Â Â
The candidate for the position of Associate HR Partner will be responsible for:
Maintaining working knowledge in HR domains including but not limited to compensation, recruitment, employee and labor relations, workforce planning, talent management, continuous process improvement, change management, training, diversity and inclusion, and organizational development. Maintaining updated knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance. Â
Maintaining an effective level of literacy about the assigned unit's near and long-term plans, culture and services. Demonstrating an understanding of and responding to the complex business environment and identifying how business managers can partner with HR productively.
Teaming with business units and analyzing current practices to ensure compliance adherence. Providing day-to-day management support to line management (e.g., performance management, career development, performance improvement plans including disciplinary actions).
Demonstrating effective written and verbal communications skills to produce documents, proposals, presentations, and reports tailored to individual audience needs. Maintaining open line of communication with business unit.
Soliciting constructive feedback and insights from HR Partner team and unit leadership and proactively incorporating suggestions into continuous improvement of the work environment. Expanding and updating knowledge of existing and proposed federal, state and local employment laws/regulations.Â
Gathering and analyzing information on key human capital indicators to enable effective decision-making. As directed, assisting with employee or labor relations matters and litigation including conducting effective, thorough and objective investigations ensuring open yet discreet communications and an unbiased disposition.
Recording and reporting any breaches of compliance to HR and local management as well as providing on the ground assistance to rectify. Promoting an environment that fosters inclusive relationships and creates unbiased opportunities for contributions through ideas, words, and actions that uphold principles of the USC culture and values including Code of Ethics.
Demonstrating, through words, actions, and ideas, alignment to USCâs strategic plan and the HR organizationâs strategic plan. Enabling the university to fulfill its academic and people missions through enhanced HR service.
Performing other related responsibilities as requested and when necessary. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Minimum Education:Bachelorâs degreeCombined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience:3 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise:Three yearsâ experience in HR and/or human capital management. Demonstrated broad understanding of varied HR domains (e.g., compensation, recruitment, employee/labor relations, diversity and inclusion), and the ability to learn quickly and flexibly adapt expertise to different business units. Excellent written and oral communications skills, with the ability to exercise discretion with confidential information. Ability to consult with business units about talent metrics, employee/ labor relations, workforce planning, talent assessments and performance management. Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills, with exceptional attention to detail. Ability to work on multiple concurrent projects with diverse teams and alongside varied stakeholders (e.g., corporate partners, healthcare providers, staffing vendors). Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated emotional intelligence, able to develop positive working relationships and strong rapport with people from diverse backgrounds. Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.