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Williams College
Williamstown, MA 01267

Website: williams.edu

Company Description:
Established in 1793 with funds bequeathed by Colonel Ephraim Williams, the college is private, residential, and liberal arts, with graduate programs in the history of art and in development economics. The undergraduate enrollment is approximately 2,000 students.

HR Business Partner
$70,000-$85,000 Per Year
Williamstown
Full Time
Human Resources/Recruiting
Bachelor's Degree
Required
5+
Required
Human resources certifications are preferred (e.g. SHRM-CP, SPHR, PHR, etc.) - Preference: Preferred

Williams College Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce the creation of two HR Business Partner positions. These critical roles will provide consultation to managers and staff on a myriad of employee relations and professional development issues to help achieve departmental goals and expand leadership capacity. The Business Partners also work with managers to facilitate the implementation of organization-level HR strategies at the department level, ensuring compliance with applicable law.  

Business Partner support takes a wide variety of forms, including assistance with transactions, straightforward answers to questions, supplying new ideas, tactics, strategies, and approaches to managing staff, facilitating communication, or challenging managers to move to higher levels of leadership performance. One Business Partner will be responsible for reinvigorating and leading a robust learning and development program; the other will have an employee relations focus.    

Reporting to the Director for Employee Engagement & Experience, you will join a team of four who are responsible for staff recruitment and onboarding, organizational design, learning and development, employee relations and engagement, and community life.  Together, HR strives to create and maintain a working environment and offerings that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming. We are attuned to the strength and value that diverse experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives brings to the college community. Equitable and inclusive practices transform the way we serve and engage our community and must be the lens through which we view all of our work. 


Responsibilities

  • Conduct an initial and on-going needs assessment related to the performance management process for staff.  Identify areas of development, make recommendations for improvement, and implement programmatic changes
  • Provide coaching, counseling, and training to managers on giving and documenting feedback and establishing accountability cycles 
  • Identify opportunities to further our strategic commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility
  • Offer and provide internal consulting support related to change management, restructuring opportunities, and other organizational improvement initiatives.
  • Coach and counsel staff on-on-one to enhance their effectiveness and support continuous improvement in process and relationships
  • Create, maintain, and support successful partnerships and promote and foster collaboration and teamwork
  • Contribute meaningfully and collegially with colleagues in HR serving as a resource, sharing expertise, listening, advising, both in structured meetings and informal conversations with the goal to continuous process improvement and relationship building and mentoring. 
  • Collaborate on developing a rich orientation program and on-boarding process that is the cornerstone for acclimating staff to Williams

It's a lot to do – but it’s also a great opportunity to collaborate with nearly every department on campus and help foster a high-performance culture!

  

 Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with five years or more of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Broad HR generalist background, some combination of experience in recruitment, benefits, compensation, learning and development, performance management, and employee relations
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills
  • Written and verbal communication skills and overall excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Experience in counseling both managers and employees to help resolve issues and improve employee relations
  • Knowledge of Massachusetts labor laws and regulations is a plus
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills essential
  • Possess the ability to generate enthusiasm and cultivate trust among diverse constituencies and individuals
  • Must exhibit excellent listening and influencing skills, cultural competence, customer service, integrity, and confidentiality when working with both internal and external customers
  • Must be technically oriented and familiar with applicant tracking systems, HCM systems (Peoplesoft, Workday) as well as Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Google Suite
  • Human resources certifications are preferred (e.g. SHRM-CP, SPHR, PHR, etc.)

Pay range $70,000-$85,000, commensurate with experience. Job group 2-D. 


Conditions of Employment

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable. COVID-19 vaccination with booster or approved exemption and participation in our testing program is required as a condition of employment at Williams.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at hr@williams.edu.

 

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