HR Business Partner - Prairie Research Institute at University of Illinois

Posted in Other 13 days ago.

Location: Urbana, Illinois

Job Description:

HR Business Partner - Prairie Research Institute

We are unable to sponsor an employment VISA or take over sponsorship for an employment VISA for this position now and in the future. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States with no VISA sponsorship.

The Prairie Research Institute (PRI), a research and service institute of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis, houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology, and archaeology. PRI's mission is to provide objective, integrated scientific research and service that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois. Learn more at

PRI is seeking to hire a Human Resources Business Partner to join the PRI HR team.

Job Summary

Serving within a group of HR professionals, provide expertise and facilitate operations for the Prairie Research Institute's (PRI's) human resources administration including providing specialized guidance to both internal and external audiences regarding recruitment and hiring, compensation, international employment, employee relations and HR policy.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Recruiting/Hiring
    -Manage searches for academic and civil service positions, following all unit, campus, University, state and federal policies and procedures. Includes the development of job descriptions, ad placement, guiding the search committee process, assisting with interview questions, and the completion of search documentation.
    -Monitor and investigate hiring trends that will guide determination of open searches, compensation and best advertising practices.
    -Collaborate with managers to coordinate staffing needs, advising best practices on hiring processes, writing position profiles and general recruiting initiatives.
  • Policy Interpretation/Guidance
    -Provide senior-level knowledge and guidance to managers, scientists and directors with workforce planning, succession planning, compensation and pay and other service deliverables for all employee groups including, academic, civil service, graduate students and hourly employees.
    -Interpret Campus/University procedures and serve as a resource to departmental staff.
    -Assist with development and implementation of the annual merit program.
    -With some direction, work with managers to resolve general employee relations issues, escalating issues to Associate Director when necessary.
  • Visa's/Compliance
    -As co-lead, advise, direct and manage the policies and processing of visas and green cards, FMLA and other federal and University compliance initiatives.
    -Collaborate with the HR group to design and implement onboarding programs and staff training and development initiatives.
  • Other
    -Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI.
    -Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.

Additional Physical Demands

The work of this position takes place in an office setting. The work is sedentary and involves sitting for extended periods of time working at a computer, using a keyboard and mouse, and using repetitive hand motions for data entry.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Administration, Management, Organizational Administration, Public Administration, Labor Relations, Business Administration or a field closely related to the position.
Eight years of professional-level human resources experience including (1) recruiting and candidate placement and (2) visa processing and (3) on and off campus, multi-site workforce locations.

Preferred Qualifications

Alternative degree fields may be considered if accompanied by equivalent experience, depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to current PRI projects and technologies. Experience collaborating with senior staff members conveying best practices and policies with an emphasis on building relationships and engaging stakeholders. Proven experience with implementation of orientation and onboarding programs. Experience with public speaking. Strong professional writing skills.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Intimate knowledge of Human Resources federal and state policies. Strong professional writing skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases.

Appointment Information

This is a 100% full-time Civil Service 5020 - Human Resource Associate position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after 8/1/2024. Salary is commensurate with experience with starting salary at $65,000.

For more information on Civil Service classifications, please visit the SUCSS web site at .

Application Procedures & Deadline Information

Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (Central Time) on Wednesday, July 24, 2024. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. If required by the position, transcripts or other documentation of credentials are to be provided no later than the first day of employment. For further information about this specific position, please contact Megan Weeks, For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify .

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal , or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing .

Requisition ID: 1025436
Job Category: Administrative
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