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Sr. HR Business Partner at University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma

Posted in Management 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

At the University of Oklahoma, our Purpose is elegant in its simplicity and profound in its depth: We Change Lives!

OU HR Business Partners deliver measured and impactful results through creative and transformative problem-solving with unwavering integrity. We are an engaged, collaborative team that empowers our constituents by providing expert consultation to ensure fair and consistent treatment of the OU workforce. Come join us!

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce our search for a Senior Human Resources Business Partner.

This role will partner with employees and leaders, at all levels of the university, on issues such as talent management, employee relations, organizational effectiveness, and employee engagement. To be successful in this role, you will need a flexible skillset, including the ability to think strategically, execute tactically, and collaborate across many teams, levels, and situations. 

Our Services

You will join a team of four HR Business Partners that provide services to designated clients across the Norman Campus. These services include: 

  • Strategic Partner: advise, train, and support embedded human resource professionals; collaborate and connect clients with the appropriate HR SME; facilitate HR best practices; communicate  HR initiatives; provide tools and resources; communicate policy updates, and provide networking opportunities

  • Organizational Effectiveness: advise on organizational strategies, organizational structure and work environment, succession-planning; conduct workforce reviews and provide recommendations; assist in change management;  identify opportunities to improve personnel management practices and intercede to change or correct inappropriate personnel management practices 

  • Employee Experience: provide managers and embedded human resource professionals on how to assess, measure, and improve employee engagement to make the University of Oklahoma an employer of choice; includes resources like engagement surveys, employee appreciation and recognition, stay interviews, exit interviews, onboarding and offboarding process

  • Talent Management: assist managers and embedded human resource professionals in establishing performance expectations, carrying out interventions, and assuring accountability to ensure productive employees and work environments; Work with managers to provide succession planning, employee development, and performance appraisals

  • Conflict Resolution: assist in resolving problems and conflict in the workplace before they escalate to a disruption; may involve investigations and assisting with conflict mediation and resolution

  • Investigations: conduct objective and thorough investigations and/or audits related to workforce management, employee conduct, retaliation, or employee complaints and grievances

  • Policy & HR Risk Management: provide the campus with HR policy framework to effectively manage the staff workforce, implement campus initiatives related to human resources, and to mitigate risks; ensure compliance with applicable state and federal employment laws

Required Education: Bachelor Degree,  AND:

  •  36 months of professional HR experience in Employee Relations or related field.


  • Strong internal and external customer service focus 

  • Advanced relationship management and consulting skills  

  • Advanced problem-solving and critical thinking skills  

  • Must be able to meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced, changing, dynamic work environment with changing priorities  

  • Bias for action, strong work ethic, and desire to achieve excellence 

  • Must be able to interface at all levels of the organization 

  • Passion for innovative HR solutions and process improvement 

  • Must possess strong knowledge of Human Resources including but not limited to HR Strategy, Employment Law, Job Analysis, Organizational Development, and Recruiting  

  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills  

  • Advanced computer literacy with specific proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint  


  • None 

Advertised Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to: engage in repetitive motions and communicate. Frequent exposure to pressure caused by deadlines and busy periods.

Departmental Preferences:

  • Strong preference for 60 months progressive HR experience

  • PHR or SPHR professional HR certification

  • Mediation skills to address conflict or escalation with tact and professionalism 

Supervision: No Supervisory Duties

Special Instructions: If you are selected as a final candidate for this position, you will be subject to The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Tuberculosis Testing policy.  To view the policy, visit

Diversity Statement: The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, and health care services that the University operates or provides.

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