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Human Resources Business Partner

The University of Chicago

Job Description


BSD SUR - Human Resources & Academic Affairs

About the Department

Operating since 1927 on a strong foundation of multidisciplinary clinical and academic excellence, the University of Chicago Department of Surgery's mission is to meet the most challenging and complex health problems on both a local and global scale.
Many of our faculty members are known for their contributions to the advancement of groundbreaking surgical procedures and techniques, including minimally invasive surgery. In addition to our department's clinical work, our scientists pursue a diverse range of basic, translational, and clinical research projects, including studies on the gut microbiome, tissue bioengineering, stem cell research, cancer, and immunotolerance.
This ongoing work and achievement would not be possible without the cohesive effort and commitment of the faculty and staff. We are looking for high energy, collaborative individuals who share our commitment to improving the health of patients in the community and beyond.

Job Summary

The job performs a broad range of operational activities to design, implement, and monitor a variety of human resource and academic affairs programs for the Department of Surgery and Neurological Surgery.


  • Provides HR leadership, expertise, and solutions throughout the Department in functional areas including talent management, HRIS, compensation, training, operations and strategy. Provides input, tactical and strategic guidance on business unit restructuring, workforce planning and succession planning.

  • Acts as a primary liaison between the Department and Biological Sciences Division Office of Academic Affairs, University HR, University Office of International Affairs, and Occupational Medicine, across all job types.

  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of HR best practices and legal requirements.

  • Manages day to day staff performance management and complex employee relations matters by conducting thorough and timely investigations through to resolution including coaching and counseling leadership and staff as well as implementing practice solutions that mitigate future concerns.

  • Supports HR implementations, best practices and continuous improvements processes in HRIS systems (data management & analytics) annual reports and ad hoc reporting.

  • Performs staff compensation analysis for hires, equity and compliance ensuring competitive and equitable pay for new hires and incumbents. Identifies compensation issues/trends for staff and academics and develops recommendations to resolve them.

  • Analyzes staff and faculty trends and metrics in collaboration with University of Chicago, University of Chicago Medical Center and functional leadership to develop and implement solutions, programs and organizational practices.

  • Provides guidance regarding visa materials for staff and academics, working with the University's Office of International Affairs.

  • Supports diversity and inclusion helping identify ways to continuously improve and support a diverse staff and academic workforce.

  • Coordinates, documents, and facilitates faculty and other academic appointee searches using the University's applicant tracking system ensuring compliant search processes.

  • Responsible for comprehensive drafting, review, assembly, and submission of electronic and paper materials in support of departmental appointive actions.

  • Onboards staff, faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, and academic visitors, including initiation of the privileging process with the University of Chicago Medical Center's Medical Staff Office.

  • Acts as a resource to faculty and faculty administrative leaders on University policy and processes and BSD's academic guidelines.

  • Drafts correspondence for faculty and other academic appointee matters on behalf of the department chair and/or section chiefs.

  • Supports staff hiring processes, including developing job descriptions, interviewing and reference checking, handling employment offers, and conducting orientation. Drafts templates and routine offer letters. Maintains appropriate human resources data and records, solving a range of straightforward problems using standard procedures.

  • Counsels employees on benefits and compensation. Coordinates with managers and senior colleagues to determine employee compensation. Analyzes data and prepares charts, graphs, and trend lines for management review with a moderate level of guidance.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications  


  • Master's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or a related field.


  • Experience in an Academic Medical Center or related field.

  • Experience with core HR processes including talent acquisition, performance management, compensation, and employee and labor relations.

Licenses and Certifications:


Preferred Competencies

  • Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills with the ability to maintain calm and courteous demeanor and to work productively despite heavy workload, competing priorities, complex problems, and tight deadlines.

  • Experience in handling sensitive and confidential situations and information with absolute discretion.

  • Ability to proactively contribute in a continuous improvement growth environment and achieve results while working with shifting priorities.

  • Experience providing relevant direction, coaching, and responding to inquiries effectively with limited guidance.

  • Ability to influence others without formal authority by building positive working relations and partnerships with confidence across all levels of the institution to effectively execute business strategies with a high degree of organization and follow-through in a matrix organization.

  • Competence to encourage and cultivate a learning environment that appreciates cultural diversity.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Proficiency with HRIS systems like Workday.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Human Resources

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward .
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.


Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.


We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.


All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.


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