Oregon Health & Science University

HR Business Partner

Job Locations US
Requisition ID
Position Category
Human Resources
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Unclassified Administrative
Human Resources, Labor Relations
Salary Range
Commensurate with experience
Typically Monday through Friday
HR Mission
Central Services
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) serves as a resource and partner for management and employees in their assigned client group, ensuring equitable, consistent, and proactive partnership on people and culture topics in alignment with OHSU’s mission and business objectives. The HRBP develops and implements HR strategies focused on organizational effectiveness, equity and inclusion, employee engagement, talent management, employee relations, and labor relations.


This position is part of the Research, Academics & Central Services mission area. The HRBP will primarily work with the Academic and Central Services areas. This includes the School of Dentistry, School of Nursing, School of Public Health, and Central Services including HR, Legal, Risk Management, and Academic Affairs among others.

Function/Duties of Position

Employee Relations and Labor Relations

  • Provide equitable, timely, and consistent interpretation and guidance on HR policies and procedures, employee and labor relations matters, performance management conversations and documentation, conflict resolution, compensation, benefits, discipline, grievances, arbitrations, and other employee services.
  • Provide contract and policy interpretation and support managers and employees on the consistent application of policies, contract provision, and procedures.
  • Partner with managers and the HR team to ensure employment decisions are equitable, including those around promotions, compensation changes, hiring, corrective action, and separations.
  • In collaboration with the labor relations unit, respond to grievances.
  • Build relationships with union stewards in support of developing an amicable and collaborative partnership between management and labor.
  • Assists the SHRBP in assessing, investigating, and addressing complex employee and labor relations issues.

HR Consulting

  • Respond to questions from employees and direct employees to appropriate resources. In partnership with HR partners, develop resources that respond to recurring questions or issues. 
  • Provide coaching and counseling to managers and employees on topics relating to employee performance, development, engagement, and common HR compliance topics.
  • Collaborate with managers on team development, individual performance, career development conversations, and building capacity for growth; reinforce effective use of performance and development review frameworks and tools to foster employee performance and development. 

Training, Development, and Facilitation

  • In partnership with internal stakeholders and partners, implement preventive and restorative approaches aimed at mitigating, addressing, responding to, and healing harm.
  • Collaborate with the Learning & Organizational Development team to curate resources and opportunities that develop common competencies and skills.
  • In collaboration with the SHRBP, use HR data to identify trends and changes that inform HR strategies and programs.
  • Participate in the development and review of HR communications provided to the workforce.


  • Receive and respond to complaints; conduct investigations into complaints of code of conduct issues or other issues, ensuring a thorough process and documentation; recommend actions for resolution of complaints and follow through with those involved.

Project Work/Committee Work

  • Participate in HR policy and procedure updates and other HR special projects aimed at addressing the ongoing and emerging challenges of assigned client groups.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, HR or related field, or equivalent combination of education, experience, and training.
  • 3 years of progressively responsible Human Resources work experience with generalist exposure, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience executing human resources programs in a represented environment which demonstrate knowledge of labor laws and contract administration.
  • Expert-level knowledge of federal, state, and local employment laws.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain an equitable and inclusive workplace through interactions, decisions, and recommendations.
  • Effective, clear, and culturally aware communication verbally and in writing; ability to draft concise and factually accurate reports and documents.
  • Effective conflict resolution skills and the ability to navigate sensitive, emotional, or difficult situations with empathy.
  • Ability to lead investigations that apply an understanding of how different perspectives, experiences, and cultures affect the situation and investigation process.
  • Knowledge of how HR data informs equitable decision-making.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.

Additional Details

Working conditions: Monday-Friday; Days, occasional early mornings, evenings and weekends required. Position teleworks but may include on-campus work as needed. On campus includes office, classroom, lab and clinical environment.


Physical demands & equipment usage: Ability to sit or stand at a computer for up to four hours a day. Ability to attend meetings remotely and throughout campus and satellite campuses as needed, including use of the aerial tram.



All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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