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Human Resources Business Partner

Madison Area Technical College

Madison, Wisconsin 53704
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Full Time
1st Shift
  • HR Generalist
  • Consultant
  • Diversity
  • Employee Relations
  • Employment/Recruitment
Madison Area Technical College
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Job Details

The Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) plays a key role in building collaborative work relationships that focus on customer-centered service and continuous improvement throughout Madison College. This position is fully dedicated to internal clients, their needs and duties within designated units and serves as a consultant to management on Human Resource related issues.

This position acts as an employee champion and change agent. This position seeks to develop and implement better talent management practices, innovate, and integrate solutions. The HRBP assesses and anticipates HR-related needs. This position requires proactive communication with our HR department and business units. The Human Resources Department is responsible for advancing the College’s mission and vision. The value added of the business partner is in deep knowledge of the internal clients, key employees and business processes that reflect the College’s mission, vision and value.

This position reports to the Director of Employment and Employee Relations.

Administrative Salary Range C44 with a starting annual salary between $71,376-$89,220 depending on qualifications and experience.

Madison College provides a generous benefits package. Newly hired Administrators serve a one year probationary period.

Essential Duties

The following duties are typically expected of this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned by the President.

1. Partners with College Administrators regularly to support the business unit.

2. Provides counsel on performance management issues (coaching, counseling, disciplinary actions, terminations, and appraisals), conflict management and change management and manages performance assessment practices.

3. Investigates and responds to employee relations issues.

4. Advocates and promotes strategies that will enhance cultural, ethnic, and gender diversity, as well as supports policies and programs relating to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.

5. Prepares and presents training activites related to general human resources needs, i.e. employee relations, policy and interpretation, performance management, etc.

6. Recommends and assists with the development of new approaches, policies and procedures to effect continual improvements in efficiency of department and services performed.

7. Works collaboratively with the Talent Acquisition Specialist to develop and implement staffing plans and activities. Acts as a backup to the Talent Acquisition Specialist for assigned business units by performing full life-cycle recruiting.

8. Analyzes trends and metrics in partnership with HR team to develop solutions, programs and policies.

9. Conducts exit interviews and makes recommendations to the management team for corrective action and continuous improvement.

10. Works collaboratively with the benefits and compensation team members to administer pay levels and administers Family Medical Leave.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

Knowledge of:

• Human Resource management procedures and practices, such as behavioral interviewing, training, employee relations, diversity, performance management and organizational development.
• Functional human resource disciplines e.g. staffing and retention, training, compensation, HRIS/HR administration, change management, employee development, performance management, compliance, etc. preferably in higher education, the public sector, or similar environment.
• Local, state and federal laws governing employment, employment relations and labor management (Title VII, FLSA, ADEA, FMLA, ADA, COBRA, etc.); with an ability to interpret and provide guidance on employment related and union issues.
• Personal computers including relevant office software (eg. M.S. Word, Excel). Familiarity with HRIS applications helpful.
• Managerial principles.
• Policy and procedure development practices.

Skilled in:

• Communications and human relations with populations having diverse socioeconomic and racial backgrounds and individuals with disabilities.
• Consulting and client management.
• Interpersonal and conflict management techniques.
• Analytical, conceptual thinking and quantitative measures.
• Communicating accurately and effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Taking initiative to identify areas for analysis and the development of recommendations for changes.

Ability to:

• Communicate with tact and discretion in difficult employment and personnel situations.
• Promote and advance diversity as well as policies and programs related to affirmative action and equal opportunity.
• Work independently and in a team setting to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and managers in a team-based and post-union environment.
• Analyze and negotiate solutions to difficult personnel problems.
• Prioritize workload; manage multiple projects and deadlines, and follow-through on tasks and work unsupervised.
• Work independently and in a collaborative manner with HR and labor representatives, internal colleagues, administrators, and other business partners.
• Interact proactively with management and staff at all levels of the College in the resolution of complex customer issues in an accurate and timely manner.


1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Human Resources Management or a closely related field.

2. Six (6) years (12,000 hours) of experience as a Human Resources Generalist/Specialist/Business Partner/Manager role with direct experience in:

• Full-life cycle recruitment for all levels within an organization
• Employee/Labor Relations
• Talent Acquisition and/or
• Diversity/inclusion initiatives

3. Professional Certification in Human Resources (e.g. PHR, SPHR or IPMA certification) or the ability to obtain certification within 18 months of hire.

Madison Area Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Rosemary Buschhaus, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Director of Employment and Employee Relations
1701 Wright St

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