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Associate HR Business Partner

Req ID: 8026
Location: Chicago - Loop
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule: 6
Job Notes:


Summary:  The Associate Human Resource Business Partner supports organizational objectives with employees and management within Heartland Alliance. This role serves as an associate consultant to management on Human Resource related issues. A successful AHRBP will act as employee champion and change agent. The AHRBP seeks to develop integrated solutions and formulates partnerships across the client group the employee supports to deliver value added service to management and employees that reflect the objectives of the organization.  Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Responsibilities:

Employee & Labor Relations

  • Consultation, facilitation and resolution strategies for ER matters
  • Strengthens the EE-ER relationship through measurement of job satisfaction; employee engagement and conflict resolution
  • Grievance Administration and management
  • Productivity, discipline and separation

Training & Development

  • Collaborate with L&D team on various training initiatives
  • Assess training and development needs for portfolio; recommend strategies for curriculum development, content design, and delivery 

HR Compliance

  • Ensure organizational programs are in compliance with labor and employment standards
  • Work with Compliance officer to report, investigate, and resolve compliance issues
  • Ensure working conditions are safe and mitigate risk


  •     Build relationships with leaders and teams, and improve connections with employees.

  • Drive the annual performance management and compensation review cycle across areas of responsibility
  • Supports NBU salary determination process as needed
  • Implements and maintains improved onboarding support processes to improve new hire retention, especially newly hired and promoted managers and other key position
  • Partner with Recruitment team to provide proactive recruitment information and develop staffing forecasts
  • Keep current with HR trends.  Use comparable organization trends and HR analytics to anticipate and diagnose the impact of internal and external trends in order to make sound recommendations and informed business decisions
  • Interface with HR Specialists areas (i.e. recruiting, payroll, learning and development, HRIS, etc.) to ensure client resolution.
  • Collaborate and lead special projects within Human Resources as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and/or Experience Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree required.  Bachelor’s degree preferred.  3-5 years of Generalist and/or Specialist HR experience required.
  • Strong knowledge of local, state, and country employment laws and practices
  • Working knowledge of operating in a Union environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Provide proactive, customer-service and continuous improvement mindset with dedication to deliver on commitments
  • Excellent judgment and organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task efficiently with a strong attention to detail
  • Must have thorough knowledge of MS Office
  • Ability to build relationships and work independently or as part of a team
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experienced in developing short-term and long-term goals

Physical Demands: The Physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear
  • The employee is regularly required to sit, stand, and walk.
  • The employee is regularly required to use hands to key, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job included close vision and ability to adjust focus

Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


  • The noise level in work environment is moderate.


Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, or HIV injection, in accord with the Organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September, 1987.


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