HR Business Partner II

Rochester, NY


Serves as the primary associate to Human Resources Business Partner/s in assigned business unit/s. As a strategic partner and working in coordination with Human Resource Business Partner/s, provides counsel to business unit in the areas of policy, procedures, corrective discipline, and dispute resolution. Devises methods for gathering information, analyzing and interpreting data; prepares reports and makes recommendations which may have broad Human Resources implications. Acts as an employee champion and change agent. Assesses and anticipates HR-related needs. Formulates partnerships across the HR function to deliver value-added services to management and employees that reflect the business objectives of the organization. Maintains business literacy as it relates to the financial position, culture, business objectives and goals of designated business unit(s).


Under general direction and with latitude for independent judgment:

  • Assists all staff in the consistent interpretation and application of Human Resources Policies, procedures, regulations and programs by demonstrating and applying thorough knowledge base of each.

  • Encourages and assists in the use of positive means of resolving Supervisors' and employees' concerns, problems, and formal grievances for both represented and non-represented employees.

  • Integrates best practices to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of HR services to business units. Maintains relationships and collaborates with University Human Resources divisions such as Compensation, Benefits, Organization Development and Labor Relations to develop applicable solutions to business challenges.

  • Working in collaboration with the Human Resource Business Partner/s serves as a contributing member of the extended leadership management team (s) of designated business unit(s). Contributes to the development and execution of the overall business strategy by partnering with the Human Resource Business Partner/s, business leaders to identify, prioritize and build organizational capabilities. Responsibilities span various aspects of HR to include: compliance, performance management, employee relations, organizational development, employee development, and compensation administration.

  • Provides leadership for various Human Resources projects and initiatives by gathering, validating and evaluating data and relevant metrics to develop reports, proposals and recommendations. Analyzes trends and partners with other HR partners and organizations as appropriate, aligning institutional and HR goals and developing solutions, programs and policies.

  • Ensures compliance with various HR policies and procedures, laws, standards and government regulations for all assigned personnel; Provides professional knowledge and counsel based on experience; collaborates with clients to communicate and train staff at all levels on personnel policies and procedures; ensures the creation and maintenance of employee handbooks and policies and procedures manuals. Advises management on application of corrective disciplinary actions, organization policies, procedures and regulations, and other compliance related issues.

  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day to day management of employees. Provides counsel in collaboration with the Human Resource Business Partner to management in order to reduce legal risks and ensure regulatory compliance. Consults with Senior HR Business Partners on all legal matters.


Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Behavioral Science, Business Administration, or a related field and 3 years of professional supervisory or related Human Resources experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

NOTE: This document describes typical duties and responsibilities and is not intended to limit management from assigning other work as required.

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How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $59,197 - $82,888 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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