Reporting to the Director, Human Resources at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, the People
Experience Partner is responsible for creating an outstanding employee experience across our school by providing
oversight and hands-on day-to-day HR support to employees at the Laboratory Schools. Accountabilities include
HR communications and processes, employee relations and investigations, ADA accommodation requests and
Worker’s Compensation administration, and training and professional development. This role will collaborate with
University Human Resources to ensure compliance with relevant policy and governance. With the director, this
role will develop HR program solutions by collecting and analyzing information, evaluating potential solutions, and
developing an HR infrastructure that supports the mission of the Laboratory Schools.
Create opportunities to improve internal audit tools, workflow processes, and create systems to ensure efficient, and well-documented information.
Write and/or draft human resources communications, including a monthly newsletter and informationalcontent in employee handbooks and on HR website.
Develop and conduct training for administrator and employees on HR issues and topics.
Manage development of professional development day activities for staff.
Provide employee relations support to non-union and union staff (via collective bargaining agreements (CBA) interpretation), investigation and day-to-day support for a full range of employee relations matters including, but not limited to, informal and formal grievances, complaints, disciplinary process and termination.
Partner with the director of HR, administrators, and University partners to conduct formal investigations, document findings, and communicate outcomes.
Lead discussions related to ADA accommodations and Worker’s Compensation Claims ensuring collaboration with University partners.
Foster and maintain effective professional relationship with administrators, employees, colleagues, and union leaders/representatives to stay abreast and assist in the prevention of employee-relations issues.
Ability to be agile and flexible required
Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents required
Knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships required
Analytical skills required
Problem-solving skills required
Decision-making skills required
Attention to detail required
Organizational skills required
Computational skills required
Superior verbal and written communication skills required
Interpersonal skills required
Ability to work independently and as part of a team required
Ability to manage stressful situations required
Ability to maintain confidentiality required
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required
Ability to think strategically required
Ability to successfully build and maintain professional relationships
Ability to exercising sound professional judgment
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required
Five or more years of experience in an HR generalist role required
Experience in conducting formal investigations within unionized and non-unionized environments preferred.
Experience creating and presenting training preferred.
Experience working in an independent school setting preferred.
About University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life—of thought and exploration—infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey—one of the great minds in education—established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today’s students still benefit from his vision, and today’s Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field.
Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab’s student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes.
The Laboratory Schools seek the fine...st employees—people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission of igniting and nurturing an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence in the youngest members of the University of Chicago’s academic community.
The Laboratory Schools is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.
Interested candidates should apply via our website at: http://www.ucls.uchicago.edu/about-lab/employment
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.
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