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HR Business Partner

South University
Job Location:
Tampa, Florida
Human Resources
Requisition Number: DF1701

What's next for you is the first priority for us! With over 45 programs from associate to doctoral degrees, South University is a private institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities that spark the intellectual, social and professional development of a diverse student population.

Our 120-year story-past, present and future-is a history formed by the many individuals who have developed the education and spirit of community that have become our pledge to the students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters of South University. Online and at our 8 locations and 2 learning sites, we take pride in our welcoming environment; one-on-one support and personalized attention that helps students define goals and identify the means to pursue them. Our small classes feature hands-on experiences that not only shape students' skills and excellence in their chosen fields but also shape their characters through encouraging community involvement, volunteerism and the pursuit of life-long learning.

Visit today to learn more about what makes us stand apart as a place to Belong, Believe and Become, a place where you can make a difference in the lives of students eager to learn and grow.

South University, the right direction for a brighter future.


  • *Medical
  • *Dental
  • *Vision
  • Tuition Assistant Program
  • Long/Short Term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401K Match
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • 12 Paid Holidays

*includes domestic partner coverage


The HR Business Partner (HRBP) position is responsible for aligning business objectives with staff, faculty and management in designated business units across all campus locations. The position formulates partnerships across the HR function to deliver value-added service to management, staff and faculty that reflects the business objectives of the University. The HRBP maintains an effective level of business literacy about the University unit's financial position, its midrange plans, and its culture. Incumbent must assure that the South University philosophy is considered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position: quality services to clients; development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees; sound economic principles; and maintenance of an environment conducive to innovation, positive thinking and expansion.


  • Execute the daily operations of HR, which may include answering employee questions, exit interviews, termination processing, benefits, unemployment claims, offer letters, worker's compensation claims, counseling management, and internal University communications on HR related matters.
  • Maintain HR-related compliance for the University in conjunction with campus HR across several states, which may include verifying I-9s, compiling HR metrics and data from a variety of sources including the human resource information system (HRIS) and payroll outputs, management and employee surveys, exit interviews, employment records, government labor statistics, and other sources.
  • Provides day-to-day performance management guidance to line management (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions).
  • Oversee and review the processing of payroll and other essential functions of the Human Resources department and ensure compliance with internal and external controls. This includes monitoring existing and new hire employee's compensation for compliance with corporate policies.
  • Serve as a resource and main point of contact for HR policy/procedure clarification and as an advisor for other departments while handling employee relations issues and when appropriate, escalating issues to the Director of Human Resources or Vice Chancellor for Human Resources as required.
  • Manage special
    projects and/or events such as training programs, annual benefits enrollment, employee recognition, etc. as needed.
  • Manages and resolves complex employee relations issues. Conducts effective, thorough and objective investigations.
  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance. Partners with the legal department as needed/required
  • Provides guidance and input on business unit restructures, workforce planning and succession planning.
  • Assists with the recruitment process of candidates to fill vacancies. This includes posting requisitions, the initial screening of resumes and applications of various formats, prescreening potential candidates, scheduling interviews and interviewing candidates.
  • Assists with talent management initiatives of University Administration and campus locations to include the areas of: On-Boarding, Orientation, Training, Performance review planning and execution, Succession and leadership planning.
  • Other duties as required.


  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business or Industrial Relations.
  • A minimum of five years' experience in Human Resources or related field preferably in a post-secondary education environment or other field with large employee base and strong external customer service requirements (e.g. health care, retail, financial or mortgage services, etc.).
  • Previous compliance and data integrity experience preferred preferably in a post-secondary education environment.
  • Previous payroll/detail oriented administrative experience helpful.
  • Talent Acquisition/Recruiting experience required.
  • SHRM certification preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with both faculty and staff population.
  • Superior organization, prioritization, and self-motivation skills.
  • Strong computer literacy skills with the MS Office suite as well as HRIS applications
  • Ability to interact effectively as a member of a team and work collaboratively with other departments.
  • Ability to listen to customers (e.g. students, staff, etc.) and to understand and respond positively to their requests.
  • Ability to work without close supervision and to set priorities and work schedule.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and successfully meet deadlines.


The duties and 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 qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term "qualified individual with a disability" means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email, video conference and other electronic means, move about the office or school, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.

South University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student and graduate success. We are committed to building and developing a diverse environment where a variety of ideas, cultures and perspectives can thrive.

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