Human Resources Business Partner

Job Description

WGU Mission

The principal mission of Western Governors University is to improve quality and expand access to post-secondary educational opportunities by providing a means for individuals to learn independent of time and place and to earn competency -based degrees and other credentials that are credible to both academic institutions and employers.


HRBP’s will support their business unit(s) to provide strategic HR guidance to ensure effective planning and implementation of key people initiatives. HRBP’s are the face of HR to their business units, and the voice of the business to HR.

Essential Functions

  • Foster and build relationships with key business unit leaders.
  • Manage complex HR projects cross-functionally: competency model, talent assessment, succession planning.
  • Analyze trends and metrics in partnership with the HR group to develop solutions, programs and policies.
  • Work closely with business unit managers and people to improve working relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention.
  • Provide guidance and input on business unit restructures, workforce planning, etc.
  • Identify employee and leadership development gaps and collaborate with the HR Learning & Organization Development Manager to fill the gaps.
  • Participate in business unit meetings with senior leadership.
  • Manages and resolves complex employee relations issues. Conduct effective, thorough and objective investigations. Maintain in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of people, reducing legal risk and ensuring regulatory compliance. Partner with HR Director and legal department as needed/required.


  • Design and implementation of talent management programs.
  • Understand assigned business unit(s) both operationally and financially.
  • Understand HR processes and procedures and be able to apply them to people specific situations.
  • Provide continuous improvement of HR-related processes.
  • Represent business unit interests/priorities/initiatives to HR leadership, and vice-versa.
  • Navigate the systems, processes and political waters to support WGU’s mission, HR strategic initiatives, and assigned business unit objectives.

Required Skills, Competencies

  • Human Resources Expertise
  • Problem Solving/Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Communication Proficiency
  • Change Agent
  • Performance Management
  • Business Acumen
  • Effectiveness/Credibility
  • Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Influencer
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Data analytics

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in HR Management or related field of study;
  • 8+ years’ experience in Human Resources, to include program initiatives, experience in fast growth environments and distributed workforce model;
  • Strong understanding of employment law and other state and federal compliance regulations;
  • The ability to make recommendations to effectively resolve problems or issues, by using sound judgment and instinct that is consistent with applicable laws and WGU practices;
  • Ability to objectively and effectively coach employees and management through complex, difficult, and emotional issues within a diverse organization;
  • Demonstrated ability to apply excel and other data management and analysis tools in researching and analyzing various types of data;
  • Strong business acumen;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Experience with MS Office products, HRIS Systems, Applicant Tracking Systems, and Performance Management Systems is desired;
  • PHR or SPHR certification preferred;
  • Ability to travel as needed (10% or less).

This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this classification. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job. This job description does not constitute a contract of employment and the university may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.

Job Location

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Position Type


Diversity Statement

A diverse faculty is pivotal to the success of Western Governors University’s mission to improve the quality and expand access to post-secondary educational opportunities by providing a means for individuals to learn independent of time or place and to earn competency-based degrees and other credentials that are credible to both academic institutions and employers.

We maintain that achieving diversity requires an enduring commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms and behaviors.

Throughout our work, we will support diversity in all of its forms, encompassing age, disability status, economic circumstance, ethnicity, gender, race and religion.

Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policies

Western Governors University “WGU" does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, gender, religion, sex, disability, age, military or veteran status as required by applicable laws and regulations. WGU's commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. This policy of nondiscrimination applies (without limitation) to student recruitment, admissions, academic programs and services, student discipline, grading, and student access to WGU sponsored forums.

WGU also complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you have a disability and need accommodations, please notify us at as soon as possible so that necessary arrangements can be made.

Any student or applicant who wishes to discuss possible discrimination is welcome to contact:

WGU Student Services

Responsibility for coordination of compliance efforts and receipt of inquiries concerning Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 has been delegated to:

Anika Webb - Title IX Coordinator
Western Governors University
4001 South 700 East, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107-2533
Direct: 801-993-2321
Toll Free: 877-435-7948, ext. 1321

WGU encourages students to use the WGU Grievance and Complaint Procedure to resolve discrimination concerns. However, students also have a right to file discrimination complaints directly with the United States Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

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