Human Resources Business Partner - Competition ID: 3410

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University


KPU offers all learners opportunities to achieve success in a diverse range of programs that blend theory and practice, critical understanding, and social and ethical awareness necessary for good citizenship and rewarding careers.  KPU strives to implement initiatives that will attract, support, engage, and retain KPU’s people and create an environment where all employees see themselves as contributing to student learning.





Reporting to the Manager, HR Business Partners, the Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) is accountable for providing comprehensive human resource consulting services to a designated portfolio of client groups. In close collaboration with senior administrative staff, this role supports client operational and consultative activities focusing on HR management functions. Key responsibilities encompass targeted coaching, showcasing effective techniques and delivering guidance on conflict resolution and management to foster and sustain a positive work culture. Furthermore, service objectives revolve around delivering relevant and timely client support, effective application of HR practices, and provides coaching, advice, and direction on fair management/employee practices to foster collegial relationships. The HRBP draws upon their expertise in HR best practices to actively involve clients in practices that align employee and department needs with organizational strategy, goals and objectives. This role engages in proactive problem-solving, champions HR initiatives, collaborates with the Centre’s of Excellence (COEs), and holds accountability for meeting both the University’s and HR departmental goals and objectives. The overarching aim is to leverage HR expertise to contribute to the strategic alignment of employee and departmental needs with the broader organizational framework.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Human Resources or related field;
  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible HR generalist experience in a large, complex multi-union organization, including experience in providing strategic advice in areas of recruitment, benefits, human resources advice, administration and interpretation of collective agreements, and human resources information systems (HRIS). Must be comfortable reading and interpreting collective agreement language;
  • CPHR designation considered an asset;
  • Preference for HR experience gained in the public sector and/or post-secondary;
  • Experience supporting and fostering equitable, diverse and inclusive environments;
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.



  • Proven skills in conflict resolution, including coaching, facilitation, mediation, and relationship management.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and influence strategic outcomes.
  • Strong understanding of labour and employment law and employee relations. Knowledge of talent acquisition, development, and retention strategies. Experience in workforce planning and succession planning.
  • Strong strategic thinking and problem-solving skills with the ability to align HR strategies and organizational goals.
  • Ability to navigate and facilitate organizational change.
  • Excellent computer skills with proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, database and HRIS software.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with the ability to build effective relationships with senior leaders, mangers, employees and the public on a diverse range of matters.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Proven ability to identify and recommend creative solutions.
  • Ability to work with considerable independence, initiative and discretion; demonstrate excellent time management and organizational skills to meet the demands of a high-volume portfolio.
  • High emotional intelligence and the ability to exercise sound judgment, tact and discretion when dealing with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Ability to travel between campuses is required

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A resume review will be conducted by June 17, 2024, however the posting will remain open until filled.


Salary Information

The compensation range is the span between the minimum and maximum base salary (as listed above) for a position.  Approximately halfway between the minimum and the maximum represents an employee that possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience for the position.  In the normal course, employees will be hired, transferred or promoted between the minimum and approximately halfway of the salary range for a job. Annual salary increases are available through participation in the Administrative Performance Management program

Why Join KPU?

  • Recognized as one of B.C.'s Top Employers  
  • KPU is committed to actively fostering an equitable and inclusive working environment
  • Competitive compensation  
  • Hybrid environment, flexible work around core hours
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan – College Pension Plan
  • Extended Medical, Dental, Healthcare Spending Account, Sick Leave, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance, Optional Life Insurance, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, Emergency Travel Assistance, Employee and Family Assistance Program, Teledoc
  • Professional Development Days: up to 10 days paid per year
  • Maternity and parental leave top-up
  • Generous vacation package
  • Campus work environment, outdoor sitting areas and nearby walking trails
  • Campus athletic and fitness centers with a variety of instructor-led classes
  • Tuition waiver program – eligible to waive tuition costs of courses at KPU equivalent to 3 credits per semester
  • Inhouse training and development
  • Networking and social events such as KPU Day, Holiday Social etc.
  • Intercampus shuttle
  • Access to automotive, horticulture, brewery and other programs’ services
  • Clubs: Jeopardy, Toastmasters, E-sports, Ted Talks etc.
  • Library and Bookstore (discounts)  
  • **Benefits may vary if the position is temporary or part-time**

Does this role sound like it was made for you, yet you don’t check every box?

We at KPU understand that experiences and qualifications may look differently for everyone and, if this job description is of interest to you, we encourage you to apply.

Note to Applicants:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University welcomes and encourages applications from equity deserving groups and diverse experiences including, but not limited to, Indigenous people, racialized people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2S/LGBTQIA+ community.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

We thank all applicants for their interest in employment with KPU. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is committed to protecting the safety and welfare of employees, students, and the general public, and upholding the reputation and integrity of the University. For this reason, final applicants will be asked to undergo a background check.