The Director, Client Services will oversee a dynamic team of HR Partners (HRPs) to serve an HR client group at the university. This individual will co-define the talent strategy for their client group and enable their HR Partners to act as effective thought partners and key advisors to units on organizational and workforce strategies. This role will work across the HR function to ensure the team of HR Partners is equipped with current data, analytics, policy and industry knowledge to effectively serve their clients. The Director, Client Services will apply leading HR practices and deep domain knowledge to ensure their team is equipped with tools and strategic guidance needed to transform business strategies and goals into talent solutions that improve the employee experience and achieve business goals. This role will help enable USCâs mission and vision while championing USCâs culture and values.
The candidate for the position of Director, Client Services must meet the following qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in businessÂ administration,Â organizational design and development,Â psychology, human resources, industrial relations, or another related field.Â
Ten or more years of experience in one or more of the following fields: human resources, human capital management, HR employee and labor relations or talent management.
Four or more years of experience leading teams in a management or leadership role.
Strong knowledge of a broad range of HR functions including total rewards (includingÂ compensation, recruitment, employee and labor relations), talent management (including performance management, learning and development), continuous process improvement, change management, training, diversity, equity and inclusion strategies,Â workforce planning,Â and organizational development.Â
AbilityÂ to consult with business/organizationalÂ units about strategically managing talent including workforce planning, talent assessments and performance management.Â
Experience guidingÂ a team with demonstratedÂ valuesÂ and leadership skills.Â
Demonstrated relationshipÂ buildingÂ skillsÂ to workÂ effectively with individuals at all levels of an organization.Â
StrongÂ presentation,Â communication, teamingÂ capabilities and demonstrated high level writing ability.Â
Demonstrated planning and organizational skills,Â effective time managementÂ abilities andÂ a growth mindset.Â
Demonstrated knowledge of labor and employment laws and compliance.Â
Knowledge of current federal and state labor and benefits laws and regulations including ADA, ADEA, COBRA, EEOC, ERISA, FLSA, FMLA, Health Care Reform Act, HIPPA, OSHA, Pension Protection Act, Title 7, USERRA.Â Â
FamiliarityÂ with state laws such as CFRA, DFEH, IWC, PDA, Paid Family Leave, SDI, Unemployment, and Wage Orders.Â
Ability to exercise discretion with confidential information.Â
StrongÂ oral and written communication skills with the ability to tailor delivery to various audiences.Â
Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).Â
The ideal candidate for the position of Director, Client Services has the following qualifications:
Advanced degree in businessÂ administration,Â organizational design and development,Â psychology, human resources, industrial relations or related field.Â
Twelve or more years of experience in one or more of the following fields: human resources, human capital management, HR employee and labor relations or talent management.
Experience in higher education and/or serving in a consultative role directly advising business leaders.
Six or more years of experience leading teams in a management or leadership role.
Knowledge of industry trends and leading practicesÂ in HR client service methodologies including serving as a data-driven problem solver, influencing at all levels, and serving as a trusted coach and independent voice.Â Â
Proven experience creating business and action plans transforming the HR Partner role from a tactical to strategic HR service provider.
Ability to interface with all levels of the organization, influence decision makers and set and manage expectations.Â
DevelopedÂ client-relationship management skills, along with demonstrated experience in developing consultative relationships withÂ leaders.Â
Ability to successfully work in a consensus decision-making environment.Â
DevelopedÂ team-basedÂ management style with the ability to drive change while maintaining an ethical, equitable, consistent and team-focused work environment.Â
Ability to mentor and developÂ staffÂ by outlining goals, objectives, implementing support (e.g., teaching) and performance measures andÂ encouraging continuous learning, realignment andÂ training.Â
Ability toÂ enhance and applyÂ strategic initiatives in daily operations, providing guidance and support as necessary.Â
Experience in a unionized environment.Â
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD),â¯Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP),â¯Organization Development Certified Professional Program (ODCP),â¯Society for Human Resource Managementâ¯Certified Professional/Seniorâ¯Certified Professionalâ¯(SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP),â¯Professional in Human Resources/Senior Professional in Human Resourcesâ¯(PHR/SPHR)â¯or other similar certifications.â¯â¯Â
The candidate for the position of Director, Client Services will be responsible for:
Understanding and applying human resources leading practices and key data to contribute to the client unitâs near and long-term strategies and goals. Possessing an understanding of the strategic role of HR Partners in enabling a unitâs strategy and goals. Applying a deep knowledge of HR client services, employee relations, talent management, compensation, learning and development, organizational development and design, change management, and diversity, equity and inclusion to guide the HR client services team in providing strategic direction to units.
Demonstrating credibility and workforce strategy and analytics expertise in all interactions with client unit leadership. Demonstrating a broad understanding of unitsâ business needs and delivering forward-thinking, world-class HR support of those needs. Understanding the value in and driving the use of people analytics to enable data-driven decision making.
Defining the HR and people strategy for the client unit they oversee based on leading industry practices and talent/organizational data. Equipping HR team with tools necessary to act as an outstanding strategic advisor. Working with HR centers of expertise to establish a plan to transform the in-unit HR role from a tactical to strategic HR service provider including the design/implementation of assessments, gap analysis, up-skilling/learning initiatives and communications plans for units.Â Emphasizing the importance of service excellence by interweaving it into project details, measurements and development and training of the team. Interacting regularly with stakeholders to collect feedback and ascertain ways to continually improve client services delivered. Creating HR systems and business processes with stakeholders and customers in mind. Meeting deliverables according to planned deadlines.
Working closely with HR Partners to ensure stakeholder buy-in for processes and strategies. Effectively communicating and presenting to stakeholders of various levels in the organization. Engaging with HR leaders to stay up to date on areas of expertise, changes in policy, etc. Consistently communicating with direct reports as well as HR customers to understand existing challenges and areas of opportunity. Gathering structured feedback from HR customers to enhance programs and ensure consistency in approach. Providing feedback to the HR Solution Center regarding transactional services and knowledge content provided for purposes of continuous improvement.
Maintaining regular touchpoints with centers of expertise to ensure HR Partners are equipped with relevant and current data, analytics, policy and industry knowledge to effectively serve their clients. Providing innovative guidance and recommendations to unit leaders based on HR leading practices and data. Continuously upgrading knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to keep abreast of regulation/policy changes.
Overseeing a team of designated HR Partners and providing strategic direction and leadership. Partnering with HR customers, unit leaders, and HR Partners to define learning, career mobility opportunities and develop succession plans. Employing high ethical and equitable management standards creating a high performing and engaged team. Continuing to develop objectivity and critical-thinking skills to make sound judgments based on keen analysis, leading practices and an understanding of desired outcomes. When necessary, escalating HR issues in a timely manner.Â
Integrating USCâs unifying values including integrity and accountability throughout all organizational and HR practices. Developing credible relationships from demonstrated ethical judgment, behavior, and practiced confidentiality. Promoting an environment that fosters inclusive relationships and creates unbiased opportunities for contributions through ideas, words, and actions that uphold principles of the USC culture and values including Code of Ethics.
Disseminating unit, university and HR strategies to the unit HR team and discussing key elements and individual responsibilities to deliver on the strategies. Establishing near and long-term HR strategies and goals within the HR community and related units to achieve desired outcomes. Analyzing current and anticipated conditions and limitations that may affect ability to achieve strategic outcomes. Reassigning staff responsibility as needed to avoid challenges or roadblocks to success. Demonstrating, through words, actions, and ideas, alignment to USCâs strategic plan and the HR organizationâs strategic plan. Enabling the university to fulfill its academic and people missions through enhanced HR service.
Performing other related responsibilities as requested and when necessary. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
The annual base salary rangeÂ for this position is $161,257.68 - $163,213.95.When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidateâs work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degreeMinimum Experience: 10 years HR and/or human capital management (e.g., employee and labor relations, talent management).4 years management role.Minimum Skills: Ability to drive strategies utilizing demonstrated expertise in varied HR domains (e.g., compensation, diversity and inclusion).Demonstrated expertise in total rewards including compensation, recruitment, employee and labor relations, talent management (e.g., performance management, learning and development), continuous process improvement, change management, training, diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, workforce planning, and organizational development.Excellent ability in consulting with business/organizational units about strategically managing talent.Proven success guiding teams with demonstrated values and leadership skills.Excellent written and oral communications skills, with the ability to exercise discretion with confidential information.Proven knowledge of current labor and employment laws and regulations (e.g., ADA, COBRA, FLSA).Demonstrated success consulting with unit leaders on workforce planning, talent assessments and performance management.Proven and effective planning, organizational and time management skills.Demonstrated emotional intelligence and excellent interpersonal and conflict-resolution skills, able to develop positive working relationships and strong rapport with people from diverse backgrounds.Proven success guiding teams with demonstrated values and coaching skills.Ability to manage one or more direct reports.Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
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As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.