California College of the Arts — Human Resources Business Partner

Human Resources Business Partner

San Francisco

The Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) plays an important role on the Human Resources team in leveraging expertise and customer service to provide quality HR services to the CCA community. This person will have the ability to build strong relationships at all levels, and partner with business leaders and employees to assess needs and provide an array of HR services – including but not limited to staff planning, recruitment, onboarding, performance management, employee relations, etc. Under the direction of the AVP of HR/Title IX Coordinator, this position is a key supporter in the recruitment and retention of top talent, and supports the team in shepherding CCA's culture, maintaining compliance, and promoting initiatives that help make CCA a great place to work.

This position is currently remote while CCA's campuses are closed for the Fall semester but will be regularly based on the San Francisco campus.


Business Partner – 75%

  • Provide core human resources services and related HR programs to a number of units across the college.
  • Partner with leaders to understand their function/area of business and come up with strategies to address human capital needs.
  • Partner with Senior HRBP on complex employee relations issues in consultation with AVP of HR.
  • Work with hiring managers recruit and retain top talent; review exit data to understand trends and address issues
  • Lead new hire onboarding, performance management, staffing plans and workforce planning, and talent management for business/functional units
  • Listen to and understand business needs; striking a balance to support both employees and managers; coach managers and leadership
  • Ensure employee relations issues within business units are addressed quickly and appropriately; complete complaint intakes and conduct investigations.
  • Ensure compliance with internal and external policies, regulations and legislation.

HR Project Support – 10%

  • Support AVP of HR with ongoing HR initiatives such as professional development/training, open enrollment, onboarding, compensation management, return to campus planning, etc.
  • Collaborate with the HR team and CCA groups on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, under the direction of the AVP of HR.

HR Operations Support – 15%

  • Partner with HR Operations and third party providers to deliver services, such as leaves of absence and disability accommodations
  • Conduct presentations and trainings on HR related programs
  • Support HR communications including Portal updates and weekly HR Newsletter
  • Support with COVID-19 related reporting and initiatives
  • Provide customer feedback to HR to help improve processes
  • Partners with IT, Payroll, and other departments as needed
  • May represent the department on cross functional teams
  • Facilitate requests through HRIS System (Workday)
  • Conduct some HR administrative activities; ensuring accuracy of HRIS data
  • Serves as back-up to other units when partners are out
  • Performs additional duties as required.


  • BA degree is required, master's in HR related to degree or similar level of experience preferred
  • 4+ years of providing experience in a generalist capacity
  • Prior work in an academic setting, and PHR or SPHR certification preferred.
  • Expertise in core HR areas including employment administration: employee relations, recruiting, performance management and benefits and leave administration.
  • Proven success leading civil rights and employee relations investigations
  • Comprehensive knowledge of general employment legislation and the application of regulations in the areas of TITLE VII, EEOC, FLSA, ADA, FMLA, COBRA, HIPAA and related employment law.
  • Excellent communicator and interpersonal skills, experienced in written and oral presentations, written and oral; consultative approach and proven success in conflict resolution.
  • Experience working in and with a diverse, collaborative, productive team.
  • Ability to analyze, identify, and develop policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated proactive, highly adaptable, level headed approach that is service and results oriented.
  • Excellent problem solving skills and ability to establish creative solutions
  • Strategic thinker who is able to multitask tactical needs, while achieving larger goals.
  • Proficiency with HRIS programs (Workday preferred) and Google Suite
  • Ability to travel between Oakland and San Francisco locations and other light travel, as deemed necessary; flexible to work additional hours or shift schedule as needed to support the needs of the business.

San Francisco

Additional Locations

Application Instructions

Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Recommended document file formats are Word or PDF. If there are multiple attachments, we recommend compressing/zipping your files into a zip format file. There is also a place in the application for you to provide a link to large documents. Please submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions.

Application Deadline

For staff positions, screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

EEO Statement

As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability.

California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.


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Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college with 21 undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, curatorial practice, design, design strategy, film, fine arts, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment. Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students.