University of California, Irvine — Director of Human Resources / HR Business Partner

Job Opening ID: 18285
Reports To:  Administrative Manager II
Working Title: Director of Human Resources / HR Business Partner
Department: Merage/Business Office
Bargaining Unit: 99
FLSA: Exempt
Payroll Job Code: 000624
Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine
Percent of Time: 100%
Work Schedule: M-F, 8-5
Employee Class: Career

Position Summary:
The Merage School’s primary focus is “Leadership for a Digitally Driven World.” We believe that leadership in a digital world is very different from the past, demanding a reinvention of business education. Today’s managers must understand the power of connected technologies – AI, IoT, block chain, 5G, whatever the future brings – and how they transform organizations. Crucially, they must also understand how strategy, investments, competencies, and organizational culture must evolve and align to reflect new demands of competition. To this end, we have transformed ourselves – our curricula, course content, delivery modes, and co-curricular programs – to create unparalleled learning experiences to prepare students to propel their career and lead their organization to success in our digitally driven world. The Schools strategic plan includes four high-level goals 1) Deliver Research and Teaching Excellence, 2) Leverage Orange County and its International Reach, 3) Value a Culture of Inclusivity, and 4) Be Operationally Innovative and Effective. The School offers MBA programs, Specialty Masters programs, PhD, and undergraduate business degrees. We combine the academic strengths and best traditions of the University of California with the cutting-edge, entrepreneurial spirit of Orange County in the heart of Southern California’s Tech Coast.

On an ongoing basis, the Director of Human Resources / HR Business Partner (HRBP) acts as principal consultant to the Dean, Senior Associate Dean and Assistant Dean, and regularly advises all levels of management, both internal and external to the School, concerning personnel issues and projects. The position serves as consultant to leadership on strategic decision-making, including talent acquisition, organizational effectiveness, staff wellness and engagement, talent and performance management, leadership development and change management. 

This position is responsible for providing input and guidance in the organizational strategic planning process for academic personnel and staff administration, and payroll. Manages HR and AP staff primarily responsible for administering personnel policies, programs, and procedures in the areas of talent acquisition and development, employee productivity metrics, payroll and benefits processing/reconciliation/reporting, support-staff coordination, and regulatory compliance. Receives assignments in the form of objectives and determines how to use HR and AP resources to meet schedules and goals. Reviews and approves recommendations for HR and AP programs. Provides guidance to subordinates to achieve goals in accordance with established policies. 

The Director of HR / HRBP builds strong partnerships, collaborates, and coordinates with the Partnership and Campus HR to ensure delivery of high quality, value-added services that align with department goals.

Compensation Range:
Commensurate w/ Experience

Department Website:


  • Equivalent to 10 or more years of experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or a related field from an accredited institution, and minimum of 10 years of related HR generalist, management, business partnering/organizational development experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Ability to develop a strategy to move the organization forward though a period of change and innovation. 
  • Advanced analytical skills to conduct analysis, develop quantifiable performance metrics and develop recommendations, demonstrating organization and problem-solving skills. 
  • Highly skilled in communicating clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing. 
  • Demonstrated ability to handle extremely difficult or volatile situations/individuals effectively. 
  • Strong business acumen, with experience presenting to and influencing senior business leaders, an analytical approach to problem solving, experience designing and project managing successful people programs, and a track record of innovation. 
  • Ability to provide high quality work utilizing highly developed and effective communication (written and verbal), project management, time management, and collaboration skills. 
  • Core Competencies: Business Acumen, Organizational Agility, Integrity and Trust, Approachability, Customer Focus, Interpersonal Savvy, Political Savvy. HR Functional 
  • Skills: Organizational Design/Development to support business and technology transformation; Talent Management to attract, hire and develop staff at all levels; Consulting Skills, Executive Coaching, Ability to lead change management initiatives. 
  • Highly self-motivated and directed with excellent organization, management, and project management skills. 
  • Ability to prioritize, streamline and accomplish assigned projects. 
  • Excellent people skills, with ability to effectively interact, collaborate, and influence across all levels of an organization. 
  • Ability to provide excellent service with integrity. 
  • Ability to effectively and appropriately handle confidential matters and material. 
  • Ability to handle ambiguity in a fast-paced environment with multiple concurrent tasks and changing priorities. 
  • Ability to maintain flexibility and quickly address changing priorities. 
  • Experience in a shared service environment. 
  • Ability to accomplish assigned projects without compromising the integrity of the UCPath Center and/or University of California policies and procedures. 
  • Proficient with MS Office applications and related industry software. 
  • In-depth knowledge of related business software programs and systems.


  • Master’s degree in Human Resources or Business preferred.
  • Current PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP Certification or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in HR with UC systems, policies, procedures, and operations. 
  • Advanced knowledge of the University of California HR and AP concepts, labor relations, salary administration, training, and other areas of human resources.

Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500.

To apply to this position, please go to and search for “Director of Human Resources / HRBP” or Job #18285. You may also contact the following if you have any additional questions:  Jennifer Wyly, Senior Recruiter, Talent Acquisition at  

The University of California is one of the largest public university systems in the country, comprising 10 campuses, a combined student body of 238,700 students, 62,400 academics, 135,900 staff members and over 1.6 million living alumni. 

Located in the heart of Orange County, UCI enjoys the best of what Southern California has to offer: beaches, mountains, deserts, and a broad variety of cultural, entertainment and intellectual activities. At the center of campus, Aldrich Park creates an oasis of serenity from which buildings radiate in a circular pattern, integrating natural open space with modern structure. 

With over 30,000 students, UCI is among the fastest-growing UC campuses, is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), and is consistently ranked among the nation’s best universities. 

We invite you to join our dynamic team at UCI!  Some of the many advantages of working for UCI include: 

  • Exceptional benefits including health/wellness insurance programs with low associated premium costs 
  • A minimum of 3 weeks accrued vacation, 13 paid holidays, and accrued sick days 
  • UC Retirement Program, including a traditional pension plan 
  • Excellent work/life balance 
  • Supportive management and co-workers 
  • Opportunities to work with new technology 
  • A positive reputation with the people we serve