HR Business Partner

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
PTL Remote: 2-3 days remote/wk


This key role will deliver HR strategies that support the Institute’s business goals and priorities. The HR Business Partner will have accountability for a client portfolio and serve as the primary HR partner for clients within their portfolio, working collaboratively to provide expert advice, broker HR services to meet client needs, and develop/maintain a culture that supports the Institute’s mission, vision and core values. The HR Business Partner will be a strategic advisor and partner on all HR matters with deep subject matter expertise in various HR functions. This role will also act as lead and hold responsibility for key programs and projects such as but not limited to HR Policy and Procedure review, employee engagement and opinion survey administration, Joint Commission preparedness, and union-related activities as applicable.

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.  


    • Support relevant clients to build and iterate their strategy as it relates to people and culture
    • Influence clients to ensure successful HR planning and execution
    • Serve as the primary HR partner and broker of HR services for client groups. Builds and maintains effective relationships within all HR functional areas in support of client needs
    • Integrate diversity and inclusion principles and practices into client groups
    • Inform and recommends necessary learning and organizational development activities based on consistent needs assessment
    • Create plan for long term initiatives that are aligned with the Institute’s strategic goals
    • Advocate use of feedback mechanisms and utilizes metrics, trends, and suggestions to influence business decisions with clients
    • Proactively coach and advise clients when needed
    • Maintain expertise of external and internal environment for HR policies and initiatives as they relate to clients
    • Support cross-functional opportunities for change
    • Support and monitor the alignment of HR services with clients and the business, including learning and organizational development, talent acquisition, and total rewards
    • Proactively recommend new HR support resources for clients
    • Maintain status as expert for progressive HR practices and key trends ensuring alignment with clients and understanding impact
    • Lead projects and/or HR initiatives/roll outs that require cross-functional expertise
    • Support department activities related to the preparation for Joint Commission accreditation as needed
    • Support/Coach managers in the successful delivery of feedback and performance improvement and development programs
    • Ensure HR leadership team is appropriately briefed and consulted on matters pertaining to their assigned work units
    • Foster a positive organizational climate through support of open and effective communications among managers and staff
    • Collaborate with leadership teams to facilitate change management initiatives
    • Work with Human Resources Leadership Team and client leadership on union contract interpretations, practices and negotiation of contract as needed
    • Collaborate with key subject matter experts to plan, coordinate and facilitate manager and staff training sessions/initiatives
    • Provide data analysis, reporting, metrics, and tools that demonstrate progress toward achieving key milestones within assigned client groups
    • Other responsibilities and projects as assigned


BA/BS degree required and a minimum of 5 years of demonstrated success as a Human Resources professional or a strategic leader of people within a business context. Experience may count towards degree requirement; employee relations experience required. Advanced degree, HR certification(s), or equivalent business education preferred. Knowledge and experience in academic and/or health care environment (including research and/or clinical settings) preferred.

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to achieve results through influence without authority in a highly matrixed organization
  • Demonstrated ability to understand business issues and to manage organizational change in large volume environments
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, but also capable of consistently and successfully delivering on tactical responsibilities
  • Strong organizations skills and follow-through needed to manage multiple matters simultaneously to meet deadlines
  • Strong experience in employee relations with excellent judgment, decision making and critical thinking, ability to handle confidential complex matters with sensitivity while providing expert guidance
  • Strategic agility and comfort with ambiguity with a track record of leading organizational change
  • Ability to understand links and connections across the whole of the organization and experience working in a highly matrixed environment
  • Demonstrated gravitas and ability to influence with and without authority
  • Impeccable judgment, decision making and critical thinking ability, ability to handle confidential complex matters with sensitivity while providing expert guidance
  • Some knowledge of applying diversity and inclusion principles, including unconscious bias and inclusive leadership
  • Proactive, with an ability to build strong relationships across all levels of the organization
  • Understanding of data trending and analysis with storytelling ability
  • Advanced knowledge of HR policies and processes, employment law, and government regulations related to FMLA, ADA, Affirmative Action Planning, Labor Relations, etc.)
  • Advanced business acumen including superior knowledge of theories, principals and best practices of HR management, and experience in organizational assessment and design is desirable
  • Promotes and educates others regarding the link between HR and client and business impact
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, highly matrixed, service-driven organization
  • Exemplary facilitation skills and skilled at delivering difficult messages while maintaining constructive relationships
  • Effective interpersonal and motivational skills with excellent problem-solving abilities
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills with an ability to facilitate learning sessions and give effective presentations
  • Significant experience with Microsoft Office

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

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