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Human Resources Business Partner

About Us 

Positively Partners is a social enterprise committed to helping organizations achieve exceptional performance from their employees.

We are recruiters, psychology practitioners, human resources professionals, trainers, and system design experts working together to hire, engage, retain, develop and best position talented professionals to achieve optimal results for the communities served.

The quality of personnel practices can have a dramatic impact on employee engagement and performance. Our team has developed unique approaches to performance management, management, hiring and the provision of day-to-day support for managers and employees which we believe can deeply benefit schools and nonprofit organizations. We deliver our expertise through outsourcing agreements that provide nonprofits with the flexible day-to-day HR and talent services they need that are often coupled with executive search engagements and project-based engagements that help organizations achieve more from their staff. In aggregate, these services help organizations attract, hire, engage, develop and retain employees committed to achieving their goals of serving our community.

The Opportunity

We seek a Boston-based, experienced HR professional to work in partnership with our nonprofit and social impact clients. Qualified applicants will demonstrate strong business acumen and possess an entrepreneurial spirit with a genuine desire to proactively and consistently deliver results.   

Your 5+ years working in HR/Talent, experience across core HR functions including benefits, payroll, policies/compliance, hiring, guiding managers and employee relations will prepare you for this role as advocate, coach, mentor, and local compliance officer.  Your certification from the HRCI or SHRM demonstrates that you know the law and best practices, but it is your creativity, ability to build high-quality relationships, mission-fit, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion that will differentiate you as a key asset to our organization and the clients we serve.

We offer flexible work arrangements with part-time and full-time schedules. Consultants will work directly with our clients in developing and executing customized HR services. As an HR Business Partner, you will work as a member of our team while also working onsite several days per week. In many ways, we work like a shared HR service offering similar supports and practices across multiple clients. This is an opportunity to be part of an experienced HR team while also having the opportunity to lead HR services at one or two client sites.

Positively Partners offers the right candidate the ability to practice HR leadership in a flexible environment that values high-quality HR practices, independence, work/life balance & professional growth.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Client-facing HR Generalist:  Work onsite with our clients as an HR generalist to deliver a collection of the following services. Please note that the exact nature of the services changes based on the specific needs of each client.
    • Advise management on the administration of human resources policies and procedures
    • Analyze current HR programs and recommend solutions that leverage the best practices and shared services developed by Positively Partners
    • Serve as a single point of contact for the client with their HRIS vendor to support day-to-day system administration, help desk requests and the rollout of upgrades implemented by Positively Partners Chief Information Officer
    • Develop, revise, and implement HR policies and procedures to ensure that they are compliant with the law and best reflect the needs of the organization.
    • Conduct audits of HR activities to ensure compliance, prepare and maintain documentation and reports for client education and compliance
    • Serve as the onsite project manager ensuring that key milestones are achieved and that documentation of new workflows are complemented and shared with stakeholders
    • Facilitate internal communications including announcements of new hires, updates on process change, support for open enrollment and other messaging key to the success of our service offerings
    • Coordinate with onsite staff to ensure the accuracy of payroll and associated documentation and participate in communication with brokers about changes to employee benefit offerings
  • Advance Project-based Work Assigned by Positively Partners: Work with other Positively Partners consultants and team members to advance ad hoc projects or services that the firm is contracted to provide to clients; including:
    • Recruitment/Talent Acquisition:
      • Support candidate attraction, selection and onboarding activities for searches, including the creation of job descriptions, outreach to prospective candidates, interviewing, and reference checks.
    • Performance Management:
      • Support the roll-out and adoption of Positively Partners’ approach to performance management (Meaningful Accountability). This includes helping with change management, communication, and training on the practice, approach, and use of custom technology developed by our team.
    • Training & Leadership Development:
      • Support the design and facilitation of Positively Partners’ courses for clients including helping to tailor specific courses based on client needs.
      • Based on your skills and interest there may be opportunities to deliver training in the future.

Qualifications + Experience:

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring the work. We are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

  • 5+ years of experience in the HR or Talent field
  • PHR, SPHR,  SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification that demonstrates a comprehensive  understanding of employment and labor regulations and best practices
  • Strength in core areas of HR - benefits, processes, performance management, hiring, onboarding, and policy creation and implementation
  • Demonstrated ability to develop high-quality relationships, understand the needs of managers and identify the effective solutions
  • Impeccable ethics and judgment in maintaining highly sensitive and confidential information
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills/ emotional intelligence, with the ability to manage relationships with a diverse set of colleagues
  • Strong strategic thinking and ability to leverage data and observation to inform decision making
  • Proficiency in use of systems, tools, and processes including comfort with Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and HRIS systems
  • Proactive and solutions-oriented with experience working in ambiguity

Compensation & Benefits

Positively Partners offers its staff a robust compensation and benefits package including access to high-quality health benefits and an opportunity for an end of year discretionary bonus based on individual performance and the success of the organization in meeting its goals for the calendar year.


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our philosophy

We believe in the power of positivity, and that people deserve to be happy both at home and at work.  That's why we focus on three key components to find the right match for each of our current openings: aligning your individual strengths with the requirements of the role, finding work you feel passionate about, and ensuring your values match those of the organization.


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