Junior Human Resources Business Partner

Rockville , MD
May 05, 2023
May 31, 2023
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat is committed to building a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity, belonging and equity for all. We believe that our greatest strength draws on the different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences of our employees.

Job Summary:
Westat is seeking a Junior Human Resources Business Partner (Jr. HRBP) to join our team. The Jr. HRBP will perform a broad range of activities that support the company's business operations in an environment that strongly promotes collaboration and professional development. This role will be part of a continuous improvement effort to increase the effectiveness of HR. The position requires a high level of professionalism with an opportunity to develop a broader view of HR though involvement in projects with a varying degree of complexity. 

The Junior Human Resources Business Partner is responsible for aligning business objectives with employees and management in designated business units. The position formulates partnerships across the HR function to deliver value-added service to management and employees that reflects the business objectives of the organization.  

Job Responsibilities: 
•     Consults with line management, providing HR guidance when appropriate. 
•     Manages and resolves employee relations issues. Conducts effective, thorough, and objective investigations. 
•     Maintains in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks, and ensuring regulatory compliance. Partners with the legal department as needed/required. 
•     Provides day-to-day performance management guidance to line management (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions). 
•     Works closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention. 
•     Provides HR policy guidance and interpretation. 
•     Identifies training needs for business units and individual executive coaching needs. 
•     Analyzes trends and metrics in partnership with the HR group to develop solutions, programs, and policies. Create employee engagement programs to increase retention. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications: 
•     A Bachelor's degree.  
•     A minimum of 3 years of experience in Human Resources resolving employee relations issues, developing engagement opportunities and a broad knowledge of talent acquisition and human resource compliance for government contractors. 
•     Working knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines. 
•     Project Coordination.

Preferred Qualifications: 
•     SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). 
•     Prior experience in a government contracting environment. 
•     Demonstrated experience with HR systems (Workday preferred). 
•     Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply the appropriate sections of applicable laws, guidelines, regulations, ordinances, and policies.   
•     Ability to acquire a thorough understanding of the organization's hierarchy, jobs, qualifications, compensation practices, and the administrative practices related to those factors.

Other Required Qualifications: 
•     Excellent communication skills. 
•     Detail oriented.
•     Work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Subject to plan requirements, employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave (15 days per year)
  • Sick Leave (10 days per year)
  • Holiday Leave (7 government holidays and 2 Floating holidays)
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.