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Human Resources Business Partner
Title:Human Resources Business Partner
Department:Human Resources
Location:College Park, MD

Human Resources Business Partner

Who we are:
The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents over 55,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:
As an HR professional, you work every day to support your organization’s greatest asset: its people. At the American Physical Society, our people support the physics community, and a large network of science professionals. We’re looking for an HR Business Partner to help us develop high-level HR solutions across all practice areas of APS.

This is a temporary position (approximately six months) to help manage day-to-day work as well as several exciting, new strategic HR initiatives, including but not limited to: an organization-wide compensation benchmarking project; implementing a new learning management and performance management system (Cornerstone); reviewing and updating all HR policies and the APS handbook; an internal values change management initiative; developing a peer-to-peer recognition program; and formalizing a professional development plan and manager training program.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Research policies and best practices. Draft PowerPoint slide decks and white papers, as requested.
  • Learn and implement various HRIS technologies to support various initiatives (ie LMS, Performance Management, etc.).
  • Review and update various templates and toolkits for key workforce projects.
HR Advisory:
  • Draft legally compliant position descriptions.
  • Implement a new APS performance management system (Cornerstone).
  • Update employment handbook for APS (or work with an HR vendor).
  • Research and recommend compensation structures using generally accepted HR software and market research. Assist with ongoing compensation benchmarking project.
  • Prepare high quality documents in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Continually identify business/employee opportunities and provide solutions to meet them.
  • Lead branding, communication, administration and facilitation for internal programs of workshops, events, digital campaigns and other experiences.
HR Audit & Compliance:
  • Lead various HR Audits (Records Retention, I-9, 403B, Benefits, etc.) to ensure compliance with legal requirements.
Employee Relations:
  • Answer advanced HR questions from managers; escalate any sensitive issue to the Director of Human Resources.
  • Lead workplace investigations.
  • Conduct Respectful Workplace/Harassment Prevention Training.
Training & Organizational Development:
  • Design and deliver various training initiatives for APS including management training.
  • Help implement a new Learning Management System and Performance Management System (Cornerstone) for APS.
  • Build content for and implement customized, innovative adult learning programs that drive short-term and long-term change.
  • Facilitate training for existing programs (e.g., interview training, goal setting, performance management) and custom programs (e.g., leadership projects, culture initiatives, various workshops).
  • Lead branding, communication, administration and facilitation for internal programs of workshops, events, digital campaigns and other experiences.
  • Continually identify business/employee opportunities and provide solutions to meet them.

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • HR or Professional Certification required (PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, or other approved certification).
  • 5+ years of corporate HR or training experience.
  • Polished, professional, optimistic, and self-starting personality and attitude.
  • Highly organized individual who is detail oriented.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel.
  • Must have excellent writing and proofreading skills.
  • Must present information verbally and in writing to clients.

Our Mission:

To advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics for the benefit of humanity, promote physics, and serve the broader physics community, we:

  • Provide a welcoming and supportive professional home for an active, engaged, and diverse membership
  • Advance scientific discovery and research dissemination
  • Advocate for physics and physicists, and amplify the voice for science
  • Share the excitement of physics and communicate the essential role physics plays in the modern world
  • Promote effective physics education for all

The core values that drive our mission are:

  • The Scientific Method
  • Truth and Integrity
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect
  • Partnering, Cooperation, and Open Collaboration
  • Speaking Out
  • Education and Learning


The American Physical Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, pregnancy (including childbirth or related condition), citizenship, familial status, mental or physical disability, veteran status, genetic information, other non-disqualifying disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

We welcome you to apply today! 

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