Director, HR Strategic Partner OC

City of Hope

Irvine, CA

Job posting number: #7116003 (Ref:10019244)

Posted: December 2, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment organization for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope’s translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin, monoclonal antibodies and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution.  AccessHope™, a subsidiary launched in 2019 serves employers and their health care partners by providing access to City of Hope’s specialized cancer expertise.

A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is ranked among the nation’s “Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report and received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California and in Arizona.

City of Hope’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is key in serving our mission to provide compassionate patient care, drive innovative discovery, and advance vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes in all of our communities.  Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures we bring the full range of skills, perspectives, cultural backgrounds, and experiences to our work -- and that our teams align with the people we serve in order to build trust and understanding.  We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity - in ideas, backgrounds and perspectives; this is reflected in our work and represented in our people.

Position Summary

The HR Strategic Partner provides collaboration/leadership to employees at all levels across assigned client group(s). The HR Strategic Partner will drive HR activities that align the business strategy with the human capital strategy in order to positively impact business performance. The Strategic Partner will consult on a wide range of HR generalist, operational and analytical activities including, but not limited to, employee relations, compensation, workforce planning/talent acquisition, employee development and engagement, organizational design and culture. The individual in this role will be a key contributor to strategic initiatives that facilities HR effectiveness and will be responsible for developing and deploying HR best practices to key stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Develop a working knowledge of client group and enterprise-wide business processes and goals.
  • Lead, facilitate and/or participate in key meetings with stakeholders.
  • Align internal HR activities with client group/COH strategic goals.
  • Apply knowledge of client group to advance HR effectiveness and organizational development activities (i.e. identify opportunities for advancing talent management strategies and approaches)
  • Consult on and drive talent and culture activities, including recruitment, performance management, compensation, organizational effectiveness, succession planning, diversity and inclusion, career development, and leadership engagement – provide innovative solutions to human capital challenges.
  • Partner with key stakeholders across client group/COH to ensure the timely coordination and execution of plans and activities.
  • Assist business unit leadership with data analysis and reporting of organizational design, structure, compensation and other factors to help incorporate and drive industry best practices within the operational unit.
  • Manage the day-to-day aspects of one or more complex projects.
  • Establish strong relationships with all internal HR specialists (COE’s) that support the enterprise.
  • Collaborate with the HR COE’s to identify opportunities for process improvement and consistency of key HR processes that improve operating performance and facilitate the achievement of the business goals.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required.
  • 15+ years relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency in multiple HR functional areas including compensation, organizational development, staffing, leadership development, talent and culture.
  • Proven leadership experience in setting and driving an HR agenda.
  • Demonstrated experience partnering with employees at all levels.
  • Proven track record of assessing capability needs, identifying talent gaps and establishing cultures that drive business results.
  • Able to provide thought leadership on the implementation of HR strategies to address organizational, talent development and other key factors impacting a business.
  • Ability to successfully navigate the operational and strategic dimensions of the role.

Preferred education experience and skills:

  • Experience working in Healthcare, Pharmaceutical Research or an Academic setting highly preferred.

Additional Information:

  • As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.



City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach, but tied together by our commitment to care for and cure those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our diversity produces in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education has made us national leaders in this fight. Our unique and diverse workforce provides us the ability to understand our patients' needs, deliver compassionate care and continue the quest for a cure for life-threatening diseases. At City of Hope, diversity and inclusion is a core value at the heart of our mission. We strive to create an inclusive workplace environment that engages all of our employees and provides them with opportunities to develop and grow, both personally and professionally. Each day brings an opportunity to strengthen our work, leverage our different perspectives and improve our patients’ experiences by learning from others. Diversity and inclusion is about much more than policies and campaigns. It is an integral part of who we are as an institution, how we operate and how we see our future.


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