Senior Employee Relations Consultant

Boulder, CO
Sep 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Who we are:

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Why work @ CU?

This position resides in the central Human Resources (HR) team and works directly in the Employee Relations unit. CU Boulder's HR mission is to create success through others as we all strive to achieve the goals and fulfill the mission of CU Boulder. We contribute leadership, ideas, and services that allow each person - whether an individual contributor or manager; a member of the faculty or staff - to do what he or she does...better. Our vision is to be a strategic partner to the people we serve. Through that partnership we will achieve Campus goals, contribute to the transformative role our faculty and staff play in the future of our students, our community, and the world; and maximize the potential of every individual to be exceptional at what they do.


The Senior Employee Relations Consultant position is a consultative position that works closely with Leadership to develop and retain employees through the performance management program, employee coaching and development, organizational design and restructuring and progressive discipline. As an Employee Relations team member you will help to maintain a positive and productive working environment for all employees. You will be responsible for providing fair and confidential consultation, to the extent permitted by law, to employees at all levels of the organization helping to ensure that they understand their respective rights and responsibilities. You will also provide advice to supervisors, managers and directors about maintaining a healthy working environment by addressing performance and accountability concerns. You will provide guidance and training on policies and procedures that comply with federal, state and local laws and State Personnel Board Rules and Procedures as well as University and campus policies and procedures.

We are looking for candidates with strong influencing skills, the ability to lead meetings and engage participants while exercising good judgement in making complex employment decisions. Experience with speaking truth to power and engaging in robust debate is highly desirable. This is an engaging, complex HR position that allows you to better understand the intricacies of working in Higher Education while consulting and working with the various employee populations including at-will, state classified and faculty and at all levels within the organization. The work of the Senior Employee Relations Consultant relates back to the CU Boulder Chancellor's 3 Strategic Imperatives by supporting a healthy work environment:

Key Responsibilities of this position:

Provide Employee Relations Guidance & Training
  • Advise CU Boulder employees regarding policies and procedures enforced by the Office of Employee Relations.
  • Guide, Advise and Coach Leadership to drive employee performance and maximize effectiveness.
  • Accelerate employee performance by guiding management on effective goal writing, setting clear expectations and holding employees accountable.
  • Coach Leadership on delivering performance feedback while developing employees to align with current and future business objectives.
  • Mentoring Leadership on how to have Crucial Conversations to address conflict or performance concerns.
  • Facilitate organizational change discussions with Leadership which could include reorganizations resulting in layoffs and separations.
  • Provide advice and guidance regarding the progressive disciplinary and grievance processes.
  • Work directly with employees and managers to resolve grievance and dispute matters.
  • Ensure advice is consistent with the State Personnel Board Rules and Procedures and University and campus policies while working closely with University counsel to minimize exposure to liability.
  • Review corrective actions and disciplinary actions to ensure they comply with State Personnel Board Rules and Procedures and University policies.
  • Ensure defensible decisions are made by Leadership through advice, counsel and influence.
  • Provide guidance regarding all leave programs, including FMLA, short term disability, long term disability, parental leave, leave sharing, injury leave and PERA disability.
  • Train campus leadership and employees on Employee Relations matters including performance management, leave programs including FMLA, progressive discipline, etc.

Other Duties as Assigned
  • Research policies, practices and procedures, case law and training programs and assist in creating new and innovative policies and programs.
  • Work with the Manager and Director to determine what types of programs, policies and training initiatives are needed.

What we can offer:

The salary range for this position starts at $55,000 and will be commensurate with experience.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be engaged. Be challenged. Be successful. Be Boulder.


What we require:
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Three years of professional human resources or employment law experience.
  • Consultation and advising experience at all levels of an organization.
  • Specific experience consulting on employee performance matters.
  • Knowledge of leave programs such as FMLA, ADA, STD, and OJI.
  • Ability to influence Leadership to make difficult employment decisions and do so in a way that minimizes liability.
  • Demonstrated conflict resolution skills.
  • Experience reading and interpreting Federal employment laws, policy and guideline documents.

What we'd like you to have:
  • A master's degree or higher in human resource management, personnel administration, public administration, business administration, labor/industrial relations, law, or social science.
  • PHR, SPHR or SHRM-CP certification.
  • Human resources experience in higher education.
  • Experience interpreting State Personnel Board Rules and Procedures.
  • Experience providing training on human resources management topics.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please apply by October 12, 2017.

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Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:To apply, please submit the following materials to this posting at

1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

Please combine materials into one document and upload as titled: Last-First-10965.
Please do not upload references at this time.

Job Category: Human Resources

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10507 - Human Resources

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 27, 2017

Closing Date: Oct 12, 2017, 10:59:00 PM

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00732873