Employee Relations Specialist

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Job Description Summary:

Human Resources (HR) is made up of several departments that serve as advocates for the GW community and consistently provide discreet, valuable and personalized service that is timely and responsive. HR helps GW to maintain a diverse workforce of the highest caliber and to support employees in their roles within the university.

Employee Relations (ER) Specialist should have a demonstrated background in partnering with managers and employees on matters related to conflict resolution, performance management, coaching, progressive discipline, and conducting investigations.

Assist in the development of training materials concerning employee relations' policies, practices and procedures. Conducts ongoing training sessions for managers and supervisors.

Provides advice on employee and management rights and obligations, discipline, appeal and/or grievance rights, office conduct, leave, absenteeism, reassignments, promotions, and labor relations.

Reviews grievances and disciplinary actions for adherence to correct regulations and procedures. Reviews and partners with management relative to drafting ER (employee relations) documents (written warnings, performance improvement plans, coaching/counseling talking points, etc.)

Provides guidance to managers and supervisors in resolving work-related and/or personal problems, which adversely affect morale and/or job performance. Facilitate conflict or corrective action meetings with management and employee(s) while acting as an unbiased mediator to resolve concerns effectively.
Identifies legal issues for referral to the General Counsel.

May serve as agency representative or technical advisor on grievances, corrective and adverse actions, and appeals.

Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master's degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

•Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management or Business Administration or equivalent experience
•Strong knowledge of employment law and the ability to interpret and translate that knowledge into effective decisions making
•Ability to perform broad and complex research tasks in a variety of areas under short deadlines and with minimal supervision.
•Experience in investigating and responding to employee complaints
•Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally in order to provide authoritative findings, guidance and recommendations on complex, controversial, and technical issues and in accordance with professional standards
•Proficiency in MS Office
•Ability to make independent recommendations to effectively resolve workplace issues by using judgment that is consistent with company standards, practices and the law
•Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with all levels of management


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. College/School/Department: Human Resources Family Human Resources Sub-Family EEO & Employee Relations Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 2 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: No Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants:

Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status

Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S007211 Job Open Date: 05/11/2018 Job Close Date: 05/25/2018 If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * Do you meet the Minimum qualifications as outlined?
    (Open Ended Question)
  2. * Are you currently employed at George Washington University?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * What is your expected salary range?
    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents

    Documents needed to Apply
    Required Documents
    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter
    Optional Documents





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      Posted: 5/11/2018
      Application Due: 5/26/2018
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