Extension Employee Relations Coordinator
Position Summary: This new role will serve as the primary employee relations and human resources support for UGA Cooperative Extension, and will be responsible for assisting the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (CAES). It advises and counsels management and staff on UGA policy and practices in the areas of performance management, FMLA/ADA, and benefits support. The position will be based out of the CAES Business Office in Athens and report to the College's Human Resources Director. This position will work closely with the Director of Extension County Operations, Cooperative Extension's District Extension Directors, County Extension Coordinators, supervisors, and employees across the College.
Responsibilities: Employee Relations in support of UGA Extension County Operations activities: 1. Provides effective consultation to County Extension leadership in the development, investigation, and implementation of coaching and performance management discussions. Develops effective and legally appropriate performance memos/documentation/performance improvement plans. Participates as appropriate in disciplinary proceedings including final warning discussions and/or separation discussions. 2. Provides leadership on issues pertaining to employee relations and dispute resolution, serving as a knowledgeable consultant for Extension supervisors and others in conducting difficult conversations. Ensures that where problems/issues become disciplinary actions or grievances, that employees and supervisors are aware of the procedures to be followed 3. Manages personnel issues within Extension, and coordinates with the College's Human Resources Director and/or University Human Resources department, UGA EOO office, or UGA Office of Legal Affairs. 4. Becomes proficient and remains up-to-date on UGA policies and procedures, federal and state laws in order to provide effective consultation to management, supervisors, and employees. Effectively communicates new policies or changes to existing policy or practice. 5. Develops internal processes to support effective onboarding, information regarding UGA policies and benefits, exit interviews, etc. 6. Facilitates conflict resolution conversations between Extension employees to improve effective communication and team dynamics. 7. Develops and facilitates training including performance management, non-discrimination and anti-harassment, benefits information, etc. 8. Consults with employees and supervisors regarding FMLA, ADA, Worker's Compensation, Short and long-term disability, and shared leave. Provides direction about documentation, processes, return-to-work, benefits and compensation during leave. Facilitates communication between employees and supervisors as necessary. 9. Provides information to Extension supervisors and College administrators on exit interviews and separation notices upon employee terminations and retirement. 10. Consults with/provides training to employees on issues related to the work environment.
Qualifications: Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.
About UGA: The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.
Full time/Part time: Full Time
EEO Policy Statement: The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.