Labor & Employee Relations Consultant - Illinois Human Resources (146801)

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Labor & Employee Relations Consultant

Illinois Human Resources

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois Human Resources at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks applicants for the Labor & Employee Relations Consultant.

The Labor & Employee Relations Consultant will act as a liaison between Illinois Human Resources and campus units, providing support to campus units and civil service employees on a broad spectrum of labor and employee relations areas. Work under the direction of the Assistant Director of Labor and Employee Relations in developing, implementing, and evaluating ongoing labor and employee relations policies, programs, functions and activities.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. For more information, visit


  • Advise civil service campus units and employees: research and interpret a wide range of policies and statutes, including University Policy and Rules, Campus Administrative manual, State Universities Civil Service System Statute and Rules, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, and other applicable labor and employment laws.
  • Participate in various management meetings and offer units guidance on labor and employee relations issues; consults with managers and supervisors in identifying and resolving problems and recommend courses of action.
  • Consult with and assist departments in the investigation of disciplinary matters and recommend appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with sound and accepted employee relations practices. Coordinate the preparation and processing of necessary paperwork.
  • Provide information and guidance to departments and employees regarding day-to-day administration and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Develop and deliver training materials that provide guidance to campus human resources practitioners and supervisors in areas such as Policy and Rules, FMLA, workplace violence, performance management and performance appraisals, and the Performance Partnership Program.
  • Upon request, represent Illinois Human Resources in arbitration and Merit Board discharge proceedings, by serving as the expert witness, alongside University Counsel; as requested, assist in the planning and preparation of cases before arbitrators and administrative bodies.
  • Serve as the primary resource for civil service employees who are applying for disability through SURS; explain SURS disability requirements, manage the employee application process, serve as liaison with SURS staff, answer both general and specific questions from departments and/or employees regarding the disability process; maintain and update the disability database, including claim approvals/denials, medical re-evaluations, and return-to-work; contact departments, SURS and other IHR departments on employee changes/updates.
  • Represent IHR in campus-level committees such as background investigations, etc.; coordinate programs including Employee Advisory Committee election, Staff Advisory Council election, employee recognition programs, etc.; work with ODEA in responding to requests for accommodation under the ADA.
  • Prepare reports, charts, databases, and other information on labor and employee relations activities.



Required: Bachelor’s degree


Required: Five years of professional-level human resources experience with a minimum of one year experience in labor and employee relations.

Preferred: Professional experience in employee relations, including experience advising decision makers on issues related to performance management, policy interpretation and compliance.



  • ?Familiarity and demonstrated experience with human resource management and labor and employee relations principles, theories, and concepts.
  • Knowledge of federal and state labor and employment laws and university employment policies.
  • Knowledge of University and campus structure, goals, procedures, policies and practices.
  • Understanding of special characteristics of various campus operating units.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Appointment Status: This is a full-time (100%), 12-month non-tenure track academic professional position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

Proposed Starting Date: As soon as possible after the closing date.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2021

Application Procedures: All candidates must complete an online application at prior to the application deadline for full consideration. Qualified candidates must upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information (name, address, telephone number, and email address) for three current professional references. For additional information regarding the application procedures, please contact:

Illinois Human Resources
217-333-3101 (phone)

[email protected] (Email)

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

College Name or Administrative Unit:The Chancellor's Office Category:2-Administrative Title:Labor & Employee Relations Consultant - Illinois Human Resources (146801) Open Date:06/01/2021 Close Date:06/15/2021 Organization Name:Illinois Human Resources Operations




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Posted: 6/2/2021
Application Due: 6/15/2021
Work Type: Full Time