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Manager (Employee Relations)

Valdosta State University
Valdosta State University

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Student Affairs, Career Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: Manager (Employee Relations)
Location: Valdosta State University
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 270855
About Us

As a comprehensive institution of the University System of Georgia, Valdosta State University (VSU) is a welcoming, aware, and vibrant community founded on and dedicated to serving our communities' rich and diverse heritages. Through excellence in teaching, basic and applied research, and service, VSU provides rigorous programs and opportunities that enrich our students, our university, and our region. As such, the VSU mission consists of three interrelated parts that includes a student mission, university mission and regional mission. The university is equally dedicated to the core values of community, including a commitment to practice civility, integrity and citizenship. As members of this community and proud Blazers we strive to uphold these core values for the advancement of the University, as stated in the Blazer Creed and reflected in our commitment to the University System of Georgia's Core Values.

Blazer Creed

Valdosta State University is a learning environment based on trust and mutual respect in which open dialogue, vigorous debate, and the free exchange of ideas are welcome. The University is equally dedicated to the core values of community, including a commitment to practice civility, integrity, and citizenship. As members of this community, and proud Blazers, we will strive to uphold these core values for the advancement of the University.

Civility - A Blazer shows courtesy and compassion as well as respect for the dignity of every human being.

Integrity - Each Blazer is responsible for his or her own actions, and our community is stronger when we contemplate the context of our decisions and uphold the principles of trust and honesty.

Citizenship - Every Blazer has an interest in the well-being of the community, and, therefore, a duty to stay informed, to make positive contributions, and to offer support to those who need help.

As a Blazer, we pledge to uphold the core principles of Civility, Integrity, and Citizenship.

University System of Georgia (USG) Statement of Core Values

Every member of the USG community is required to adhere to the USG Statement of Core Values, Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect that form and guide the daily work of the organization.

  1. Integrity - We will be honest, fair, impartial, and unbiased in our dealings both with and on behalf of the USG.

  2. Excellence - We will perform our duties to foster a culture of excellence and high quality in everything we do.

  3. Accountability - We firmly believe that education in the form of scholarship, research, teaching, service, and developing others is a public trust. We will live up to this trust through safeguarding our resources and being good stewards of the human, intellectual, physical, and fiscal resources given to our care.

  4. Respect - We recognize the inherent dignity and rights of every person, and we will do our utmost to fulfill our resulting responsibility to treat each person with fairness, compassion, and decency.

Job Summary

Manage and coordinate the operations of a unit or initiative of the university.


Typical Allocation of Duties for All Managers

Supervision of personnel - 30%
Supervise personnel, which includes work allocation, training, promotion, enforcement of internal procedures and controls, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions.

Manage and participate - 15%
Manage and participate in the daily operations of an assigned unit.

Implementation - 15%
Develop or assist with the implementation of policies and procedures, systems, and processes.

Researches new trends and developments - 15%
Research new trends and developments; presents recommendations as required.

Participate in planning and goal setting - 10%
Participate in the development, implementation and maintenance of short-and long-range plans and goals.

Develop and implement projects and programs - 10%
Develop and implement projects and programs to assist in accomplishment of established goals.

Department representative - 5%
Represent the department at various meetings, and committees; promote existing and new programs and/or policies.

Supervisor Expectations for the Employee Relations Manager


  • Manage the activities of Employee Relations.

  • Manage/supervise personnel effectively.

  • Ensure appropriate staffing levels.

Employee Relations

  • Work closely with employees to provide strategies and tools that will help them become or remain successful and effectively handle employee relation issues.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with managers and employees to stay abreast of current and future employee relations issues to help prevent potential employee relation problems.

  • Advise management on disciplinary actions, performance problems, productivity, and other issues to resolve disputes.

  • Lead employee relations initiatives.

Performance Management

  • Manage the University's performance management system.

  • Respond to questions regarding performance management as needed.

  • Research new best practices and implement as required.


  • Serve as the lead investigator and investigate employee relations concerns.

  • Maintain confidentiality.

  • Establish document storage procedures for all documents related to investigations.

Data Analytics and Assessments

  • Measure the impact of Employee Relations and provide an action plan for improvements.

  • Benchmark the current employee relation issues rates and implement new processes to support our efforts.

Provide oversight of other HR related tasks

  • Drug testing

  • Unemployment

  • Compliance

  • Deputy Title IX responsibilities

  • Rewards and Recognition Programs


  • Serve as a backup trainer for Employee and Organizational Development.

  • Conduct training as needed within the nature and scope of functional area.

Required Qualifications

Required Experience
Bachelor's degree in a specified field and three (3) years of related work experience. Professional licensure, certification, and/or designation may be required in some areas.

Proposed Salary


Conditions of Employment

Applicant Requirements & Conditions of Employment

Applicants are required to provide:

  • professional references with current contact information

  • documentation of academic credentials

  • employment history

Please note that during the search process, VSU reserves the right to:

    ask candidates who will serve in Positions of Trust to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment,

    view social media outlets, and

    remove job postings without additional notification.

Employment is contingent upon:

    successful completion of a background check investigation, including a criminal background check

    reference checks

Employment may also be contingent upon the job-based requirements if applicable for your position:

    satisfactory credit check

    successful completion of a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR)

    pre-employment drug testing

    confirmation of credentials

After initial hiring, employees will be required to successfully complete all of the following training:

    New employee orientation

    VSU¿s Annual Compliance Training:

      USG Ethics Policy

      Conflict of Interest/Outside Activities Policy

      Drug Free Workplace

      Sexual Misconduct and Title IX

      Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

      Motor Vehicle Policy

      Workers Compensation (new hires)

      Georgia Open Records Act (new hires)

    USG Cybersecurity Training (required twice yearly)

      Job-specific training such as: FMLA and Worker¿s Compensation, Budget Manger training, Purchasing Training (ePro & PCard), and Defensive Driving

Equal Employment Opportunity

Valdosta State University is an equal opportunity educational institution. It is not the intent of the institution to discriminate against any applicant for admission or any student or employee of the institution based on the age, sex, race, religion, color, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation of the individual.

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