Employee Relations/Affirmative Action Officer

Asheville, Buncombe County / Woodfin, Buncombe County
May 14, 2014

The Employee Relations/Affirmative Action Officer (ER/AAO) supports the overall mission of the University by providing leadership, vision, and strategic direction to the University's efforts to maintain equitable treatment of all employees in all employment decisions.

Through the development and implementation of the University's Affirmative Action plan, s/he will assist every member of the University community in taking responsibility for providing a welcoming and supportive community for students, faculty and staff, regardless of personal experiences and world views that arise from differences of race, culture, sexual orientation, religion, profession, income, or age.

The ER/AAO keeps the equitable treatment of employees at the forefront of decision-making; provides leadership in the implementation of equitable hiring practices, promotions, transfers, disciplinary actions, and terminations; and coordinates with all other areas of the University to enhance the overall employment environment. Success will be measured based on improvements in campus climate as well as recruitment and retention of a diverse staff.


To be considered for this position, candidates should possess at the time of application at minimum a Master's degree in social sciences, human resources, public policy, or other closely related field, and at least five (5) years experience in employee relations. The preferred candidate will have:

• Seven (7) years experience in employee relations, including knowledge of employment law. 
• PHR/SPHR certification.
• Extensive experience in the field of diversity and equity, and demonstrated ability to mobilize that expertise into highly effective, practical applications.
• Exceptional communication skills in understanding a wide variety of constituent groups for building consensus and support for innovative solutions.
• Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply applicable laws, statutes, university regulations, and established protocol to existing and proposed operational changes. Knowledge of Affirmative Action, ADA, federal and state employment laws, and current employee relations and affirmative action trends and practices.
• Proven results in generating an inclusive, diverse environment.
• Experience in conflict resolution, performance management, mediation/facilitation, and problem solving.
• Experience in conducting work related investigations.

To Apply

To learn more about this vacancy and apply online, visit http://jobs.unca.edu. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Interviews begin May 19, continuing until the position is filled.

We encourage applications from traditionally under-represented minorities.  UNC Asheville is committed to increasing and sustaining the diversity of its faculty, staff, and student body as a part of its mission and its commitment to excellence in the liberal arts. UNC Asheville is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.