The Employee Relations Consultant supports the Employee Relations and Employee & Organizational Development (EOD) functional areas of the Office of Human Resources. The essential functions of this position includes providing guidance on employee concerns and performance management matters, and investigating non-discriminatory complaints. This position also serves as the backup Campus Learning Administrator (CLA) and assists with coordinating employee recognition and engagement efforts.
Serves as HR point of contact for employee relations matters related to both faculty and staff employees
Conducts meetings with supervisors and provides guidance on matters such as employee performance concerns, performance improvement plans, progressive discipline, policy interpretation, and other employee relations matters; and assists supervisors with documentation as needed
Conducts intake meetings with employees and provides guidance regarding employee concerns
Conducts HR reviews and investigations related to alleged non-discriminatory violations of policy, law, or procedures that fall within the auspices of Human Resources (e.g., Code of Conduct violations); interviews involved parties and prepares summaries/reports
Facilitates discussions when requested, conducts exit and stay interviews, and assists with needs assessments; and assists with coordinating employee appeals and grievances
Assists with coordinating the annual performance review process, including review submissions, compliance, and progress reporting
Assists with employee satisfaction and engagement efforts to include preparing surveys, analyzing data, communicating results, and developing action plans; and facilitates focus group meetings as needed
Ensures proper recordkeeping of employee relations actions such as contact with, and guidance provided to supervisors and employees; and assists with maintaining personnel files by uploading HR-related documents such as performance reviews and disciplinary letters into the UT HRIS
Employee & Organizational Development
Collaborates with the Talent Management Specialist and UT System EOD staff; and assists with training efforts that address employee and organizational development needs
Serves as secondary Campus Learning Administrator (CLA) and assists with CLA functions such as creating training sessions in retrieving reports from the UT System learning management system (LMS)
Develops courses and facilitates training on performance management and other employee relations topics
Assists with training needs assessments to identify weaknesses or gaps in employee performance competencies
Assists with managing the Career Development Fund account, which includes communicating benefit to campus and processing requests for funds
Assists with ERC/ESC activities to include meetings agendas, minutes, and elections
Assists with the coordination of employee recognition functions/events such as the monthly Chancellor's Blue Ribbon Award, the annual UTC Service Awards ceremony, the annual UT President's Award, and the annual Blue and Gold Memorial
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
Demonstrated competency in the area of employee relations
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and listening skills
Strong facilitation skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
Knowledge of workplace investigations, mediation, or facilitative discussions
Review of applications will begin on November 28, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received bythis datewill receive priority consideration.
Minimum Qualifications: Typically requires a bachelor's degree in Human Resources, I-O Psychology, or related field and three years of human resources experience with two years' experience performing employee relations functions such as conducting workplace investigations and employee complaint intake, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree in Human Resources, I-O Psychology, or related field and a minimum of three years performing employee relations functions, experience in facilitating conflict resolution, and experience working with a learning management system (LMS) are preferred.
The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an engaged, metropolitan university committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service, and dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of the region through strategic partnerships and community involvement.