The assistant director will serve as the principal employee and labor relations partner providing subject matter expertise in the consistent execution and delivery of HR services in areas of employee relations, investigations, HR policies and procedures.?This individual will lead and manage all processes associated with proactive positive labor-management relations, and conflict and grievance resolution.?The assistant director will collaborate with members of HR staff,University employees and managers to resolve complex workplace matters including, conducting investigations in response to formal complaints, interviewing appropriate parties, gathering and reviewing related documentation/data, drafting summary reports and presentation of recommendations for effective resolution. Additionally, the assistant director will be responsible for oversight of Title IX compliance, in collaboration with the student life office.?
Duties and Responsibilities:
(E) Provide effective guidance, advice and referrals on human resources policies, procedure, laws, and regulations in order to ensure compliance with state and federal employment laws such as FLSA, ADA, FMLA, and EEO/Affirmative Action
(E) Regularly updates the AVP of HR/EO on all matters of importance pertaining to employee and labor relations matters for further resolution or follow-up
(E) Manages and coordinates grievances by working closely with the AVP HR/EO and other senior university leadership
(E) Works to develop and sustain positive and proactive relationships with union leadership
(E) Works closely with the university's legal counsel and the Department of Higher Education to remain current on all matters pertaining to collective bargaining
Participates in collective bargaining including impact bargaining as necessary
(E) Oversees regulatory compliance with Title IX including the Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan
(E) Oversees the receipt, investigation and resolution of complaints of sexual violence, sexual and gender-based harassment, domestic and dating violence, stalking and retaliation by employees, students and others protected under state/federal laws/regulations and/or the university EO Plan
(E) Maintain current knowledge of the laws, policies, procedures and best practices with regard to sexual violence, sexual and gender-based harassment, domestic and dating violence, stalking and retaliation; attending trainings, workshops, conferences to augment knowledge
Assist with programming, services, education, and assessment of Title IX compliance efforts
Demonstrate sensitivity to students, faculty, and staff of varying racial, ethnic, religious, gender, cultural, disability, sexual orientation and socioeconomic backgrounds
Demonstrate sensitivity to students with a diversity of learning styles
Serves as role model and mentor for students as appropriate
Bachelor's degree in human resources, labor relations or related field
Five to seven years of recent human resources experience in an employee relations role with significant exposure to employment and labor law, preferably in a similarly sized, complex organization
Extensive experience conducting investigations, preferably related to employee and labor relations
Considerable knowledge of state and federal employment labor laws and practice
Experience influencing and coaching at appropriate levels
Master's degree in a relevant area or Juris Doctorate
Five years of experience in a unionized environment
Self-directed with a demonstrated track record of exemplary relationship-building and analytical, sound judgement, critical thinking skills, detail orientation, and problem-solving abilities
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to deliver clear and succinct messages tactfully
Ability to review and analyze data in order to formulate and draw conclusions
Ability to build rapport, work collaboratively with, and navigate complex issues across constituencies on and off campus, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni
Experience supervising or managing multiple employees
Previous experience with Title IX, VAWA , Clery Act, and FERPA
Salem State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities.
Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting and standing, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 10 pounds.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please apply online and attach resume and cover letter addressing your conflict resolution experience.
Employment is contingent upon a completed background check satisfactory to the university. Internal candidates are not subject to background check.
EEO Statement: Salem State University is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.
Salem State University, located just 15 miles north of Boston, is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and an important partner in the economic, cultural and intellectual vitality of the greater north-of-Boston region. Situated in the historic seacoast town of Salem, Massachusetts, Salem State provides a diverse community of learners a high quality, student-centered education; one that prepares them to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society.