Mulberry Talent Partners: Human Resources Division, has joined with our client, a non-profit company in NW Portland, to identify an Employee and Labor Relations Specialist to join their team. The HR Employee Relations Specialist works closely with the Director of Human Resources, and other agency leaders, serving as key advisor and collaborator on issues relating to employee relations, labor relations, workplace investigations, equity and inclusion, and staff wellness and support.
- Maintains positive employee relations by conducting regular site visits, providing resources and support to managers and staff as needed, and proactively addressing staff issues to minimize negative impacts on the workplace
- Conducts initial interviews and gathers information for employee relations matters such as harassment allegations, work complaints, or other concerns; conducts investigations when required
- Manages sensitive labor and employee relations matters, including grievance and arbitration procedures, performance issues and disciplinary actions; advises and assists managers in identifying employee relations issues and determining appropriate course of action.
- Manages the process to investigate and respond to complaints from the Bureau of Labor or other agencies.
- Maintains knowledge and understanding of laws and regulations related to EEO, affirmative action, collective bargaining, unions, labor relations, and human resources
- Works directly with managers to assist them in carrying out their responsibilities on personnel matters including performance management and workplace investigations by providing tools, support, reminders, compliance tracking, etc.
- Provides data, reports, and recommendations to support policy and procedure development, labor relations strategies, grievance and litigation processing, performance correction, and workplace safety and health
- Assists with preparation of plans, policies, documents, and reports including EEO-1, affirmative action plans, organizational charts, labor agreements, and employee handbooks
- Maintains a high degree of discretion and confidentiality in dealing with sensitive information
- Handles HR administrative tasks including personnel data management, legal and policy compliance, claims processing, and preparing personnel documents in an accurate, timely, and professional manner
- Supports separation process including distribution and collection of exit questionnaires, preparation and processing of termination paperwork, and processing of unemployment claims
- Participates on committees and contributes to special projects
- Other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business management, organizational development or relevant discipline with 2 or more years’ experience in human resources, including employee relations and labor relations -OR- 3 years’ experience in human resources including employee relations and labor relations.
- Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Prior experience working in a unionize environment highly desirable.
- Advanced proficiency with MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint); demonstrated ability to use HRIS programs; experience with ADP preferred.
- Editing proficiency and excellent grammatical skills. Is detail-oriented, a strong proofreader, and capable of drafting routine correspondence and preparing other written materials in a professional, accurate, and timely manner. Able to maintain accurate and consistent documentation and records.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills. Able to work in a team environment in leadership, peer, and support roles, to communicate professionally at all levels, and to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, external partners and donors.
- Possesses a strong commitment to professional and ethical standards. Able to think and act strategically, maintain confidentiality, use diplomacy and discretion, offer sound judgement, and share and receive feedback.