Senior Employee Relations Consultant

Fairfax, Virginia
$77,556.13 - $129,259.94 Annually
May 25, 2019
Jun 08, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

As a member of the Department of Human Resources' (DHR) Employee Relations Division, acts as an advisor and business partner providing guidance and interpretation for employment laws and regulations, Fairfax County policies, procedures and personnel regulations. Works closely with management, county HR managers, DHR partners and employees to improve work relationships, develop solutions, and increase employee engagement. Manages and resolves complex employee relations issues. Conducts effective, thorough and objective investigations. Works with managers on disciplinary and performance related concerns. Provides day-to-day guidance on progressive discipline, grievance management, policy and procedure interpretation to all levels of management (coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions). Briefs County HR Managers on new HR processes/initiatives and assists in implementation. Maintains in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, ensuring regulatory compliance. May lead Employee Relations related projects.

Illustrative Duties

Expand, revise, and enhance County Human Resources systems, programs, and products consistent with County, State and Federal laws and regulations;
Provide consulting support to multiple business partners to proactively and creatively resolve complex Human Resources issues;
Lead cross-agency change initiatives throughout to improve services and meet the needs of the client agencies;
Collaborate with senior executives to design, develop, implement, and evaluate new human resource policies and procedures;
Lead cross-functional project teams;
Manage projects from conception through implementation using accepted project management techniques;
Manage the procurement process for securing Human Resources consultant support, including drafting statements of work/requests for bid, evaluating proposals, selecting a contractor, and managing projects;
Apply systems solutions to business problems; trains users in system functions;
Serve as the subject-matter expert on Human Resources trends, legislation, policy and programs;
Lead complex Human Resources studies with County-wide impact or of diverse, complex organizational structures and/or functions;
Design and lead benchmarking studies to assess County Human Resources programs and policies;
May supervise the work of professional or administrative staff.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of public sector human resources administration in relevant areas;
Extensive knowledge of human resources theories, practices and concepts;
Advanced knowledge of Federal, State and County laws, ordinances, rules and regulations pertaining to all aspects of human resource management;
Knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of Human Resources development, including group dynamics, teaming and problem solving;
Knowledge of facilitation and presentation techniques;
Knowledge of project planning and project management techniques;
Ability to provide human resource consulting services in relevant areas;
Ability to gather, analyze, synthesize, and present facts, findings and recommendations;
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with citizens, employees and public officials;
Ability to develop recommendations, reports, studies and presentations;
Ability to guide, lead or supervise professional or administrative staff;
Highly developed skills in collaboration;
Highly developed skills in oral and written communication.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in human resource management, public administration, or a related field plus four years of professional-level human resources experience, including one year of specialized experience as a senior analyst within the specialized area.

Not applicable.

Bachelor's degree in human resources, public administration, or related field; four or more years of employee relations experience at a senior HR level; complete understanding and application of HR principles, concepts, practices, and standards; experience and knowledge with grievance processes and procedures or dispute resolution processes. Demonstrated experience operating in collaboration with partners and stakeholders; previous public sector Human Resources experience; experience delivering HR support and services to a large and diverse client base; experience with HR information systems; demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills; strong attention to detail. SPHR or similar nationally-recognized human resources professional certification.

The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check.

Work is generally sedentary, performed in a standard office environment. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314 . EEO/AA/TTY.

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