Employee Relations Specialist

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Jun 18, 2021
Jun 19, 2021
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Employee Relations Specialist

The George Mason University, Human Resources & Payroll Department is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person for the Employee Relations Specialist position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Position Summary: The Employee Relations Specialist will provide a broad range of support to the Director of Employee Relations and the employee relations function in an effort to maintain a high level of employee satisfaction and retention.

Responsibilities: * Assist with employee relations policy questions and concerns; * Partner with HR Consultants and Director of Employee Relations to ensure university employees follow all applicable policies, including safety, grievance and performance evaluation procedures; * Coach individuals and managers on how to effectively address work-related concerns; * Refer employees to internal and external resources for resolving their issues; * Mediate the resolution of workplace issues between coworkers, supervisors, and employees; * Facilitate meetings; * Foster the implementation of team-building strategies within departments; * Develop initiatives to improve employee satisfaction and engagement; * Develop and maintain systemic and proactive approaches to conflict resolution between supervisors and employees; * Develop and maintain inter-department collaborative programs to help employees identify and address anger management, stress management, and substance abuse issues; * Work with Director of Employee Relations and other HR partners to develop improved methods of gathering honest feedback from employees (e.g. exit interview data); * Collaborate with the Faculty/Staff Engagement Team to work on employee engagement initiatives; * Prepare and provide training presentations to University faculty and staff that help supervisors develop managerial skills and develop their employees' potential; * Gather, organize, and maintain resources to support projects.

Required Qualifications: * Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and a commitment to customer service; * Excellent interpersonal communication skills; * Excellent verbal and written communication skills; * Experience with the Microsoft Office Suite programs; * Ability to handle sensitive information in a professional and confidential manner; * Ability to organize, prioritize, and coordinate multiple assignments; * Ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees in a diverse academic environment.

Preferred Qualifications: * Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Psychology, Sociology, or related field preferred; * Progressive experience as a human resources generalist, in an employee relations role, or other relevant experience.

"For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/ ; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information."

"Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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