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Employee Relations Specialist, Senior Overview

Person Group: Professional

Job Code: 75241

Pay Grade: P8

FLSA Status: Exempt

Career Level: Senior

Family: Human Resources

Function: Employee Relations


This position provides a broad range of professional employee relations activities including but not limited to: employee consulting, training, conflict resolution, complaint investigation, policy interpretation and the preparation and delivery of related summary reports and recommendations. Interacts with all levels of leadership regarding legal compliance, discipline, terminations, and negotiated separations. Works with a great deal of independent discretion in decision making and execution of responsibilities.

Level Scope

Recognized subject matter expert who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field with limited oversight from managers.  Independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; requires deep job knowledge of area typically obtained through higher education combined with experience.  Manages large projects or processes and problems faced are difficult and often complex; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions. May manage programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources; functions with a high degree of autonomy.  Influences others regarding policies, practices and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years of relevant experience, or equivalent progressively responsible professional experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Functional knowledge of Title I and Title II of the ADA, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) , Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and related state and federal regulations

Ability to coach/advise employees and management through sensitive HR issues to resolve conflict and seek workable solutions; conduct individual and/or group facilitations to foster effective communication and healthy workplace relationships among employees and management; Investigate work-related or compliance issues and preparing summary reports, conclusions and recommendations.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, management, and various agencies at all levels of the organization; use reason and de-escalation skills to manage difficult or emotional situations; present facts and recommendations verbally and in writing; plan, design, implement, and conduct training to a diverse level of management, and employees; maintain strict confidentiality

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Employee Relations Specialist, Senior must:

Provides advice and counsel to supervisors on employee issues as they relate to compliance with regulations and laws.  Conducts interactive processes with employees to determine ADA compliance and reasonable accommodations. Negotiates employment separations.  Represents Boise State University at personnel-related hearings, mediations, and depositions.

Develops and conducts management training on harassment and discrimination, employment law, ADA, performance reviews, discipline, terminations, ethics, and personnel policies and regulations. Fosters and promotes use of human resources services.

Administers the Boise State Employee Policy Handbook.   Proposes and makes recommendations to the Boise State policy committee for changes and improvements to the university employee policy handbook.  Identifies legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting human resources functions and ensures policies, procedures and reporting are in compliance.

25% of Time the Employee Relations Specialist, Senior

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Employee Relations Specialist, Senior

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Campus and various external sites, office environment

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Employee Relations Specialist, Senior

Career Path

Employee Relations Manager

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required