Employee Relations Specialist

Bowling Green State University   Bowling Green, OH   Full-time     Human Resources
Posted on May 15, 2024
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Position Summary

Responsible for managing relationships between employees and managers, handling and resolving disputes, conducting thorough investigations into employee concerns, implementing HR policies and procedures, and providing guidance on employee related issues such as performance management and disciplinary actions. Assist with ensuring a positive work environment by fostering a culture of engagement, respect, trust and collaboration within the University. 


Essential Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Consult with University management at all levels on employee relations and labor relations topics, including progressive discipline and corrective action, employee job performance or behavior concerns, employee complaints and grievances, alternative dispute resolution, strategic management of employee or labor issues, Consult with Director as needed.
  • Conduct employee investigations; assist with remediation/prevention of workplace issues; reaches conclusions and presents findings for further action, including recommendations for proposed remediation. Draft summary of the investigation or a Report of Findings.
  • Review, administer, interpret, and provide advice/guidance, and training regarding the terms and provisions of the University's collective bargaining agreements; employee handbooks and University procedures and policies dealing with employee/labor relations matters.
  • Assist with performance management; reviewing job functions and expectations; improving employee abilities through coaching and feedback; assist with establishing behavioral patterns that align goals with the university mission, values and strategic plan.
  • Makes recommendations and provides management with reports regarding grievances, complaints, disciplinary actions, and other employee relations issues. Helps identify and analyze any employee relations issues and possible resolutions.
  • Review unemployment claim information, research employee profiles and information to complete the claim information request and collaborate with the field as needed for additional details.
  • Administers the classified staff job audit process which includes but not limited to:
    • Ensure compliance with job audit process and forms.
    • Reviewing all audits for completion before meeting with incumbent and supervisor
    • Conduct audit interviews with incumbent and supervisor; makes recommendations, etc.
    • Assure timely processing and maintains job audit data base.
  • Researches and analyzes data pertaining to labor and employee relations. Develop and maintain Employee Relations metrics. Assist with maintaining a feedback infrastructure (process, tools, and forums) that measures and communicates employee satisfaction, engagement, morale and overall work experience.
  • Represents the University on appeals before the State Personnel Board of Review                    
  • Serve on department, division, and University committees as needed.
  • Other duties and HR initiatives as assigned.



Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Federal and state laws
  • Standard human resources processes and practices
  • Mediation, negotiation, and dispute resolution
  • Written and interpersonal communication
  • Adhering to deadlines
  • Attention to details
  • Utilizing Microsoft Office Suite and other applicable software
  • Analyze information/situations and recommend effective solutions
  • Work independently and as a part of team in a self-directed manner
  • Be results and people oriented
  • Work nontraditional hours when necessary, including evenings and weekends



Minimum Qualifications:

The following Degree is required:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Degree must be conferred at the time of application.

The following Experience is required: 

  • 3 years of experience in Human Resources
  • 1 year of experience in Employee Relations


Full-time, Administrative staff position available. Administrative Grade Level 356. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Full benefit package available.



Bowling Green State University provides a comprehensive benefit program as part of a total compensation package.  This includes medical, prescription, dental, vision, health accounts (medical & dependent), life & disability insurance, retirement plans, employee assistance program and tuition fee waivers for employees and their eligible dependents as well as paid time off, holidays and parental leave.  For more information, please visit Benefits-at-a-Glance.


Deadline to apply:  The search committee will review applications until the position is filled; however, for best consideration, applications should be provided by May 29, 2024.  


To Apply

For a complete job description & to apply for this position visit  https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/bgsu or contact the Office of Human Resources at (419) 372-8421. BGSU. AA/EEO/Disabilities/Veterans. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Bowling Green State University, please call 419-372-8421.


 Why work at BGSU?

Full-time BGSU employees enjoy an array of exceptional benefits, including:

  • Quality, affordable health insurance: Various coverage options available for health, vision and dental starting the first day of the month following your date of employment.
  • Generous paid time off: Vacation, holidays, sick days and more.
  • Excellent work life balance resources: Our Employee Assistance Program offers confidential support to employees and their eligible family members, along with ancillary programs covering identity theft, elder care, legal services and more.
  • Tuition fee waivers: For eligible employees, spouses and dependent children.
  • Professional development opportunities: For skills training, supervisor and leadership programs, performance management, online courses and online tools for employee growth and development.
  • Parental leave: Up to five weeks of paid parental leave for full-time employees with at least 12 months of continuous service.
  • Retirement: BGSU offers several options for meeting your retirement goals with a current employer contribution of up to 14% depending on the retirement program selected. Read more about the option that best fits your needs.

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