Employee Relations Specialist
Job Posted: 12 May, 2023
Company: Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Closing Date: Until Filled
Location: Washington, DC


To apply please email your resume to [email protected]

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is a mission-driven and dynamic organization and is seeking an Employee Relations Specialist for Progressive Discipline and an Employee Relations Specialist for Labor Relations/Leave Administration to join its team to is to provide substantive and specialized support to its Human Resources Office by carrying out functions related to personnel issues, policies and procedures.

As an Employee Relations Specialist at OSSE, you will be responsible for assisting, guiding, supporting, and participating in the administration of labor relations policies and the enforcement of collective bargaining agreements. This position involves being a subject matter expert on complex workplace matters and ensuring compliance with District Government’s policies and practices. You will use your skills and expertise to provide pragmatic and timely advice to staff in order to mitigate risk. The Employee Relations Specialist reports directly to the Employee and Labor Relations Manager.


  • Advises and assists managers and other internal stakeholders on employee and labor relations issues. Investigates complex and sensitive internal disputes, including complaints of sexual harassment and policy violations, using best practice investigatory methods.
  • Researches and assists in responding to inquiries from managers about collective bargaining agreements, memoranda of understanding, and labor agreements. •Interpret District and agency policies to recommend and enforce appropriate disciplinary actions.
  • Prepares corrective and adverse disciplinary actions in accordance with District personnel policies and established deadlines.
  • Maintains thorough records of personnel actions for human resources and metrics reporting.
  • Educates managers and employees, through one-on-one interactions and formal trainings, District policies and procedures.
  • Generates reports for distribution to union representatives pursuant to requirements of the collective bargaining agreements.
  • Supports the administration and compliance of leave programs.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Human Resources, Industrial Psychology, or equivalent work experience is preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in Employee and/or Labor Relations required; prior experience in a unionized setting preferred
  • Strong analytical skills and logical reasoning, with the ability to identify and resolve sophisticated and sensitive HR issues/problems
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity, prioritize and multitask effectively in a fast paced, confidential environment with competing priorities
  • Knowledge of state and federal regulations regarding benefits (FMLA, Paid Family Leave, ADA, workers’ compensation) and staffing matters
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to maintain effective working relationships with union officials, employees, and management
  • Strong work ethic and highest level of integrity Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) – Who We Are

OSSE is focused on sustaining, accelerating and deepening the progress being made for the District’s 90,000+ students. As the state education agency, OSSE serves as the District’s liaison to the US Department of Education and works closely with the District’s 470+ early childhood facilities, 250+ schools, 60+ local education agencies (including DCPS and charter organizations), and community-based organizations.

Over the years, OSSE has worked hard to improve systems and supports to help close the achievement gap and ensure people of all ages and backgrounds are prepared to succeed in school and in life. DC remains the fastest improving state and urban school system in the country on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card.

Interested applicants should email their resume to [email protected].

Subject line must include the position title and your first and last name

Examples:-Employee Relations Specialist (Progressive Discipline)– Jane Doe-Employee Relations Specialist (Labor Relations/Leave Administration) – John Doe