Employee Relations Advisor
Job Posted: 11 October 2017
Company: The University of Texas Health Science Center
Closing Date: Until Filled
Location: Houston, TX

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is in search of an Employee Relations Advisor for our Human Resources Department.

Position Summary:
Provides professional expertise in the area of employee relations support to the University community as well as counsels and advises University leadership on employee relations matters.
Position Key Accountabilities:
  1. Discuss and explain UT- Houston human resources related policies with employees and supervisors.  Provides advice, counsel, and recommendations to managers and employees regarding employee relations issues, discuss appropriate actions and alternatives.
  2. Ensure accuracy and compliance with federal rules and regulations and works with departments to ensure consistent application and compliance.
  3. Review local human resource policies to ensure compliance with state laws, federal regulations etc. and revise policies to maintain compliance as necessary.  Develop and recommend new policies as necessitated by changes in law, Board of Regents rules etc.
  4. Provide advice, counsel, and recommendations to managers and employees regarding employee relations issues; ensure compliance with policy and federal and state laws; discuss appropriate actions and alternatives.  Facilitate all pre-disciplinary meetings between employee and manager; serve as a resource to both the employee and manager.
  5. Assist departments in reduction in force (RIF) and reorganizations. Review RIF plans and justifications to ensure actions comply with University policy and practice; advise department of necessary revisions, for actions to proceed; recommend actions to the Vice President Human Resources (VP,HR) and Executive Vice President, Chief Operating and Financial Officer (EVPCOFO). Coordinate department outplacement support.
  6. Conduct investigations of human resources ethics violations or other issues as directed by the AVP, HR.  Recommend corrective actions to the VP, HR & EVPCOFO if deficiencies are found. Investigates grievances reaching the EVPCOFO and recommends action.  Facilitate appeals of disciplinary action. Provide counsel to the appeal tribunal, the appellant, and the department regarding procedural issues and policy. Consult with VP, HR and Dean or appropriate leader as needed during this process. Develop and deliver training sessions on various human resources policies and procedures to supervisors and employees.
  7. Provide back-up and support to Equal Opportunity Advisor for discrimination investigations and disability accommodations.
  8. Other duties as assigned.
Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification preferred.
Microsoft Office
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Strong background in investigations and research.
Minimum Education:
Bachelor degree, preferably in business administration with an emphasis in human resources.
Minimum Experience:
Five years responsible professional experience within the area of human resources.
Physical Requirements:
Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.
Security Sensitive:
This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
UTHealth is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

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