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Health Sciences Administration (HSA) consists of an administrative team and unit structure that provides essential research, services, centralized resources and support to advance the vision, core values, and culture of the University of Washington. Six departments and four interdisciplinary research centers comprise HSA. Directors of each of these entities report to the Executive Director of Health Sciences Administration. Through research, services and programs in human and animal health, regulatory compliance, safety and risk management, Health Sciences Administration promotes best practices and interdisciplinary collaboration in an effective, sustainable work environment.
The UW Operations units within Human Resources provides records management, employee relations and employment expertise in conjunction with functional Human Resources units for University clients. This includes administering policy, rules, laws, interpretation, reasonable accommodation, complaint resolution, leave administration, labor relations, performance management and corrective action, workplace violence assessment and response, training, developing service strategies, processes and programs that are responsive to the needs of administration, faculty, and staff to implement best human resources practices for employee relations, employment and related functions.
Health Sciences Administration and Campus Human Resources Operations have an outstanding opportunity for a Human Resources Consultant.
This position is supported jointly by Health Sciences Administration and Campus Human Resources Operations. Client units include: Environmental Health & Safety, HS Academic Services & Facilities, and the Washington National Primate Research Center. Client units may be added or changed according to business requirements.
The Human Resources Consultant (HRC) will have a dual reporting relationship to the Assistant Director of Health Sciences Administration and the Director of Employee Relations for Campus Operations.
Health Sciences Administration's purpose is to provide a systematic way across its reporting units to meet the needs of the UW mission by: building capacity and outstanding infrastructure; advancing collaboration, cooperation and compliance, integrating Health Sciences into the UW mission, and overseeing strategic initiatives. This position will directly contribute to creating and sustaining a culture of service, accountability and excellence with Health Sciences Administration.
The primary purpose of Campus Operations is to support administration, faculty and staff in meeting the University of Washington's goals for research, teaching, and community service to provide premier Human Resources services to foster an exceptional work environment that encourages, nurtures, and recognizes the professional development of University employees.
The HRC is responsible for pro-actively providing consultation and expert advice to clients regarding policy, rule, and law interpretation, reasonable accommodation, complaint resolution, leave administration, labor relations, performance management and corrective action, workplace violence, training, developing service strategies, processes and programs that are responsive to the needs of their clients. Key responsibilities of this position include:
Evaluate organizational practices for compliance with laws, rules and policies. As necessary, develop human resources practice recommendations that comply with regulatory requirements while meeting or maintaining operational needs. Develop implementation strategies that maintain continuity of operations.
Ensure compliance with institutional policy, with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Washington state law and respond to requests for reasonable accommodation including the coordination of accommodation requests. Advise employees and supervisors regarding institutional procedures.
Provide information to employees regarding complaint resolution options. Provide guidance to managers and supervisors responding to employee complaints. Conduct, or assist managers with, investigations to resolve allegations and work with parties towards resolution of employee complaints or negotiate settlements and prepare settlement agreements.
Provide consultative advice on leave administration. Advise clients regarding the provisions of laws and rules governing various types of leave use, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Educate and inform managers and supervisors regarding the interpretation and application of labor agreements. Assist in responding to and resolving employee grievances. May participate on contract negotiation teams.
Provide consultative advice and educate clients regarding performance management and corrective action.
Conduct formal and informal training sessions regarding a variety of human resources topics.
Participate in interdisciplinary committees and task forces, and in executive/administrative management team meetings. May provide leadership for special projects such as employee recognition, workplace violence, etc.
Provide "one stop shopping" for HSA client units. As a member of a service team, work closely with partnered Employment Specialist to provide seamless service to client units. Facilitate relationships with client units so that the service team is easily identified as the resource for all human resources information. Work as a liaison to facilitate communication with other functional Human Resources units when specialized knowledge/interpretation is needed. Serve as an expert resource drawing from a broad base of human resources/employment knowledge for day-to-day human resources advice and counsel. Serve as primary contact and principal resource for all departmental employee relations needs.
Work with executive heads, faculty, administrators, managers and supervisors to establish and maintain human resources practices that meet client needs and comply with applicable regulations and policies. Advise client departments on the full range of human resources policies, services and options available to meet their needs. Provide technical advice to managers and other program staff. Successfully build professional relationships with and provide consultative services to clients, service team members, functional areas of human resources, and other staff in units such as Disability Services Office, and University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO).
Act as the primary Human Resources Administrator for each HSA client unit supported by this position. Coordinate human resources activities with the Director of each unit, Health Sciences Administration, and with HR Campus Operations.
Develop and conduct presentations and training programs customized to client needs. Independently develop curriculum; participant materials, presenter's outline, etc. for new course offerings in human resources arena. Continually update course materials.
Provide pro-active human resources support through departmental consultation, counseling, and by conducting information and training sessions. Coordinate with Professional and Organizational Development (on campus) as needed in order to supplement unit efforts.
Receive, review, respond to, and work to resolve complaints and appeals.
Provide routine interpretation of bargaining unit contracts, Washington Administrative Code (WAC), and UW policy as these relate to employee relations issues.
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