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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.
Campus Human Resources Operations has an outstanding opportunity for a full time Human Resources Consultant.
Client areas include: Graduate School, CoMotion, External Affairs (including KUOW), Department of Medicine, Office of Research, College of the Environment and several School of Medicine clients. Areas may be added or changed.
The Human Resources Consultant (HRC) reports to the Director of Employee Relations for Campus Operations. The primary purpose of this operational unit 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.
As a member of the University of Washington Human Resources team, the HRC is responsible for 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.
Provide human resources counsel to university employees and lead and/or participate in departmental or university-wide task forces and committees.
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.
CONSULTATION / SERVICE TEAM:
Provide "one stop shopping" for departments. 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.
Collaborate with an Employment Specialist to function together as a Service Team and work with functional human resources areas to provide consultative services for assigned University client departments. As a member of the Service Team, serve as a primary contact and principal resource regarding human resources issues.
Promote the human resources strategic plan/service culture concept to client departments.
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 department Human Resources Administrators, 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).
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 proactive human resources problem prevention through departmental consultation, counseling, and by conducting information and training sessions through Professional and Organizational Development (on campus) regarding human resources best practices.
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.
| Bachelor's degree, preferably in Human Resources or a related field, and at least four years of increasingly responsible senior human resources experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. |
Demonstrated experience and ability to interpret complex policies, rules, and laws including: FMLA, ADA, union contracts, Washington Administrative Code.
-provide consultative client service with diverse groups of people in a team environment.
-model leadership and consultative direction to staff establishing professional partnerships that further the organization's mission.
-work in a collegial manner within a team setting providing leadership and assistance to staff in developing effective working relationships.
-provide consultative advice regarding complaint resolution.
-apply knowledge of good management practices, performance management, employment law, conflict resolution, and general compensation.
-provide formal informational and training presentations which demonstrate excellent writing and communication skills.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.