Human Resources Consultant (Employee Relations)

City of Austin, TX
Published
November 28, 2019
Location
Austin, TX
Job Type
 

Description

Posting Title Human Resources Consultant (Employee Relations)
Job Requisition Number COA081251
Position Number 117536
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Human Resources
Minimum Qualifications
Graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in a related field plus four (4) years of human resources experience in the human resources specialty assigned.

Experience may substitute for one (1) year of the required education up to a maximum of four (4) years substitution.

Licenses or Certifications:
None.

Notes to Applicants
Position Overview:

  • This position will:
  • Conduct workplace investigations related to allegations of City policy violations.
  • Plan, design, develop, implement and evaluate major human resources programs within the area of Employee Relations.
  • Provide advice and counsel to management and other employee groups on a broad range of human resources issues and decisions within the area of Employee Relations.
  • Identify, analyze, and recommend solutions for various human resources problems within the area of Employee Relations, monitoring implementation of agree upon actions until the problems has been resolved.
  • Ensures compliance with federal and state laws, including reporting requirements.
  • Advise and influence management in making sound employee relations related decisions.
  • Conduct trainings with departments in changes in policies, personnel procedures and classification programs.

When completing the City of Austin employment application:

  • Please be sure to detail on the application all previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications.
  • A detailed, complete City of Austin application is required for the position to help us better evaluate your qualifications. For each of your positions, please describe your specific experience as it relates to the minimum and preferred qualifications. Please be thorough in completing the employment application and list all experience that is relevant to this position, including your supervisory and/or leadership experience if applicable. This is the criteria that will be used to select candidates for interview, and the starting salary will be based on overall relevant experience.
  • Please describe your specific experience as it relates to the minimum and preferred qualifications when responding to the supplemental questions on the application.
  • Please note that your resume will not substitute for a complete employment application. Statements such as "see resume" will not be accepted.

If you are selected to interview:

  • Military/Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214 at the time of initial interview to receive military/veteran interview preference
  • If you are identified as a top candidate, verification of your education, to include High School graduation or GED , undergraduate and/or graduate degrees, will be required.

Additional Information:

  • An assessment maybe administered.
  • If you are selected for this position, and meet the Driver Safety Standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program you may drive when necessary to multiple locations as part of your regular job duties. Otherwise, you are responsible for getting to and from these locations.

    Pay Range
    $29.56 - $38.42
    Commensurate

    Hours
    Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 5:00 pm.
    Hours may vary due to operational needs.

    Job Close Date
    12/17/2019
    Type of Posting External
    Department Human Resources
    Regular/Temporary Regular
    Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
    Category Professional
    Location 505 Barton Springs Road, Austin Texas 78704, 7th Floor
    Preferred Qualifications

    • Conducts workplace investigations related to allegations of City policy violations.
    • PHR or SPHR Certification
    • Training or certification in mediation and/or alternate dispute resolution techniques
    • Training or certification related to Labor and Employment Law
    • Experience responding to EEOC charges
    • Ability to travel to more than one work location.
      Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
      Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
      1. Plans, designs, develop, implements, and evaluate major human resources programs within the area of specialization for city wide use.
      2. Provides advice and counsel to management and other employee groups on a broad range of human resources issues and decisions within the area of specialization.
      3. Identifies, analyze, and recommends solutions for various human resources problems within the area of specialization, monitoring implementation of agreed upon actions until the problem has been
      resolved.
      4. Advise and influence management in making sound human resources related decisions within the area of specialization.
      5. Analyze morale indicators and other personnel measurements such as but not limited to surveys, turnover, and grievances, and present recommendations within the area of specialization for corrective action programs.
      6. Ensures compliance with federal and state laws, including reporting requirements.
      7. Conducts training to departments in changes in policies, personnel procedures and classification programs.
      8. Observes, interviews, and survey employees and conduct group meetings to collect job, organizational, and occupational information.
      Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
      Provide leadership for groups including other professionals and support staff in the area of specialization.
      May manage entire program or programs.
      Periodically act as a team leader to special task forces or teams.
      Provide direction and/or guidance to less experienced human resources personnel.
      Provide training to managers and others on human resources issues.

      Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
      Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
      Knowledge of assigned human resources areas.
      Knowledge of Federal, State, and Local laws and ordinances governing personnel activities.
      Knowledge of city practice, policy and procedures.
      Skill in oral and written communication.
      Skill in planning and organizing.
      Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
      Skill in using computers, related software and large databases.
      Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing..
      Ability to handle hostility, conflict, and uncertain situations.
      Ability to mentor and train.
      Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
      Ability to develop and maintain current knowledge in the assigned Human Resources areas.
      Ability to establish and maintain good relationships with other city employees and the public.

      Criminal Background Investigation This position does not require a Criminal Background Investigation
      EEO/ADA
      City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

      The City of Austin will not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, religion, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation. In addition, the City will not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of an individual's AIDS , AIDS Related Complex, or HIV status; nor will the City discriminate against individuals who are perceived to be at risk of HIV infection, or who associate with individuals who are believed to be at risk.

      Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

      Supplemental Questions

      Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    • * The minimum qualifications of this position are graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in a related field plus four (4) years of human resources experience in the human resources specialty assigned. Experience may substitute for one (1) year of the required education up to a maximum of four (4) years substitution. Do you meet this requirement?
      • Yes
      • No
    • * What is your experience working in human resources employee relations activities in the public sector?
      • No experience in human resources employee relations activities in the public sector (local, state or federal government)
      • 1 to 2 years of experience in human resources employee relations activities in the public sector (local, state or federal government)
      • 2 or more years of experience in human resources employee relations activities in the public sector (local, state or federal government)
    • * How would you describe your knowledge and experience advising management on federal laws such as FMLA, ADA, Title VII, FLSA ?
      • Limited knowledge and experience: 0 - 2 years in positions requiring this knowledge
      • Working knowledge and experience: 2 - 5 years in positions requiring this knowledge
      • Advanced knowledge and experience: 5 + years in positions requiring this knowledge
      • No experience but have knowledge or training
      • No experience or knowledge
    • * Select the answer that best describes your experience conducting workplace investigations regarding discrimination, harassment and/or sexual harassment.
      • In the last five years, I have conducted 1 to 5 investigations regarding discrimination, harassment and/or sexual harassment.
      • In the last five years, I have conducted 6 to 15 investigations regarding discrimination, harassment and/or sexual harassment.
      • In the last five years, I have conducted more than 15 investigations regarding discrimination, harassment and/or sexual harassment.
      • I have experience conducting workplace investigations regarding discrimination, harassment and/or sexual harassment, but it was more than 5 years ago.
      • I do not have experience conducting investigations regarding discrimination, harassment and/or sexual harassment.
    • * Select the answer that best describes your experience conducting workplace investigations regarding personnel matters other those specified in the previous question.
      • In the last three years, I have conducted 1 to 5 investigations as the lead investigator.
      • In the last three years, I have conducted 6 to 15 investigations as the lead investigator.
      • In the last three years, I have conducted more than 15 investigations as the lead investigator.
      • I have experience leading workplace investigations, but it was more than 3 years ago.
      • I do not have any experience conducting workplace investigations as the lead investigator.
    • * Please describe, in detail, your experience conducting workplace investigations. Include in your answer, your role in the process as the lead investigator.
      (Open Ended Question)
    • * Please provide a description of your experience providing workplace training in the field of human resources employee relations, including a brief description of the content of the training. Include in your answer your experience developing training.
      (Open Ended Question)
    • * Do you have experience responding to EEOC charges?
      • I have responded to 1-5 EEOC charges.
      • I have responded to more than 5 EEOC charges.
      • I have not responded to any EEOC charges.
    • * Do you have formal training or certification in mediation and/or alternate dispute resolution techniques?
      • No formal training
      • Training in the last 5 years
      • Certification in the last 10 years
    • * Do you have formal training or certification in Labor and Employment Law?
      • No formal training
      • Completed training in the last 5 years
      • Hold an undergraduate degree in a directly related field
      • Hold an advanced degree in a directly related field
    • * Do you currently hold a professional HR certification? If so, please list your certification(s). If you do not hold any certifications, please list N/A.
      (Open Ended Question)
    • * This position requires traveling to multiple sites as part of the regular job duties. Will you be able to meet this requirement?
      • Yes
      • No

      Optional & Required Documents
      Required Documents

    • Cover Letter
    • ResumeOptional Documents
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