Emory University Director of Employee Relations in Atlanta, Georgia


Job Requisition ID:



161020:HR: Employee Relations

Job Description:


  • This is a central HR position requiring extensive knowledge of policies, procedures, state and federal employment laws (CRA -Title VII, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, PDA, USERRA, GINA, DFWA, OSHA, Title IX) and strong conflict management skills in a high volume environment.

  • Provides oversight, direction and a broad range of consultative services to the highest levels of Divisional and Academic leadership regarding policies, procedures and risk mitigation; provides these services for University affiliate organizations in the context of their unique needs.

  • Works closely with faculty in the academic, research and healthcare environments with a solid understanding of academic structures, practices and protocols.

  • Partners with the Office of the General Counsel as needed for matters involving potential litigation.

  • Assesses the potential for violence and ensures that all safety precautions are taken and emergency preparedness protocols are in place.

  • Works closely with the Emory Police Department, as needed.

  • Conducts investigations and directs disciplinary actions, as appropriate.

  • Coordinates with the Office of Equity & Inclusion and Internal Audit as warranted.

  • Provides expertise in strategy development and planning and facilitation of strategies to address potential problematic employee relations issues.

  • Facilitates communication among employees and management.

  • Counsels leadership and employees in problem solving, dispute resolution, regulatory compliance, and litigation avoidance.

  • Coordinates other HR offices to provide services to employees in transition.

  • Monitors unemployment insurance applications.

  • Develops policy, protocols and procedures to ensure that employment, compensation, benefits, employee relations, and affirmative action practices comply with organizational policies and legal requirements.

  • Proactively consults with leadership on performance, organizational, and management matters.

  • Advises and oversees Divisional leadership on strategic initiatives including redesign and reorganization.

  • Develops viable business solutions regarding diverse human resource issues and employee concerns.

  • Systematically evaluates human resources processes and recommends design changes and improvements to better meet the needs of the business unit(s)/divisions.

  • Identifies/incorporates best practices and lessons learned from higher education and corporate, and internal departments into program plans.

  • Responsible for development and integration of human resource programs and associated projects to achieve strategic institutional business goals and operational objectives.

  • Conducts and directs needs assessments to determine measures required to enhance employee job performance and overall organization performance in achieving the goals and objectives of the organization.

  • Plans, develops, implements, and administers HR programs for Emory employees.

  • Works closely with other departments in the design, development and implementation of HR training programs for management and employees.

  • Provides organizational change management solutions through interventions, focus groups, surveys, and interviews.

  • Trains employees on HR issues and practices.

  • Creates and presents course materials.

  • Periodically analyzes and evaluates processes to assess efficacy.

  • May supervise support staff and related HR functions.

  • Performs related responsibilities as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor's degree and 10 years of Human Resources experience in a managerial or supervisory capacity with emphases on employee relations, workplace investigations, policy development and process improvement. Advanced degree and/or senior human resources professional certification preferred.

Operating Unit/Division:

Human Resources

Job Title:

Director of Employee Relations

This position involves::

Not Applicable

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