The New School is seeking an experienced Director of Employee Relations to provide leadership in ensuring best practices on a wide range of employee relations issues including compliance with policies and procedures, providing advice and guidance on complex and challenging matters, and conducting investigations and preparing reports. The incumbent serves as a trusted resource and strategic partner to employees, supervisors, managers, and academic and administrative leaders in creating an environment premised on trust and integrity, where all employees can be productive and successful in achieving their professional and career goals, and are treated fairly and respectfully. The ideal candidate will possess exceptional verbal and written interpersonal skills, excellent diplomacy and judgment, high integrity, and the ability to adapt to changing needs of a dynamic, complex and fast paced environment.
Provide advice to managers and employees on challenging employee relations issues; advise on the application and interpretation of university policies and procedures
Lead investigations into alleged violations of university policies; provide advice to academic and administrative units on addressing the outcome of such investigations
Anticipate legal issues associated with recruitment, performance, and conduct matters; work closely with the Office of General Counsel on discrimination and harassment charges
Initiate, recommend, and implement best practices in all areas of employee relations
Ensure compliance with HR policies and procedures
Draft and update employee relations policy and procedures
Maintain primary responsibility for managing a large and complex caseload
Analyze and evaluate data on retention and related issues, providing recommendations and counseling to management
Manage exit interview process to ensure pertinent data is evaluated, investigated, and utilized in advancing the university’s interest in becoming an employer of choice
Develop and curate materials for training programs; conduct training for management and executive leadership; collaborate with talent acquisition unit to advance diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives via training and other means
In addition to a dynamic and progressive work environment, The New School offers a competitive benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, retirement plans, flexible spending accounts and a tuition waiver. We encourage a healthy work/life balance and offer employee assistance services, health and well-being programs and over four weeks of vacation time per year. Apply with us and discover the rewards and opportunities in working for a world-class, urban university.
Undergraduate or graduate degree in human resources management, public/business administration, or related field;
5+ years of experience drafting, interpreting and applying human resources policies and procedures
Comprehensive knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to affirmative action and equal employment
Relevant training and/or certification
Significant experience conducting internal investigations and drafting investigative reports, position statements and related communications
Excellent writing ability, communications and interpersonal skills
About The New School
The New School, a leading university in downtown New York City, offers degree and nondegree academic programs in design, the social sciences, the liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. Students benefit from small classes, superior resources, and renowned faculty members who practice what they teach. Continuing education courses and public programs place the university at the center of New York’s cultural and intellectual life.