Employee Relations Consultant

Job ID: J124991
Company: Highmark Health
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Full/Part Time: Full time
Job Type: Regular
Posted at: Jun 21, 2018

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JOB SUMMARY (Summarizes the major purpose and primary responsibilities)

Responsible for timely issue response, investigation and resolution regarding a wide variety of employee matters. This includes counseling employees and management team members on performance and conduct, policy interpretation, discipline/corrective action and internal investigations, and doing so in such a way that business objectives are supported, risk to the organization is mitigated, and working relationships between management and employees remain effective.

Also responsible for investigating and responding to third-party charges, identifying employee morale issues, concerns and trends; and, when appropriate, escalating issues, concerns and trends to employee relations management, HRBP team members and/or other human resources leadership. Suggest modifications to human resources policies and practices to enhance all employees’ opportunities to contribute to business goals and objectives.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES (Describes the critical tasks, duties and responsibilities of the position.)

  • Respond to, investigate and resolve a wide variety of employee matters. This includes educating, coaching and counseling employees and management on policy, procedures and practices; making recommendations on discipline/corrective action.
  • Conduct internal investigations and craft written responses to third-party charges and inquiries with guidance from employee relations management and consultation from the law department.
  • Participate in ad-hoc projects supporting department and business objectives.
  • Other duties as assigned or requested.

REQUIRED EDUCATION

Bachelor's Degree- Human Resources, Business or related field of study

Substitutions (Acceptable substitutions in lieu of a degree 1 ½ years’ experience  = 1 year college)

Experience as a human resources generalist or experience with employee/labor relations.

PREFERRED EDUCATION

EXPERIENCE

Minimum: This section refers to the minimum years and type of applicable experience needed to perform the job.  Minimum requirements must be non-comparative, objective, and relevant.

  • 2 - 5 years' experience handling employee relations matters, including:coaching and educating management and employees on policy, procedures and practices, including making recommendations on performance management and discipline; conducting investigations and responding to allegations of workplace harassment, discrimination or retaliation.

Preferred: This section refers to additional desired years and type of experience that the hiring manager would prefer, above and beyond the basic requirements of the job.

  • Demonstrated experience leading collaborative, peer-based project teams
  • Demonstrated experience participating on project teams
  • Policy and procedure review, writing and re-writing
  • Experiencing supporting multi-site and remote employees

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES (List the attributes required to perform the job through demonstrated service, education or training)

  • Sound knowledge of employment and labor laws, regulations, caselaw and their application in a large, multi-site, multi-state environment
  • Ability to absorb and apply new learning, particularly related to company culture, policies, procedures and practices
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to influence outcomes with patience, tact, follow-through, professionalism and confidentiality
  • Ability to problem-solve "people conflict" issues at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to balance the tension between thouroughness/attention-to-detail and efficiency
  • Ability to work in a work enviornment that is fast-paced, customer-focused, results-oriented, collaborative and highly-matrixed
  • Ability to recover quickly from interruptions to resume focus on priority tasks.
  • Able to work well as part of a collaboriate team, which includes being flexible and able to place the needs of the team or organization above their own personal interest.
  • Able to navigate and collaborate in web-based environments such as SharePoint and Intranet portals. Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

REQUIRED LICENSURE (Licenses that are required to perform the job)

PREFERRED LICENSURE

PHR, SPHR or SHRM certification

TRAVEL REQUIREMENT:  0%-25%
(List % of time traveling)

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT (other than English)?  
(List primary language)

PHYSICAL, MENTAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS
(The physical, mental demands and working conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of their job. Reasonable accommodations will be made when necessary to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties of the position, to the extent that they do not cause undue hardship.

Position Type:

Office-Based

Office-Based Positions

An employee in this position works in an office environment.  The position frequently requires the employee to communicate effectively with others both inside and outside the workplace (e.g., in person, via telephone, via email).  The employee must be able to understand, interpret and analyze data, solve problems, concentrate, and research, use available technological resources and systems (e.g., computers and computer programs), multi-task, prioritize, and meet multiple deadlines to complete essential tasks.  The employee generally works in a fast-paced and frequently stressful environment, must attend work on a regular and reliable basis as well as adhere to all workplace policies, and may be called upon to work outside regular business hours.

Teaches/Trains others regularly - Occasionally

Travels regularly from the office to various work sites or from site-to-site - Occasionally

Works primarily out-of-the office selling products/services (Sales employees) - Never

Physical Work Site Required - No

Most On-The-Road Positions

An employee in this position may work in a home or company office environment but is also frequently driving to and from various locations to perform the work off-site.  The position frequently requires the employee to communicate effectively with others both inside and outside the workplace (e.g., in person, via telephone, via email).  The employee must be able to understand, interpret and analyze data, solve problems, concentrate, and research, use available technological resources and systems (e.g., computers and computer programs), multi-task, prioritize, and meet multiple deadlines to complete essential tasks.  The employee generally works in a fast-paced and frequently stressful environment, must attend work on a regular and reliable basis as well as adhere to all workplace policies, and may be called upon to work outside regular business hours.

Non-Office-Based Positions

An employee in this position is frequently required to move throughout the workplace, sit, stand and walk, use hands and fingers to hold objects, tools or controls, possess fine motor skills (e.g., to write and operate a computer or to steer transportation equipment), possess gross motor skills (e.g., to carry items), reach with hands and arms, climb stairs and ladders, balance, stoop, kneel crouch and crawl, communicate effectively, and talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  The employee must be able to work in a busy environment where decisions often must be made quickly, must attend work on a regular and reliable basis, must adhere to all workplace policies, and may be called upon to work outside regular business hours.  This work occurs in a [example: warehouse, hospital or provider’s office or mailroom].

Lifting: up to 10 pounds - Occasionally

Lifting: 10 to 25 pounds - Rarely

Lifting: 25 to 50 pounds - Never

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Changes Approved By:

Melanie Lysne

Disclaimer: The job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this job title. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job.

Compliance Requirement: This position adheres to the ethical and legal standards and behavioral expectations as set forth in the code of business conduct and company policies

Highmark Health and its affiliates prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation/gender identity or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Highmark Health and its affiliates take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation/gender identity, protected veteran status or disability.
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