Director Employee Relations in Chicago, IL

$200K - $250K(Ladders Estimates)

Columbia College   •  

Chicago, IL 60601

Industry: Education, Government & Non-Profit


8 - 10 years

Posted 73 days ago

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Columbia College Chicago's human resources department is looking for a highly motivated and results driven Director of Employee Relations to join our team! Columbia College Chicago is an acclaimed undergraduate and graduate institution that provides a comprehensive education in the arts, communications and public relations, we constantly aim to reach our full potential as an educational innovator.

Role Overview

The Director, Employee Relations will serve as a partner to our leadership team and as a main point of contact to management and employees for human resources/employee related needs. Providing professional HR guidance to support and assist with all employee and labor relations matters while adding value to the institution. This position will use his/her expertise in employee attraction, engagement, and performance management to meet talent needs of the institution. Reporting to the AVP of HR, this position will collaborate in the development of policies and programs and in the implementation and facilitation of such initiatives. The Director, Employee Relations oversees the Talent Acquisition function, and in collaboration with the Talent Acquisition Manager, develops recruiting strategies in order to identify, hire and retain the most qualified and diverse faculty and staff that will advance student-centered arts and media education.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide counsel and guidance to managers and employees regarding the College's policies and procedures as well as interpreting and applying collective bargaining agreements in order to strengthen management capabilities.
  • Assist the leadership team in developing and implementing labor relations strategies that are consistent with organizations initiatives, comply with legal requirements, and promote positive employee relations.
  • Partner with Special Counsel for Labor Relations on ongoing labor relations, including but not limited to contract negotiations, grievance adjustment, labor management and ongoing communication.
  • Partner with leadership in the strategic planning process as it relates departmental initiatives around reorganizations, restructures, reductions in force and other talent management initiatives.
  • Demonstrate strong problem solving, coaching, counseling, conflict resolution and decision making skills.
  • Work with the AVP of HR and General Counsel in developing employee policies, procedures and standards of conduct that apply to all Columbia College Chicago employees.
  • Possess leadership ability, strong communication and management skills and work well with employees at all levels of the institution.
  • Ability to identify and use metrics to make the business case for HR programs, align HR strategy with the institution's goals, and assess HR program performance.
  • Persuade and influence decision makers/ demonstrates knowledge of policy interpretation as well as HR strategies and labor relations.
  • Provides leadership and direction to the Recruitment Manager who will support to hiring managers throughout the recruitment and hiring process ensuring compliance with all applicable employment laws and college policies and procedures.
  • Provide guidance to managers in performance standards and performance management in order to foster a high-performance culture.
  • Possess excellent organizational skills in prioritizing workload in a fast paced environment with changing deadlines.
  • Support and ensure the college strategy is aligned with day to day employee management practices.
  • Work with Student Success investigators, hearing officers, General Counsel and Campus Security when responding to Title IX assault incidents involving staff or faculty.
  • Partner with Academic Affairs leadership in resolving faculty conflicts, addressing concerns, and providing assistance with Human Resources related matters.
  • Develop training programs that educate the College community on topics such as harassment, discrimination, Title IX, FMLA, ADA, grievances, employee and labor relations such as union contract compliance issues and other legal issues.
  • Ensure that all employee matters are handled with consistency and fairness without discrimination.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  • Participate on various institutional committees to represent Human Resources in the areas of employee and labor relations.
  • Identify new opportunities where HR can add value to the organization



  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Employment/Labor Law or related discipline
  • 7-10 years of progressive experience in Human Resources with extensive work in employee and labor relations
  • Experience in leading organizational change initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain positive, collaborative relations with internal and external constituents
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) and negotiating skills
  • Ability to work with all levels of employees within the institution and external union leadership
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast paced environment
  • Must have the ability to exercise considerable judgment and discretion in establishing and maintaining good working relationships
  • Experience with HRMS including PeopleSoft and Taleo

Valid Through: 2019-9-5