Employee Relations/Affirmative Action Officer

University of North Carolina Asheville in North Carolina

Date Posted April 29, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Position Type
EPA Staff

Employee Relations/Affirmative Action Officer

Position Number

Recruitment Range
$53,000 - $60,000

Work Schedule and Hours

Typical office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additional hours may be necessary contingent upon workload and deadlines.

Full-Time / Part-Time

Hours per Week
40 Hours

Months per Year
12 Months

Position Summary

The Employee Relations/Affirmative Action Officer (ER/AAO) supports the overall mission of the University by providing leadership, vision, and strategic direction to the University’s efforts to maintain equitable treatment of all employees in all employment decisions. Through the development and implementation of the University’s Affirmative Action plan, s/he will assist every member of the University community in taking responsibility for providing a welcoming and supportive community for students, faculty and staff, regardless of personal experiences and world views that arise from differences of race, culture, sexual orientation, religion, profession, income, or age. The ER/AAO keeps the equitable treatment of employees at the forefront of decision-making; provides leadership in the implementation of equitable hiring practices, promotions, transfers, disciplinary actions, and terminations; and coordinates with all other areas of the University to enhance the overall employment environment. This position is also responsible for coordination of unemployment claims. Success will be measured based on improvements in campus climate as well as recruitment and retention of a diverse staff.


Required Education/Experience/Skills

Master’s degree required in social sciences, human resources, public policy, or other related field. A minimum of 5 years experience in employee relations. Extensive experience in the field of diversity and equity, and demonstrated ability to mobilize that expertise into highly effective, practical applications. Exceptional communication skills in understanding a wide variety of constituent groups for building consensus and support for innovative solutions. Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply applicable laws, statutes, university regulations, and established protocol to existing and proposed operational changes. Knowledge of Affirmative Action, ADA, federal and state employment laws, and current employee relations and affirmative action trends and practices. Proven results in generating an inclusive, diverse environment. Experience in conflict resolution, performance management, mediation/facilitation, and problem solving. Experience in conducting work related investigations.

Preferred Education/Experience/Skills

Prefer 7+ years of Employee Relations or related Human Resources experience, including knowledge of employment law. Prefer experience in Affirmative Action Administration. Prefer PHR/SPHR. Prefer strong computer skills in MS Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Project. Essential skills for the successful candidate include strong written and verbal communication skills, project management skills, the ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of employee populations, and the ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of effective employee relations and the principles, practices, and procedures of Human Resources Management.
  • Ability to objectively coach employees and managers through complex, difficult, and emotional issues, working effectively with a broad range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage formal and informal dispute resolution processes and procedures.
  • Ability to make recommendations to effectively resolve problems or issues, using strong critical thinking skills, independent judgment and discretion. Ability to apply federal and state guidelines, regulations and laws appropriately and in a manner that is consistent with university policies and procedures.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of Human Resources administration including workforce diversity, classification and compensation, recruitment, benefit plans, retirement plans, workers’ compensation law, Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in public sector employee and labor relations policies and practices, and knowledge of federal and state employment and labor laws, regulations, procedures, and standards.
  • Ability to examine and develop or revise operations and procedures, draft policies, and develop and implement new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to work with diverse cultures in a collegial and collaborative manner.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize workload effectively; understand and demonstrate a sense of urgency to resolve problematic situations.
  • Ability to handle confidential and politically sensitive matters in a professional and discreet manner.
  • Ability to demonstrate good judgment, empathy, and compassion appropriate for the situation.
  • Ability to form effective working relationships with people at all levels of the institution.
  • Ability to manage and defuse stressful and complex situations and to resolve conflicts.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate complex issues and develop creative, responsive solutions.

Special Instructions to the Applicant

This search is being extended and applications shall be reviewed immediately upon receipt. Previous applicants under consideration need not re-apply. Interviews are anticipated to begin the week of May 12th for selected candidates.

Applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date for each specific position. Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned.

Official verifications from each college/university you have attended are required upon employment, and will be requested directly from the college/university by Human Resources or from the National Student Clearinghouse. Any expense will be the responsibility of the employee. Educational degrees must be from an appropriately accredited institution.

If no applicants apply who meet the training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on skills, equity, budget, and market considerations.

It is the policy of UNC Asheville to conduct pre-employment background investigations on all candidates selected for employment. If hired, the candidate will be required to submit proof of eligibility to work in the United States. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice.

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To apply, visit https://jobs.unca.edu/postings/653

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