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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: D1073 / Employee Relations Consultant
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Provides central human resources professional support to the Employee Relations Department by providing specialized consultation on employee relations, performance management, and employee discipline issues; provides interpretation of related policies, procedures and practices to University clients; conducts research on various projects and pulls reports as necessary; serves as a direct point of contact in assigned area and works closely with Director to resolve issues; conducts internal audits and ensures compliance with various policies, laws and regulations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Conducts research and provides advice and assistance on employment related regulations both at the State and Federal level. Brings compliance related concerns to the attention of the Director of Employee Relations.
  2. Serves as initial point of advice, problem resolution, and facilitation in the areas of employee relations, performance management, and employee discipline; advises both employees and management regarding employee relations policies, procedures, and documentation; researches, identifies, and analyzes specific employee relations concerns and makes appropriate recommendations to client management.
  3. Provides advice regarding performance management/disciplinary procedures, other personnel policies, and labor agreements.
  4. Conducts research on union related matters and serves on negotiations teams as needed.
  5. Serves as an additional point of contact with the Union and coordinates problem resolution under direction of the Director of Employee Relations.
  6. May conduct research including benchmarking, legislative and regulatory tracking and review.
  7. Pulls or creates reports and conducts internal audits as they pertain to Employee Relations data and processes.
  8. Reviews HR Website for Employee Relations issues and ensures that website information is up-to-date.
  9. May assist with or conduct investigations as assigned following established procedures.
  10. May interact with HR Consultants to create and conduct training to clients and work on other Division projects.
  11. In absence of the Director, may attend meetings and provide back-up support as needed.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of equal opportunity and affirmative action requirements as related to public sector human resources procedures.
  • Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues.
  • Knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations, and public sector employment policies and procedures.
  • Ability to prepare and present training programs and materials.
  • Knowledge of compensation administration principles and procedures.
  • Mathematical skills.
  • Ability to analyze complex information, and to define and solve problems.
  • Knowledge of FMLA and catastrophic leave policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Knowledge of ADA, FLSA, and other employment legislation and regulations.
  • Knowledge in the field of labor relations.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017