Los Alamos National Laboratory Employee Relations Specialist 1/2 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

This position will be filled at either the Employee Relations Specialist 1 or 2 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Reporting to the Manager of Employee Relations, the Employee Relations Specialist will:

Employee Relations Specialist 1 ($54,400 – $86,400)

  • Maintain electronic and hardcopy files;, and handle records management for the group.

  • Assist HR-ER staff with developing presentations, tracking statistics, and completing special projects in support of HR-ER initiatives.

  • Present trainings on employee relations subjects.

  • Develop an expertise in managing the HR-ER Workforce Issues Tracking System (WITS) database and utilize it to enter and track each HR-ER case through to completion

  • Research and compile data to produce specialized reports, including tracking metrics and trends.

  • Recognize sensitivity, complexity and urgency of employee relations issues and take appropriate action, including providing sound guidance on a resolution and protecting sensitive information to the extent possible.

  • Assist in conducting prompt, thorough, neutral, accurate and defensible workplace investigations into allegations of misconduct, and grow into taking on investigations independently.

Employee Relations Specialist 2 ($66,600 – $105,700)

  • Counsel and provide assistance to employees and all levels of management in employee or management issues guided by Laboratory's employee relations policies.

  • Ensure legal requirements are met in terms of employee relations to minimize exposure to liability.

  • Obtain factual information concerning employee/management employee relations-related inquiries.

  • Provide reliable, creative, timely advice and guidance to all levels of employees and management on employee relations matters and policies while implementing and adhering to related employment law, LANL policy and incorporating best practices.

  • Advise and work closely with managers in counseling, disciplining or terminating employees as a result of poor performance or misconduct.

  • Deliver clear, convincing and well organized briefings, including written reports.

  • Conduct prompt, thorough, neutral, accurate, and defensible workplace investigations into allegations of misconduct.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and handle sensitive information.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Experience compiling and analyzing data.

  • Skilled in the preparation of reports and presentations.

  • Proven ability to organize, prioritize and follow-through to completion on multiple tasks.

  • Ability to think creatively and problem solve in a rapidly changing environment.

  • Experience in responding to requests (often with short response time) by doing research and providing accurate information as assigned.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Basic knowledge of employee relations, best practices and procedures.

  • Basic knowledge of legal requirements affecting employee relations administration, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the ADA, the FMLA, etc.

  • Ability to exercise good judgment and appropriate discretion.

  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.

Additional Job Requirements for the level 2:

  • Proven ability to interact effectively with all levels of internal and external personnel, including company senior level personnel.

  • Experience investigating factual allegations, and recommending effective solutions to problems affecting employee relations administration.

  • Ability to work under pressure and defuse emotions in difficult situations.

  • Skilled in conducting research.

  • Excellent skills with analytical writing.

Desired Skills (at either level):

  • Knowledge of the Laboratory’s organizational structure and HR policies, practices and procedures.

Education at level 1: Position typically requires a minimum of two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Education at level 2:Position typically requires a bachelor’s degree and a minimum five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Notes to Applicants: Please include a cover letter that clearly shows how you meet the minimum requirements for this position.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

Equal Opportunity:Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

The Human Resources Employee Relations Group (HR-ER) partners with employees, managers, and senior leaders to provide subject matter expertise and assistance in resolving employee and management concerns. HR-ER handles complaints of workplace misconduct, investigations into workplace misconduct, and resulting recommendations. HR-ER is comprised of three Employee Relations Specialists and the Group Leader. This position will be an additional Employee Relations Specialist

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: HR-ER/Employee Relations

Job Title: Employee Relations Specialist 1/2

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC68726