Employee Relations Manager
DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS 8 reviews - Manhattan, NY

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GREAT things are happening at the Department of Buildings. The Department of Buildings is a City agency charged with ensuring the safe and lawful use of buildings and properties by enforcing the Building Code and the Zoning Resolution. We facilitate compliant development with integrity, efficiency and professionalism. As a Department we are committed to enhancing the quality of life for all New Yorkers by making our city safer. We are committed to improving our performance and developing procedures that are streamlined, understandable and transparent. At the cornerstone of this commitment is the Human Resources Department, whose role is essential to maintaining human capital to ensure the agency has the right people who are trained, license and certified in order to carry out our mission to ensure safety and provide service with integrity.


Department of Buildings is currently looking for an Employee Relations Manager. The selected candidate will report directly to the Director Human Resources. The qualified HR professional will be responsible for managing a broad based generalist in all aspects of human capital including; updating, implementing, and coordinating policies and programs covering recruitment and onboarding, civil service transactions, compensation analysis, performance management, benefit management and employee relations. He or she will be responsible for managing all labor/ employee relations issues and grievances for the agency. The selected candidate will report directly to the Director of Human Resources.

The Employee Relations Manager will be responsible for:
• Manage HR Generalists and serve in this capacity as needed
• Must have generalist knowledge and skills in all facets of human capital
• Providing expert knowledge to develop strategic human capital initiatives
• Partnering with the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office and the Office of Internal Audits and Discipline (IAD) regarding highly confidential matters.
• Acting as agency liaison to the Office of Labor Relations, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, the Law Department and the Conflict of Interest Board
• Managing all matters pertaining to employee grievances and discipline and providing information as requested.
• Representing the Agency/Department at agency-related events involving outside entities such as union representatives.
• Managing mediations and dispute resolutions and preparing written and oral reports for senior management concerning these issues.
• Assisting in other Human Resources related projects as requested.
Minimum Qual Requirements
1. A master's degree from an accredited college in economics, finance, accounting, business or public administration, human resources management, management science, operations research, organizational behavior, industrial psychology, statistics, personnel administration, labor relations, psychology, sociology, human resources development, political science, urban studies or a closely related field, and two years of satisfactory full-time professional experience in one or a combination of the following: working with the budget of a large public or private concern in budget administration, accounting, economic or financial administration, or fiscal or economic research; in management or methods analysis, operations research, organizational research or program evaluation; in personnel or public administration, recruitment, position classification, personnel relations, employee benefits, staff development, employment program planning/administration, labor market research, economic planning, social services program planning/evaluation, or fiscal management; or in a related area. 18 months of this experience must have been in an executive, managerial, administrative or supervisory capacity. Supervision must have included supervising staff performing professional work in the areas described above; or
2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and four years of professional experience in the areas described in "1" above, including the 18 months of executive, managerial, administrative or supervisory experience, as described in "1" above.
Preferred Skills
• 5 years Labor Relations/Collective Bargaining experience
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power-Point & Visio)
• Ability to interact with employees at all levels
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate clearly and concisely
• Unquestionable ability to be discreet and manage confidential information
• Ability to work under the pressure of tight deadlines
• Ability to make decisions about how to manage and organize own workload
To Apply
Please go to www.nyc.gov/careers or www.nyc.gov/ess for current NYC employees and search for Job ID# 118567
No phone calls, faxes or personal inquiries permitted.
35 hours (minimum)
Work Location
280 Broadway, 6th Floor, N.Y.
Residency Requirement
New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

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