Sr. Employee Relations Specialist
2U, Inc. - Hyattsville, MD

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Private Company Solves US Education Problem. - Forbes
2U is the first startup of its kind to offer full degree programs online at top-tier universities. Its also the most highly funded. -Mashable, 5 Startups Transforming Higher Education

We are looking for individuals passionate about transforming higher ed and joining an innovative team dedicated to disrupting the existing education model. Were looking for more than your average HR Generalist. 2Us incredible company culture is driven by leaders in every area of our company, and it starts right here with the HR team. Were looking for the atypical: a non-HR HR candidate who will work in employee relations, performance management and special projects as assigned.

Advise and support managers to support employee relations matters.
Recommend and deliver disciplinary action to employees in conjunction with the manager, when applicable.
Guide managers through the performance improvement process and coaching opportunities.
Provide ongoing coaching to employees on documented performance management concerns.
Conduct formal investigations, personally handle or guide resolution on a variety of complex ER matters
Enhance existing performance improvement initiatives across the organization.
Implement a performance management system to cascade company goals through the departments to individual goals.
Advocate for our company culture. Ensure culture is the central tenet in the choices we make and the advice HR provides to the company in maintaining a culture of accountability and trust.
Research new and creative training content for manager training programs.
Implement company policies and procedures to ensure best practice and compliance with company and the operations of partner universities.
Create and run HR reports out of the HRIS system.

Things That Should Be in Your Background:
  • Bachelors degree required; degree in HR, Business or Communications preferred.
  • 4-7 years experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • 2-3 years experience conducting formal investigations and handling complex ER issues
  • Proven ability to work in a fast paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Strong customer service background.
  • Familiarity with HRIS systems or reporting tools.
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office, inclusive of Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Enthusiasm and the ability to thrive in an atmosphere of constant change.
Other Attributes That Will Help You in This Role:
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to relate to people at all levels. You should have the ability to approach each scenario from all perspectives
  • Focused on achieving defined results and exceeding goals and objectives.
  • Ability to bring out other peoples potential and talents.
  • Ability to work with a diverse team in a fast-paced environment.
Founded in 2008 by a unique team of education veterans with unparalleled experience, 2U, Inc., formerly known as 2tor, Inc., partners with preeminent institutions of higher education to deliver rigorous, selective degree programs online to students globally.

2U supplies universities with the tools, expertise, capital, and global recruiting needed to build and support programs of quality and scale.

Technology: 2U develops state-of-the-art technology platforms that give universities the ability to deliver traditional offline curricula in a unique online learning environment.
Instructional Design: Our instructional designers work closely with faculty to translate classroom courses into a compelling combination of synchronous and asynchronous online and real-world experiences, using the best educational and social technologies available. We work side-by-side with professors to evolve those courses. We make improvements as usage and learning patterns emerge and new technologies become available.
Infrastructure: 2U provides the support infrastructure and the logistical components of our partners online programs. This includes comprehensive student support services from enrollment through graduation and beyond, as well as practical learning experiences in communities around the world.
Resources: 2U makes an upfront investment of over $10 million in each of our partner programs. By supplying capital and global marketing capabilities, we enable universities to give high-performing students around the world a transformational educational experience.

Since our founding, 2U has partnered with some of the most prestigious research universities to deliver groundbreaking online degree programs. You can read about our partners here (

And if youre ready to help our team ( build the next great movement in higher education, consider joining us (

Why Its Great to Join Our Team

There are plenty of reasons, but here are a few:
Benefits – at 2U we offer a great benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability and 401k. We also offer paid time off and company holidays. Thats not all! Employees receive a 100% paid tuition benefit for themselves, their spouse and their legal dependants.

Our Culture – We are a highly energetic, innovative start-up company with room to grow. We dont take ourselves too seriously, and strive to maintain a casual, professional and highly productive work environment for our team. 2U employees enjoy many perks, including the ability to wear jeans to work every day.

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time-to-time, as needed.

2U is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against applicants or employees and ensures equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship, military or veterans' status, or any other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. 2Us equal opportunity policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, job benefits, pay, and dismissal.

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