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Employee Relations Specialist

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota 57007
Job Type:
Employee, Contract
Job Status:
Full Time
1st Shift
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The Employee Relations Specialist is a full time, permanent position that is primarily responsible for investigating and guiding supervisors through performance issues, discipline processes and grievances. The successful candidate will work with university leaders to provide guidance and training on employee relations issues as well as helping them to navigate the more complex issues as they arise.



The Employee Relations Specialist is responsible for responding to and conducting investigations and fact-findings related to employee misconduct, discrimination and other complaints, in addition to developing investigation reports and findings; developing strategies and programs to assist campus managers in dealing effectively with employee relations, disciplinary, and performance issues; developing and conducting training programs related to employee relations, including non-discrimination and performance management; reviewing and/or preparing all levels of corrective and disciplinary action documents; and coordinating with campus leadership as appropriate. Must enjoy working with multifaceted, complex employee relations issues and demonstrate ability to gain credibility as a knowledgeable and key resource.



  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Labor Relations, Law or related field.

  • Three (3) years employee relations experience (performance management, discipline process, grievance processes).

  • Demonstrated ability to use discretion and excellent judgment, maintain confidentiality, and work under multiple deadlines.

  • Demonstrated ability to influence others and be persuasive when facing resistance.

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct an investigative interview.

  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.

  • Ability to work effectively with people at varying levels within the University.

  • Customer service focus.

  • Effective written, verbal and interpersonal skills.


  • Graduate degree.

  • Experience working in higher education.

  • Knowledge of Title IX regulations.

  • Experience developing and conducting training and education programs.

  • Ability to diagnose, clarify and mediate difference of opinion.

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