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Employee Relations Specialist- Department Of Child Services

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State Of Indiana Indianapolis , IN 46218

Posted 2 months ago

Salary for this position is commensurate with education and job experience.

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About the Indiana State Personnel Department (INSPD)

As an agency operating a shared services model, we provide the executive branch of state government with top-notch HR services. INSPD has a dedicated team of human resources professionals working in many capacities, including director-level, generalists, and specialists in each discipline of human resources. Joining our team will open the door to many opportunities for lateral and upward mobility.

About the Job

The Indiana State Personnel Department is seeking a dedicated and qualified professional to join the Department of Child Services HR team as an Employee Relations Specialist. This specialist serves in a professional level capacity performing complex duties in human resources administration activities. This specialist functions as a consultant to provide leadership, guidance, and counsel to various State agencies and advises on federal and state laws, rules, and policies involving employee relations and compliance issues.

A Day in the Life:

  • Provides consultation and guidance to state agencies in the handling of layoff, staff reductions and reorganization, performance management and evaluation, reasonable accommodations, leaves of absence, discipline and dismissal of employees, compliance with employment regulations, and local employee relations issues;

  • Provides complex analytical, interpretive, and evaluative consultation on federal laws and regulations, Indiana Code, Administrative rules, and Standardized policies to HR staff and managers in state agencies;

  • Processes employee requests for family-medical leave and responds to related inquiries;

  • Processes employee requests for new parent leave and responds to related inquiries;

  • Acts as the State of Indiana representative at Step II civil service complaints and may serve as advocate at Step III of the Civil Service Complaint Process;

  • Investigates and/or reviews investigations concerning workplace harassment/discrimination allegations;

  • Investigates problems incidental to sound uniform personnel administration, such as: working conditions, disciplinary actions, and employee issues and provides guidance and recommendations for problem resolution;

  • Develops and presents training (individual or group) to employees, supervisors, managers, and HR professionals throughout the State and serves as Subject Matter Expert for INSPD's training division and assists various state agencies in implementing training;

  • Maintains knowledge base with regular research into court cases, legislative changes, regulation interpretations, and new developments/best practices in the administration of various leave programs and other employee relations matters;

  • Exercises considerable judgment and discretion in establishing and maintaining good working relationships with colleagues, elected officials, appointed boards, agency directors, department directors, and other governing agencies;

  • Attempts to resolve disputes in assigned workload in an amicable fashion, using knowledge of employment law, industry practices, and social policies to help parties reach an expedient resolution to minimize loss of employee wages, interruption of normal business operations, and management liability; and

  • Performs other related duties individually or as part of various work groups or project teams as assigned by supervisor, division director, or other INSPD division or deputy director(s).

What we're looking for:

  • Six (6) years' work experience in human resources management including: employment law, employee relations, affirmative action, recruiting, human resource development, compensation, benefits, or accredited college training in a related field.

  • Extensive knowledge of the principles, laws, regulations, theories, and practices of human resources management and administration including FMLA, FLSA, ADA, USERRA, Civil Rights legislation and harassment/discrimination investigations, and employee relations;

  • Ability to formulate sound recommendations and make appropriate decisions with consideration of potential impact on agency/division/local office or facility/statewide;

  • Competencies related to setting priorities, working independently, anticipating problems and initiating corrective actions, organizing thoughts and ideas into effective communications, and successfully negotiating resolutions to complex problems or situations; and

  • Excellent customer service and problem solving skills.

You will be expected to promptly develop the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of State Personnel Policies, mission, vision and organizational structure;

  • Extensive knowledge of laws, rules, and policies related to public sector employment, particularly regarding Indiana State Government and its needs, policies, and procedures; and

  • Ability to work quickly and independently using PeopleSoft modules, particularly those related to workforce and leave administration.


The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes:

  • Medical / Dental / Vision plans

  • Health Savings Account available - with Employer Contribution

  • Prescription Coverage

  • Incentive-based Wellness Program

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Employer-funded Retirement Plan

  • Deferred Compensation Plan with Employer Match

  • Flexible Spending Account

  • Work/life balance: 24 Paid Days Off and 12-14 Holidays, per year

  • Group Life Insurance

  • Qualified Employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

  • Free downtown parking

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Employee Relations Specialist- Department Of Child Services

Expired Job

State Of Indiana