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Director of Employee Relations and Business Partners

Gallagher MSA Search, on behalf of The University of Kansas Health System
Kansas City, Kansas
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 The University of Kansas Health System, the premier and fastest growing health system in the Kansas City metropolitan area, in the retained executive search for a Director of Employee Relations and Business Partners. This is an exceptional HR leadership opportunity to:

  • Be a key member of newly forming and transformational team
  • Develop and execute business partner strategy
  • Focus on culture, employee engagement, coaching and advising


Ideal candidates will have experience building teams, improving culture and being part of an organization that has achieved top employer recognition.




¨       The University of Kansas Hospital is among the nation’s most prestigious academic medical centers, with Centers of Excellence in cardiovascular, cancer, neurosciences, transplants, and trauma service lines.

¨       The University of Kansas Health System has been ranked #3 on Forbes 2019 List of America's Best Employers in the State of Kansas and #1 in Healthcare!

¨       For 12 consecutive years, The University of Kansas Hospital has been recognized among the nation’s best according to U.S. News & World Report. In the 2018-19 report, just 158 hospitals ranked among the top 50 in at least one specialty. The University of Kansas Hospital was one of just 28 to rank in nine specialties.

¨       Largest hospital in the KC metro area, with more than 800 beds and 10,000 employees.

¨       Located in the Greater Kansas City area, a unique community offering both families and singles an affordable, yet highly diverse, quality of life.



Reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources, this executive is responsible for directing the Employee Relations department. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

¨       strategic planning, budget management, staffing resource and development, and the building and enhancement of employee relations support for the organization, including creating and improving policies, programs and processes.

¨       directing and collaborating with leadership to develop valuable and innovative programs, build accountability, emotional intelligence, cultural success, employee engagement and fair treatment.

¨       managing employee relations professionals and the day-to-day activities of the Employee Relations department.

¨       partnering with employees and management to communicate various human resources policies, programs, procedures, employment laws and regulations.

¨       leading and coaching the work of the employee relations team to respond to employee and leader relations issues, including the review of situational circumstances, facts, intuitive investigation and successful coaching and navigation and influencing of employee relations matters to a successful resolution, working with counsel as needed on responses to employment complaints, investigations and litigation.

¨       leading the employee relations team in assisting leaders in investigations, and seeking to resolve employee grievances, policy violations, performance and conduct concerns, and coordinating the response to such grievances and complaints.

¨       coaching, counseling and guiding managers on employee relations issues, reasonable suspicion drug/alcohol tests, reasonable accommodations, and on the execution of employee corrective actions.   Planning and attending counseling and exit conferences with executive leaders as required or requested.

¨       demonstrating an understanding of the labor agreements and, in collaboration with the Director of Labor Relations, working to ensure compliance with the Memorandum of Agreements and resolving union grievances at steps one and two of the grievance process.

¨       overseeing the response to unemployment insurance claims and representing the health system at related hearings.

¨       participating in staff meetings and committees, and representing the strategies, goals and objectives of the employee relations team.  Evaluating reports, decisions and results of employee relations initiatives.

¨       recommending new approaches, policies and procedures to effect continual improvements in the efficiency of the department

¨       managing the tracking and records of employee disciplinary actions and grievances, reasonable accommodations, exit interviews, employee investigations and records of the Employee Relations department.


¨       Bachelor’s Degree in human resources, business, organizational, psychology or related business degree required, with a Master’s Degree in Human Resources, MBA, or related degree, SPHR and/or SHRM-SCP certification, experience in the healthcare industry and experience working in a unionized environment preferred.

¨       At least ten years of Human Resources experience, with five years of prior employee relations demonstrated expertise and at least three years of prior managerial experience required.


This search is being led by Carolyn Galvin, Managing Director, Gallagher MSA Search|Integrated Healthcare Strategies. Interested candidates or those wishing to share referrals in confidence, contact Patricia McCollum, Senior Recruiter, at patricia_mccollum@ajg.com.





Posted: 2019-06-21 Expires: 2019-07-21

Gallagher MSA Search, on behalf of The University of Kansas Health System

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Director of Employee Relations and Business Partners

Gallagher MSA Search, on behalf of The University of Kansas Health System
Kansas City, Kansas

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