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Employee Relations Manager, Human Resources

Harlem Children's Zone
New York City, New York 10037
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  • Job Status
    Full Time

Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc. (HCZ) is a multi-site, multi-program community organization that provides a unique and comprehensive interlocking network of education, social and health services, and recreation to more than 25,000 children and adults in Central Harlem. The majority of the children HCZ works with go to public schools and attend its engaging after-school programs. Whether in its Promise Academy charter schools or public schools, HCZ’s high standards and expectations are the same for all of its children—ensuring that all of them are on track to attend college and successfully graduate. HCZ’s overarching goal is to create a "tipping point" in the neighborhood so that children are surrounded by an enriching environment of college-oriented peers and supportive adults. Nationally and internationally recognized for its early and progressive intervention programs, HCZ has been lauded by The New York Times as “one of the most ambitious social-policy experiments of our time.”


We are seeking an Employee Relations Manager to support the HR department and the organization in maintaining a safe, healthy, productive, legally compliant, harassment and discrimination free work environment. In this newly created role, reporting to the Director of Human Resources, the Employee Relations Manager will plan, coordinate and conduct the overall activities of confidential internal investigations of varying levels, with a specific focus on potential violations of law, organizational policy, and our Standards of Excellence.  The Employee Relations Manager will also serve in the capacity of an aide and resource to employees and leadership to ensure that the organization maintains its high ethical and legal standards, strengthens its workplace policies, processes and procedures, all which are ultimately designed to safeguard and protect the safety and wellbeing of the children and families we serve.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct and manage fact finding workplace investigations concerning matters related to potential violations of the law, organizational policy, non-compliance, unethical behavior and misconduct

  • Document investigative interviews and collect, protect and retain pertinent information and evidence

  • Review, assess and interpret information and evidence gathered from investigations

  • Provide regular updates on investigations, both orally and in writing, to HR Director and senior leadership

  • Attentively manage—at times simultaneous—investigations to ensure matters are resolved timely and appropriately

  • Draft clear and meaningful reports at the conclusion of investigations for HR, senior leadership and legal counsel review

  • Field and promptly respond to employee concerns and complaints, providing timely appropriate resolution, and commencing investigations as needed

  • Provide guidance and support to employees at all levels concerning workplace policies and procedures

  • Work closely with HR Director and senior leadership to implement consistent and appropriate corrective and preventative actions as needed

  • Keep abreast of and maintain working knowledge of legal requirements authored by government regulatory agencies, including the Department of Labor, City and State Departments of Education, Administration for Children’s Services, etc

  • Plan, coordinate and execute series of compliance and legal trainings for front line employees and managers

  • Revise and update employee handbook, develop supporting documents and manuals outlining, reinforcing, and memorializing specific policies, processes and protocols as needed

  • Performs other duties as assigned

 Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements

  • A commitment to the mission and programs of HCZ

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field with 3 to 5 years’ experience in an HR role with an emphasis on employee relations; Master’s degree and/or HR certification(s) is a plus

  • Knowledge of general workplace policies and labor and employment laws, including Title VII, ADA, FMLA, ADEA, FLSA

  • Demonstrated experience and skill in conducting workplace investigations and drafting reports on investigation

  • Must possess high credibility and absolute commitment to confidentiality and professional integrity

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills

  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills

  • Excellent time management skills, coupled with a strong yet measured sense of urgency

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Outlook

  • Must be familiar with and have appreciation for issues prevalent in underserved communities of color

  • Some knowledge of education, social services and nonprofit sectors is desired

We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package. To be considered, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume. No telephone inquiries or recruiters please.  Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants.  Harlem Children’s Zone is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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