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Employee Relations Specialist

Apply now Posting Number: 493217
Type of Position: Full-time
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Categories: Administration

Position Title:

Employee Relations Specialist


Human Resources

Job Summary:

The Marist College Office of Human Resources welcomes applications for the position of Employee Relations Specialist. This person will join a dynamic team and is responsible for serving as a primary liaison along with the Director of Employee Relations to staff and faculty at the College. In addition, the Employee Relations Specialist is responsible for assisting in the administration of labor relations policies as well as provide support to departments to ensure compliance with personnel rules and procedures, network policies, contractual agreements, labor and employment laws, etc. This position is eligible for benefits and paid time off.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years of relevant experience.

Thorough knowledge of the general principles and practices and procedures of modern labor relations, such as mediation, fact-finding, arbitration, contract administration, and interpretation and contract negotiation.

Essential Functions:

  • Prepare reports, collect data, develop summaries, and reports status of Employee Relations matters to the Director of Employee Relations
  • Responsible for policy administration, development, and updates due to changes in legal requirements
  • Support immigration matters
  • Manage job description review and approvals
  • Develop and conduct hiring manager training
  • Serves as Hearing Officer for grievances
  • Oversee preparation for union negotiations and creation of collective bargaining agreements
  • Other relevant duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to use sound judgement and discretion in handling sensitive human resources issues with confidentiality and discretion
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Must have demonstrated ability in organizational, time management, problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • Must be adaptable, dependable, with the ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Ability to take copious notes and transcribe/prepare documents on the fly
  • Strong computer experience including MS Office suite products i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Required Application Documents:

Resume, Cover Letter, & 3 Professional References

About the Department:

In strategic partnership with the Marist community, the Office of Human Resources is committed to cultivating an equitable and distinctive workplace. We do this through the attraction, development, and recognition of a diverse and talented workforce.  Our team provides effective services and solutions in support of the College's mission and core values, including:

  • Benefits and compensation administration
  • Compliance with federal, state, and local laws
  • Employee and labor relations
  • Employee records management
  • Learning and development
  • Performance management
  • Policy development and interpretation
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Strategic planning

About Marist College:

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,200 adult and graduate students in 53 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. Marist is consistently ranked among the best colleges and universities in America by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 386 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (3rd Most Innovative School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist’s study abroad program is ranked #2 in the nation by the U.S. State Department’s “Open Doors Report” and has also received the Senator Paul Simon Award for First Year Abroad programs in Italy and Ireland. Marist’s Joint Study partnership with IBM, which began in 1988, has brought the College the kind of world-class technology platform typically found at leading research institutions. To learn more, please visit

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Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

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Marist College Main Campus

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Equal Employment Statement:

Marist College is committed to creating a diverse workforce on our campus by ensuring that barriers to equal employment opportunity and upward mobility do not exist here. To this end, the College will strive to achieve the full and fair participation of minorities, women, people with disabilities, and any other protected groups found to be under represented.

Equal opportunity means employment, development, and promotion of individuals without consideration of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status unless there is a bona fide occupational requirement which excludes persons in one of these protected groups. The College will review its employment policies and procedures to ensure that barriers which may unnecessarily exclude protected groups are identified and eliminated. The College will also explore alternative approaches if any policy or practice is found to have a negative impact on protected groups.

Marist's policy of non-discrimination includes not only employment practices but also extends to all services and programs provided by the College. It shall be considered a violation of College policy for any member of the community to discriminate against any individual or group with respect to employment or attendance at Marist College on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other condition established by law.






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