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Company:
South Dakota State University
Division:
Office of Human Resources
City:
Brookings
State:
South Dakota
County:
Brookings
Country:
USA
Posted: 09/15/2022
Employee Relations Specialist/Trainer

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Office of Human Resources is offering an exciting career opportunity as an Employee Relations Specialist/Trainer. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to join us in November. This is a 12-month, 100%-time, benefit-eligible position. This position is supervised by the Senior Employee Relations Specialist.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Employee Relations Specialist/Trainer is primarily responsible for preparing and deploying Supervisor and other Human Resources related training to campus, and investigating and guiding supervisors through performance issues, discipline processes, and grievances. This position also performs a variety of duties to promote employee welfare, such as leadership support, performance management and annual reviews, supervisor support, employee support, and other duties as assigned. 

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. This position will explain and provide advice to employees about university, SDBOR and state rules, regulations, and procedures.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources or a closely related field completed by first day of employment;
  • At least three years of experience in Human Resources or employee support work or related;
  • Demonstrated ability to use discretion and excellent judgment,
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work under multiple deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to influence others and be persuasive when facing resistance;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct an investigative interview;
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and conduct training;
  • 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;
  • Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire and willingness to travel.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • PHR, SPHR, SHRM certification;
  • Graduate degree.

SALARY:

Commensurate with qualifications.

BENEFITS:

South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.

UNIVERSITY AND THE BROOKINGS COMMUNITY:

South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of South Dakota State University is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Brookings is listed as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees, and is rated among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school, and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by October 6, 2022.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

South Dakota State University accepts applications through an online employment site. To apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact South Dakota State University Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is university policy to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions on the position, contact Denia Warne at (605) 688-4707 or Denia.warne@sdstate.edu.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.