University of Washington - Seattle, WA4.1

Full-timeEstimated: $55,000 - $75,000 a year
As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to monitor global health conditions and health systems, as well as to evaluate interventions, initiatives, and reforms. IHME carries out a range of projects within different research areas including: the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors; Future Health Scenarios; Costs and Cost Effectiveness; Local Burden of Disease; Resource Tracking; and Impact Evaluations. The aim is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base to make decisions that achieve better health.

IHME has an outstanding opportunity for an Employee Relations Specialist on the Organizational Development and Training Team (ODT). The Employee Relations Specialist supports IHME’s human resources and organizational development and training programs and supports the culture, policies and procedures by maintaining a positive, consultative relationship with Institute staff and faculty. We are seeking someone who will be a liaison between employer and employee, receiving and effectively handling conflict in the workplace; updating employees with any changes in policy; advising, training, and coaching supervisors on management practices and company policies; and providing guidance with employment laws.

To do this work, we are looking for an empathetic individual with great interpersonal skills who is able to build relationships with employees across the organization. You must have demonstrated experience exercising good judgment and problem solving skills, along with a friendly and persuasive nature in order to be trusted to finds solutions to help problem solve and explore alternatives for conflict resolution and organizational changes. The Employee Relations Specialist must understand organizational complexities, reporting relationships, and specific roles and responsibilities across IHME and within the broader context of the UW’s administration of policies and procedures. We are looking for someone who is excited to positively, creatively, and strategically contribute to IHME as the Institute continues to grow.

Responsibilities include:
Employee Relations

Provide career path support: assist with succession planning by helping to identify individuals who have skills that can be developed for future needs and advise staff on career advancement at IHME including options and resources that are available.
Provide guidance with employee coaching, conflict conversations, expectation setting, documentation of employee performance, performance improvement plans, and possible terminations.
Investigate formal and informal employee inquiries and complaints: counsel staff on complaint resolution options; facilitate resolutions.
Ensure compliance and adherence to Federal, State, UW, and IHME policies and regulations.
Research, analyze, and respond to employee/manager questions and/or issues regarding HR policies and processes.
Advise management and staff of laws and rules governing various types of leave use, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Partner with UW Leave/HR Consultant/Disability Offices on complex leave and accommodation issues.
Participate in policy writing and interpretation.


Independently develop and conduct formal and informal supervisory training on a variety of HR topics; meeting best practices, managing staff, using HR systems, performance reviews, professional development, documentation, crucial conversations, and managing workloads.
Partner with senior leaders to implement employee programs that build a positive culture which creates a positive employee relations climate.


Assist in developing procedural efficiencies within the human resources team.
Produce and analyze metrics reports for ODT on monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
Manage logistics for promotions and in-grades; layoffs due to funding, re-orgs, lack of work.

Other duties as assigned.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Human Resources, Organizational Development, Psychology, or related field plus four years of employee relations experience.

Additional Requirements
Demonstrated knowledge of employment law.
Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, such as Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word
Demonstrated ability to work with confidential information.
Demonstrated ability working with diverse populations.
Demonstrated project management skills, including the ability to think independently, track many details and logistics concurrently, be flexible, and juggle priorities for multiple ongoing projects with minimal supervision.
Strong interpersonal, teamwork, and customer service skills, as well as the ability to foster positive relationships with diverse members of staff and supervisors.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Strong attention to detail and accuracy.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


Six years of employee relations experience.
Knowledge of University rules and regulations.
Knowledge of the State & Federal Employment Laws.
Experience working in human resources in a higher education institution.
Experience working in human resources in a unionized environment.

Weekend and evening work sometimes required.