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Assistant Director-Employee Relations

Date Posted: Jun 11, 2020

Job Description

Job Title

Job Title:  Assistant Director – Employee Relations

Posting Date: June 11, 2020

Closing Date: Until Filled

Salary Details: $70,000 - $95,000

Job Type: Administrative

Benefits Eligibility: Successful candidates will be eligible for medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage, as well as illness and/or vacation days.

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director

Location: Office of Employee Relations

Position Summary

Implements employee-related policies and serves the district by promoting and ensuring the existence of a work environment free of illegal discrimination and harassment and compliance with work rules and related policies.  Handles all facets of investigations concerning employee civil rights complaints and employee misconduct issues, from intake through to completion of the investigations, including evaluating and analyzing facts, data and evidence, making findings, and facilitating resolutions.  Provides preventative training. Provides review and administration of Detroit Public Schools Community District’s work rules and policies pertaining to employee conduct.  Provides consultation and support to principals and other worksite administrators with respect to the handling of employee civil rights complaints and employee disciplinary matters.

Qualifications

Education:

  • Must possess and provide evidence of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, in human resources, pre-law, or related field, in combination with significant experience in law, or employee or labor relations required.
  • Juris Doctor degree or graduate degree in Labor Relations or Human Resources or related degree preferred. 

Experience:

  • 3-5 years progressively more responsible related experience, including a minimum of 2 years’ experience in the practice of law, or in human resources disciplines of labor and/or employee relations.

KEY COMPETENCIES:

Thorough and comprehensive knowledge of federal and state employment laws relating to illegal discrimination and sexual harassment. Extensive comprehension of employment laws and statutes related to employee discipline, including understanding of due process matters.  Proficient and effective communication skills in both oral and written form.  Attention to detail and ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.  Ability to balance team and individual responsibilities.  Ability to conduct thorough investigations to completion and analyze facts in accordance with related laws and applicable district policies, including applicable collective bargaining agreements.  Specific areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Investigation of Title VII, Title IX, Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, ADA, and ADEA complaints
  • Fact-finding and Resolution Conferences
  • Agency Complaints (e.g. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Michigan Department of Civil Rights); including Agency Resolution and Settlement Conferences
  • Training on Sexual Harassment and other Civil Rights Issues
  • State and Federal Labor Relations and Employment Law (e.g. Michigan Teachers’ Tenure Act, Michigan Revised School Code, FMLA)
  • Investigations of Charges of Work Rule Violations
  • Training on Employee Discipline Issues
  • Policy Development and Implementation

Position Job Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Deputy Executive Director the Assistant Director shall perform the following essential functions:

Essential Functions

  1. Monitor compliance with Title VII, Title IX, ADA, and ADEA to ensure a positive, productive, equitable work environment and to prevent discriminatory workplace practices.
  2. Collaborate/provide consultation to managerial staff, labor groups, and Human Resources staff; including field/investigative complaint assistance to effectively monitor and resolve civil rights complaints and advise with respect to disciplinary issues.
  3. Receive, process and manage investigation of internal employee civil rights complaints, including complaints of discrimination/harassment, and complaints regarding work rule/policy infractions, including but not limited to, interviewing witnesses, gathering facts, taking statements, obtaining and analyzing evidence, and doing all other things necessary to investigate and resolve the complaints.
  4. Conduct disciplinary meetings.
  5. Maintain appropriate files in a confidential manner consistent with federal and state regulations.
  6. Handle discrimination/harassment complaints filed with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U. S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, and other agencies with jurisdiction over such matters.
  7. On-going review of federal and state law, district policy, work rules and labor-contract agreements to reach findings on discrimination/harassment and misconduct issues.
  8. Provide in-service training of staff on civil rights and disciplinary issues.
  9. Assist administrators/supervisors in the interpretation of school district work rules, regulations, policies and procedures as they relate to employee conduct.
  10. Prepare written investigation summaries and written recommendations for discipline.
  11. Attend grievance, arbitration, and tenure appeal hearings as required.
  12. Prepare tenure charges for certificated teachers and implement statutory process.
  13. Administer suspensions without pay in coordination with worksite administrator/supervisor.
  14. Fulfill other related duties and responsibilities as assigned or required by the Deputy Executive Director.

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions Concerns? Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator at (313) 240-4377 or detroitk12.org/compliance.

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