Director Employee Relations - Human Resources

Abu Dhabi (AE)
17 Jun 2019
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16 Aug 2019

Director Employee Relations - Human Resources
Position Summary
UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply 
New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint a Director Employee Relations, reporting to the Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer - Employee Relations, Learning and Engagement.   The Director will direct the overall Employee Relations portfolio and strategic employee relations plan for NYUAD.
The incumbent will develop and deliver high impact programs and activities to develop manager and employee relationships. The individual will also be responsible for the planning and implementation of plans and implements goals and objectives in areas of employee relations, in addition to developing, implementing and ensuring consistent adherence to policies, programs, and procedures within the context of the NYUAD principles and Code of Conduct. They will provide consultation and advise leadership and senior management on employee and workplace issues.  The Director will also manage employee performance gap/shortfall issues and the separation policy and procedures.
Key Responsibilities
Identifies areas of potential legal and compliance risk and works with the Office of General Counsel to develop appropriate responses including education, policy changes and direct intervention. Identifies areas of vulnerability, informing and advising the Deputy Chief Human Resources, Employee Relations, Learning & Engagement to ensure appropriate assessment and interventions
Acts as a strong advocate for employee issues and works with the Deputy Chief Human Resources, Employee Relations, Learning & Engagement to develop methods to ensure staff input, concerns and grievances are facilitated consistent with our mission and values
Partners with the Director, HR Business Partners on relevant employee relations activities related to the impact of institutional reorganizations & resulting restructures Advise and senior management and HR Business Partners on redundancy implications resulting from these activities ensuring best practice outcomes by developing and implementing separation proposals and communication strategies
Investigates complex disciplinary situations, gathers evidence, takes statements, formulate case summaries and advises Deputy Chief Human Resources, Employee Relations, Learning & Engagement of recommendations. Oversees formal disciplinary action against employees
In partnership with Director, Learning & Organizational development, provides ongoing consulting guidance, coaching and training to Senior Managers, Managers and staff, with respect to employee relations programs and activities. Delivers proactive plans and programs to positively influence employee relations. Monitors trends and reports progress on outcomes and recommendations throughout the year. In partnership with the Director of Learning and Organizational Development facilitates group process to build effective working relationships throughout the organization, using collaboration and team-building skills
Oversee the exit interview process providing regular feedback to the Deputy Chief Human Resources, Employee Relations, Learning & Engagement. Maintains employee relations information, including confidential files and records of employees under performance and disciplinary actions
Lead the analysis and interpretation of people-related metrics to identify trends and inform the development and improvement of ER policies, processes and management development activities Through the analysis and interpretation of internal and external ER-related data sources, identify trends and develop appropriate recommendations for value-adding and strategic ER interventions that meet organizational and customer specific needs. Ensure the impacts of these initiatives are measurable and evidenced
Oversee and manage the university’s Employee Well-being Program (EWP). Undertake regular evaluation of statistical data for trend analysis on potential areas of opportunity for service enhancement and improvement
Manage the Employee Relations Manager. Activities include and are not limited to: performance management, regular coaching, knowledge transfer, delegation of accountabilities, supervise deliverables, etc. Develop, and facilitate training on employee relations topics and best practices to HR business partners
Other projects and duties as assigned from time to time
Required Education:
An in-depth educational background in Human Resources, as would normally be acquired through a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources/Organizational Development, Labor/Employee Relations, Business or Industrial Relations is required
Knowledge of applicable labor law and other statutory and regulatory requirements
Preferred Education: 
Master's Degree in a related field
Legal qualification in Employment Law
Required Experience:
Minimum of 10 years experience working in labor and employee relations in a managerial capacity
Proven experience in the area of job responsibility including effective problem solving and employee relations interventions
Preferred Experience:
Prior Labor and Employee Relations experience, in an academic setting

Other Information
NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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