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HR Employee Relations Investigator
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date Posted 05/11/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Salary $29,000.00 - $35,000.00 -  
Employment Type Part-Time
Application Deadline Open until filled

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached to the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline your experience that directly relates to this position.

You will work 20-hours per week on a two (2) years limited-term appointment with the potential to be re-evaluated for an extension. The expected salary range prorated for this position is $29,000 - $35,000 determined by experience, education, and equity factors.


Student Life is about student learning and the development of the whole student while promoting a diverse and inclusive campus community. Through our services, facilities, and partnerships, we provide opportunities for students' transformation and enrich their education. You will report to the HR Manager in the Student Life Human Resources (SLHR) department. Our department provides the full employment life cycle of services to the 1200+ employees and approximately 3000 temporary employees within the Division, including both professional and bargained-for staff and temporary employees, both student and non-student.

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As an HR Specialist Employee Relations Investigator you will conduct Internal investigations into alleged violations of law, regulation, standard practice and procedure, and other misconduct including allegations of discrimination and harassment across Student Life organizations. You will partner with departments, HR Business Partner (HRBP), University of HR (UHR), Labor Relations, the Equity, Civil Rights, Title IX Office (ECRT), and the Office of General Counsel (OGC) to ensure prompt investigation of all employee relations complaints are addressed including:

  • Work with HRBP in managing incoming complaints from staff, departments, compliance hotline, ECRT, and other sources. Create investigative plans to gather information to assess the validity of the allegations.
  • Investigate the case, and determine possible actions steps to address employee concerns including meeting with the staff, units leaders, HRBP, UHR, ECRT, and other groups.
  • Prepare written reports and summaries of findings detailing the factual outcome of the investigation and make recommendations. Maintain files including logs, summaries, investigative notes, and correspondences.
  • Improve processes and best practices, and conduct training when needed to support compliance and investigation methodology.
  • Represent Student Life HR in meetings and provide regular updates that may affect the team. May participate in committees, special projects, and other responsibilities.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in human resources, business administration, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Three (3) or more years of previous HR employee relations-related experience with broad knowledge of HR areas, including conducting investigations, interpretation, and interpretation of policies; guide management to ensure compliance with state and federal laws.
  • Experience interpreting and implementing HR procedures.
  • Experience using HR management systems, and data query tools.
  • Experience in Microsoft suite includes maintaining complex spreadsheets, Google suite (ie, mail, drive, chat)
  • Work Authorization: Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Professional Human Resource Certification (e.g., HRCI, SHRM certification).
  • Proficient in HR PeopleSoft, Google mail and drive, Qualtrics, presentation software, and business objects for ad-hoc queries.
  • Experience in a higher education environment or experience working with bargained-for employees.
  • Experience in facilitation and training including the ability to present to all levels.
  • Experience managing collaborative projects between the unit(s).

Additional Information

Benefits at the University of Michigan

At the University of Michigan, your health and well-being are our top priority. We offer a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Life insurance
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance, dental, and vision insurance
  • Family leave, maternity, parental, and long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

Additional Information 

This role may have reporting obligations under Title IX and Clery.

Salary may vary depending on qualifications, experience, and education of the selected candidate.

Authorization to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment and applicants for this position will not be sponsored for work visas.  

Relocation will not be offered for this position.


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely.   More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.

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