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ELR Specialist

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Nov 28, 2023

ELR Specialist

Job no: 532989

Work type: Officer of Administration

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Human Resources

Department: Human Resources
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $43,000 - $50,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA04-Fiscal Year 2023-2024
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins

December 5, 2023; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please upload a current resume that addresses how your skills and experience meet the minimum and, if applicable, preferred qualifications.

In your online application, please include 3 professional references that can speak to your skills and abilities.

Department Summary

The mission of the Office of Human Resources is to strategically partner with the university community as a comprehensive, innovative, and results-oriented department modeled on the very best human resources practices. We deliver a variety of services and programs, which underscore a commitment to inclusiveness, respect, fairness, effective service delivery, and accountability. We strive to be proactive, consultative partners meeting the needs of employees and operations across the institution and to lead efforts to attract, retain, develop, and engage world-class faculty and staff.

Working in UO Human Resources provides a unique opportunity to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workforce. We strive to be champions for building and supporting a community that reflects a rich variety of racial and ethnic, socioeconomic, gender and sexual orientation, disability, cultural, and intersectional identities. We encourage applications from those whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion, from individuals who have been historically marginalized and currently underrepresented in higher education, individuals who may have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in non-traditional pathways outside of higher education.

The Employee and Labor Relations (ELR) team is committed to promoting effective, fair, and professional relationships between the university and its employee groups. The ELR team partners with University leadership and supervisors to administer employment strategies which support the University's mission and strategic initiatives.

ELR is a unit within Human Resources in the Finance and Administration portfolio. Finance and Administration is a vibrant and varied portfolio serving all aspects of campus life. Our employees perform a wide range of functions including offering essential financial tools and support to the university's many departments, providing key resources to employees, and keeping the campus safe, clean, accessible, and beautiful.

Position Summary

The ELR Specialist position is a great opportunity for someone with an interest in assisting employees and entering the world of Employee and Labor Relations (ELR). In this position, you will have two separate and distinct functions in support of the ELR team within the Office of Human Resources (HR). First, you will provide assistance in ELR matters, providing support in administering the various collective bargaining agreements and employment policies at UO. Second, you will assist in the administration of the accommodation process as provided in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

In this position, you'll assist the Employee and Labor Relations team with a variety of their day-to-day work. You'll have the opportunity collaborate with the team on application of employment policies and collective bargain agreements. In addition, you'll support the development and delivery of training programs. You'll also work with supervisors and employees, answering questions on everything from policy interpretation to performance management. In this position, you'll help support diversity, equity, and inclusion by supporting fair and objective processes, helping to inform campus stakeholders of relevant policies, and how to apply those policies equitably.

The second part of this position is supporting the ADA Coordinator to ensure the university complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as to help provide a supportive and inclusive workplace for employees with disabilities. You'll help research and brainstorm accommodation ideas, and document the process and outcome. You'll help develop and provide resources for employees to make the accommodations process transparent and accessible, and you'll develop training to support supervisors of employees with accommodations including implementing universal design strategies. You'll respond to general questions and schedule relevant meetings related to ADA accommodations.

The ELR team is collaborative and supportive, valuing the growth and development of its team members. Join us today!

This position is based in Eugene with some level of flexibility including the option to work remotely with frequent commuting to campus. All adjusted work arrangements require supervisor and leadership approval.

Minimum Requirements

  • Three years of experience in human resources*
  • A bachelor's degree may be substituted for two years of experience.

    *HR experience includes experience in recruiting and hiring; classification and compensation; employee training, development, or retention; employee and labor relations; or administering collective bargaining agreements as a supervisor or HR representative.

    Professional Competencies

  • Attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and consistent follow-through.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Commitment to providing excellent customer service.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to interpret and explain policies and procedures in a highly regulated and unionized environment.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations appropriately.
  • Ability to create, learn, and follow processes, including the ability to exercise good judgment on deviating from processes and/or escalating issues.
  • Ability to maintain knowledge of HR best practices and considerations as well as gain industry knowledge in Employee and Labor Relations and matters pertaining to the ADA.
  • Ability to interact, communicate, and work effectively with individuals, recognizing and respecting the many and varied identities of each person.
  • Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in administering the employment provisions of the ADA (such as the interactive reasonable accommodation process, or equivalent experience relevant to the analysis and application of complex policies or laws, such as workers' compensation programs, leave administration, student accommodations, or social work)
  • Experience working in higher education
  • Professional HR certification (CP, SCP, PHR, SPHR)
  • Experience working in human resources in a unionized environment
  • Experience updating and navigating Human Resources information systems (HRIS), such as Banner, talent management, or similar systems.

    Why you should work here

  • We provide excellent benefits including health, dental, retirement plans, and generous paid time off.
  • UO offers a tuition discount for eligible employees or family members in participating programs at UO or other Oregon public universities.
  • While this position is based in Eugene, a hybrid schedule may be possible.
  • HR positions such as this provide the opportunity to hone existing administrative strengths and build new ones in a large, complex organization, leading to opportunities for growth within or outside of human resources and administration fields.

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

    In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at

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