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Manager, Employee Relations

Fairfield University
Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 27, 2024

Job Details

Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Job Description:

REPORTS TO: Director of Employee Relations

DIVISION: Human Resources

DEPARTMENT: Human Resources

JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for providing comprehensive HR support to specific academic and administrative units, driving HR initiatives, and fostering a positive and productive work environment.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Management, or related field; or equivalent related experience.

EXPERIENCE: A minimum of 4-5 years of experience in a Human Resource environment; Experience working in higher education, professional HR certification, and with Workday HRIS is a plus.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to demonstrate critical thinking skills

  • Experience analyzing data and creating metrics

  • Thrives in a rapidly changing environment

  • Capacity to organize, multi-task and prioritize work volume

  • Aptitude to make recommendations to effectively improve processes

  • Strong foundational knowledge in the field of human resources

  • Team player

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications

WORK CONDITIONS/ENVIRONMENT: Requires a high degree of confidentiality.

  • Serves as the primary point of contact for HR-related matters including employee relations issues, benefits, policies, Workday HRIS, employee programs, payroll issues, time off, etc.

  • Promote a culture of inclusivity, respect, and collaboration across the University

  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of HR best practices and legal requirements

  • Interpret and administer HR policies and procedures, providing guidance and support to employees

  • Oversee and manage the University’s ADA Accommodation process for faculty and staff;

  • Assist with the University’s Pet Therapy Program;

  • Assists with workplace investigations, performance management, corrective action process;

  • Escalate critical issues to SME

  • Assists with updating and/or creating policies and procedures;

  • Assists with development and facilitation of staff and faculty training;

  • Assists with compliance issues and handbook updates

  • Assists team with data integrity audits and data reporting

  • Support annual HR cycle deliverables, including performance management

  • Assists in the professional development for Human Resources, this involves: promoting an image of efficiency and courtesy throughout the University community and consistent with the Human Resources mission acting as a responsible committee representative, as requested, participating in departmental and interdepartmental meetings as requested

  • Remains up to date on current trends in the Human Resources space and shares developments with HR colleagues

  • Notifying supervisor immediately of any unsafe working conditions

  • Performs other related duties as requested or required

  • Duties may be changed and/or be added at any time

This position is based in-person at the Fairfield, CT campus and is not eligible for immigration assistance.

Salary range: $70,000-$85,000 annually.


HR - Admin

Performs such other duties, responsibilities, and activities as required by supervisor and as departmental/University needs indicate.


The above information indicates the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain and should not be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, activities, and/or qualifications required or expected of employees assigned to this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change and new ones may be assigned at any time, with or without notice.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.

Fairfield University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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 Fairfield Univesity

Our scenic, 200-acre campus is situated on the Connecticut coastline, just 60-minutes away from the heart of Manhattan and less than a mile from the beaches of Long Island Sound. But it’s more than just our surroundings that make our campus unique — it’s our commitment to each and every student’s personal and professional growth and their journey to becoming individuals of purpose.

For more than 80 years, Fairfield University has been graduating adept, accomplished, and socially responsible leaders in an academic community where the learning goes deeper, the friendships are more meaningful, and the experiences stay with you long after graduation. As a values-based, student-centric, outcomes-focused Jesuit Catholic University, we are committed to educating the whole person — mind, body, and spirit — and providing students with experiential learning and professional development opportunities that give them a competitive edge in today’s job market. At Fairfield, the future is filled with opportunities as limitless as your potential, and they all begin with you.

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