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Director, Employee Relations

Year Up

Year Up

Multiple locations
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024


Under the direction of the Senior Director of People Operations, this position will oversee Year Up’s employee relations function while maintaining a proactive and positive work environment that is consistent, fair, and inclusive. The Director will assist with developing employee relations strategy while advising and educating on complex employee relations issues including workplace investigations and employment-related workshops, with the goal of enhancing employee experience.

The Director will also be responsible for HR compliance and policy management including the identification, development, and revision of policies and mandatory trainings. This includes acting as a resource for policy interpretation and a champion for implementing new and/or updated state-specific and federal employment laws. Additionally, this individual will help lead the newly formed HR Policy Committee and assist with Year Up’s monthly Ethics Committee report out. The Director will supervise the Leave Program Manager.


Employee Relations

  • The Director will act as a subject matter expert; revise and maintain employee relations processes and procedures; develop new policies, processes and procedures as needed.
  • Assist with developing organizational Employee Relations strategies that create consistency and a more streamlined philosophy and approach for addressing workplace matters.
  • May conduct investigations of complex employment including preparing comprehensive investigative reports and recommendations for resolution.
  • Oversee, maintain, and enhance ER case management system (HR Acuity) to support the HR organization’s growing need to standardize processes and utilize metrics to inform and support our people strategy.
  • Develop key metrics and conduct ongoing analysis of employee relations data; identify trends and determine levels of staff engagement and satisfaction to create and develop programs and initiatives that will support strategic efforts to create a positive and inclusive work environment.
  • Supervise the Leave Program Manager, overseeing the reasonable accommodations process, and collaborating with the appropriate key stakeholders (i.e. HR Business Partners, Managers, our leave administration vendor and Legal).

Policy & Compliance Management

  • Identify, develop and work with Sr. Director to create a plan to build and sustain HR policy and compliance areas.
  • Provide consultation, education and training on policy interpretation, administration, and workplace issues.
  • Act as the content expert for HR Policies and Procedures; manage policy updates and lead HR policy review committee.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to develop and facilitate workplace trainings (i.e. “Prevention of Workplace Harassment”, “what you need to know about ADA/FMLA”, Corrective Action and Performance Management etc.).
  • Manage HR compliance line reporting in partnership with the HR Business Partners and Compliance team as needed.
  • Participation in Year Up’s Learning Community is expected.
  • Perform other duties as required.

The location for this role is flexible and is open to candidates in any city where Year Up operates (https://www.yearup.org/locations).

Salary Range: $125,000-$150,000


Minimum of 7 years of demonstrated success as an HR professional inclusive of Employee Relations, HR Business Partner, or Generalist experience. HR certification(s), or equivalent business education preferred. Previous experience working with a national workforce in non-profit, higher education or similar organizations is highly desired. Supervisory experience is a plus.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated success when guiding and advising people leaders on employee relations issues.
  • Demonstrated knowledge or understanding of policy development and compliance management practices.
  • Flexible, collaborative team player with exceptional customer service skills and the ability to handle complex, confidential matters discreetly and professionally.
  • Solid HR business acumen including knowledge of theories, principals and best practices of HR management, and a thorough knowledge of federal and state employment laws is essential.
  • Knowledge of leave of absence function and navigating the reasonable accommodation process.
  • Excellent judgment, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Well organized, self-directed, and able to plan and prioritize multiple work demands.
  • Proficient with computer programs (Excel, Power Point, PeopleSoft, data base systems) are required to create and run reports, compile, and analyze data, and generate graphs, tables, and charts to present data and support recommendations.



  • Year Up has established salary ranges for each of our sites, which allows us to pay employees competitively, equitably and consistently in different geographic markets. For roles in which the location is listed as flexible, the range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position across all US locations. Salary offers take into account a candidate’s skills, experience, and location. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your location during the hiring process.

  • Benefits: Comprehensive healthcare options and dental coverage; 401(k) match for eligible participants.

  • Vacation: Earn three weeks paid vacation in first year of employment; four weeks after initial year.

  • Professional Development: Funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives ($2,500 per year)

** This is an exempt role (paid on a salaried basis). **


Year Up is a national 501(c)3 workforce development organization committed to ensuring equitable access to economic opportunity, education, and justice for all young adults—no matter their background, income, or zip code. Employers face a growing need for talent while millions of talented young adults lack access to meaningful careers. These inequities only further perpetuate the opportunity gap that exists in our country—a gap that Year Up is determined and positioned to close through three interconnected strategies: providing targeted skills training and connections to livable-wage employment for students and alumni; empowering others to serve and support young adults, and changing systems that perpetuate the opportunity gap. Year Up’s intensive training program utilizes a high expectations, high support model where students learn in-demand technical and professional skills and apply them during a corporate internship. Year Up has directly served more than 40,000 young adults since its founding in 2000. Year Up's nationwide presence includes Arizona, Austin, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City/Jersey City, Pittsburgh, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington.

Voted one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For in the country by The NonProfit Times, Year Up is a rewarding and impactful place to work. Our staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and committed to positive change and continuous learning. We set high standards for both ourselves and our students and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and potential of our young people. The work we do is life-changing, and we know that our team is the greatest asset in achieving our mission.


Year Up embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. All aspects of employment, including the decision to hire, promote, discharge, or discipline, are based on meritocracy. We do not permit 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 characteristics protected by federal, state, or local laws. Learn more about our commitment to diversity: http://www.yearup.org/about-us/careers/commitment-to-diversity/

Year Up is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Your recruiter can provide details regarding the expected work environment and any physical requirements. Please let our hiring team know if you need an accommodation at any point during the interview process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.


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