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HR Specialist – Employee Relations

HR Specialist – Employee Relations

Job ID 6402
Job Location Atlanta - GA
Category Human Resources
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time

The HR Specialist – Employee Relations -PT supports the Center for Disease Control (CDC, Human Resources Office (HRO), Workforce Relations Office (WRO) in the area of employee labor relations.  This position provides consultation on matters such as employee relations, labor relations, special programs, and benefits and payroll matters.



Essential duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.


Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.


Consults with management and advises on complex multi-functional human resources topics such as Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employee relations, labor managements, and overseas operations. Recommends solutions to resolve complex issues.


Reviews and analyzes workload data and other data to determine trends and issues that affect the workflow, streamlining processes and procedures and prepares strategic plans for more efficient operations across functional areas.


Prepares and presents standard and ad-hoc reports to HHS Headquarters HRO, management and leadership at all levels of the organization and other offices and agencies associated with the operations of the CDC HRO.


Provides oversight on HRO employee relations and labor relations projects.


Collaborates with the FLSA litigation team to plan and execute advance reviews with various management officials.


Analyzes results of FLSA reviews and provides weekly reports of the team efforts in completing the review goals.


Advises WRO and LR team on policy implications of proposed agency actions.


Reviews sensitive WRO, and Labor Employee Relations (LER) program issues, researches and/or coordinates and monitors research involving difficult labor and employee issues, complex cases, critical issues, and significant or precedent-setting situations relating to the interpretations and application of agency statutes, rules, regulations, decisions, and other regulatory material.

Reviews the Agency’s labor contracts for compliance purposes and develops strategies to promote effective labor relations within the Agency.


Provides expert labor guidance, assistance, interpretations, and recommendations to the WRO Director, Deputy, and Activity Leads on labor and employee relations matters.


Analyzes pertinent employee and labor relations issues, and provides insight into the overall effect and ramifications of the problems and issues in relation to uniform application.

Participates in the formulation and drafting of sensitive program issuances.

Reviews, monitors, coordinates the evaluation of  the agency’s employee and labor relations program, and materials resulting from hearings, court actions, and other proceedings concerning labor and employee relations.

Participates in, and contributes to discussions, meetings, and conferences with WRO program directors, staff, and others to: secure and provide information on significant matters relative to employee and labor relations: present conclusions, recommendations, and alternatives and obtain agreement or concurrence; and develop courses of action to avoid, eliminate, or mutually resolve immediate, anticipated or potential problems.

Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company.


Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output. 


Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers.  Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources.  Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability.



Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five (5) years relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education/experience.



Must be able to obtain Government clearance.

U.S. Citizen/Green Card only due to Government or federal requirements.



Knowledge and experience in applying and advising on provisions of federal employee and labor relations statutes, third-party case decisions, negotiated contract provisions, government-wide regulations, and agency policies.

Expert knowledge of Human Resources employee relations policies, procedures and methodologies to perform a wide variety of interrelated or non-standard procedural tasks pertaining to the Federal HR standards

Demonstrated knowledge of federal HR concepts, practices, laws, regulations, policies and precedents with ability to accurately apply Federal civil service personnel laws, EEO and labor laws with focus on Title 4 and/or Title 5 of the C.F.R.

Extensive knowledge and expertise providing employee relations guidance

Extensive knowledge and expertise performing employee investigations, providing valid conclusions, and determining the best course of actions

Ability to advise and assist management in accomplishing personnel management responsibilities

Extensive knowledge and expertise creating Federal Employee Relations Memos

Extensive knowledge and expertise developing employee relations training, guides and tools for use by management and other HR staff

Solid organizational and leadership skills relevant to carrying out day-to-day responsibilities

Skilled in facilitating teamwork and coordinating efforts for the successful achievement of goals

Ability to make sound, well-informed and objective decisions and to perceive the impact / implications of decisions

Solid problem-solving skills with ability to recommend viable solutions 

Excellent analytical skills with ability to troubleshoot and determine the best course of action, and to appropriately escalate unusual issues or matters of concern, when needed

Ability to constructively resolve conflicts, grievances, or disagreements

Ability to effectively train others

Skilled proficiency in the use of Microsoft Windows / Office programs (i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.) with ability to quickly grasp and utilize FAA Payroll / Personnel System (PPS)

Excellent verbal and written communications skills

Detail-oriented with solid proofreading and editing skills

Exceptional customer service skills with ability to use tact in handling difficult individuals and/or situations

Ability to coordinate efforts with others to find mutually acceptable solutions for the successful achievement of goals

Ability to organize work, set priorities and determine resource requirements

Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment


Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulation. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals and produce necessary functional and system business requirements, as necessary. Ability to present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.



Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.



Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.