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Assistant Director, Employee Relations and Workers Compensation

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Work type: Regular
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: Human Resources

The Assistant Director, Employee Relations and Workers Compensation promotes a healthy and effective workplace by managing conflict, requests for accommodation, and injuries to resolution. Overseeing all aspects of employee relations includes, but is not limited to, coaching supervisors, assisting with departmental reorganizations, overseeing separations, and assisting with workplace investigations. This position is also responsible for managing the workers' compensation program, including communicating with various internal and external parties, facilitating an employee's return to work, reporting injuries appropriately, and promoting workplace safety, among others. Other duties include facilitating employee requests for accommodation, overseeing absenteeism trends, continually providing superior customer service, and other duties as assigned.


  • Manage all aspects of employee relations to help resolve workplace conflict (including, guiding supervisors on employee coaching, documentation, and progressive discipline; determining the propriety of a termination and making a recommendation to the Vice President of Campus Operations & Human Resources; assisting with workplace investigations as needed; complying with applicable law, etc.).
  • Manage workers compensation to help ensure a safe workplace. Communicate with injured workers, supervisors, insurance carriers, doctors, investigators, attorneys, and departments to obtain needed information; process needed forms and reports. Manage the University's return-to-work program for injured and/or disabled workers. Work with key stakeholders to develop programs to promote workplace safety. Comply with all regulations and reporting obligations.
  • Manage all workplace accommodation requests according to applicable laws and University policies. Communicate with employees, supervisors, and healthcare providers to obtain needed information; process and oversee needed forms, accommodation offer letters, and reports.
  • Manage pre-employment physical screenings; manage the DOT Drug and Alcohol testing program of DOT eligible positions. Contact supervisors for required random drug and alcohol tests and monitor results.
  • Develop and monitor the employee staff population for excessive absence trends. Work with high occurrence departments to develop strategies to reduce and manage absences through proper performance communications and education.
  • Conduct presentations at New Employee Orientation, trainings on workplace safety and workers compensation, and others as needed. 
  • Assist with various recurring projects, special projects, and other duties as assigned.
  • Uphold University mission through work performed.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: Bachelor's degree; superior oral and writing skills; excellent problem-solving ability; demonstrated exceptional judgement; superior organizational skills and attention to detail; outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to professionally communicate with employees and outside partners; ability to professionally/clearly articulate concepts; ability to interact with high-level administrators; ability to adjust to changing priorities; superior attitude and service-orientation. Experience with standard office equipment; proficient in Microsoft Office and Google suite.

Preferred: Master's degree in a related field; previous job-related experience or education (which may include knowledge in employee relations, California workers' compensation, employment law, among others). Previous experience with PeopleSoft and Kronos.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.

This is a Regular, Exempt, 40 hour per week position. 

Salary: Commensurate with experience.  

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