Manager, Employee Relations

Job Locations
US-DC | US-NY-New York
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Human Resources
Additional Location : City
New York
Additional Location : State/Province


Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion, and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.


Position Summary

The Manager, Employee Relations will serve as a conduit between the HR team and Audubon staff to manage all aspects of employee relations including: conducting incident and disciplinary investigations, conducting departmental administrative reviews, and reviewing disciplinary procedures (including performance improvement plans), investigations and findings to determine if policy violations have occurred. This person will also be responsible for submitting reports with official findings and proposed solutions to resolve employee relations matters.


Reporting to the Vice President, Human Resources, the incumbent works closely with Talent Acquisition, HR Business Partners, Executive Leadership, internal/external legal counsel, and others on a variety of matters concerning workplace behavior, policies, and procedures.

Essential Functions

Investigations and Reports

  • Conducts investigations in response to complaints involving reported employee workplace behavior issues, e.g.; discrimination, harassment, etc., which may result in progressive discipline.
  • Conducts interviews, collects all relevant facts, and drafts investigative reports based on findings relating to workplace behavior.
  • Reviews investigation reports into workplace behavior and make recommendations based on findings.

Employee Relations and Engagement

  • Handles grievances filed under the Whistleblower Policy (except for financial misconduct).
  • Provides guidance to employees, and stakeholders regarding employee relations issues and policy interpretation and application.
  • Works with HR teams and managers to address existing or potential employee relations issues.
  • Collaborates with HR teams, employees, managers and other stakeholders on employee relations matters (such as behavioral issues, disciplinary actions, separations, policy application and enforcement).
  • Participates in internal task forces to determine where policies / procedures should be reviewed or modified.
  • Provides timely support to leadership on various people management issues.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 5 years of relevant HR work experience required. Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • Broad and deep knowledge base in conducting internal investigations
  • Knowledge of labor relations law and practice, state and federal wage, hour laws, and FLSA.
  • Demonstrated experience positively influencing and collaborating with managers and HR leaders.
  • Experience working with external legal counsel on a wide range of employee relations issues.
  • Strong stakeholder management and communication skills - ability to thrive as part of a national HR team.


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