Employee and Labor Relations Specialist

"We value the many contributions of our staff, and we recognize that every person, every job, contributes to the well-being of the children, adults, and families we serve. I hope you will consider joining one of our many teams to make a difference in the lives of so many of our neighbors and community members."

-Bob Bick, Chief Executive Officer

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Employee and Labor Relations Specialist:

Support labor functions and day-to-day employee & labor relations, including investigations and act as a resource to staff in interpretation of policies, procedures, labor laws, and collective bargaining agreements. Work to ensure positive relations within the agency and with our union partners, with customer service being a top priority. 


  • Provide direct support to Labor & Employee Relations Manager
  • Conduct thorough investigations and reporting of employee & labor relations issues and complaints
  • Support supervisors with the progressive discipline process and administration of agency policies, procedures and collective bargaining agreements
  • ADA administration
  • Coordinate ongoing revisions and annual update process of the agency Personnel Manual


  • A combination of three years' experience within the function of Human Resources, (preferably in union environment) and education
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • High level of discretion & confidentiality
  • Knowledge of state and federal labor and employment laws


  • Full Time
  • Exempt
  • Starting at $58,891
  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience


  • Generous time off starting at 36 days of combined time off per year for full-time employees (and increasing with years of service); pro-rated for positions 16 hours or more
  • Comprehensive BCBS Medical with 80% agency-paid premium support for individuals, couples, and families (pro-rated for part time). This Point of Service Plan features no deductible.
  • Two Dental options through Delta Dental
  • Vision Insurance
  • Employer 401(k) contributions 
  • Employer Paid Life, AD&D, Short Term and Long Term insurance
  • Medical & Childcare Flexible Spending Account
  • Childcare Stipend
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee referral program with financial payment
  • Discounted online undergraduate/graduate courses through Champlain College truED
  • Award-winning workplace wellness program including physical fitness groups for staff, financial wellness incentives, and ongoing workplace wellness advocacy and education
  • Voluntary benefits from local/international businesses: discounted gym memberships, mobile phone service, ski/snowboard passes, auto/home insurance, and more!
  • Employee referral and sign on bonus is subject to Howard Center policy

Our Values: Clients are at the heart of our decision making. We are committed to individual and collective well-being and success. We are responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us. We are steadfast in our practice and pursuit of excellence. 

Howard Center is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The agency's culture and service delivery is strengthened by the diversity of its workforce.  Minorities, people of color and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  EOE/TTY. Visit "About Us" to review Howard Center's EOE policy.