Senior Employee Relations Specialist
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM

$99,000 a year

What You Will Do

Reporting to the Manager of Employee Relations, the Senior Employee Relations Specialist will be responsible for creative problem solving involving complicated employee and employer matters. With a workforce of approximately 9,000 workers most of whom work at one site in the mountains of northern New Mexico, LANL is unique in the diversity of its workforce covering a wide variety of employees, including students, engineers, financial analysts, electricians and the most brilliant scientists in the world. Employee Relations administration at LANL is as challenging, as it is interesting.

The Senior Employee Relations Specialist will:
Provide reliable, creative, timely advice and guidance to all levels of employees and management on employee relations matters and policies while implementing and adhering to related employment law, LANL policy and incorporating best practices.
Provide input into the creation of human resources policies that help make LANL the employer of choice while ensuring that managers have the tools necessary to effectively manage the workforce.
Recognize sensitivity, complexity and urgency of employee relations issues and take appropriate action, including providing sound guidance on a resolution and protecting sensitive information to the extent possible.
Conduct prompt, thorough, neutral, accurate and defensible workplace investigations into allegations of misconduct, including but not limited to: harassment, (including sexual harassment), discrimination, retaliation, insubordination, workplace violence, substance abuse, safety and security violations, and violations of LANL policy or procedure. Will be expected to conduct high-level workplace investigations on short timeframes involving complex and significant issues.
Effectively advise and work closely with managers in counseling, disciplining or terminating employees because of poor performance or misconduct.
Deliver clear, convincing and well-organized briefings, including written reports.
Represent LANL in unemployment hearings and other administrative hearings.
What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
Expert level knowledge of employee relations, best practices and procedures.
Expert level knowledge of legal requirements affecting employee relations administration, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the ADA, the FMLA, etc.
Expert level experience and demonstrated skill in conducting research, investigating factual allegations, and recommending effective solutions to problems affecting employee relations administration.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Proven ability to interact effectively with all levels of internal and external personnel, including senior-level personnel.
Ability to exercise good judgment and appropriate discretion.
Ability to work under pressure and defuse emotions in difficult situations.
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
Excellent skills with research and analysis of complex issues.

Desired Skills:
Graduate degree related to human resources or law.
Education: Position typically requires a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of twelve years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. At this level, post-graduate course work may be expected.

Additional Details:
Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

  • Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.
New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

L ocated in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

The Human Resources Division (HR) designs and executes program and processes that support employees, managers, and senior leaders in attracting and retaining a motivated workforce that promotes excellence in support of the LANL mission.

Appointment Type Regular