Human Resources Specialist (Employee Relations)


Job Title: Human Resources Specialist (Employee Relations)
Reports to: Human Resources Director
Salary: $55,000-65,000 plus generous benefits package
Start date: As Soon As Possible
Location: Madison or Milwaukee, WI
Application Deadline: July 6th, 2022 (Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Deadlines may be shortened or extended as necessary. There is no guarantee this posting will remain open until the deadline or be closed on the deadline. This is a suggested timeframe based on organization needs.)

About The Democratic Party of Wisconsin: WisDems is nationally recognized as one of the country’s highest-performing and most pivotal political organizations. In the 2022 election cycle, WisDems will continue to build a massive program to re-elect Governor Tony Evers, defeat Ron Johnson to ensure a Democratic US Senate majority, elect candidates up and down the ballot in spring and fall elections alike, and advocate on policy issues. WisDems’ work is grounded in inclusion, respect, and empowerment across race, gender, other dimensions of identity, and the rural/suburban/urban divide. Our work continues year-round, collaborating with partners to build a movement that delivers meaningful change for all Wisconsinites. We seek outstanding applicants who share our values and vision to join the team, help win elections, and build a future where everyone can thrive.

The Opportunity: As the Human Resources Specialist, you will have the opportunity to build and sustain Human Resources programs for employee relations with a strong equity and inclusion focus while always being compliant with state/federal laws. You will work with the HR Director and Managers to support employees with effective communication and attention to detail while following through with action items and providing an excellent customer service oriented attitude.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to employees on employee relations questions and inquiries regarding policies, procedures, and incident reports in a timely and professional manner.
  • Assist the HR Team with investigations ensuring confidentiality, equity, timeliness, and any applicable collective bargaining terms. This includes, but is not limited to, schedule, write and handle investigation interviews, related meetings, and internal training coordination.
  • Work with the Human Resources Team to maintain organization systems, such as, Rippling, HR Acuity, Google Drive, Lattice, etc.
  • Assist as needed with hiring, onboarding, benefits enrollments/audits, applicable union communications, etc.
  • Manages a high volume of work with efficiency.
  • Apply best practices in equitable management. Translates equity and inclusion into plans for staff development, retention, strategy, and improving culture.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with professionalism and care.

Qualifications (Required):

  • Strategist’s Mind (Growth Mindset) – Has a successful track record of taking a concept from idea to implementation. Quickly grasps the subtleties of complex issues and identifies patterns in challenges. Comes up with insightful, pragmatic, equitable, and sustainable ways to tackle common challenges and produce positive change. Ability to take and implement feedback.
  • Strong sense of ownership and resilience (Relentlessly Goal-Oriented): Plans ahead and finds alternative paths, when needed, to get to the finish line. Enjoys working toward and achieving ambitious goals. Keeps calm in stressful situations. Has the capacity and willingness to work long hours during peak season, rolling up their sleeves and getting the work done.
  • Racial, Equity, and Inclusion Values (Cultural Competency) – Experience or educational background with identifying decisions, policies, or practices that have disparate impacts based on identity. Has demonstrated ability to build authentic relationships across lines of difference, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, gender identity, citizenship status, or other identities.
  • Excellent Organizational Skills – Experience demonstrating the ability to prioritize and manage details to efficiently multitask. Has, or can create, a system for keeping tasks from slipping through the cracks. Able to juggle competing demands and prioritize without sacrificing quality. Plans backwards to make deadlines. Asks for help when needed.
  • Exceptional Communication Skills – Has exceptional written and verbal competencies and shows an aptitude to handle difficult conversations. Speaks clearly on behalf of the organization and advocates for/with community members. Communicates well with others, including sharing context and asking questions to understand others’ perspectives.

Qualifications (Preferred):

  • HR Background – Has past experience in employee relations within an HR department.
  • Familiar with HR information systems and procedures.
  • DEI Experience – Past experience effectively working on a program or resources involved with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Benefits: Great benefits including; excellent health care ($1/month), dental ($1/month), vision ($1/month), life insurance (free), short term and long-term disability (free), free Better Help virtual therapy, free Calm premium subscription, monthly cell phone stipend, 10 days paid vacation, retirement plan with 3% employer match, 3 floating holidays, 9 paid holidays, plus more!

Equity and Inclusion: The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has a vision for a deeply inclusive  and diverse party organization, membership, and electorate. In order to be successful at the  Democratic Party of Wisconsin candidates must have the cultural competence to successfully  work with a diverse array of constituency groups. We especially strongly encourage applicants  with close ties to Black, Indigenous, AAPI, Latinx, Muslim, non-English-speaking, disability,  and LGBTQ communities. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Note on COVID-19: Candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment, except where prohibited by law. Reasonable accommodations due to disability, medical condition, or bona fide religious belief will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law. Opportunity Employer.