Archdiocese of Chicago

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Opportunities at Archbishop Quigley Center / Cardinal Meyer Center / Other Pastoral Center Departments

Posted 7/17/2018

Job Title:

Employee Relations Director


Human Resources


Archbishop Quigley Center
835 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2030


Full time


Be part of our mission. The Archdiocese of Chicago (“the Archdiocese”), the third largest Catholic Archdiocese in the United States, serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in 344 parishes in Cook and Lake Counties. The Archdiocese's 217 elementary and secondary schools comprise the largest U.S. private school system, and have garnered more U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Awards than any system of any type. The Archdiocese, pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, has more than 15,000 employees.


Job Summary

In alignment with the Mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago (Archdiocese), the Employee Relations Director leads and manages the Archdiocese’s employee relations team and function. The Employee Relations Director guides the Employee Relations team to be a resource for all employees, and provide expert consulting, guidance, and support to Archdiocese religious and lay leadership. The Employee Relations Director will work together with his or her team and the greater Human Resources team to assess current Employee Relations practices, and develop, communicate, and implement new practices that are consistent with the Catholic faith, Archdiocese culture, and considered best employment practices.


Essential Job Functions

  • Establish and implement the strategic direction of the Employee Relations team, including all required initiatives and tactics.
  • Provide strong leadership to the Employee Relations team, offering guidance and direction, and help team members develop their professional skills and grow their knowledge.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships across the Archdiocese.
  • Promote knowledge, understanding, and compliance with employment laws and Archdiocese policy.
  • Act as Employee Relations subject matter expert and trusted advisor to Archdiocese leadership, providing counsel and helping to assess and determine action regarding Employee Relations practices and situations; participate in developing documentation, and facilitate meetings with employees and managers.
  • Identify, evaluate, develop, communicate, and implement Employee Relations best practices and processes. Create metrics, analyze data, report assessment, and communicate and implement improvement initiatives.
  • Working with Organizational Development and Training team, develop and facilitate training.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Passionate about and committed to the Mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago and global Catholic Church.
  • Minimum ten years’ experience in Human Resources, with a strong emphasis in Employee Relations.
  • Significant demonstrated experience in Employee Relations, with thorough knowledge of employment laws and practices, e.g. EEO, FLSA, ADAAA, and FMLA, and how to apply them.
  • Ability to work and be entrusted with highly confidential and extremely sensitive information.
  • Ability to develop, communicate, and implement practices and processes.
  • Demonstrated excellent leadership, judgment, problem identification and solving, planning, decision-making, collaboration, interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communication skills.
  • Data driven, with strong attention to detail and the ability to assess difficult situations.
  • Ability to manage conflict, and work in a changing environment.
  • Self-directed, with the ability to manage multiple priorities, a strong sense of urgency and ability to execute.
  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and SHRM certification a plus, or equivalent professional experience.

The Archdiocese of Chicago offers an attractive salary and comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision and 403(b) retirement plan.  In addition, we offer paid vacation, holiday, sick and personal time.


If you are interested in being considered for this opening, please visit the list of open positions on AppliTrack. Please complete a letter of interest, a profile, or submit your resume.

Thank you for your interest in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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