The Walt Disney Company Employee Relations Manager in New York, New York

At Disney, we‘re storytellers. We make the impossible, possible. We do this through utilizing and developing cutting-edge technology and pushing the envelope to bring stories to life through our movies, interactive experiences and products, and media networks. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join our talented team at an unprecedented time of innovation, growth, and excitement as part of the newly formed Direct-to-Consumer and International (“DTCI”) segment, positioned to be an industry leader as a global, multiplatform media, technology and distribution organization for world-class content created by Disney’s Studio Entertainment and Media Networks groups. This newly formed segment is the most exciting place to be at the Company!

Reporting to the Director of the Direct-to-Consumer and International (“DTCI”) Employee Relations team located in Burbank, and to the VP of HR in New York, this key role is responsible for the establishment and management of employee relations activities according to established guidelines and Employee Relations practices. This Manager of Employee Relations will support this new DTCI segment by assisting the Director of Employee Relations and VP of HR, in building the ER function for the new DTCI segment in the New York (BAMTECH Media) office, and will also provide clients with ER expertise and services, including conducting investigations, advising on ER issues, interpreting policies and practices, and responding to Administrative Agency and Guideline complaints. This role requires a sophisticated and innovative ER professional, who is a self-starter, with strong writing, analytical and problem solving skills, and highly-skilled at managing investigations.

Responsibilities :

  • Strong issue spotting and analytical skills to enable intake of ER issues and cases, and calibrate/elevate to ER Sr. Manager and Director located in Burbank.

  • Respond to employee concerns and complaints that violate Company policies, by supporting the investigative team in conducting timely internal investigations independently or in conjunction with ER supervisors and HR Business Partners. Prepare written documentation of investigative findings.

  • Respond to Administrative Agency requests and charges.

  • Support the performance management process by providing general consultation, preparation of written warnings, performance improvement plans, coaching, key messaging and other related documents.

  • Act as a proactive consultant to the business by implementing strategies that include best practices through collaboration with Human Resource Business Partners (HRBP), Legal, Labor Relations, Security, Management Audit and Advisory and Assurance and other partners

  • Support reduction in workforce efforts by partnering with HR Business Partners and Legal to work through the established process and assist with compiling documentation and summaries for senior management review.

  • Research and respond to HR Business Partners and employee inquiries regarding complex leave of absence scenarios (ability to analyze FMLA and other state leave laws).

  • Oversee efforts to work with applicable partners and employees to support the medical accommodation process through coaching, documentation and applicable follow up.

  • Partner with Learning & Development to enhance ER related training for managers/leaders as and continued education and updates for HRBPs.

  • Assist with upkeep of ER database.

  • Ability to analyze and synthesize key insights gleaned from ER data and analytics

  • Strong ability to build relationship, partnerships to help establish ER department presence in NY

  • Oversee and facilitate in-person in-house compliance, and other ER-related trainings

Basic Qualifications :

  • Minimum of 5 years Human Resources experience, or 4 years in Employee Relations, or 3 years in legal practice required.

  • In depth understanding of all aspects of employment and human resources related laws, regulations, policies, principles, concepts and practices, including Title VII, ADA, ADAA and FMLA

  • The successful candidate will be proactive and will have outstanding listening skills, proven consultative skills, and the ability to assess sensitive and complex employee relations issues in a confidential, objective, and systematic manner

  • Demonstrated problem-solving and decision-making skills

  • Demonstrated strong written/verbal communication and facilitation/presentation skills

  • Demonstrated consultative, credibility assessment and investigative skills

  • Ability to work collaboratively, lead and influence at all levels within the organization, and make decisions while keeping all partners and leaders informed

  • Ability to manage multiple projects with strong time management and prioritization skills

  • Excellent writing, grammar, and punctuation skills

Required Education :

  • Bachelor's degree required with emphasis in Human Resources or Psychology preferred.

Preferred Education :

  • JD strongly preferred.

Job ID: 567890BR

Location: New York,New York

Job Posting Company: The Walt Disney Company (Corporate)