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Director of Employee Relations (4231)  (Full-time, Salaried)
Program/Location: Central Office (Mission Bay Park)

Director of Employee Relations, Human Resources - Central Office

Office Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  This is a salaried position.



Company Overview:

Community Research Foundation is a thriving non-profit organization that serves the San Diego County community in behavioral and mental health services.  Established in 1980, CRF has consistently grown in scope and numbers of employees and continues to develop innovative programs, including over 34 locations throughout San Diego.

We have an exciting and challenging opportunity to oversee the Employee Relations function for CRF.  This role manages and minimizes CRF’s legal employment liability while effectively and efficiently ensuring effective and legal application of employment practices, policies, procedures, and actions.  You will be part of our dynamic HR team.  Come make a difference in your community while making a career at CRF!


Primary Duties of the Director of Employee Relations:

  • Directs CRF’s Employee Relations Team and the Employee Relations processes, policies, and procedures. 
  • Directs and ensures legal application of performance counseling and disciplinary processes and actions; directs legally compliant employee relations investigations.
  • Provides employee relations expertise, consults directly, and directs consultations of employee relations staff with CRF management and Executives.
  • Directs the administration of employment leaves, worker’s compensation, and accommodation requests.
  • Interprets CRF P&P and employee handbook regarding employee relations matters; jointly reviews, revises, develops, and implements effective employee relations policies, practices,  procedures, and employee handbook.
  • Directs employment safety and employment ergonomic activities.
  • Leads the Employment Practices Liability (EPL) Meeting.
  • Oversees legal responses and actions regarding employment matters in collaboration with outside counsel when necessary.
  • Directs and conducts training on employee relations matters to management and line staff.


  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree, preferably in HR related field; 7 years of progressive HR experience, including strongly preferring at least five years of direct experience primarily focused on employee relations, and at least three years managing staff in an employee relations (or equivalent) department/function. 
  • Strongly prefer HR Certified Professional (SHRM-CP, PHR, SPHR, or relevant equivalent)
  • Exceptional judgement and decision-making skills; ability to maintain objectivity and confidentiality
  • Superior listening and communication skills with proven ability to communicate clearly, efficiently, and effectively, both verbally and in writing, especially in difficult situations
  • Excellent consultative skills and proven ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholder groups across all levels within the organization, including peers, executive management, and subordinates
  • Strong knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations, especially in regards to harassment, discrimination, unlawful termination, and retaliation, as well as in the areas of safety, leave management, accommodations, and building an inclusive workplace environment ensuring racial and social equity. 
  • Exceptional problem solving skills, and strong ability to act and make decisions flexibly and quickly, and adapt to new and changing circumstances. 
  • Ability to accept and incorporate feedback from peers, superiors, and subordinates, and effectively and productively provide feedback to peers, superiors, and subordinates.  
  • Strong analytical, project management, and organizational abilities. 
  • Reliable transportation is required to fulfill the essential functions of this position. A valid California driver’s license in good standing and proof of insurance are required for employees driving personal vehicles on company business.
  • Able to pass criminal/background clearance


Benefits: CRF takes your dedication seriously and provides benefits to help you balance your work life and your personal life.  For full-time staff (30 hours or more), we offer top-of-the-line medical insurance, dental plans, paid life insurance, vision plan, retirement benefits, and generous PTO (Paid Time Off).   We also provide access to student loan repayment/forgiveness programs for graduates.


Be a part of our vibrant non-profit organization and make a difference in the lives of the people we serve!

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer




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Equal Employment Opportunity
CRF is an equal opportunity employer, and we make employment decisions based on merit. Our policy prohibits unlawful discrimination and/or harassment of any individual because of that individual's sex, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, physical handicap, disability, sexual orientation, protected military status, or medical condition, as well as other categories protected by federal, state and local law. All such discrimination is unlawful and prohibited and will not be tolerated by CRF.

Diversity at CRF
CRF is committed to cultural competence, and we have established the Cultural Diversity Resource Team (CDRT) whose mission and tasks include ensuring that all our corporate practices are culturally sensitive to both our consumers and employees. The CDRT has developed a company-wide Cultural Diversity Plan and is responsible for creating and offering cultural and ethnic awareness, knowledge, and skills trainings throughout the year.
Cultural Competency training is required of all of our staff, not just those providing clinical services, on an annual basis. It is our pledge to provide behavioral health and psychosocial rehabilitative services that are culturally sensitive to those we serve.