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Colorado State Human Resources Employee & Labor Relations Specialist (Remote Work Environment) in Denver, Colorado

Human Resources Employee & Labor Relations Specialist (Remote Work Environment)

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Human Resources Employee & Labor Relations Specialist (Remote Work Environment)


$52,440.00 - $60,300.00 Annually


Denver, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Public Health & Environment

Job Number



1/27/2022 11:55 PM Mountain

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Department Information

  • This position is open only to current Colorado residents.

  • This position works remotely from home. Employee may need to work from CDPHE's HR Office periodically.

  • Although the full salary range for this position is provided, appointments are typically made at or near the range minimum.

  • This is a term-limited position. Currently funding cannot be guaranteed beyond June 30, 2024.

  • Please note: This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Be BOLD and make a real difference...

Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talent to create a better Colorado? Are you looking for a career that provides you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to apply for a fantastic position that makes a direct impact on improving the lives of Coloradans . Our mission is to protect and improve the health of Colorado's people and the quality of its environment.

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Our tobacco-free campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near RTD bus lines, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Glendale City Set, and the Cherry Creek bike path. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Employee wellness programs and facilities

  • Extensive internal professional development opportunities on a wide variety of subjects

  • Bike to work programs, including access to storage lockers and bike racks

  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system

  • Strong, yet flexible retirement benefits ( including a choice of the PERA Defined Benefit Plan or the PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus optional 401K and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans (

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus generous personal time off

  • Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees

  • Tuition assistance for college level courses including Masters degree programs

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, and

  • A variety of employee resource groups

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to:

Description of Job

The Work Unit

The Office of Human Resources exists to serve the Department of Public Health and Environment through the classification and selection process, education and enforcement of State Personnel rules and regulations, Director’s Procedures, and State Statute related to the management of Human Resources. Human Resources strives to promote productivity, a positive work environment, diversity, fairness in hiring and management practices, resources for dispute management, equal opportunity employment, Americans with Disabilities accommodations, benefits administration, Family Medical Leave implementation and tracking, Worker’s Compensation, and education for supervisors and employees related to all aspects of Human Resource management. The purpose of the Human Resources work unit is to provide professional, educational, administrative and clerical support services to internal and external customers of the Department of Public Health and Environment.

The Position

The position utilizes the internal processes to intake, manage, and resolve employee and labor relations incidents. Position performs employee and labor relations to resolve formal grievances, progressive discipline, performance management disputes, labor relations issues under the partnership agreement (and any agency side agreements), and discrimination investigations and complaints in compliance with federal and state discrimination law. Duties include utilizing the internal processes to intake, manage, and resolve employee and labor relations incidents. Position supports supervisors and managers in creating a positive employee work environment. Position uses the intake forms, creates case files, and timelines to resolve incidents, and seeks legal guidance from the Attorney General’s Office when appropriate. Duties require collaboration with other HR units (e.g., HR business Partners, Benefits and Workers’ Compensation, and Organization Development. Duties require interviewing employees, supervisors and other employees who may have participated or witnessed the incident.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

There are three ways you can qualify for this position:

Seven (6) years of full time professional experience in human resources that included employee relations, labor relations, or closely related work.(Substitution)


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in business, business administration, human resources, management, psychology, public administration, or closely-related field;


Two (2) years of full time professional experience in human resources that included employee relations, labor relations, or closely related work . (Minimum Qualifications)


  • A combination of work experience in management coaching and consultation, application of employment law, employee relations/investigations, labor relations, which provided the same kind, amount, and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

  • A master's or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in Human Resource Management, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Business Administration or a directly related field may be substituted for the experience on a year-for-year basis.

This experience must be substantiated within the Work Experience section of your application. "See Resume" will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated. A copy of your transcript must be submitted at the time of application (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)

Conditions of Employment:

  • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process.

  • Critical Status: Must be available in the event of an emergency, (e.g., bio-terrorist attack, chemical attack, disease outbreak or all hazards) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.

  • Critical Status: Must be available in the event of the activation of the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.

  • May be required to drive to meetings 2-3 times a month, p rimarily in the Denver metro area to attend meetings with an occasional conference in-state or out of state

  • Special Condition of Employment:

Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or, submit to twice-weekly serial testing. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination, or begin twice-weekly serial testing for COVID-19. Please do not provide attestation or vaccination documentation with your application.

Testing will take place in-person/at home/TBD and will be considered paid work time.

Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Preferred Qualifications and Essential Competencies:

The preferred experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:

  • Knowledge of the Colorado classified personnel system, including a working knowledge of the State Personnel Board Rules and Director's Administrative Procedures

  • Strong sense of professionalism, including integrity, honesty, courage, a strong work ethic and reliability

  • Ability to conduct crucial conversations and bring opposing schools of thought to agreement or compromise

  • Cultural competence and demonstrated success promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace

  • Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated proficiency working collaboratively with internal teams, and multiple stakeholder groups

  • Outstanding skills and abilities in verbal and written communications; ability to adapt a style to fit diverse audiences of varying technical levels, and at various levels within an organization, in groups and individual settings

  • Excellent organizational skills; the ability to set, track, and accomplish priorities, goals, and timetables to achieve maximum productivity, knowing the status of activities at all times

  • Previous experience responding to employment charges and conducting investigations

  • Critical thinking; ability and motivation to develop creative solutions to complex, interpersonal, process, and systemic challenges

  • Initiative and self-management; the passion and the willingness to fully commit to the work and accomplish tasks within established timeframes

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage stress and maintain work-life balance

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and to exercise tact, discretion, and sound judgment

Supplemental Information

  • A complete application packet must include:


  • A completed State of Colorado application;

  • Transcripts (if applicable);

  • A cover letter that describes how your experience and education align with the minimum and preferred qualifications;

  • Supplemental questions.

The Selection Process

  • All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step.

  • Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.

  • Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications.

  • A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.

APPEAL RIGHTS: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director. An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email (, postmarked in US Mail or hand-delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgment of the department’s action. For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to ; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at under Rules.

E-Verify: CDPHE uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify ( , including your rights and responsibilities.

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.

ADAAA Accommodations: CDPHE is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Renee Strauss, at