Vice President, Employee Relations

Job Type

Full Time




287 Columbus Avenue
United States


The Vice President, Employee Relations (VP, Employee Relations) is a newly expanded role that plays a critical role in ensuring City Year’s policies and practices are experienced equitably by all staff, and that these policies and practices mitigate risk for the organization. The VP, Employee Relations makes certain that workforce members are confident that the issues affecting them will be addressed in a fair and timely manner. The VP, Employee Relations will partner with the Chief People Officer, Chief Operating Officer, regional People Business partners, members of City Year’s legal team, and other members of the People leadership team to build the capacity, policies, practices, and tools needed to ensure City Year has the employee relations strategy and implementation mechanisms it needs to effectively support its workforce and achieve its exciting plans for impact and scale across the country. The VP, Employee Relations reports to City Year’s Chief People Officer and is a member of the People leadership team

In this role, the VP, Employee Relations will lead the development of appropriate strategies, policies, processes, and solutions associated with creating a safe, fair and equitable work environment for City Year’s workforce. Specifically, the Vice President, Employee Relations will implement a holistic employee relations strategy that includes, but is not limited to, the following focus areas:

Risk Mitigation

Ensure that City Year has a comprehensive understanding of all people-related risks to the organization and that appropriate risk mitigation plans are in place to address these risks.

Legal/Regulatory Compliance

Ensure that City Year’s People policies and practices are in compliance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements in all jurisdictions where City Year operates. The VP, Employee Relations will conduct regular assessment of City Year’s compliance with key labor regulations--including ADA, FSLA, state-specific regulations, and other key legislation—and develop and execute clear plans to address identified gaps. 

Employee Experience

Guarantee that all policies and procedures in place ensure all workforce members are treated in a fair and equitable manner. To do so, the VP, Employee Relations will confirm that all staff members can easily access pathways to address general grievances and accommodation requests and that managers have the resources and are offered the support needed to effectively manage their employees, including performance reviews and exits.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity and Belonging

Play a critical role in City Year’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Belonging (DEIB) work by ensuring the organization’s Human Resource policies and practices contribute to a safe and equitable work environment for all staff. The VP, Employee Relations will work with other People Team leaders to ensure adaptations and changes influenced by our DEIB work are reflected in policy and communicated clearly to the organization.

Other HR Policies

Confirm polices are in place to ensure that workforce members are treated fairly with regard to discipline and termination and that all other necessary Human Resource policy needs are addressed.

Regional People Business Partner and Manager Training

Make certain that regional People Business Partners and City Year staff managers have access to the training and resources needed to effectively conduct their role supporting employee relations policies and initiatives. To do so, the VP, Employee Relations will perform regular assessments of training and resource needs and develop and/or source the resources needed to ensure managers and regional People Business Partners take appropriate action.


  • A strong commitment to City Year’s culture, values, and mission.
  • Demonstrated success developing and implementing complex employee relations strategies and policies.
  • Deep knowledge of employment and HR law.
  • Excellent judgement in managing confidential/sensitive information.
  • Proven ability to build strategic internal and external relationships by making connections and removing obstacles.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • PHR/SPHR and/or SHRM certification preferred

Compensation and Benefits

Full time employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full time employees include health insurance with Flexible Spending Account, paid vacation, holidays, parental leave, 401K, and more.

City Year is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including persons with disabilities and veterans.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please complete the online application and attach a resume and thoughtful cover letter in the "Resume/CV" field on the "My Experience" page. Internal applicants should apply through cyresource.