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Iowa Department of Administrative Services Employee Relations Partner in Ames, Iowa

Employee Relations Partner

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Employee Relations Partner


$47,008.00 - $79,643.20 Annually


Ames - 50010 - Story County, IA

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645 Iowa Department of Transportation

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6/20/2024 11:59 PM Central

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Jenny Veale -

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Job Description

The Iowa DOT is seeking an Employee Relations Partner to join our dynamic Human Resources team!

Are you looking for a career where you can use both your interpersonal and investigative abilities to uncover the truth? Are you objective and great at keeping a Customer Focused mindset? If so, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is looking for you to join our dedicated Employee Relations team and make a difference with a mission driven organization!

As an Employee Relations Partner, you will contribute your experience and knowledge toward fulfilling our Mission -Making Lives Better Through Transportation. Through your behaviors and actions, you will demonstrate the IDOT’s Core Values:Safety First, People Matter, Customer Focused, Servant Leadership, and Integrity Without Exceptionalongside your IDOT teammates. Join us as we work to make a difference in our employees’ lives!

This position will work fulltime at our Ames, IA location.

As an Employee Relations Partner, you will coach leaders as they deal with both small and large employee issues. You will get to provide support, consultation, and resolution guidance for employees and leaders in the department. You will have the opportunity to analyze workplace environment complaints, recommend appropriate resolutions, and conduct investigations.

In this role, you will interpret policies, code, and laws and advise others on how to apply them. You will also support the development of policies for employees as well as prepare presentations to provide training on the policies. You will have the opportunity to teach leaders both in a one-on-one setting and classroom setting about a variety of topics related to employee relations.

To excel in this position, we are looking for you to have excellent communication skills and a commitment to producing high-quality work. We also want you to share our passion for providing exceptional customer service and problem solve through a variety of topics and situations. We hope you are excited to join our small, but dedicated, team who shares a deep commitment to teamwork and collaboration.

While in our search, we also want you to know what we, as a department, offer to you, as an employee:

  • Competitive pay and benefits package including health, dental, flexible spending, and life insurance.

  • Insurance benefits start first of the month following 30 days of employment.

  • 2024 health and dental insurance premiums can be found here ( .

  • Opportunities for professional growth and development.

  • Paid time off effective immediately - biweekly vacation, separate sick leave, accruals rollover on a yearly basis, and 9 paid holidays per year.

  • Iowa Public Employee Retirement System (IPERS) Retirement Package with employer match

  • Optional 401A plan with employer contributions.

  • Employee Discount Programs from variety of vendors (vision, cellular, fitness, recreation, season passes, travel, counseling; legal, financial).

We encourage you to view more about the State of Iowa Employee benefits and costs at the State of Iowa Employee Benefits Website ( !

Acquiring the right talent that aligns with the DOT’s mission is key to the departments continued success in assuring workplace democracy statewide!

You have the freedom to flourish in Iowa – Apply today!

If you require a reasonable accommodation in completing any screening, interviewing, pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection process, please direct your request to the Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunity (AA/EEO) Officer at:

Reasonable accommodation such as: interpreter, translator, written materials, modified equipment / devices, ADA access, etc. This does not include scheduling needs.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Applicants must meet at least one of the following minimum requirements to qualify for positions in this job classification:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree.

  • A combination of a total of four years of education and full-time experience in technical or professional human resources work, where thirty semester hours of accredited college or university course work equals one year of full-time experience.

  • Current, continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes three years of full-time work performing technical human resources work.

For additional information, please click on thislink to view the job description. (

Why Choose the State of Iowa?

At the heart of our commitment to excellence is a dedication to our most valuable asset – our employees. Discover the outstanding benefits that set us apart as an employer of choice.

Our Robust Benefits Package Includes:

Competitive Compensation:

Enjoy a competitive salary that reflects directly on your skills and expertise.

Keep in mind, your wage is just one part of your total compensation. Unlock the complete value of your employment with the State of Iowa by using our user-friendlyTotal Compensation Calculator ( .Gain insights into your comprehensive annual compensation, including salary and State-provided benefits.

Health and Wellness:

Prioritize your well-being with our comprehensive health plans, including medical, dental, and vision coverage. Enjoy the peace of mind knowing that the State of Iowa covers 90% of the premiums, providing you and your loved ones with excellent coverage at a remarkably low cost.

Retirement Planning:

We are proud to offer the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS). A defined benefit plan, IPERS benefits are guaranteed for life, meaning once you retire, you will receive the same monthly benefit for the remainder of your life (once vested). We invest in your long-term financial well-being, so you can retire with peace of mind.Click here to learn more about IPERS ( .

Paid Time Off:

Life is unpredictable, and at the State of Iowa, we understand the importance of work-life balance. Our leave policies, including paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave with unlimited accrual, ensure you have the flexibility you need for personal and family matters.

Professional Development:

Elevate your career with continuous learning opportunities. We support your growth through training programs, workshops, and tuition reimbursement.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP):

We care about your well-being beyond the workplace. Access confidential counseling, resources, and support through our Employee Assistance Program.

Diversity and Inclusion:

Be part of a diverse and inclusive workplace that embraces all backgrounds and perspectives. We believe diversity is a strength that drives innovation.

Join Us - Elevate Your Career:

Ready to elevate your career with the State of Iowa?Click here ( to explore more about our unparalleled benefits and discover what makes us unique. Your success is our priority!


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    Do you have a Bachelor's Degree (or higher degree)?

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    Are you a current employee of the Executive Branch and do you have three years of full-time work performing technical human resources work? Qualifying executive branch experience includes time spent as a Human Resources Associate (00772), Human Resources Technical Specialist (00771), or a Human Resources Technical Assistant (00770).

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    Do you have a combination of a total of four years of education and full-time experience in technical or professional human resources work, where thirty semester hours of accredited college or university course work equals one year of full-time experience? Human resources technical work includes full-time work where your primary duties and the majority of your time is spent performing work in areas such as payroll, employment, position classification, compensation, collective bargaining administration, worker's compensation, employee discipline, and employee benefit administration.

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645 Iowa Department of Transportation


800 Lincoln Way

Ames, Iowa, 50010



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