Catholic Health Initiatives Employee Relations Specialist in TACOMA, Washington

Employee Relations Specialist


CHI Franciscan Health, based in Tacoma, Washington, includes eight full-service hospitals and the Franciscan Medical Group at – a large medical group with 620 providers and 177 clinics. We deliver both primary care and specialty care, serving communities throughout the Puget Sound region with more than 2,300 medical staff members and approximately 12,500 employees. Franciscan is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization and is affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives at .

Our mission is to deliver high quality care that meets our patients' medical needs while providing emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families. We believe this three-part approach - physical, emotional, and spiritual - is essential to healing the whole person. Come join our team!

What we have to offer:

  • Autonomous job, working in a fast paced acute care environment

  • Opportunity to coach employees and management while fostering a great working environment through collaboration

  • Labor relations work with six labor unions

Competitive salary and generous Catholic Health Initiatives employee benefits program that includes medical, dental, vision, life, disability insurance, 401(k) with 6% matching employer contributions, tuition assistance and more

Job Summary:

The Employee Labor Relations Specialist is responsible for providing employee relations advice, assistance, investigations and training in interpreting company policy and procedures under the direction of the Human Resource Director. You will be a consistent presence demonstrating our core values and be the primary contact for your assigned managers and leaders supporting them on their human resource needs. This position will also need you to stay current on and ensuring compliance with regulatory/legal requirements for the fast changing environment of the medical field.

Essential Duties of this position:

  • Provides employee relations consultation services to management, ensuring timely and relevant follow-up.

  • Serves as contact point for employees to provide human resources assistance, ensuring timely and relevant follow-up and resolutions.

  • Partner with assigned managers to address labor grievances and other labor relation issues.

  • Provide training and development to managers and staff.

  • Maintains, reviews, updates and audits legal competencies and compliance with FHS policies, contracts and legal requirements; completes documentation as necessary.

  • Performs related duties as required.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Adheres to and exhibits our Core Values of Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Human Resources, or a related field and four years of recent human resources experience, preferably in Employee Relations and in a unionized environment that demonstrates attainment of the requisite job knowledge skills/abilities. Work experience in an acute care hospital setting is strongly preferred.

  • Or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position.


  • SPHR or PHR certification is preferred.

Job Professional Non-Clinical


Daily Schedule 8am to 4:30pm

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 80

Weekends Required None

Req ID: 2018-R0170227

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.