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HR Manager - Labor Relations

Company: Vitalant
Location: Des Plaines
Posted on: June 17, 2022

Job Description:

Vitalant is where donors, talent and innovation meet to save and improve lives. We are the nation's largest independent, nonprofit blood services provider exclusively focused on providing lifesaving blood and comprehensive transfusion medicine services for about 900 hospitals and their patients across the U.S. We seek team members who want to make a difference in people's lives while furthering their careers. At Vitalant you can expect competitive compensation, paid time off and other benefits. Take your first step to joining our dedicated team by applying today.


Under limited direction, this position develops and manages Human Resources programs and initiatives consistent with company directives. This position may support multiple sites.


Performs all assigned duties in compliance with internal SOPs and external regulations. Brings compliance issues to the attention of management.

Assures quality customer service to all customers.

Hires, supervises, trains, and evaluates performance of subordinates. Identifies and effectively resolves personnel issues.

Administers/supports employment functions including recruitment, Affirmative Action initiatives, interviewing, and the separation process.

Provides guidance to management and staff regarding HR guidelines and employment matters consistent with company policies. Monitors compliance. Refers questions of interpretation to senior HR management.

Addresses employee relations concerns and provides input to management. In coordination with other HR operational leaders, implements and monitors programs to promote positive employee relations. Investigates employee concerns, charges, or reports and provides guidance for resolution. May coordinate activities with union representatives.

Administers local implementation of personnel compensation and benefit programs (e.g., annual merit, performance evaluation, leaves of absence, unemployment insurance).

Monitors the administration of the leave of absence and short-term disability/salary continuation/LTD programs.

Monitors drug and alcohol testing program.

Maintains employee files and other HR records. Ensures compliance with Federal and State regulatory postings.

Consults with local management and risk management in the areas of return-to-work, light-duty and corrective action issues related to on-the-job injuries.

Performs all other duties, at the discretion of management, as assigned.


Knowledge/ Education

Bachelor's degree in related area or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Knowledge of HR regulations, practices, and techniques required.

Licenses/ Certifications

Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) or Human Capital Strategist (HCS) preferred.


Five years human resources experience required.

Supervisory experience preferred.

Blood services or healthcare-related work experience preferred.


Must possess the skills and abilities to successfully perform all assigned duties and responsibilities.

Must be able to maintain confidentiality.

Must have a participative management style, strong team development, and coaching skills.

Ability to work in a team environment and participate as an active member of management.

Effective oral and written communication skills.

Able to organize, prioritize, and execute a variable workload and multiple priorities.

Must have proficient computer skills.

Experience in labor relations/union environment preferred.


Vitalant is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace built on a foundation of respect, integrity, teamwork, and excellence. Through our DEI strategic plan, we create opportunities for employees of all backgrounds to feel valued, seen and heard. We believe this mission drives creativity and innovation, as employees experience an environment conducive to personal growth and career development.


  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • HSA, FSA and 410K retirement savings plans
  • Paid Time Off
  • Commuter benefits
  • Employee assistance program

    As an essential operation to the nation's healthcare infrastructure and a science-based organization, Vitalant believes that being vaccinated helps provide protection and care for our employees, our donors, their families, and the broader community. Vitalant requires employees to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment. Individuals applying for this position should be prepared to comply with the COVID-19 vaccination mandates of Vitalant and accordingly, will need to have received the full series of vaccinations two weeks prior to the first date of employment unless an approved exemption exists prior to start.

    Blood Systems Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.


    Our organization is an equal employment/affirmative action employer. If you need accommodation for any part of the employment process because of a medical condition or disability, please send an e-mail to or call 1-844-220-2612 to let us know the nature of your request. A representative will respond to accommodation requests within two business days. Please note that this email/phone number is for medical/disability accommodations only and any other inquiries will not receive a response.

    Please see the below information about applicant rights and our commitment to compliance:

    EEO is the Law

    EEO is the Law Supplement

    Pay Transparency


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