General information

Agency: Mediabrands

Job Function: Human Resources

Location: New York, United States

Job Ref#: 11038

Description & Requirements

Position Summary

The Employee Relations Center of Excellence (COE) supports all of the U.S. Mediabrands and Kinesso business units. This COE is responsible for handling and ensuring a consistent approach to performance and conduct issues is followed, tracking and analyzing trends and themes in ER cases, and educating managers and employees on performance management best practices, and updates existing and drafts new policies for Mediabrands.


The Associate Director, Employee Relations & Legal Compliance works with HR Business Partners and leaders within Mediabrands U.S. to provide business-focused issue resolution in a timely, effective manner, with consistent application of company policies and procedures. This person also manages the ER metrics tracking database, including running reports and sharing insights.

Key Responsibilities

  • Address employee actions with consistency and efficiency across brands relating to progressive discipline, performance improvement plans, and interpretation / implementation of company policies
  • Advise HRBPs on employee-related issues and partner with managers within the organization to consult and coach through to resolution
  • Coach, educate and up-skill managers and HRBPs on correct methodology for addressing and preventing employee/performance issues
  • Collect and analyze ER metrics to identify trends; recommend preventive strategies and long-term solutions surrounding employee issues and actions
  • Manage the ER metrics database, ensuring accuracy and providing reporting,
  • Identify ER metrics trends and recommend preventive strategies and long-term solutions surrounding employee issues and actions
  • Oversee Reductions in Force (RIFs), including conducting risk analysis and creating communications and logistics plans
  • Ensure appropriate ER Case documentation is uploaded into HRLink for compliance and HR communication purposes
  • In partnership with ER team, compile and present semi-annual ER Data presentation for HR Leads
  • Identify and develop efficiencies and/or templates where needed relating to employee relations and policies
  • Ensure strong partnership with IPG Legal team, involving them as appropriate
  • Research and explore new policies for company to consider; project manage implementation leading to successful launch

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 5+ years in HR and or Employment Law
  • HR Generalist background or other experience handling Employee Relations issues with positive outcomes
  • Research ability to maintain knowledge of all current legislation
  • Entrepreneurial and resourceful – able to implement things that may not have been done before
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with ability to explain complex topics in a manner people can easily understand
  • Active listener; ability to interpret to both verbal and nonverbal communications
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain strong professional relationships with colleagues and clients; a collaborative, team-player mind-set is essential for success
  • Ability to work autonomously, with impeccable prioritization skills and time management
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Ability to build credibility through results
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through
  • Strong comfort with data and demonstrated working knowledge of Excel
  • Comfort with ambiguity and working in a matrix environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office with advanced Excel prowess
  • Strong technical aptitude for online systems

Employment Transparency

It is the policy of Mediabrands, division of the Interpublic group, to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, veteran status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law. 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. The job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity. Essential and other job functions are subject to modification. Reasonable accommodations may be provided to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

For applicants to jobs in the United States: In compliance with the current Americans with Disabilities Act and state and local laws, if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position with Mediabrands, please email

About Us

IPG Mediabrands is the media and marketing solutions division of Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). Mediabrands manages approximately $40 billion in marketing investment globally on behalf of its clients and provides strategic services and solutions across its award-winning, full-service agency networks UM and Initiative and through its innovative marketing specialist companies Reprise, Magna, Orion, Rapport, Healix, Mediabrands Content Studio and the IPG Media Lab. Mediabrands clients include many of the world’s most recognizable and iconic brands from a broad portfolio of industry sectors. The company employs more than 13,000 marketing experts in more than 130 countries representing the full diversity of humanity. For more information, please visit our website:

All U.S. Mediabrands employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved accommodation.