The NFL Retains Hanold Associates for Head of Employee Relations Search

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The National Football League (NFL) has retained Hanold Associates to lead their Head of Employee Relations search. Jason Hanold, Keri Gavin and Katie Traines are leading this search based in Culver City, California.

The NFL is America’s most popular sports league and is comprised of 32 teams that compete each year to win the Super Bowl, the world’s biggest annual sporting event. Divided between two conferences: the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC), the NFL has the highest attendance average of any professional sports league in the world.

Founded in 1920, the NFL developed the model for the successful modern sports league, including extensive revenue sharing, competitive excellences, strong franchises and national distribution. With more than 180 million fans and an annual championship game that is treated like a national holiday, it is one of the largest and most recognizable brands in the world. Business Week magazine calls the NFL, “one of America’s best-run businesses.”

Headquartered in New York City, they have offices across the globe, including the media office based in Culver City, California, and the NFL Films office based in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. They also have additional offices in Atlanta, Washington DC, Chicago, the U.K., China, Mexico and Canada.

The Head of Employee Relations for NFL Media will work closely with business leaders and the human resources team to provide strategic human resources counsel to the NFL Network and NFL Digital Media business areas. This individual will be responsible for managing employee relations issues and implementing and overseeing workplace investigations, policies and procedures on the West Coast.

This leader will collaborate with Human Resources Business Partners (HRBPs), business leaders and employees to provide guidance and consultation, including, but not limited to, performance coaching, conflict resolution, disciplinary action and policy interpretation and application. S/He will provide direction and expertise to prevent and mitigate employee risk and ensure compliance with governmental and other regulations. This position will play a key role in day-to-day risk mitigation, as well as using data to identify trends and recommend policy changes and interventions. In addition, this leader will continually cultivate the employee handbook to ensure it is in alignment with the principles of positive employee relations and in compliance with the law.