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Karin Merriam

Karin Merriam

HR & Talent Acquisition

Sirius XM Radio

HR Business Partner/Talent Acquisition Guru





Sirius XM Radio

HR & Talent Acquisition

Counsel clients and hiring managers on a variety of human resources and recruiting issues including staffing, talent development, employee relations, etc.

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HarperCollins Publishers

Human Resources Director

For this global book publisher, partnered with senior management, executing HR direction, design and strategy within the business unit and ensuring alignment with strategic business requirements.
Drove the performance management process and utilized the results as a basis for establishing specific, measurable and achievable objectives and development plans
Provided proactive advice and counsel to management in the area of employee relations including but not limited to performance management, conditions of employment, reduction in force (RIF) selection and other identified areas affecting the work environment
Collaborated with and provide guidance to managers and supervisors on grievance/discipline issues, accommodations and coaching while ensuring prompt resolution
Primary interface with hiring managers on initial preparation, final review and approval of all offers
Implemented the administration of HR policies and ensure compliance with labor laws
Leveraged HR policies, programs and practices, creating and maintaining a positive, high performing workplace
Informed and educated employees across all levels and functions about Human Resources policies, procedures, performance management, recruitment, and employee relations issues
Acted as interface for benefits questions between vendors, parent company and employees



HR Generalist

Provided progressive HR leadership by guiding, developing and implementing value added HR programs and initiatives focused on achieving business objectives and improving management effectiveness. Implemented and managed policies and programs including recruitment and employment, personnel records, employee relations, job evaluation, compensation management, benefits administration, organization development, and training. Conducted on-boarding, including negotiation of offers, offer letters, New Hire Orientation, etc.

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Selfhelp Community Services

HR Supervisor

Provided expert consultation to management in areas including, but not limited to: recruitment and retention, employee relations, conflict resolution, policy interpretation, performance management, and leadership development. Developed and maintained budget. Redesigned and implemented staffing functions that resulted in a more efficient recruiting process. Implemented full life-cycle recruiting strategies. Developed recruitment programs, built talent pool to draw upon and supported department managers in the hiring process. Advised managers regarding appropriate and effective ways to address workplace issues. Provided leadership in various workplace initiatives including: skills assessment, talent review, management succession and organizational effectiveness. Advised Managers and Directors on compensation issues and retention and turnover decisions. Prepared retention and turnover statistics and graphical reports for presentation to Managers and Directors.


Katz Media Group

HR Special Projects

New School University

MS, Organizational Change Management

Smith College