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Human Resources

Welcome to the office of Human Resources!

The purpose of the Human Resources (HR) team is to advance institutional priorities by partnering with Northeast State's leadership to create a high-performance work environment characterized by fair treatment of all employees, open communication, personal accountability, trust, and mutual respect.

We fulfill our purpose by:

  1. Properly balancing the needs of the employees and the needs of the institution.
  2. Ensuring a safe and discrimination- and harassment-free environment by maintaining compliance with employment laws and government regulations, providing management and employee training, and developing policies and procedures.
  3. Providing training and development in areas of effective leadership and career development of employees, employment laws and government regulations, and litigation avoidance.
  4. Hiring the most-qualified employees by preplanning staffing needs, ensuring an effective internal search and interview process, increasing the institution’s visibility in the community and employment marketplace, identifying the best and most cost-effective recruitment sources, and conducting thorough reference checks.
  5. Retaining our valued employees by assuring effective leadership qualities in our supervisors; providing competitive wages and benefits; furnishing technical, interpersonal and career development training and coaching; conducting exit interviews and supplying relevant feedback to management; and enhancing two-way communication between employees and management.

HR Office & Staff Contact Information

  • Pierce Administration Building
    2425 Highway 75, P.O. Box 246
    Blountville, TN 37617   
  • Megan Jones, Director of Human Resources
    Office: P311A      
    Phone: 423.323.0226, Extension: 3226   

    Faculty Load and Compensation (FLAC) – Faculty Contracts, Personnel Budget, Compensation Plan, Personnel Policies & Procedures, HR Reporting, Employee Discipline, Change of Status Forms

  • Melissa Brickey, HR Benefits & Records Partner
    Office:  P308A
    Phone:  423.323.0204, Extension:  3204

    New Hire Onboarding & Orientation, Employment & Prior Service Verification, Personnel Records, Fee Waiver/Tuition Reimbursement, Spouse & Dependent Discount, Employee Benefits, FMLA, Organizational Chart Updates, Retirement

  • Sarai Forti, HR Administrative Assistant (Part-Time)
    Office: P311
    Phone: 423.354.2589, Extension: 3289
    Contact for:
    Records Filing, Directory Updates, Address Updates, General HR Inquiries
  • Etta Haselden, Assistant Director of Human Resources
    Office:  P310
    Phone:  423.354.5368, Extension:  5368

    Staffing Processes, Job Descriptions, Offer Letters/Contracts, Contract Renewals, HR & Professional Development Website Updates, Professional Development, HR Special Event

  • Emma McMullen, HR Talent & Development Partner
    Office:  P308
    Phone:  423.354.5183, Extension:  5183

    Staffing Processes, Personnel Requisitions, Position Advertisements, Job Descriptions, Interview Guides, Offer Letters/Contracts, Contract Renewals, Volunteer Agreements, Performance Evaluations


Request to Update Personal Information

The following forms can be found in Dropbox Sign and routed for approvals electronically. Employees with an account can access these templates. Please reach out to any HR staff member if you do not have a Dropbox Sign account and we can create you one.

  • Computer Account Request Form
  • Fee Waiver
  • Request for Fee Discount for Spouse and/or Dependent
  • Outside Employment Notification
  • Request for Stipend/Extra Compensation Form
  • Request for Professional Development Funds

If you're looking for forms regarding leave, wages, or taxes, please contact the Payroll Department.

Connect with Northeast State

Northeast State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. For questions or concerns, please contact the Affirmative Action Officer.