CUNY Labor Relations Director in New York, New York

POSITION DETAILS

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, the Director of Labor Relations will have oversight of all Labor Relations matters campus-wide and will take a proactive approach to providing guidance to the campus community in an effort to minimize potential complaints and/or grievances. In addition, the Director will supervise an Associate Director and HR staff responsible for addressing HR matters arising from Contractual provisions.

Additional duties include:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of labor agreements, rules, and policies of the City University of New York (i.e. PSC/ CUNY CBA, White Collar Contract, Blue Collar Contract, CUNY's Rules and Regulations, New York State Civil Service Laws, etc), and apply CUNY regulations appropriately by providing Deans, Vice Presidents, and Department Heads with guidance and mentorship.

  • Proactively collaborate with the campus community as a strategic partner to establish mentoring, coaching, and training initiatives in an effort to reduce potential complaints and/or grievances and educate senior leadership on various human resources and labor relations policies and procedures.

  • Advocate for a respectful workplace free of harassment and discrimination. Develop respectful workplace practices and provide guidance on positive work-life initiatives.

  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with union representatives and the CUNY Office of Labor Relations to oversee the disciplinary process and the finalization of disciplinary charges resulting from investigations.

  • Represent the college at hearings and arbitrations as the hearing officer, and oversee the prompt completion of confidential staff investigations regarding instances of misconduct, incompetence, or other serious violations.

  • Analyze witness testimony and factual evidence in order to compose decisions and executive summaries for the review of the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources. Recommend appropriate penalties, as well as alternative solutions, to the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources.

  • Research sensitive college-wide HR issues; draft and recommend policy/procedural changes to the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources for implementation.

  • Develop and conduct training, orientations, and other workshops as necessary for campus executives, managers, and staff.

  • Counsel executives, management, and classified staff on performance management and requirements.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor's Degree and eight years' related experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • JD and at least 4 years of legal experience (minimum of 8 years of related experience) are highly preferred

  • Experience in a unionized academic environment, the public sector, or CUNY/higher education is highly preferred

  • Strong customer service orientation, leadership skills, and attention to detail

  • Self-starter and highly motivated

  • Able to take initiative, work proactively, independently and in a team environment

  • Skilled in building and maintaining labor-management relationships across the board

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills

  • Exceptional judgment, analytical skills and the ability to juggle a large and varied workload

  • Able to interact with all levels of staff diplomatically with professional discretion, confidentiality, and high ethical standards

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

  • Working knowledge of PeopleSoft

CUNY TITLE OVERVIEW

Directs College Labor Relations functions requiring the highest degree of confidentiality, skill, sound judgment and attention to detail.

  • Represents the College at grievances and disciplinary proceedings

  • Writes labor/legal related briefs and decisions

  • Responds to policy and procedural inquiries from a wide variety of College officials, including Vice Presidents, Deans and Department Chairs

  • Responds to a variety of requests, such as employment discrimination complaints from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the New York State Division of Human Rights; subpoenas, and document requests

  • Provides time-sensitive reports and information to internal and external sources, such as the New York Commission on Public Integrity

  • Serves as liaison to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Labor Relations, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Management, and Office of the General Counsel

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Legal Counsel and Labor Relations Director

CUNY TITLE

Higher Education Officer

FLSA

Exempt

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

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CLOSING DATE

June 17, 2017

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EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Location: City College of New York

Job Title: Labor Relations Director

Job ID: 16792

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular