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CUNY University Executive Director for Instructional Staff Labor Relations in New York, New York

University Executive Director for Instructional Staff Labor Relations

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Central Office

Full/Part Time





Led by the Senior Vice Chancellor for Labor Relations, the University Office of Labor Relations (OLR) is responsible for developing and implementing the University's labor relations policies, procedures, and programs. Some of the major functions of the unit include negotiating collective bargaining agreements with the unions representing the University’s instructional and classified civil service staffs, handling grievances and disciplinary matters University-wide, and providing ongoing guidance and training to the Colleges regarding matters of contract interpretation and related issues.

Reporting to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Labor Relations, the University Executive Director for Instructional Staff Labor Relations has a prominent leadership role with respect to the overall administration of instructional staff labor relations. The Executive Director is responsible for oversight and implementation of the collective bargaining agreement with the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY (PSC), as well as related Board Bylaws and policies concerning myriad employment-related issues, such as workload, tenure, promotion, discipline, benefits, and retirement. The Executive Director serves as the primary contact for the colleges and the union regarding issues and questions requiring technical knowledge of contractual language, Bylaw interpretation and historical practice, and works with the respective parties to resolve their issues.

Key duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Recommends changes in organizational and instructional staff policies and helps establish procedures and processes to implement these policies.

  • Works collaboratively with the University community to develop and formulate collective bargaining proposals and works closely with the Budget Office and University Human Resources to analyze voluminous data to support these negotiations.

  • Researches and estimates costs of collective bargaining proposals and other labor relations issues.

  • As a principal member of the bargaining team, drafts the negotiated changes to the PSC collective bargaining agreement, working closely with the Executive Director of the PSC to craft language implementing the negotiated terms.

  • Provides guidance on behalf of OLR regarding the application and implementation of the terms of negotiated instructional staff agreements to University Payroll.

  • Provides ongoing advice and counsel to the colleges' Labor Designees and Human Resources Directors in addressing grievance and disciplinary matters as well as other issues related to terms and conditions of employment of instructional staff.

  • Provides support and guidance to the colleges in contract interpretation and compliance.

  • Maintains oversight of the adjunct waiver approval process and provides guidance to the colleges concerning the fellowship leave approval process.

  • Researches issues pertinent to collective bargaining; drafts Memoranda of Agreement with the PSC, policies, and interpretive memoranda.

  • Investigates inquiries and complaints independently or in cooperation with university and/or college staff.

  • Performs special projects for the Senior Vice Chancellor of Labor Relations.


  • Bachelor's degree and eight years' relevant experience required.

  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or advanced degree in higher education administration, labor relations, human resources, or related field strongly preferred.

  • Progressively responsible experience in a higher education institution or other complex organization, and/or public sector experience preferred.

  • Knowledge of CUNY’s Instructional Staff collective bargaining agreement and/or New York State Civil Service Law preferred.

  • Exceptional writing and editing skills.

  • Detail oriented, with excellent analytical and critical thinking skills, and sound judgment.

  • Strong work ethic, professionalism, and discretion; ability to prioritize, manage and fulfill multiple responsibilities in a time-sensitive manner.

  • Strong interpersonal skills to create relationships and work effectively with diverse internal and external constituents at various organizational levels.

  • Demonstrated leadership and managerial skills, with ability to lead and manage teams, and use strategic and tactical judgment to make decisions and handle various situations.


  • Until further notice, this is a hybrid position, eligible to work remotely and on-site in the office.

  • Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.


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The salary range is $160,000 - $170,000; commensurate with qualifications, experience and education.

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.

As of April 1, 2022, employees in select titles must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless granted a reasonable accommodation due to religion or disability. An offer of employment for this position will require compliance with this mandate, and applications for reasonable accommodation will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.


For full consideration, submit a cover letter and resume online via CUNY's web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined. The direct link to the job opening from external sources is:


The review of applications will begin on or after September 19, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.


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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.