Labor Relations Coordinator

Employer:University of Massachusetts Amherst

Position Information

Position Description:Job Summary
Under the supervision of the Associate Provost for Academic Personnel, this position will be responsible for supporting the University’s academic labor relations functions with the Division of Academic Affairs and the Office of the Provost.

The Labor Relations Coordinator serves as an advisor and consultant on matters related to collective bargaining negotiations, labor contract administration and grievance processing.

Essential Functions
- Provides advice and guidance to academic administrators regarding the interpretation and application of relevant collective bargaining agreements and policies that govern academic personnel matters.
- Communicates with Human Resources, Labor Relations, union representatives, managers and employees to resolve workplace issues governed by collective bargaining agreements.
- Develops and maintains an appropriate case management system for tracking grievances, labor relations cases and other employment-related matters for all academic bargaining units.
- Coordinates and attends labor contract negotiations, due process hearings, grievance hearings and other labor/management meetings. Prepares necessary documents for such matters.
- Performs research and analysis of labor agreements and employment policies at other institutions to inform labor negotiation strategy and/or policy development. Compiles and analyzes data, and creates reports.
- Supports labor negotiations with the faculty, graduate assistant and post-doc collective bargaining units. Participates in development of bargaining strategy and preparation of contract proposals and counter proposals.
- Coordinates disciplinary hearings, grievance conferences and other proceedings between departmental administrators and union officials.
- Provides administrative support for all matters related to academic labor relations including drafting correspondence, scheduling, record-keeping and document review.
-Works to create a diverse and inclusive workplace for all faculty, staff, and students. Ensures that all personnel practices are valid and reliable, and do not have adverse impact on minority groups.
- Maintain working knowledge of, and ensure adherence to, University, state, and federal human resources laws and policies as well as collective bargaining agreements.
- Understands responsibilities with respect to Title IX, Clery and other compliance requirements.

Other Functions
Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
- Bachelor’s Degree in human resources, labor relations, business, public administration or related field plus 2-4 years of relevant experience. A graduate degree or paralegal certificate may be substituted for 2 years of the required experience.
- General knowledge of collective bargaining, contract administration and interpretation, regulations and guidelines that govern the employment relationship.
- Excellent organizational skills and an attention to detail with an ability to resolve routine problems efficiently, effectively and independently in a timely manner.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to interact effectively, and create and maintain harmonious relationships with a diverse population of staff, faculty, and students.
- Ability to work both independently and to be part of an effective team with a highly cooperative and collaborative work style.
- Ability to read, understand, apply, and explain rules, regulations, and policies/procedures related to duties. Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions and create effective and efficient work processes.
- Ability to exercise sound judgment and maintain confidentiality.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) and database management experience.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
- A graduate degree in business or public administration or paralegal certification.
- Experience with labor relations and human resources experience in an institution of higher education or similar organization.
- Work experience in a unionized environment.
- Certification from Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

Physical Demands/Working Conditions
Typical Office Environment.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 40 hrs/week

Salary Information
Level 27

Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, please provide letter of application, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Please apply by the priority deadline of June 10, 2019 in order to ensure consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

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UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Organization Information

About Employer:UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.
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