Assistant/Associate Director of Employee & Labor Relations

Employer:University of Oregon

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Position Description:Position Summary:
The Assistant/Associate Director of Employee and Labor Relations reports to the Senior Director for Employee and Labor Relations. The person in this position is responsible for the implementation and day-to-day administration of the University's collective bargaining agreements, with a focus on the agreements with United Academics (UA) and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF). The Associate Director will lead bargaining as chief spokesperson on behalf of the university with the GTFF, while the Assistant Director will work closely and at the direction of the Sr. Director to participate in bargaining. The Assistant/Associate Director will serve on a labor and employee relations team and with typical responsibilities including: providing collaborative and consultative advice and counsel on labor contract interpretation, application, and compliance for the university; leading fact finding investigations, responding to information requests, and representing the university at arbitration, mediation, and appeal hearings; conducting analysis and assessments, preparing reports and advisories, and recommending policies and programs that enrich and promote the integrity of the university’s labor and employee relations functions; keeping current in the occupational field to include new developments in concepts, practices, and regulations; researching and analyzing the impact of changes in regulations and trends on operations; and designing and delivering comprehensive training on labor and employee relations topics.

This position demands a firm commitment to serving the University with sensitivity and professionalism. The position requires abundant self-confidence and the ability to multi-task many cases, processes, and unplanned happenings at one time. The ability to handle confidential material appropriately and maintain an institutional perspective is also critical.

The Associate Director will work autonomously and exercise a high level of independent decision-making and policy interpretation. The Assistant Director will work in close consultation with the Senior Director to make decisions and interpret policy.

Minimum Requirements
Assistant Director:
• Bachelor's degree OR an equivalent combination of skills, experience, or education.
• Three years of experience in employee relations, human resources, dispute resolution, or similar function. A Master's degree or Juris Doctorate may be substituted for one year of experience.

Associate Director:
• Bachelor's degree OR an equivalent combination of skills, experience, or education.
• Six years of experience in employee relations, human resources, dispute resolution, or similar function. A Master's degree or Juris Doctorate may be substituted for one year of experience.

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated ability to write and edit complex policy, procedure, and other technical prose.
• Demonstrated strong analytical and critical thinking skills and ability to analyze, summarize, and effectively present data.
• Ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy.
• Ability to manage confidential or sensitive information and issues responsibly.
• Ability to work and solve problems independently as well as in a collaborative manner.
• Demonstrated leadership, organizational, and management skills, and the ability to prioritize multiple projects in a large, complex organization
• A commitment to and experience with promoting and enhancing diversity and equity.
• Ability to work across partisan and ideological lines to build consensus.

Preferred Qualifications
• Master’s degree in management, industrial relations, or related field or juris doctorate.
• Knowledge of Oregon employment law.
• Familiarity with university organizational structure, policy, and political issues in higher education.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

Salary range for Assistant Director starts at $60,000 per year; Salary range for Associate Director starts at $75,000 per year.

Application review begins March 16, 2020; position open until filled.

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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