Labor and Employee Engagement Specialist

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Classification:Human Resources Professional 3
Grade:Grade 79
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Statewide
School/Business unit:SW Human Resources
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Human Resources

Position Summary:

The Labor and Employee Engagement (LEE) Specialist is responsible for assisting the Labor and Employee Engagement Senior Specialist and Business Partners in writing reports related to labor and employee relations, inquiries, and investigations. Accountable for conducting department organizational health assessments and working with Business Partners and Labor and Employee Engagement Senior Specialist to advise on solutions and training to eliminate problems, and responding to and resolving grievances. The Labor and Employee Engagement Specialist must demonstrate initiative, independence, and creativity while exercising sound professional judgment and problem-solving skills.


100Serve as lead report writer for Labor and Employee Engagement (LEE). Assist in drafting interview questions, listen to LEE interviews and document a first draft report. Compile information to be reviewed by the LEE team. Conduct employee engagement and organizational health surveys and interviews. Assemble and analyze data and formulate recommendations on issues. Track and summarize system-wide employee complaints, grievances, and outcomes. With the guidance of the Director of LEE, gather, prepare, and assemble information and data in preparation for collective bargaining. Create reports and summaries for use in the collective bargaining process. Research labor laws, regulations, arbitration decisions, collective bargaining agreements, and other labor relations trends that may have an impact on University contract negotiations. Participate in meetings and interviews as needed with Senior Business Partners and Labor and Employee Engagement Specialists to proactively address organizational roadblocks or issues that are hampering college or departmental success. Provide backup support in the absence of the Labor and Employee Engagement Specialists and Senior Business Partners. Perform other duties as assigned.Essential

A strong desire to learn advanced labor and employee relations best practices, methods regulations, collective bargaining agreements, and laws.
Demonstrated experience and skills in an effective, clear, and concise communication
Excellent listening skills
Demonstrated knowledge and skills in compiling written reports that are clear, concise, and timely.
Excellent grammar, professional, and concise writing skills.
Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills.
Ability to learn federal & state labor and employment regulations and laws.
Able to analyze labor relations issues, obtain relevant information through fact-finding and research, identify solutions/recommendations, and provide timely advice.
Able to establish/maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, administrators, labor representatives, and employees.
Able to maintain composure during stressful/intense interactions with others.
Able to handle multiple tasks, adapting to change as necessary.
Ready to meet deadlines/objectives.
Able to provide guidance and make sound decisions.
Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Google applications.

Required Experience
Bachelor's degree with courses and degree emphasis in Labor and Employee Relations, Human Resources, Communication, Business Administration, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Typical Education or Training
A minimum of 3 years of experience in human resources, business, or similar experience. Advanced professional writing experience required.


To Apply

For your application to be considered complete, please provide a cover letter, resume, and three (3) professional references.

This is a range recruitment. Successful applicants will be placed in a Human Resources Professional 2 or 3, grade 78 or 79, depending on their experience. 

The position is open until filled.

Background Check
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period
Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

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Notice of Nondiscrimination
The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at

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