Senior Labor and Employee Relations Specialist

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Classification:Human Resources Professional 5
Grade:Grade 81
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Statewide
School/Business unit:SW Labor Relations
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Human Resources

Position Summary:

The Sr. Labor and Employee Relations Specialist is responsible for providing advice and assistance to the University of Alaska and its Union members on labor relations issues, including interpreting contracts, and representing the University in responding to and resolving grievances. Duties include co-negotiating collective bargaining agreements for specific assigned bargaining units and interpreting labor contract terms and provisions. Additional duties include developing and conducting training on labor relation issues and topics and assisting in the resolution of disputes. The Sr. Labor Relations Specialist must function as an effective member of the Labor and Employee Relations team and carry out their individual responsibilities with initiative, independence, and creativity while exercising sound professional judgment and problem-solving skills. *This recruitment is open internally to current UA employees or those otherwise eligible to apply to internal postings.

Duties:

Interview witnesses, gather and analyze evidence, brief, advise, direct and assist university representatives and outside legal counsel in the resolution of complex grievances, complaints, negotiations, arbitrations, mediations and Alaska Labor Relations Agency actions. Exercise independent decision-making and serve as a subject matter expert to university executives and administrators. Lead work teams in fact-finding and case analysis for dispute resolution processes. Provide expert advice and guidance to university executives and administrators on contract administration and compliance to ensure UA is meeting all contractual and legal obligations. Inform and consult with union leadership to resolve complex HR issues.Essential
Provide expert advice to executive management, deans, directors, HR staff, labor representatives and employees to gather information/evidence relevant to employee relations issues and to resolve grievances, complaints and disciplinary actions. Works independently in the absence of regular supervision. Maintain current knowledge of employment case law, statutes, regulations and trends. Handle the most sensitive critical and complex HR issues. Assemble and analyze data and formulate recommendations on issues. Consult with legal staff to ensure adherence to laws, regulations and contracts. Prepare summary and statistical reports of system-wide employee grievances and settlements.Essential
Serve as on union contract negotiation team in collective bargaining for one or more bargaining units and/or may participate in support of negotiations, or provide expert advice to other university representatives. Participate in selection of bargaining team members and in development of bargaining priorities and strategies. Participate in gathering and analysis in preparation for collective bargaining. Study and interpret collective bargaining agreements and current labor market conditions to develop contract language for collective bargaining. Research, study, and interpret labor laws and regulations, arbitration decisions, collective bargaining agreements and other labor relations trends. Assist in establishing policies and operating procedures system and department-wide.Essential

The Sr. Labor and Employee Relations Specialist is responsible for providing advice and assistance to the University of Alaska and its Union members on Employee and labor relations issues, including interpreting contracts and representing the University in responding to and resolving grievances. Duties include co-negotiating collective bargaining agreements for specific assigned bargaining units and interpreting labor contract terms and provisions. Additional duties include developing and conducting training on labor relation issues and topics and assisting in the resolution of disputes. The Sr. Labor Relations Specialist must function as an effective member of the Labor and Employee Relations team and carry out their individual responsibilities with initiative, independence, and creativity while exercising sound professional judgment and problem-solving skills.

*This recruitment is open internally to current UA employees or those otherwise eligible to apply to internal postings.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Intermediate knowledge of the general principles of labor relations, methods, practices, and techniques of collective bargaining including evaluation of existing contracts, assessment of contract proposals, and rules & procedures regarding arbitration of contractual disputes.
Intermediate knowledge of federal & state labor and employee regulations and laws.
Able to express ideas clearly, effectively, and persuasively, orally and in writing.
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 executive management, administrators and labor representatives.
Able to maintain composure during stressful/ intense interactions with others.
Able to handle multiple tasks, adapting to change as necessary.
Able to meet deadlines/ objectives.
Able to provide guidance and make sound decisions.
Advanced skills in MS Office (Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
Excellent verbal, written and oral presentation skills.

Typical Experience:

A minimum of 4 years progressive professional and administrative experience in labor and employee relations and contract and grievance administration, including experience in negotiations. Similar relevant experiences may be considered.

Required Education or Training:

Bachelor's degree in Labor Relations, Human Resources, Industrial Relations, Business Administration, or related field or equivalent experience. Professional in Human Resources certification (PHR) preferred.

This position may be filled in Anchorage or Fairbanks.

This is a full-time, Grade 81, minimum $64,210 yearly, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

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.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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Applications close: Alaskan Daylight Time

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