Reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources, the Director of Employee and Labor Relations, serves as a key organizational leader responsible for providing guidance using specialized employee labor relations expertise. Responsible for ensuring human resources programs and services are administered fairly, consistently, equitably, and within parameters of applicable laws. The Incumbent provides professional labor relations advice and directs and performs a variety of duties related to contract administration, grievances, and arbitration, and employee relations concerns in support of a high-performance workforce. The Director may provide definitive direction, interpretative guidance, and support to administrative units on collective bargaining agreements, policy and procedure development and compliance, and adherence to local, state, District, and federal laws governing employment practices.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Administers and interprets labor/union contracts for compliance with requirements and provides ongoing guidance to managers and employees on meeting responsibilities as defined by the collective bargaining agreements (CBA).
Plans, implements, and supervises the employee and labor relations program providing advice, support, and makes recommendations to develop and refine employment programs, policies, and procedures that guide the University’s workforce.
Collaborates with the Office of the General Counsel to support employment litigation, FOIA requests, case research, and contract negotiations, etc.
Ensures compliance with District/Federal/State laws, regulations, and statutes and makes implementation recommendations.
Manages the disciplinary process and tracks complaints and grievances to ensure compliance with applicable procedural requirements; Works with managers and employees to resolve disputes; Conducts investigations.
Supports the University’s organizational development programs to include performance management; Helps to direct UDC’s strategies for overall team improvement.
Responsible for establishing high standards for customer service in the department.
Collaborates with all areas of Talent Management to identify, evaluate, and develop methods to attract, retain, and motivate employees.
Collects and analyzes data; Prepares reports, presentations, and correspondence as required; Benchmarks other organizations/institutions' employee and labor relations programs for comparative analysis.
Keeps current with applicable laws and regulations and informs all levels of leadership of employment and labor patterns, trends, and developments. Ensures that legal and regulatory requirements are met in terms of employee relations to minimize exposure to liability for the University.
Supervises assigned staff and performs other duties as assigned.
Juris Doctorate preferred
Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Human Resources, Industrial Relations, Public Administration, Business or related field required
Eight (8) years’ experience in labor/employee relations, labor management, contract negotiations, complaint investigation, human resources required
Experience in government or higher education preferred
Professional Human Resources Certifications (i.e.SHRM-SCP, SPHR) desired
Certification in Labor Relations Management, certified mediator preferred
Internal Number: 12012020
About University of the District of Columbia
The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is the only public university in Washington, D.C. and the nation's only exclusively urban land-grant institution. It is an affiliate member school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. For more than eight generations, UDC and its predecessor institutions have changed the lives of thousands of students for whom a quality education seemed out of reach. Founded in 1851, the University was originally established as the Normal School for "Colored Girls" by abolitionist and educator Myrtilla Miner, who envisioned a more equitable society and believed that education and learning opportunities, should be available to everyone. Subsequently, other schools emerged as predecessors of UDC to extend quality and affordable education to all residents of the District of Columbia. Over time, a series of mergers among the District's teachers and technical colleges gave rise to the city's first comprehensive university system. In 1976, the District of Columbia Teachers College, Federal City College and Washington Technical Institute combined to form the University of the District Columbia. In 1999, the U.S. Department of Education formally designated ...UDC among the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the school is recognized as a congressionally mandated urban land-grant institution. In living up to its mission of continuous enhancement of its academic programs and outreach to District and world citizens, the University established the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC) in 2009. In addition to its two-year associate degree programs, UDC-CC offers a variety of practical, non-academic educational programs and training to the residents of the District of Columbia and prepares students for immediate entry into the workforce, for the next level of education, for specialized employment opportunities, and for lifelong learning. Now in its 42nd year, the University has emerged as an advanced public system of higher learning that includes the Community College, and offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate academic degree programs through the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA), the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), and the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law – one of only 6 accredited HBCU law schools in the nation, which is also regarded as one of the finest public interest law schools in the country. The enrollment at the University is 5100. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and under the leadership of President Ronald Mason, Jr., the University has launched a new chapter of quality, affordability and diversity. Guided by core values of excellence, innovation, integrity, collaboration and sustainability, the University of the District of Columbia continues to evolve as an advanced public system of higher education, creating pathways for success and bolstered by its motto: Aspire. Accomplish. Take on the World.