Job description

Duties: The Executive Director, Staff and Labor Relations is responsible for the University's comprehensive employee relations program for both non-union and unionized employees. The Executive Director conducts short- and long-term strategic planning and analysis to develop effective programs and policies to support the University's Agenda for Excellence and foster positive employee relations. Partners with senior management and the Human Resources leadership team to identify institutional needs, workforce trends, and best practices. Proposes strategic directions and solutions to address extant and emerging workplace issues. Provides guidance to the staff and labor relations team to address employee relations issues and interpretation of relevant policies, laws and regulations. Provides direct 'hands-on' consultation and advice to staff and supervisors on University policies, procedures, and programs and resolution of workplace issues and concerns. Develops and maintains effective communication vehicles to inform University community on Human Resources policies, programs, and services. Responsible for the day-to-day management of staff and labor team and daily operations of the department. Partners with school/center leadership and HR leaders to develop and execute consistent university-wide, short- and long-term strategic initiatives.

Specific responsibilities will include:

* Lead annual and long term planning, execution and evaluation of strategies and methods to ensure positive and effective staff relations, productivity and retention of employees.

* Act as a member of the Vice President of Human Resources' senior management team assisting in overall strategic HR planning.

* Serve as the University chief strategist and negotiator for labor contracts. Partner with senior management to develop labor negotiation strategies and plans. Ensure collective bargaining agreements are negotiated in accordance with the institution's mission and goals.

* Develop and manage effective employee relations programs/policies to foster positive employee relations. Direct the 90 Day Evaluation and Ongoing Feedback program.

* Lead/manage staff and labor relations team to ensure the delivery of exemplary, value added service to managers and staff and to assure legal compliance.

* Assist in developing strategic plans for organizational redesign, restructuring and/or position discontinuation. Consult with and advise managers and staff to assist them in resolving workplace concerns and interpret HR policies. Act as a facilitator, negotiator, and mediator to resolve workplace issues.

* Administer University's performance management program, including Introductory Review Period, Performance and Staff Development Program, Performance Improvement/Discipline Policy.

* Develop and implement effective mechanisms to regularly communicate with Penn supervisors, managers, and school/center representatives to promote Human Resources services and to provide education and training on policies and legal compliance.

* Manage Grievance (union and non-union) processes.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required, master's degree preferred. SHRM certification preferred. A minimum of 15 years progressively responsible experience in human resources management, particularly in the area of employee and labor relations. At least 10 years of HR management experience required. First chair in labor negotiations experience required. Significant knowledge of human resources and employment law, regulatory compliance and practices. Thorough knowledge of employee and labor relations required. Outstanding management, communication, negotiation, facilitation, and mediation skills required. Leadership skills that demonstrate competency in strategic planning, implementation and evaluation. Excellent conflict resolution, problem solving, consultative, and planning skills. Demonstrated ability to assess needs and trends and develop effective programs and policies to foster positive employee relations. A commitment to, and experience with promoting and enhancing diversity and equity. Must be able to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds at all levels of the institution. Demonstrated ability to establish working relationships and liaisons with multiple constituencies. Ability to build/foster strong trusting relationships, influence leaders, use negotiation skills and develop solutions to achieve results. Maintain a strong collaborative relationship with key institutional leadership.

Reference Number: 92-27131

Salary Grade: 032

Employment Type: Exempt

Org: Human Resources

Special Requirements:

Job Family: H-Human Resources




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Posted: 10/24/2017
Application Due: 10/24/2018
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