Employee & Labor Relations Director

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Employee & Labor Relations Director

Stanford University

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University Human Resources - Employee & Labor Relations Director

University Human Resources at Stanford University is committed to advancing Stanford's position as the best led, best managed university in the world. We support the university's mission by creating and sustaining a culture of excellence and high engagement, fostering innovation and growth, promoting diversity and respect, and supporting the integration of work and life responsibilities. The Employee & Labor Relations department, a part of University Human Resources, manages employee and labor-management relations that contribute to a fair, respectful, diverse, and high-performance culture.

We are seeking an Employee & Labor Relations Director with a focus in Stanford University's labor relations program. Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Employee & Labor Relations, this position will be responsible for developing and implementing a collective bargaining strategy and manage all activities associated with negotiations including the design, implementation, administration, and application of the collective bargaining agreements, policies, and procedures. This position will serve as the lead negotiator and be the primary point of contact for Stanford's day-to-day technical expertise regarding such agreements. Additionally, this position will provide advice, counsel and training to Human Resources managers, managers, employees and other members of the Stanford community in employee and labor relations matters.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Labor Relations

  • Performs research regarding collective bargaining agreements in support of Stanford's bargaining strategy, which includes benchmarking past practices and analyzing collective bargaining agreement requirements; provides contract interpretation and creation of contract language for new agreements.
  • Serves as the subject matter expert to counsel departments on labor relations issues.
  • Partners with various schools/business units to determine operating objectives and evaluates risks and benefits when executing policies, procedures and negotiated agreement changes; and works with legal counsel to mitigate risk, when needed.
  • Develops and implements processes and procedures to develop institutional knowledge regarding existing collective bargaining agreements; develops materials and provides training on collective bargaining agreements.
  • Minimizes unresolved grievances and promotes productive and harmonious labor relations.
    Employee Relations
  • Responsible for university-wide management of the reduction in workforce program to ensure compliance with university policy and the severance plan document.
  • Manages local efforts at the direction of counsel related to employment litigation and government agency charges.
  • Manages communication of potential employment litigation and/or risks to counsel and obtains legal counsel on employment matters as needed.
  • Provides advice and counsel regarding leave administration, e.g., FMLA, CFRA, and compliance with the Americans with Disability Act and the requirements under this law, e.g., the interactive process.
  • Handle all facets of employee relations, including investigations and resolutions to employment disputes. Provides guidance regarding and/or create and maintain accurate documentation of investigations or other employment or labor matters.
  • Provide guidance regarding layoffs, terminations, or corrective action. Must facilitate sound and consistent employee and labor relations decisions.
  • Research trends and practices in labor/employee relations, and recommend programs that will enhance employee and labor relations at the university; research and craft new policies for approval.
  • Act as an objective and confidential intermediary for employees and supervisors. Participate in conflict resolution, mediation facilitation, problem solving, and negotiation with/between supervisors and employees.
  • Provide direct services to client groups as assigned. Act as a resource to managers, supervisors, and employees to interpret policies, procedures, and the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Design and deliver training for employees, supervisors, managers, and local human resource managers pertaining to employee relations and related compliance (e.g., training concerning policies, procedures, collective bargaining agreements, and/or applicable state and federal legal requirements).
    Minimum Requirements
    • Bachelor's degree in human resources management, labor law, organizational behavior or other related field and ten years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Extensive experience leading interest-based contract negotiations at a higher-ed institution
  • Extensive knowledge regarding employee and labor relations, the National Labor Relations Act, the National Labor Relations Board, and state and federal employment laws.
  • Working knowledge of Employment Retirement Income Security Act requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience with mediation and other dispute resolution systems and techniques. Experience managing a dispute resolution program or grievance program.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships in a consulting environment.
  • Excellent coaching skills regarding employee and labor relations.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in a team-based environment.
  • Demonstrated experience managing collective bargaining agreements. Experience with interest-based negotiations and problem solving strongly preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills. Must have excellent presentation skills. Project management skills in a multiple location/unit environment.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive matters.
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, perform desk-based computer tasks, use a telephone, and grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally twist/bend/stoop/squat, reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl.
    * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Travel on campus to schools/units, occasional out of town travel. WORK STANDARDS:
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu. Why Stanford is for You
    Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more! How to Apply
    We invite you to apply by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit your resume and a cover letter along with your online application.

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


    Location: Human Resources Services, California, United States
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    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: stanfordcareers.stanford.edu

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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    Posted: 12/20/2018
    Application Due: 2/19/2019
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