Associate Director Staff and Labor Relations

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Associate Director Staff and Labor Relations

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Associate Director Staff and Labor Relations

Job Profile Title
Associate Director, Staff and Labor

Job Description Summary
Working in the Division of Human Resources Associate Director reports directly to the Executive Director of Human Resources, Staff and Labor Relations. The Associate Director will be responsible for managing the day to day activities of HR professionals as well as an Administrative Assistant. Assist in the development of the department's strategic employee and labor relations program as well as the development and management of Resource Policies.

Job Description

Working closely with the Executive Director and under limited direction, responsible for assisting in the development, implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive employee and labor relations program. Manage and advise Staff and Labor Relations Specialists and Generalists in case management and decision making. Counsel staff and management on policies, procedures, and all work-related of issues. Strategically work with staff (non-unionized and unionized negotiations and unionized) and management in resolving workplace conflict and concerns. Assist in development and implementation of strategic plans for labor negotiations and negotiate collective bargaining agreements. Assist in the management of staff and the daily operation of the department.


  • Assist in the management of the daily operations the Staff and Labor Relations Department and Supervise Staff and Labor Relations Specialist, Generalist, and Administrative Coordinator.
  • Work effectively with management and staff in resolving work related issues and concerns using informal and formal conflict resolution.
  • Administer University's comprehensive Performance Management, Workforce Staffing, Workplace Issue Resolution and other related programs, including progressive disciplinary, introductory, annual review, and ongoing feedback programs-
  • Conduct research in preparation for labor negotiations. Assist in the development of negotiations strategies. Lead or assist in labor negotiations-
  • Assist in the development, implementation, and monitoring of department's strategic plans and goals
  • Develop and implement training programs, information sessions, and other communication methods to inform community about HR programs.
  • Review, modify, and develop human resource policies, procedures, and programs
  • Office management and administrative duties

Bachelor's Degree required: 5 years Human Resource experience including 2-3 years progressively responsible experience in employee and labor relations or equivalent combination of education and experience; thorough knowledge of relevant federal, state, and local labor & employment laws; excellent written and verbal communications and interpersonal skills; demonstrated effective conflict resolution, facilitation, labor negotiation (preferably 1st chair) and consultation skills; demonstrated ability to effectively interact and work with persons at all levels in a diverse workforce.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Human Resources

Pay Range
$88,861.00 - $168,837.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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Posted: 9/14/2020
Application Due: 9/22/2020
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