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Labor Relations Specialist

Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois
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Job No: 511757
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Labor Relations Specialist

Department: Human Resources

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

This is a position in the Labor Relations and Academic Employee Relations (LER) Unit in Human Resources. The LER Unit plans, negotiates, and administers labor contracts for 16 bargaining units covering 750+/- Civil Service employees, 400+/- Graduate Assistants, and 500+/- Non-Tenure Track Faculty. The LER Unit also consults with supervisory staff regarding performance issues for Administrative Professional staff, Faculty Associates, Non-Tenure Track Faculty, and Graduate Assistants.

The Labor Relations Specialist is responsible for performing core labor relations and employee relations functions, including coaching and counseling managers regarding grievances and academic employee performance management, facilitating grievance meetings and assisting in the development of grievance responses, drafting performance documentation, completing projects related to negotiations planning (research, proposal costing, etc.), administering labor-management agreements, and performing a variety of other functions in support of the Labor Relations and Academic Employee Relations (LER) Unit in ISU Human Resources.

Required Qualifications

1. High school graduation or equivalent.

2. Any combination totaling four years from the following categories:
A. work experience as a personnel professional
B. college course work in labor relations or a closely related field (such as personnel administration or business administration), measured by the following conversion table or its proportional equivalent:
- 60 semester hours or an Associate’s degree equals two years
- 90 semester hours equals three years
- 120 semester hours or a Bachelor’s degree equals four years

C. college course work in fields other than those described in "b”, measured by the following conversion table or its proportional equivalent:
- 60 semester hours or an Associate’s degree equals one year
- 90 semester hours equals two years
- 120 semester hours or a Bachelor’s degree equals three years

3. Two (2) years of full time (or part time equivalent) professional work experience in the labor relations area in addition to #2.

Note: A Master’s degree in labor relations or a closely related field (such as personnel administration or business administration) or a Master’s degree with a concentration in these fields may be substituted for one year of such experience.

Desired Qualifications

1. Experience in higher education human resources and/or labor relations.
2. Strong administrative abilities.
3. Strong writing skills.
4. In depth familiarity with Microsoft Excel or similar spreadsheet technology that can be utilized to perform costing analysis.

Work Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30

Functional Expectations

Must be able to complete the following with or without a reasonable accommodation:

1. Effectively communicate on a daily basis.

2. Remain at a workstation for extended periods.

3. Move about in various locations across campus as needed to complete day-to-today work.

4. Distinguish colors on a monitor.

Proposed Starting Date

August 2021

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

$25.26 - $29.00/hour

Required Applicant Documents

Cover Letter
Reference List (names and contact information for three professional references)
Writing Sample: a personally authored writing sample related to the labor relations area (identifiable information redacted).
Transcripts (may be unofficial - required if using to meet minimum qualifications or to receive maximum eligible points on the exam

PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Optional Applicant Documents

Certification of Retirement Annuity

PLEASE NOTE: These documents may be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

Please fully complete the entire application including, but not limited to, the education and work experience portions. Please list all education and all jobs you have had. Do not leave gaps in employment. You must list all duties you performed in the job duties section (Phrases such as "See Resume" are not acceptable). Failure to follow any of these instructions may constitute an incomplete application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Required documents include a cover letter, resume, a reference list (names and contact information for three professional references).

Required Writing Sample: a personally authored writing sample related to the labor relations area (identifiable information redacted).

Other documentation such as college transcripts (may be unofficial) may be faxed, mailed, delivered to Human Resources, or uploaded under optional documents prior to the posting close date. In order to be eligible for Veteran's Preference points on the exam, appropriate military service documentation, such as a DD214 may be faxed, mailed, delivered to Human Resources in order to receive the maximum eligible points:

Fax: 309.438.0011, Attn: Colette Homan
Address: Illinois State University
Human Resources
Campus Box 1300
Normal, IL 61790-1300

The Civil Service examination for this classification is based on your application materials. No participation other than submission of applicant materials is required from applicants that qualify to take the exam. If you meet the minimum required qualifications for this position, you will receive a score calculated based on your education and experience, and your name will be placed on the active employment register by exam score. After the application deadline, the names within the top three scores will be referred to the department for interview.

Contact Information for Applicants

Colette Homan
Human Resources
[email protected]

Important Information for Applicants

If this position is Security Sensitive or if you are subject to a criminal background investigation based on University policy, employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Application Opened: 07/18/2021 04:15 PM CST
Application Closes: 08/30/2021 11:55 PM CST



Founded in 1857, Illinois State University was the first public university in the state and is one of the Midwest’s oldest institutions of higher education. It is a coeducational, residential university. Its 34 academic departments in six colleges offer 77 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study. The Graduate School coordinates 41 master’s, nine specialist, and ten doctoral programs.

The 1,110 acre campus includes more than 60 major buildings with state-of-the-art technology, and Watterson Towers is one of the most unique structures, as this residence hall is the tallest building between Chicago and St. Louis. Other major facilities include a Center for the Performing Arts, a 360-acre farm, Bone Student Center and Braden Auditorium, a University Planetarium, Redbird Arena, and Hancock Stadium. From meeting facilities to cultural opportunities through the arts, and excitement of numerous sporting events each year, ISU is a vital part of the Bloomington-Normal community.


Illinois State University, a first-choice public university, will be increasingly recognized as a national leader for educating high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized and transformative experience at an institution that:

  • Offers premier undergraduate and graduate programs that integrate traditional knowledge and methods with emerging ideas and innovations
  • Generates knowledge through high-quality research, scholarship, and creative activities
  • Supports student learning and development inside and outside of the classroom
  • Serves the region, state, nation, and world through its commitments to responsible stewardship, meaningful civic engagement, cultural enrichment, and the development of global citizens


We at Illinois State University work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, scholarship, public service and the connections we build among them. We devote all of our resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond.


Pursuit of Learning and Scholarship

Illinois State University works with students as partners in their educational development inside and outside of the classroom so that students come to appreciate learning as an active and lifelong process. The University contributes new knowledge through research, scholarship, and creative activities in which all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate. Faculty members embrace a balanced teacher–scholar model that values their contributions as teachers (facilitators of learning) and scholars (creators and discoverers of knowledge and information). 

Individualized Attention

Illinois State University provides a supportive environment that places all learners at the center of teaching and scholarship. Innovative curricular and cocurricular programs, strong student-faculty-staff connections, and superior student services focus on each student as an individual. The University fosters academic and personal growth, recognizes unique educational aspirations, and acknowledges that each faculty and staff member is integral to student success.


Illinois State University affirms and encourages community and a respect for differences by fostering an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding, ethical behavior, and social justice. The University supports a diverse faculty and staff who mentor a diverse student population. The University endeavors to provide opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty to participate in a global society.


Illinois State University promotes an environment defined by the highest ethical standards. Leadership of the University is characterized by stability, adherence to shared values, collaborative decision making, and accountable stewardship of all university resources. Members of the University community work collaboratively through shared governance to ensure the success of the University and are dedicated to making ongoing improvements, always enhancing their contribution to Illinois State University and building on prior accomplishments. Teaching and learning, including research and creative activities, are conducted at the highest level of academic quality and integrity.

Civic Engagement

Illinois State University prepares students to be informed and engaged global citizens who will promote and further the goals of society. The University promotes active learning experiences through which students will gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility. The University partners with business, industry, government, and educational entities providing leadership in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives; expanding service and outreach; and enhancing financial support for instructional, scholarly, and service activities.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer​.

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