Salary is commensurate with experience and education.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The Labor Relations Department's mission is to provide comprehensive service to departments within the University and Medical Centers for all labor related issues, negotiate collective bargaining agreements with unions representing University staff in accordance with prevailing University policy, rules and law, work cooperatively with internal and external clients to implement contractual provisions, and generally to represent the University's interests when dealing with labor organizations representing University of Washington staff.
The Labor Relations Office has an outstanding opportunity for a full time Labor Relations Specialist.
The position's purpose is to assist the Labor Relations team in the management of the day-to-day operations of the Labor Relations Office, act as liaison between the Labor Relations Office and internal and external clients, triage contract interpretation inquiries, conduct training sessions with UW managers on issues related to Labor Relations, and participate on contract negotiation teams. The position partners with the Labor Relations team to promote the University's overall mission. The focus of the position is to prepare the incumbent for more advanced roles in Labor Relations.
Serving as an intermediary between Labor Relations, staff and HR professionals for issues involving contract administration. Participating in contract negotiations including strategy development, proposal drafting and analysis, team management, consensus building, and effective negotiation of final agreements with the UW's unions.
Serving as Labor Relations representative at applicable Joint Union/Management and ad hoc meetings with unions representing the UW to promote collegial relationships with employee representatives by discussing promptly issues in departments that impact bargaining unit employees.
Preparing, leading and continuously improving training sessions with UW management to instruct the latter on effective labor/management tactics and strategies destined to improve relationships and strengthen collaboration between UW management and its union partners across the institution.
Assist in developing ongoing, pro-active strategies to deal with culture and organizational change while serving as a resource for the implementation of those changes.
Assisting with day-to-day administration of the Labor Relations office and being a valued team member within that group.
Developing and presenting labor relations training to all levels of UW Medicine employees to educate administrators, managers and line staff as to labor developments, legislation affecting University employees, manager/employee relationships, and legal requirements of collective bargaining agreements.
Assist UW Labor Relations leadership with the provision of direction to collective bargaining management teams for contract negotiations, arbitration, mediation and other litigation strategy.
Bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations, Business Administration, Public Administration or related.
Three years of professional level labor relations or Human Resources experience in the public or private sector. Working in a labor relations capacity in a unionized entity.
Strong relationship building skills.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Strong leadership and team-building skills.
Knowledge of employment and labor case law.
Knowledge of Human Resources best practices.
Knowledge of computer systems, word processing, software applications and the internet.
Problem solving, independent judgment and decision-making are a daily component of the position.
Substantial tact, flexibility and discretion are necessary in dealing with clients under pressure of deadlines and/or politically sensitive issues.
The ability to maintain a consultative approach with major administrative or organizational heads, managers and supervisors is essential.
The employee in this position must model a collaborative style in facilitating partnerships between the operations units and Labor Relations.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Labor Relations, Law or MBA degrees.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
Office environment, extensive workload demands requiring greater than a 40-hour workweek; working under pressure with anticipated and unexpected issues affecting workload management.
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