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Labor Relations Manager

at Green River Community College

Posted: 3/10/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2660744
Keywords: labor

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Position Summary

77,000 + 3,850 (King County Premium Pay) =  $ 80,850
Open until filled - first review February 6

Reporting to the Director of Human Resources Operations, this position is responsible for day-to-day operations of employee and labor relations functions including workplace issues, investigations, contract interpretation, grievance administration, performance management consultation, management of College/Union relationships, and providing consistent, timely, and accurate advice to supervisors and employees in interpreting College policies, procedures, and bargaining agreements/contracts.

The position focuses on prevention and resolution of problems involving employees which stem from or affect work situations.  In addition, the position provides opportunities to recognize employees exemplary work and identify areas for professional growth.

About the College:
Green River College serves students in Academic Transfer, Professional-Technical, Applied Bachelor degrees, Transitional Studies, and English Language Learning (ELL) at four campuses: Auburn, Kent, Auburn Center, and Enumclaw.  Green River programs serve high school graduates, Running Start students (dual enrollment in local high schools and the college), those seeking retraining for the workforce, international students, students learning English as a second language, and Continuing Education students.  Green River's service areas are increasingly ethnically diverse, comprising African Americans, African immigrants, Asian Americans, Asians, Latinos/as/xs, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Middle Eastern Americans, among other communities.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
Green River College is committed to enhancing and supporting a diverse campus environment, incorporating principles of equity in order to promote inclusive practices. Diversity is understood in terms of intersectional identities defined by culture, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, social class, disability, religion, veteran status, immigration status, and age. Given the diversity of our student population and service areas, we encourage applications from faculty, staff, and administrators with demonstrated experience and expertise in supporting, sustaining and serving people from a wide range of backgrounds and collaborating effectively with others.

Position Responsibilities

  • Oversee the Employee & Labor Relations activities for assigned departments.
  •  Provide timely and accurate advice on interpretation of collective bargaining agreements for staff and faculty.
  • Assist mangers in working with the Learning and Development Department in support of employee success.
  • In collaboration with individual department managers, create and document Professional Development Plans and Performance Improvement Plans for employees.
  • Ensure policies and procedures align with federal, state, local, and accreditation regulations and/or standards.
  • Provide regular updates to division leadership on issues developing in Labor Relations including, but not limited to, items to be addressed in future negotiations.
  • Assist managers in identifying and utilizing appropriate resources within the Office of Human Resources to ensure uniformity in processes campus-wide.
  • In coordination with managers and the Learning and Development Department, plan continuing education and professional development sessions for employees.
  • Work with the Learning and Development Department to conduct exit interviews as appropriate and utilize the data provided to coach and/or counsel employees of the college.
  • Collaborate with Learning and Development Manager to develop and implement the annual Employee Performance Assessment function.
  • Manage assigned portion of Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) issues including, but not limited to, Workers' Compensation Claims.
  • Manage assigned portion of Unemployment Claims.
  • Work with compensation personnel on compensation, reclassifications, and salary placements.
  • Point of contact for providing advice and consultation to managers, supervisors and staff experiencing challenging workplace situations.
  • Foster a positive and collaborative professional environment through involvement that contributes to productivity, motivation and morale while reducing complaints and union grievances.
  • Conduct investigations including, but not limited to discriminatory/sexual harassment and Title IX.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Organizational Development, Education, or a related field
  • Five years of experience in Human Resources in Employee or Labor Relations -or- equivalent experience
  • Two years experience representing management in labor relations
  • Two years of experience in conducting investigations
  • Demonstrated analytic skills
  • Superior conflict resolution abilities, solid judgment, and influencing skills
  • Excellent written, verbal skills and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated cultural competence working with diverse populations
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Education, Organizational Development, or Psychology
  • Certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from SHRM or a similar organization
  • Experience working in higher education, government, or non-profits
  • Experience conducting Title IX investigations
  • Experience in managing contractual relationships with classified and faculty unions