Senior Director, Employee & Labor Relations
Officer of Administration
Human Resources, Legal/Law, Diversity, Equity,
Appointment Type and Duration:
$135,000 - $165,000 per year
Application Review Begins
June 28, 2021; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Along with your online application, including the names and contact
information for three professional references, please upload the
- A resume.
- A cover letter highlighting how your knowledge, skills and
experience qualify you for the requirements, competencies, and
qualifications outlined in the job posting.
The mission of the Office of Human Resources is to strategically
partner with the university community as a comprehensive,
innovative, and results-oriented department modeled on the very
best human resources practices. We deliver a variety of services
and programs, which underscore a commitment to inclusiveness,
respect, fairness, effective service delivery, and accountability.
We strive to be proactive, consultative partners meeting the needs
of employees and operations across the institution and to lead
efforts to attract, retain, develop, and engage world-class faculty
The Employee and Labor Relations (ELR) team is committed to
promoting effective, fair, and professional relationships between
the university and its employee groups. The ELR team partners with
University leadership and supervisors to administer employment
strategies that support the University's mission and strategic
Employee & Labor Relations is a unit within Human Resources in
the Finance and Administration portfolio. Finance and
Administration is a vibrant and varied portfolio serving all
aspects of campus life. Our employees perform a wide range of
functions including offering essential financial tools and support
to the university's many departments, providing key resources to
employees, and keeping campus safe, clean, accessible, and
Working in UO Human Resources provides a unique opportunity to
promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workforce. We
strive to be champions for building and supporting a community that
reflects a rich variety of racial and ethnic, socioeconomic, gender
and sexual orientation, disability, cultural, and intersectional
identities. We encourage applications from those whose experience
has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and
inclusion, from individuals who have been historically marginalized
and currently underrepresented in higher education, individuals who
may have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved
excellence in non-traditional pathways outside of higher
The Senior Director, Employee & Labor Relations reports to the
Chief Human Resources Officer. The person in this position is
responsible for overseeing the implementation and day-to-day
administration of the University's five collective bargaining
agreements. The Senior Director serves as the primary contact for
United Academics and collaborates closely with the Office of the
Provost in matters concerning bargaining and implementation of the
faculty contract. The senior director serves as a key member of the
CHRO's leadership team.
The Senior Director's activities will include leading and guiding a
team of labor and employee relations professionals; providing
collaborative and consultative advice and counsel on labor contract
and personnel rules interpretation, application, and compliance for
the university; serving as a member of the HR management team;
collaborating with the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs,
the Graduate School, Office of General Counsel, and other units to
ensure that all units work in concert to provide seamless service
and support to the university; leading fact finding investigations,
responding to information requests, and representing the university
at arbitration, mediation, and appeal hearings; conducting analysis
and assessments, preparing reports and advisories, and recommending
policies and programs that enrich and promote the integrity of the
university's labor relations functions; keeping current in the
occupational field to include new developments in concepts,
practices, and regulations; and researching and analyzing the
impact of changes in regulations and trends on operations.
The position oversees the University's employee ADA process and
annual affirmative action plan reporting.
- Bachelor's degree and five years progressively responsible
leadership experience in labor relations, or any combination of
education and experience which clearly demonstrates the ability to
successfully perform the essential functions of the job in a
university setting comparable to the University of
- Labor relations experience to include labor contract
negotiations, development of negotiation strategies, contract
interpretations, and contract administration.
- Experience supervising a team of professionals.
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of faculty labor
relations and various areas of academic personnel management in a
university or similar setting.
- Demonstrated ability to write and edit complex policy,
procedure, and other technical prose.
- Demonstrated analytical and critical thinking skills, and
ability to analyze, summarize, and effectively present
- Ability to demonstrate tact, diplomacy, and nuanced
understanding of the communication needs of different audiences and
represent the university in a professional manner.
- A commitment to and experience with promoting and enhancing
diversity and equity.
- Ability to work and solve problems independently as well as in
a collaborative team environment
- Demonstrated leadership, organizational, management, and
- Ability to work across partisan and ideological lines to build
consensus for university and faculty issues.
- Ability to foster and maintain a strongly collaborative
relationship with key institutional stakeholder groups including
Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs and Office of General
- Demonstrated ability to act with integrity and maintain the
highest standards of confidentiality and ethical practice.
- A master's degree or juris doctor degree with experience in a
similar position at a college or university comparable to the
University of Oregon.
- Advanced training in a related field such as labor relations or
human resource management.
- Knowledge of Oregon employment law, in particular the Public
Employee Collective Bargaining Act, and the Oregon Employment
- Familiarity with university organizational structure, policy,
and political issues in higher education.
FLSA Exempt: Yes
All offers of employment are contingent upon successful
completion of a background inquiry.
The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits
package to eligible employees, including health insurance,
retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about
benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.
The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative
action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance
with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals
to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected
status, including veteran and disability status. The University is
committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and
employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in
connection with the application process, please contact us at
email@example.com or 541-346-5112.
UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex,
national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status,
disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity,
and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment
practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and
policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be
referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights
Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information,
related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the
In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares
an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and
services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is
available online at http://police.uoregon.edu/annual-report.
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