American Museum Of Natural History
Director, Employee and Labor Relations
The Director, Employee and Labor Relations advises and supports
Human Resources and Departmental management teams in the
administration of the employee and labor relations policies,
collective bargaining agreements and acts as an information
resource for such matters. The Director will also train and guide
supervisors, managers and staff in labor and employee relations
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Contract and Policy Interpretation:
Contract and Policy Administration:
- Interprets contracts and agreements and Labor Relations Orders
dealing with wages, hours, working conditions and all other matters
within the purview of the agreement affecting labor relations,
employee relations and personnel management activities.
- Helps to interpret local and City-wide collective bargaining
agreements as well as the intersection between the two for
applicability to the Museum employees.
- Verifies adherence to terms of Museum policies and labor
contract by monitoring day-to-day application of the contractual
provisions as well as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Labor
Management Relations Act, and other Federal, State and NY City
Labor Management Committee Meetings:
- On a monthly basis, prepares, executes and audits HR Action
Forms for union increases based on general pay order increases,
additions to gross (service increment, longevity differential, and
longevity increment) and internal career ladder adjustments.
- Projects annual salary costs and helps the Budget Department
understand the impact of annual general increases, career ladder
adjustments and promotions, longevity differentials, service
increments, recurring increases to pay as well as NY City and State
wage and hour law.
- Prepares statistical reports of types and frequency of actions
taken concerning grievances, arbitration, mediation, and related
employee and labor relations activities in order to identify
problem areas and address through proactive solutions.
- Prepares progress reports, develops summaries and reports
status of Labor Relations and Employee Relations calendar and
departmental patterns, trends and analysis.
- Maintains ongoing liaison with Union and Union
- Chairs regularly scheduled labor management meetings and works
with managers, union leaders and federal mediators to resolve
workplace issues which are outside of those collectively
- Meets with Union representatives and managers to establish
agendas for Labor-Management meetings and to discuss and seek
resolution of issues.
Issues Resolution and Grievance Management:
- Reviews all collective bargaining agreements and contributes to
contract negotiations. This includes analysis of bargaining issues,
researching, drafting, analyzing and costing contract proposals and
counterproposals for all local contract negotiations.
- Manage and maintain historical union files with grievance,
arbitration and other confidential materials.
- Secures all necessary data to conduct labor negotiations.
- Responds to issues and concerns employees bring to the Human
Resources Department and work with these employees and their
managers to resolve concerns in an informal process, where
- Investigates and processes formal and informal employee
- Manages employee relations matter, including, but not limited
to, investigation of complaints, preparing recommendations,
advising management on performance management, dispute resolution,
- Advises management in investigating, answering and settling
grievances at the first step and coordinates the grievance
processes for step 2 (committee review) and step 3 (Senior
Vice-Presidential review) and works with the General Counsel's
Office on 4th (arbitration).
- Serves as Hearing Officer for grievances and disciplinary
hearings handled at the corporate level and represents the
corporation when appealed to City Office of Labor Relations and at
- Provides counsel and coaching to managers and staff addressing
employee relations matters.
- Manages the annual performance management program including
notifications to managers and staff, collection and tracking of
information and providing after process analyses.
- A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college with a major in
Labor Relations, Human Resources Management, Human Capital
Management or related field; and, three years of progressively
responsible experience in the field of labor relations including,
negotiation and administration of agreements of labor relations
matters; or an equivalent combination of education, training and
experience, knowledge and skills sufficient to indicate ability to
- Knowledge of NY City collective bargaining agreements and NY
City Office of Labor Relations Pay Order processing is helpful
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and
apply on line at the following link: careers.amnh.org
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's
preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding
in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover,
interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the
natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of
scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is
renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which
serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama
of the world's cultures.
The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum does not
discriminate with respect to employment, or admission or access to
Museum facilities, programs or activities on the basis of race,
creed, color, religion, age, disability, marital status,
partnership status, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy,
alienage or citizenship status, current or former participation in
the uniformed services, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic
origin, or on account of any other basis prohibited by applicable
City, State, or Federal law.
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please call the Office of Human Resources.