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Senior Director, Employee & Labor Relations

Apply now Job no: 525870
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Executive/Management/Director, Human Resources

Department: Human Resources
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $135,000 - $165,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA12-Fiscal Year 2020-2021
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
January 2, 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 following documents:
• 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.

Department Summary
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 and staff.

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 which support the University’s mission and strategic initiatives.
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 beautiful.

Position Summary
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.

Minimum Requirements
• 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 Oregon.
• Labor relations experience to include labor contract negotiations, development of negotiation strategies, contract interpretations, and contract administration.
• Experience supervising a team of professionals.

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of faculty labor relations.
• Demonstrated knowledge of various areas of academic personnel management in a university setting.
• Demonstrated ability to write and edit complex policy, procedure, and other technical prose.
• Demonstrated strong analytical and critical thinking skills, and ability to analyze, summarize, and effectively present data.
• Ability to demonstrate tact, diplomacy, and nuanced understanding of the communication needs of different audiences.
• Ability to manage confidential or sensitive information and issues responsibly.
• 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.
• Ability to represent the University in an appropriate and professional manner.
• Demonstrated leadership, organizational, and management skills, and the ability to prioritize multiple projects in a university setting.
• 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 Counsel.
• Demonstrated ability to act with integrity and maintain highest standards of ethical practice.

Preferred Qualifications
• 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 Relations Board.
• 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

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 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 statement of non-discrimination.

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