Director of Faculty Labor Relations

University of Oregon in Oregon

Deadline February 07, 2014
Date Posted January 6, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Director of Faculty Labor Relations

The University of Oregon seeks applications for a Director of Faculty Labor Relations in the office of Academic Affairs. Reporting to the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and the Chief Human Resources Officer, the Director of Faculty Labor Relations (DFLR) will lead the implementation and day-to-day administration of the University's collective bargaining agreement with the faculty union, United Academics, AAUP/AFT. The DFLR will also serve as or assist the chief negotiator with the union and serve on the University's management team for collective bargaining. The DFLR will be a primary point of contact for United Academics and supervisors with regard to matters covered by the collective bargaining agreement.

The DFLR will manage discipline, complaints, grievances, and assist supervisors in the resolution of faculty disputes. This position demands a firm commitment to serving the University with sensitivity and professionalism. The position requires an abundance of self-confidence and the ability to multi-task many cases, processes, and unplanned happenings at one time. The ability to handle confidential material appropriately and maintain an institutional perspective is also critical.

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Required qualifications include: 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; demonstrated knowledge and understanding of faculty labor relations; labor relations experience to include labor contract negotiations, practices and strategies, and contract administration; demonstrated knowledge of various areas of academic personnel management in a university setting.

Other qualifications: Demonstrated knowledge of academic personnel management; the ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy; ability to manage confidential or sensitive information and issues responsibly; strong analytical and critical thinking skills; and ability to analyze, summarize, and effectively present data. Demonstrated ability to write and edit complex policy, procedure, and other technical prose. Demonstrated leadership, organizational, and management skills; ability to prioritize multiple projects; a commitment to and experience with promoting and enhancing diversity and equity; and the ability to work across partisan and ideological lines to build consensus for university and faculty issues. In addition, candidates must have the ability to work and solve problems independently as well as in a collaborative team environment, and represent the university in an appropriate and professional manner.

Preference will be given to candidates with a master's 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 and policy, and political issues in higher education is also a plus.
The salary is commensurate with experience beginning at $120,000. The university offers an excellent package of employee benefits. We are committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution and invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity. Further information about this position is available at Please note that finalists are subject to a criminal background check.

Application Procedure: Applicants should submit a letter of interest stating qualifications, resume, and the names of three professional references including phone numbers, email address, and mailing address by e-mail to: To assure full consideration, applications must be received by February 7, 2014, but the position will remain open until filled.

The University of Oregon is an AA/EO institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We invite applications from candidates who share our commitment to diversity.

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