Employee and Labor Relations Manager

University of Oregon

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted January 3, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary 80,000-110,000
Employment Type Full-time

Employee and Labor Relations Manager

Human Resources

Posting: 13534

Location: Eugene, Oregon

Closes: Open Until Filled

Position open until filled.  To ensure consideration, submit application materials by: January 27, 2014.

Manages University of Oregon classified employee and labor relations, including collective bargaining negotiations and contract administration.  Manages progressive discipline and grievance processes in a manner that supports positive, effective, and professional relationships with employees, union representatives, supervisors, managers, and administrators.  Consults on a wide range of human resources issues.  Reports to the Chief Human Resources Officer. 

UO is a comprehensive research university and member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) with over 1900 faculty, 1300 officers of administration, and 1600 classified (union-represented) employees.  Student enrollment is nearly 25,000.  Located 110 miles south of Portland, the state's major metropolitan area, 60 miles from the coast, and 70 miles from the Cascade Mountains, Eugene has abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation and a vibrant arts community.


Employee Relations

1.      Advises supervisors and employees on performance management and other workplace issues; conducts investigations as needed; recommends solutions to disputes and/or performance or misconduct problems;

2.      Provides consultation for supervisors and managers on disciplinary actions involving bargaining unit employees to ensure consistent and fair application of the principles of due process and just cause, as well as collective bargaining agreements and university policy;

3.      Interprets collective bargaining language and relevant employment laws and policies for supervisors and employees;

4.      Coordinates responses to employee grievances; prepares for and assists in presenting arbitration and contested cases;

5.      Conducts training for UO managers and supervisors in contract administration, due process, and related employee relations issues;

Labor Relations

1.      Meets with union leadership, stewards, and representatives regularly to resolve concerns, problems, and grievances;

2.      Serves as the UO representative in negotiations involving Oregon University System and Service Employees International Union (SEIU); represents the university at contract negotiations with Teamsters (printing employees) and Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) bargaining units; may serve as chief spokesperson; identifies and develops management strategies for collective bargaining; drafts contract language;

3.      Coordinates with campus units (e.g., business affairs, payroll, etc.) on implementation and interpretation of contract provisions;

Human Resources Administration

1.      Participates as a member of the Human Resources management team, providing assistance and problem solving on a range of human resource issues.

2.      Carries out special assignments as needed.


·         Bachelor’s degree.

·         Three years of experience in human resources, employment and/or labor relations administration.

·         Demonstrated expertise in negotiating, facilitating, or mediating the resolution of employment or human resource issues.

·         Skills in managing a high volume of work in a fast-paced environment.

·         Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and collaborate with employees from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

·         Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships and partnerships with various interest groups.

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills.


·         Bachelor's and/or master’s degree with coursework in Human Resources,  Industrial Relations, or related field

·         J.D. degree

·         PHR or SPHR credentials

 Position is subject to a criminal background check.

SALARY:  Annual starting salary $80,000 - $110,000; excellent fringe benefits, including health, vision, and dental insurance, employer-paid retirement, tuition benefits for employee or an eligible dependent, sick and vacation leave.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  This position is open until filled.  To ensure consideration, please submit the following application materials by January 27, 2014.

1.     A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement.  Please discuss each element completely and succinctly. 

 2.     A resume of your educational and professional work experience.

 3.     Unclassified (short form) application (http://ups.uoregon.edu/sites/ups.uoregon.edu/files/ups/EmplAppShort%20rev.pdf)

 4.     Responses to the supplemental questions.  Please respond to each question on a separate piece of paper. 



1.     Describe your approach in building effective working relationships with union representatives, multiple levels of supervisors, managers and administrators, and other interested stakeholders.

 2.     Describe an especially challenging employee discipline or performance problem and your role and approach to resolve it.

 3.     Describe a time in which you accurately presented your employer’s position during a negotiation with successful results.  What positive effects did this have on your employer?

 Application materials should be packaged as one PDF attachment and emailed to hrinfo@uoregon.edu.  Application materials may also be faxed to 541-346-2548 or submitted via USPS to:

Human Resources
677 East 12th Ave., Suite 400
5210 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5210

 This announcement is available in alternate formats upon request.  If you are a qualified applicant with a disability and need accommodation with the application or interview, please call (541) 346-3159 for assistance.




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