Director of Employee and Labor Relations

University of Oregon

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted June 30, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary 100,000-120,000
Employment Type Full-time

University of Oregon Human Resources is recruiting for a full time Director of Employee and Labor Relations.  Position is located in Eugene, Oregon and is open until filled.  Review of application materials will begin July 14, 2014.

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



This position is responsible for the management of employee and labor relations for classified positions at the University of Oregon, which includes the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), SEIU for sworn police officers, Teamsters (printing employees), and Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF).  Responsible for the management of collective bargaining negotiations and contract administration, progressive discipline and grievances in a manner that supports positive and professional relationships with employees, union representatives, supervisors, managers, and administrators.  Provides collaborative and consultative advice and counsel on labor contract interpretation, application, and compliance for the University; collaborates with peer directors, managers, administrators, supervisors, union representatives, and other members of the human resources management team.  Leads fact finding investigations, responds to information requests, and represents the university at arbitration, mediation, and appeal hearings.  Consults on a wide range of human resources related issues and topics. 

This position serves a leadership role in support of the Universitys commitment to providing an inclusive and welcoming work environment; incumbent must be able to communicate, work, and collaborate effectively with University staff, faculty, and students from diverse backgrounds.  This position demands a firm commitment to serving the University with sensitivity and professionalism.  The position requires abundant self-confidence and the ability to multi-task many issues, processes, and unplanned happenings.  Must be able to handle confidential matters appropriately and professionally. 



Employee Relations (50%)

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

  • Provides consultation for managers and supervisors 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;

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

  • Leads fact finding investigations, coordinates responses to employee grievances; prepares for and assists in presenting arbitration and contested cases, represents the university at arbitration, mediation, and appeal hearings;

  • Work with General Counsel on investigations, disciplinary proceedings, grievances, and arbitrations;

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

Labor Relations (40%)

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

  • Work with stakeholders, bargaining, and management teams to develop negotiation strategies and tactics, contract language, communication plans, and memoranda of understanding;

  • Serves as the UO representative in negotiations involving the seven Oregon universities that are part of the Oregon University System, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), including SEIU for sworn police officers; represents the university at contract negotiations with Teamsters (printing employees) and Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) bargaining units;

  • Implements and administers collective bargaining agreements;

  • Serves as the primary contact for the union(s) regarding contract implementation and administration and leads meetings with the bargaining and management teams to prepare for negotiation sessions;

  • Represents the university at meetings with the union;

  • Provides training to managers and supervisors regarding the implementation of the collective bargaining agreements;

  • May serve as chief spokesperson;

  • Identifies and develops management strategies for collective bargaining;

  • Drafts contract language. 

Human Resources Administration (10%)

  • Is a member of the Human Resources management team and participates in setting the direction of human resources support activities for the University;

  • Develops and recommends policies and procedures concerning employee relations and personnel practices to the Chief Human Resources Officer;

  • Provides assistance and problem solving on a wide range of human resource issues and topics; 

  • Completes special assignments as needed.


  • Bachelors degree and five years' progressively responsible experience in employee and labor relations, or a combination of education and experience which clearly demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the major duties of the job in a university setting comparable to the University of Oregon

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of employee and labor relations

  • Labor relations experience to include labor contract negotiations, practices and strategies, and contract administration

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated expertise in negotiating, facilitating or mediating the resolution of employment or human resource related issues 


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of employee and labor relations, collective bargaining, and employment laws;

  • Human Resources theories, practices, and techniques;

  • Supervisory principles;

  • Program development and administration principles and practices.

Skill in:

  • Skill in building strong relationships and partnerships with various interest groups;

  • Practical application of collective bargaining and employment laws;

  • Effective written and oral communications, listening, presentation, group facilitation, influencing, and negotiations;

  • Application of processes for influencing performance management;

  • Effective use of mediation and conflict resolution techniques;

  • Computerized systems for word processing, spreadsheet applications, and data bases to retrieve and analyze data and/or create reports;

  • Coordinating activities with other internal departments and/or external agencies;

  • Effective project and time management.

Ability to:

  • Reconcile labor relations issues in the context of both existing labor agreements and desired future states of labor and employee relations at the University of Oregon;

  • Establish and maintain professional and collaborative working relationships with all contacts;

  • Manage multiple complex projects concurrently;

  • Communicate, work, and collaborate effectively with diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of University staff, faculty and students.


  • Bachelors and/or masters degree with coursework in human resources, public administration, industrial relations, or related field

  • Experience in a similar position at a college or university comparable to the University of Oregon

  • 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

  • PHR or SPHR certification   

Requires a criminal background check.

SALARY:  Annual starting salary $100,000 - $120,000; 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.  We will begin reviewing application materials (see below) as of July 14, 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.

Cover letter and resume should be packaged as one PDF attachment and emailed to  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.


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. 

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