Summary: Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Human Resources, the Director of Staff Relations will further advance the university’s climate as an employer of choice and an exceptional place to work. The director will provide specialized, professional consultation and training on employee relations, performance management and employee disciplinary issues to supervisors, staff and faculty. In addition, they will perform a full range of labor relations activities, including contract negotiations, contract administration, relationship building and grievance management.
Required Qualifications and Education:
10 years progressive experience in employee relations, with at least three years working with collective bargaining units.
Bachelor’s degree in related field
Preferred Qualifications and Education:
Master’s degree in related field
Higher education experience
Responsibilities – Essential Functions:
Consult with and assist departments in the investigation of disciplinary matters, conduct pre-disciplinary meetings, and recommend appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with sound and accepted employee relations practices.
Advise campus units and employees on wide range of labor and employment policies and practices
Offer guidance to campus partners on labor and employee relations issues; consults with managers and supervisors in identifying and resolving problems and recommend courses of action.
Develop and deliver training materials that provide guidance to supervisors in areas such as University policies and procedures, and
Represent HR in campus-level committees
Provide information and guidance to departments and employees regarding day-to-day administration and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements.
Attend labor-management meetings requested by a union to discuss and resolve issues arising under a collective bargaining agreement.
Act as primary central human resources contact for various represented employees in bargaining units
Regularly confer with bargaining unit representatives to review labor-management relations. Represent administrative and management viewpoints to union representatives.
Build and maintain ongoing, long-term relationships between negotiating parties; and advocate and champion a productive management/union working environment.
Develop and recommend appropriate corrective action; advise managers on communication approaches, documentation and dispute resolution.
Resolve disputes that bind both labor and management to specific terms and conditions of labor contracts.
Update union-related policies; recommend and implement policies and procedures necessary to establish and maintain compliance with collective bargaining agreements and general policies and procedures necessary to establish and maintain compliance with collective bargaining agreements and general human resources policies.
Work closely with other HR leaders to collectively lead the HR function and work flow; identify process improvements; and consult with campus partners on coordinated efforts
Program management of all aspects of performance management approach and system
Supervise HR specialist and student workers/interns; act as informal leader for many campus partners
Other duties as assigned
Physical demands: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individual currently holding the position and additional duties may be assigned.
Salary: Commensurate with experience and degree
Department/Division: Human Resources/Finance and Administration
Campus: Primary work location is Allendale, MI with expectation of frequent travel to other campus locations in Grand Rapids, MI, and less frequent travel to campus locations in Holland, Detroit and Traverse City, MI.
Application Deadline:Consideration of applications will begin immediately and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.
How To Apply: Apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu and select "Apply now". Please include a cover letter and resume. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.
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