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Associate Director of Employee & Labor Relations

Company: Bristol Community College
Location: Nantucket
Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

Associate Director of Employee & Labor Relations

Category: Professional

Department: Human Resources

Locations: Fall River, MA

Posted: Jul 10, 2020

Closes: Aug 9, 2020 - 11:59 PM EDT

Type: Full Time

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About Bristol Community College:

Join the Bristol community for work and life!

Bristol Community College (Bristol) is an exciting place to work, learn, and grow! Bristol is one of the largest employers in the region and is dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment with a rich diversity of beliefs, cultures, languages, abilities, and lifestyles. Committed to enriching its educational experience through a supportive community, Bristol actively encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply and achieve our vision to change the world by changing lives, learner by learner. Our employees work collaboratively across the college to ensure the practice of shared governance and transparency in helping to move the college towards comprehensive, innovative solutions, and to empower and meet the needs of our always evolving Bristol community. If you share a passion for helping a diverse student body succeed and enjoy a fast-paced, inclusive, and gratifying work environment, Bristol is the employer for you!

As a Commonwealth of Massachusetts employer, Bristol offers benefitted employees a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, including health, dental, life, long-term disability, retirement, flexible spending, and paid time off (vacation, personal, sick, and holiday pay). Tuition waiver discounts for Bristol and the Commonwealth's public higher education institutions are available for benefitted positions and certain non-benefited positions. Non-benefited positions are eligible for a retirement fund, paid time off (sick pay), as well as savings plans (available to all non-student employees). More information can be found on our Benefits website .

Job Description:

POSITION TITLE:  Associate Director of Employee & Labor Relations

DEPARTMENT: Human Resources

REPORTS TO: Executive Director of Human Resources

STATEMENT OF DUTIES:  The Associate Director of Employee & Labor Relations is responsible for the management of the collective bargaining agreements and personnel policies at the college. They will be primarily responsible for the oversight of the employee and labor relations, grievance administration, reclassifications, and performance management based on regulations, contract compliance, policies, and guidelines. They will work closely with college leadership, managers, and union representatives to build collaborative relationships and advance the college's mission, values, and goals. In conjunction with the Executive Director and the Human Resources team, the Associate Director will also assist with general HR operations, such as policy/process improvement, equity initiatives, recruitment/hiring/onboarding, and training. The Associate Director provides exceptional service and continually strives to promote a culture of success and engagement for all employees.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, DUTIES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Ensure consistent application of the provisions of collective bargaining agreements, policies, procedures, and laws as they pertain to the workplace; make recommendations to existing policies to ensure compliance with new or proposed regulations.

Manage and administer employee and/or labor relations matters in compliance with collective bargaining agreements and personnel policies; build collaborative relationships working with union leadership and college leadership.

Serve as primary liaison with general counsel for assistance with employee and/or labor relations matters.

Provide interpretation of labor contracts and matters that include but are not limited to collective bargaining, past practices, mediation, legal matters, MCAD charges, grievances, and labor practice charges; represent the college at related hearings.

Investigate and resolve employee relations conflicts and issues; work with Executive Director and Diversity & Title IX Officer as necessary.

Draft and review responses to employee relations issues, working with the Executive Director and general counsel.

Provide guidance and training to management concerning interpretation of collective bargaining agreements.

Advise payroll regarding provisions of collective bargaining agreements.

Respond to court orders, subpoenas for employee information, and other relevant information.

Manage college reorganizations, moves, and unit reclassification requests.

Monitor collective bargaining agreements to ensure timely reporting of information.

Analyze key performance indicators related to various employee and/or labor relations issues to determine trends and identify areas for proactive intervention and training.

Represent the college regarding unemployment claims as necessary.

Maintain appropriate files relative to complaints, grievances, and other situational actions. Work closely with Executive Director and HR team members to ensure consistent application of HR strategies and policies.

Promote a positive and inclusive work environment that supports the professional growth of staff while fostering a commitment to service excellence.

Support college culture change initiatives by collaborating with college and union leadership to provide appropriate guidance.

Assist with development and implementation of campus communication strategies regarding new and revised policies and procedures as well as policy interpretation; monitor timely faculty, staff, and administration notifications.

As requested, conduct trainings and workshops related to college policies, procedures, and professional development topics.

Focus on the Commonwealth's Equity Agenda by applying related best practices throughout all job functions.

Identify important issues and advise the Executive Director on how to improve overall HR operations at the college.

Work closely with all of the Human Resources team to ensure proper operations and support to the college.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum of a Bachelor's degree required.

Minimum of three (3) years of employee relations management experience, which may include employment law/compliance, conflict management, training and development, and/or performance management.

Minimum of three (3) years of experience with administration of collective bargaining agreements.

The ability to create partnerships and positive working relationships within departments and unions.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Demonstrated ability to use sound judgment and work independently as required.

Demonstrated ability to use discretion in handling confidential information.

Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel, Teams, and Office 365 applications.

Reliable transportation in order to travel to and from meetings, trainings, or campus and community locations as required.

The ability to work effectively with a diverse student body, faculty, and staff.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum of a Juris Doctor (JD) or Master's degree in Human Resources, Labor Relations, or related field preferred.

Minimum of five (5) years of employee relations management experience preferred.

Demonstrated experience working in a higher education environment, preferably with collective bargaining experience.

Demonstrated supervisory experience.

Training experience in mediation and/or sexual abuse investigation training.

Related human resources certifications, which may include but are not limited to SHRM-CP/SCP.

Demonstrated project management skills and the ability to lead process improvement initiatives.

Ability to speak a language in addition to English.

Additional Information:

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The employee must meet the physical demands and work environment of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable those with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

POSITION STATUS: This is a full-time, non-unit position with benefits.

SALARY:  Hiring salary $85,000 - $92,000, commensurate with education and experience.

Application Instructions:

TO APPLY:  Please complete our online application by clicking on the "Apply" button. The position will be open to applicants for 30 calendar days from the posting date.

REQUIREMENTS TO COMPLETE APPLICATION PROCESS:

1) A completed Bristol Community College Employment Application.

3) A cover letter that demonstrates how your skills and experience meet the desired and required qualifications of the position (not limited in length).

All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States. Bristol Community College is an institution that does not sponsor work authorization.

A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted for all positions.

The college will independently verify education credentials as provided on the application. For certain positions that require a college degree, the hired candidate must supply official transcripts upon hire. Transcripts must include your name and degrees conferred.

Bristol Community College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer . We value diversity and equity, and are committed to creating an all-inclusive community free from discrimination and harassment. Bristol believes that diversity, equity and inclusion among our community members is imperative to the success of our mission to serve our students well, and is the mainstay of our values.

Bristol Community College changes the world by changing lives, learner by learner.

ABOUT BRISTOL COMMUNITY COLLEGE:

Bristol Community College is a public community college accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Bristol has core values rooted in student success and lifelong learning. For more than 50 years, Bristol has served as a leading resource for education and workforce development in the region. Bristol offers a rich variety of degree, certificate, and training programs along with flexible online offerings-that lead to an associate degree, a career-ready certificate, or the ability to transfer to baccalaureate colleges throughout the state and country. The Workforce Education Institute provides business solutions for organizations of all sizes, and offers customized courses for individuals seeking educational and career pathways, including high school equivalency and English language proficiency programs. The college also strives to put the needs of learners first with support services and career advancement opportunities that lead to student success by reducing barriers to educational access.

With locations in Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford, and Taunton, Bristol Community College is nestled in charming Southeastern Massachusetts. Each location has something unique to offer - from great restaurants in the city center of Attleboro, museums and arts in downtown New Bedford, the array of shopping and dining options in Taunton, to the beautiful suburban landscape at the Fall River campus. From city life to seaside, our locations are in close proximity to bustling metro areas such as Boston and Providence, and centrally located to the spectacular beaches and coastline of Cape Cod, Newport, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and Block Island.

www.BristolCC.edu

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