Director, Employee and Labor Relations

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Human Resources

Human Resources and Inclusive Community (HRIC) at the University of Denver is led by the Vice Chancellor of HRIC who reports directly to the CFO. The HRIC Department is responsible for developing and delivering a broad range of services in support of the University's mission, vision, and strategies. The HRIC Department is evolving from a traditional operational and service orientation into a highly effective strategic unit advancing the broader strategic aims of the University.

Position Summary

The Director for Employee and Labor Relations reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and is responsible for overseeing a comprehensive employee and labor relations strategy; managing day-to-day employee and labor relations activities, including grievance administration, mediation and arbitration preparation, labor management meetings, contract administration, and contract negotiation strategy and preparation; administering collective bargaining agreements; providing consultation to managers related to performance, conduct and disciplinary action and to employees and managers regarding workplace concerns and disputes.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Essential Functions

  • Drafts and coordinates human resources policies and maintains the Employee Handbook
  • Conducts research and benchmarks on relevant programs, policies, practices, and guidelines and make recommendations for new policies
  • Leads HR partner team in providing strategic HR consulting across the campus and guides the partner through complex employee and labor relations issues
  • Manages grievance procedures to resolution, including mediation and arbitration preparation
  • Advises managers on performance management and progressive discipline procedures to include employee coaching
  • Provides training to HRIC and campus leadership on employment and labor law and university policies
  • Collaborates with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX on employee matters and investigations
  • Collaborates with the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion on DEI initiatives
  • Provides formal responses to grievances, concerns and allegations as required by internal policy and procedures or externally in accordance with federal and state laws
  • Negotiates and administers union contracts

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong knowledge of federal and local laws pertaining to labor and employment matters.
  • Knowledge of the collective bargaining process, contract negotiations, grievance handling, and managing labor relations, in general
  • Strong knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion concepts and demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of human resources concepts, policies and procedures, employment practices, labor relations, salary administration, training, and other areas of human resources
  • Ability to provide exceptional customer service in high volume, fast-paced, professional environment.
  • Ability to apply creative problem solving to various divisional issues.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective relationships with diverse client groups.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to apply skills in a consultative way.
  • Ability to successfully lead teams.
  • Ability to facilitate and lead change effectively.
  • Demonstrates skill in prioritizing competing work assignments, and timelines.
  • Employing political & interpersonal acumen to analyze information to determine appropriate courses of action and their implications.
  • Possesses strong analytical, active listening and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong technical skills, including proficiency with MS Office products, especially MS Excel, and ability to learn and use new systems quickly.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of human resources experience.
  • Demonstrated experience managing issues related to state and federal labor and employment laws, including FMLA, ADA, Title VII/Civil Rights Act, FLSA, NLRA and Taft-Hartley

Preferred Qualifications

  • 8 years of human resources experience
  • 5+ years of progressive experience in either leading labor relations function or labor/employee relations leadership roles.
  • Experience as an HR generalist or HR Business Partner.
  • 3-5 years of supervisory experience including coaching and mentoring employees.
  • Experience working in higher education

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. This position is eligible for a partial remote work schedule in accordance with current University of Denver policy. The details of this will be discussed with the supervisor. Majority of work will occur in-person.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on September 16, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 15.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $130,000 - $150,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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