The Assistant Director of Employee and Labor Relations reports directly to the Sr. Director of Employee and Labor Relations. As a key functional area of human resources management, the Assistant Director ensures that assigned client departments at Brown University strategically integrate effective human capital management processes, programs and practices into their daily operations. This includes providing proactive advice, guidance and recommendations for appropriate courses of action in the areas of employee and labor relations that arise out of various employment situations or labor management matters, performance management, retention, training and development, organizational structure and compensation to ensure that departmental priorities are accomplished.
This position is critical to developing, growing, and sustaining strong partnerships between University Human Resources and the Administrative and Academic departments throughout the University.Â The Assistant Director will collaborate, influence and mentor a diverse group of departments or division leaders, fully understand their strategies, goals and expectations and provide thoughtful leadership and guidance on various employee and labor relations matters to successfully achieve organizational effectiveness.Â This position will also ensure alignment within HR when delivering services and information to the University community as well as demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between effective HR management and University business functions.
In addition, this position will lead grievance meetings and issue grievance responses in accordance to specific collective bargaining agreements.Â This position will support the Senior Director of Employee and Labor Relations to research matters pertaining to collective bargaining discussions and participate in team meetings representing the University in collective bargaining discussions.
Lead and/or participate in organizational assessment and planning.Â
Identify opportunities for the design, analysis, and evaluation of change initiatives and build ongoing support for HR solutions that meet operational needs.Â
Collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data to interpret and promote findings that evaluate HR initiatives and inform organization decisions and recommendations.
In collaboration with the Office of General Counsel, provide consultation to supervisors to implement employment actions resulting from restructuring, reclassification, compensation, reduction in force/position elimination(s).
Provide expert advice and support to management and staff on employee and labor relations matters of complexity, in accordance with established Brown policies and procedures and legislative requirements, and existing collective bargaining agreements.
Provide coaching and counseling to managers and staff to address disciplinary matters.
Guide supervisors in writing performance improvement plans, probation extensions, disciplinary actions, and fair and balanced performance appraisals.
Advise on and/or negotiate severance and outplacement services for employment separations.
Lead HR investigations of employees in a thorough, timely and impartial manner, while taking steps to mitigate the influence of bias in HR and operational decision.
Develop strategies and puts measures in place to identify, manage and minimize risks/liability to university (e.g., legal, financial, health, safety, etc.). Â
Support the performance management and talent management systems through administration of policies and procedures, implementation of best practices, and training.
Participate in collective bargaining negotiations, mediations or arbitrations.
Support investigations of EEO/Title IX complaints at the direction of the Office of Equity and Institutional Diversity.
Willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment.
Education and Experience
Bachelorâ™s degree and a minimum of five to seven yearsâ™ professional-level employee and labor relations experience required.
A broad range of human resources competencies, including practical and functional knowledge in employee and labor relations experience are required.Â
Proficiency in communication, conflict resolution, analysis and planning, creative problem solving, and consultation required.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, sound business judgment, tact and diplomacy, and the ability to interact with employees at all levels of the University.
Knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations (e.g., FLSA, FMLA, ADA) and prior experience in consulting with internal clients on employee and labor relations matters.
Experience with HCM systems, such as Workday and Salesforce.
Prior experience in a human resources office environment and/or higher education setting is desired but not required.
HR certification on labor relations and SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP is preferred.
* The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
* While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift or move office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.
* Background check: Criminal and education
Cover Letter strongly recommended.
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Assistant Director of Employee and Labor Relations
University Human Resources
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Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
Internal Number: REQ162476
About Brown University
Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Engineering, Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership and the IE Brown Executive MBA.