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Director of Faculty Labor Relations - Archive
Academic Affairs

Posting: 13537
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2014-05-01

Title:  Director of Faculty Labor Relations

Department:  Academic Affairs

Reports to:  Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and the Chief Human Resources Officer

Term:  1.0 FTE for 12 months (renewable annually)

Salary Range:  $120,000+

Review Date:  Search will remain open until filled.  To ensure consideration, please submit an application by February 7, 2014

Start Date:  As soon as possible

General Responsibilities:

The Director of Faculty Labor Relations (DFLR) reports to the Senior Vice Provost and Chief Human Resources Officer.  The person in this position is responsible for the implementation and day-to-day administration of the University's collective bargaining agreement with United Academics, the AAUP/AFT union representing more than 1800 tenured-track and non-tenure-track faculty.  The director’s activities will include: Providing collaborative and consultative advice and counsel on labor contract interpretation, application, and compliance for the university; Collaborating with peer directors and other members of the Academic Affairs and HR management team to ensure that all units working concert to provide seamless service and support to the university; Leading fact finding investigations, responding to information requests, and representing the university at arbitration, mediation, and appeal hearings; Conducting analysis and assessments, preparing reports and advisories, and recommending policies and programs that enrich and promote the integrity of the university’s faculty and labor relations functions; Keeping current in the occupational field to include new developments in concepts, practices, and regulations; Researching and analyzing the impact of changes in regulations and trends on operations. 

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 cases, processes, and unplanned happenings at one time.  The ability to handle confidential material appropriately and maintain an institutional perspective is also critical.


Required qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree and five years’ progressively responsible leadership  experience in labor relations,  or any combination of education and experience which clearly demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the job in a university setting comparable to the University of Oregon; demonstrated knowledge and understanding of faculty labor relations; labor relations experience to include labor contract negotiations, practices and strategies, and contract administration; demonstrated knowledge of various areas of academic personnel management in a university setting.

Other qualifications:  Demonstrated knowledge of academic personnel management; the ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy; ability to manage confidential or sensitive information and issues responsibly; strong analytical and critical thinking skills; and ability to analyze, summarize, and effectively present data.  Demonstrated ability to write and edit complex policy, procedure, and other technical prose.  Demonstrated leadership, organizational, and management skills; ability to prioritize multiple projects;  a commitment to and experience with promoting and enhancing diversity and equity; and the ability to work across partisan and ideological lines to build consensus for university and faculty issues.  In addition, candidates must have the ability to work and solve problems independently as well as in a collaborative team environment, and represent the university in an appropriate and professional manner. 

Preference will be given to candidates with a master’s degree with experience in a similar position at a college or university comparable to the University of Oregon; advanced training in a related field such as labor relations or human resource management; knowledge of Oregon employment law, in particular the Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act, and the Oregon Employment Relations Board.  Familiarity with university organizational structure and policy, and political issues in higher education is also a plus.

The salary is commensurate with experience beginning at $120,000.  The university offers an excellent package of employee benefits.  We are committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution and invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity. 

The search will remain open until filled.  To ensure consideration, application materials should be received by February 7, 2014.  Please note that finalists are subject to a criminal background check.

To apply:  Applicants should submit a letter of interest stating qualifications, resume, and the names of three professional references including phone numbers, email address, and mailing address to:

Academic Affairs

Search Committee, DFLR

c/o Pam Palanuk

207 Johnson Hall

1258 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403-2023

Or by email to: palanuk@uoregon.edu

The University of Oregon is an AA/EO institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  We invite applications from candidates who share our commitment to diversity.