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Labor Negotiator

City of Bellevue


Location:
Bellevue, Washington 98004
Date:
10/25/2017
2017-10-252017-11-24
Job Type:
Employee
Job Status:
Full Time
Categories:
  • Employee Relations
  • Labor/Industrial Relations
  • Compensation
City of Bellevue
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Job Details

Do you have a background in Human Resources and/or Labor Relations? Are you detail oriented and excel in negotiations and mediation?  The City of Bellevue, WA has an opportunity for a Labor Negotiator/HR Manager who will serve as a negotiator for labor negotiations to include mediation and assisting with arbitration.  You will be responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating Citywide HR programs/plans related to labor relations and contract negotiations.  In addition, you must be able to design and conduct compensation studies (market analysis), including determining necessary research and analysis, scope of compensation studies, comparable market comparison studies, perform multifactor data and costs analysis, cost/benefit analysis, and present recommended actions.  Communication skills and organizational savvy is important as this position communicates with all levels of staff and management within the City, union representatives, elected officials, the public, city attorneys, and representatives of other agencies and jurisdictions. Utilize your expertise and work direction to negotiate and bring resolution to problems, represent the City's interests, and articulate and represent programs.  You will frequently be involved in sensitive and emotional issues requiring a considerable amount of tact, diplomacy, and skill in gaining trust and confidence. 

At The City of Bellevue you'll be part of a team committed to providing exceptional customer service, upholding the public interest and being a part of the community vision. Our people bring unique skills and qualities to the table, embrace the values of honesty, accountability and commitment to service, and take pride in the work they do. You'll work in an environment where being innovative, collaborative, and future focused are the status quo. 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Formulates and recommends negotiation strategies in support of the City's mission and goals.
  • Compiles, prepares, and analyzes data for use in labor negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, and other settings.
  • Working closely with management, researches and formulates responses to grievances and unfair labor practice charges.
  • Participates on labor-management committees and negotiates memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on behalf of the City to clarify a term or condition of employment.
  • Monitors and analyzes collective bargaining agreements to ensure compliance with federal and state laws, City policies, and management practices.  Recommends compliance actions for new and evolving legislation.
  • Analyzes union proposals including compensation and benefit proposals.  Meets with management representatives and develops proposals for changes in collective bargaining agreements.  Serves as consultant to management regarding potentially unforeseen impacts and legal implications of proposed actions.  Provides management with periodic updates related to negotiation progress and status.
  • Presents sensitive proposals and recommendations, to management, elected officials, union representatives, and others; provide technical expertise to department management and staff, labor union representatives, and others regarding the rationale for and proper application of human resources procedures and policies mainly in the areas of benefits, compensation, labor and employee relations. 
  • Upon ratification of contracts, develops communication and training for managers and employees for the implementation and correct, consistent, and equitable interpretation of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Design and conduct compensation studies (market analysis), including determining necessary research and analysis, scope of compensation studies, comparable market comparison studies, perform multifactor data and costs analysis, cost/benefit analysis, and present recommended actions. 
  • Develops and maintains cooperative working relationships with union representatives.  Interprets and implements collective bargaining agreements, policies and procedures.
  • Works collaboratively and cooperatively with other members of the HR department in development of policies and procedures.  Continuously analyzes and ensures all policies and procedures are administered consistently within the scope of federal and state regulations and laws, City initiatives, and best organizational development and human resources practices.
  • Provides consultation and mentorship to human resources staff on highly complex issues.  Provides training and guidance to less experienced analysts on the methodologies, practices, and concepts related to the organization's work. 
  • Leads human resources staff in the development of specialized tools, processes, and structures to ensure the quality and timeliness of work and products.  Serves as lead on special projects and assignments.

Requirements

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Psychology, or a closely related field.  Master's degree preferred.
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in labor relations, contract negotiation, employee relations, and compensation analysis, preferably in the public sector. Working knowledge and experience in labor law and the processes and practices related to collective bargaining.
  • Experience in a variety of human resources disciplines preferred.
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Ability to handle issues with large scope, higher levels of complexity, sensitivity and/or visibility with the organization; make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, complex, and/or confidential issues.
  • Ability to deal effectively with a wide range of customers in a diverse community and cope with conflicting points of view; function under pressure and demonstrate discretion, integrity, and fairness.
  • Effectively use interpersonal skills in a tactful, patient, and courteous manner.
  • Effective and clear communication styles in both verbal and written.  Skilled in composing, proofreading, and editing correspondence, reports, insurance contracts, policies and procedures, etc.  Ability to develop communication strategies and create written materials..
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of governmental budgeting and accounting.  Able to compile and analyze statistics.
  • Add, subtract, multiply, divide, compute fractions, ratios, percentages, and/or proportions; draw and interpret graphs and charts; and apply these concepts to practical situations.
  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; apply common sense understanding to solve practical problems and use reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions.
  • Identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.  Understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision-making.
  • Knowledgeable in best human resources practices, employee and labor relations, employment law, strategies and processes.
  • Thorough knowledge of public sector labor relations practices/employment policies and procedures and PERC regulations.
  • Thorough knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations.  FMLA and catastrophic leave policies, procedures, and practices.  ADA, FLSA, and other employment legislation.
  • Ability to utilize a personal computer and related software packages to perform word processing, analysis, information retrieval, and tracking.
  • Prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Work independently and make decisions under broad guidelines.
  • Perform effectively as a team member.
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