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Labor Relations Officer

Open Society Foundations

New York, New York 10019
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The Human Resources Team

The Human Resources (HR) team is based in Open Society Foundations offices in Budapest, London and New York, but supports our staff across: Washington DC, Baltimore, New York, Rio de Janeiro, London, Brussels, Barcelona, Tunis, Amman, Singapore, Budapest and soon to expand to more locations. The team is comprised of generalists spanning the North America/Latin America, Europe & Eurasia, Middle East & North Africa & South West Asia, and Asia Pacific regions, as well as, HR specialists comprised of Talent Development, Human Resources Information System (HRIS), Compensation & Benefits, and Recruitment. We also work in partnership with the Heads of HR of our various foundations around the globe.

Job Profile

The Labor Relations Officer will specialize in the day to day management of the relationship between OSF and its bargaining units; at this time there are two Communications Workers of America (CWA) units, one in Baltimore and one in New York.  The Labor Relations Officer will use his/her knowledge of labor law, and knowledge and experience of labor contract administration to sustain and promote positive relationships with OSF union(s) and unit members.  Experience in identifying and addressing issues of concern to the union as they arise, navigating union grievance and other procedures, and otherwise administering the contracts and managing the relationship are required in this key role.

Specific Responsibilities of the Labor Relations Officer will include:

  • participate in and advise on issues and proposals for contract negotiations
  • coordinate with members of the several bargaining and advisory teams for negotiation
  • implement practices and programs to assure compliance with the negotiated contract(s)
  • manage grievance procedures and resolution
  • educate and support Managers on contract interpretation and implementation
  • cultivate positive working relationships with union representatives
  • advise the HR staff regarding contractual issues
  • consult with colleagues in HR to establish and adapt new policies as they relate to the union(s)
  • interpret and administer contract with respect to employee wages, salaries, grievances, union and management practices and other areas
  • provide management with the information needed to support negotiation of new contracts
  • collect data and compile management reports as needed
  • advise on dispute resolution
  • compile and implement various reports, communication and information appropriate to sustaining the relationship

Candidate Profile

  • bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent experience/education; graduate degree desirable but not required
  • 5-7 years’ experience working on related issues in a union environment
  • experience administering contracts and relationships with a union
  • experience with grievance management & resolution
  • experience in policy and procedure development is desirable
  • labor relations certification desirable
  • strong ability to analyze and communicate on issues involving procedural complexity and for which the margin for error is small

Application Instructions:  Please upload a cover letter and resume as one document when submitting an application.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations, and we welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

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