Position Classification Title: Dir,Employee & Labor Relations
Position Classification Code: L1016
Job Family: Human Resources
Pay Level: 11
Exempt Status: Exempt
This description is intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed. It is not intended to be a complete list of specific duties of any particular position. Duties, responsibilities and bargaining unit eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.
Purpose of Classification:
The Director, Employee & Labor Relations (ELR) provides leadership, direction and strategic management for the office of ELR. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Human Resource Services (AVP-HRS) and serves on the AVP-HRS leadership team, the Director provides accurate, responsive and efficient HR consultation on employee matters to the university departments. Serves as consultant on the following areas, which include but are not limited to, dispute resolution/mediation communication, bargaining unit contract negotiation/interpretation, and policy development/interpretation. Position is also responsible for providing oversight of university disciplinary process including performance management and provide ongoing development and training for New Mexico State University managers, supervisors and employees.
Standard Duties:
Oversees the day-to-day management of the operations and programs administered in the Employee & Labor Relations office. Provides individual and/or group advice, guidance, professional support with respect to interpretation and application of employee relations and associated policies, practices, and procedures. Responds to and coordinates resolution of policy-related inquiries from department constituencies or employees. Participates and/or provides leadership and consultation in Human Resources and interdepartmental employee-related investigations; assists in the review of legal cases as requested by University Counsel. Provides assistance, advice and guidance to employees under the provisions of University policy; provides or coordinates provision of a range of work-related dispute resolution services as required, to include mediation, negotiation, and/or formal arbitration. Identifies training needs, and plans, develops, and delivers informal training to University management and/or employees on a variety of labor relations, employee relations, and associated topics. The Director of ELR interprets and provides advice and guidance regarding the terms of the university's collective bargaining agreements to ensure University-wide administrative compliance. Participates in labor negotiations during the collective bargaining process; assists in the development and implementation of collective bargaining parameters, guidelines, and procedures on behalf of the University. Provides direct liaison and assistance as appropriate in the resolution of individual workplace disputes. Reviews and advises as appropriate on employee suspensions, demotions, layoffs, and discharges to ensure compliance with federal and state laws, policies, procedures, and acceptable management practices. Supervises personnel which typically includes recommendations for hiring, firing, performance evaluation, training, work allocation, and problem resolution. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge and understanding of federal and state employment and labor laws, regulations, procedures, and standards. Knowledge of administrative and adversarial hearing procedures and processes. Knowledge of formal and informal dispute resolution methodology, procedures, and techniques.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Program planning and implementation skills. Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures. Excellent communication and professional leadership skills. Investigative and problem solving skills. Employee development and performance management skills.
Ability to design and implement systems necessary to collect, maintain, and analyze data. Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments. Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
Minimum Qualifications:
   Education- Bachelor's degree in a related field.
   Experience- Five (5) years of professional experience related to the standard duties as outlined.
   Equivalency- None
   Departmental Requirements-
   Special Requirements-