Director of Labor Relations (or Assistant General Counsel for Labor Relations)

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Work type: Staff
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Administrative

Position Title: Director of Labor Relations (or Assistant General Counsel for Labor Relations)  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  
Advertised Salary: $100,000 - $125,000 Salary commensurate with education, experiences and other requirements. Comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.)  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
At Will/Just Cause: At Will  
Summary of Position: Direct and coordinate the labor relations functions for all bargaining groups.

Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in labor relations, human resources, business, or related field.

Required Work Experience: Five years professional work experience in the field of labor relations.

Must have experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements as the chief/assistant spokesperson and preparing for arbitrations.

Must have demonstrated interpersonal, communication and conflict resolution skills.
Required Licenses and Certifications:    
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Master’s degree or Juris Doctorate or equivalent.

Professional work experience in education and/or public sector.
Duties/Responsibilities: Administer the University’s collective bargaining agreements.

Advise and counsel department administrators on the procedures for rectifying work performance and disciplinary problems.

Conduct or assist in conducting grievance hearings and attempt to resolve grievances.

Interpret contract language and the results of grievance arbitrations for administration.

Represent or assist in representing the University in grievance arbitration cases.

Work with HRD on labor issues relating to benefits, policies, etc.

Assist General Counsel as needed in preparing for arbitration.

Conduct labor relations training programs for supervisors.

Negotiate or assist in negotiating collective bargaining agreements.

Represent or assist in representing the University in hearings before Referees of the Michigan Employment Security Commission.

Research, collect, analyze, and prepare information for negotiations, grievance arbitration, and fact-finding.

Work closely with departmental administration and labor unions to find mutually acceptable solutions to issues.

Establish and maintain open communication with the various bargaining groups.

Advise management on various labor relation issues.

Assist, as requested, on faculty labor relation issues.

Respond to union information requests (PERA, etc.)

Investigate and respond, or assist in responding, to grievances.

Reports directly to the General Counsel.

Responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of designated information.

Works in a liaison capacity with the various employee groups, and in partnership with HRD on labor relations as they apply to employment and benefit issues.

Skills and Abilities:    
Required Documents:
  • Resume 
  • Cover Letter 
  • Unofficial Transcript 1
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Management Business Solutions is assisting Ferris State University in this search, for inquiries please email: or call (616) 456-5627.

Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of an unofficial transcript of Bachelor's degree.

Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained and degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.
Initial Application Review Date:
March 8, 2021  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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