Diversity, Employee & Labor Relations Director
University of California UCOP - Oakland, CA

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University of California, Office of the President
$68,900 - $118,900 (minimum to midpoint)
Oakland, CA
Req #: 20130135
Closing Date: 04/10/13
Job Type: Career

Summary:
The Office of Academic Personnel is responsible for the systemwide programs, initiatives, and policies that support the academic mission of the University of California. In collaboration with campus administration, the Academic Senate, and the Office of the President, Academic Personnel manages policies that govern recruitment, appointment, evaluation, advancement, compensation, benefits, labor relations, and employee relations for all academic personnel at the University. As stewards of academic policy and data, Academic Personnel informs University decision-making, advocating best practices and strategic university-wide initiatives that are efficient and effective. As a national leader, Academic Personnel takes an innovative approach to its work while building coalitions and consensus among campus and other university partners. The Office of Academic Personnel serves as primary liaison with campus Academic Personnel Offices, academic administrators, and the Faculty Senate, and collaborates closely with many UCOP offices. Academic Personnel oversees the UC faculty diversity programs and academic affirmative action; coordinates and conducts investigations involving academic appointees; reviews state legislative bills or new federal laws that impact the interests or policies for academic appointees; and represents the academic interests during collective bargaining for the collective bargaining of contracts involving academic title series. The Director will lead all matters pertaining to academic employee and labor relations and act as liaison between system-wide UC Labor Relations, the Academic Senate, the Provost, and academic campus administrators. The Director will coordinate system-wide efforts in faculty diversity, salary equity, and Affirmative Action plans, and will serve the UCOP ADVANCE Program. As a system-wide advisor, the Director coordinates with other academic personnel colleagues on policy positions for all academic collective bargaining, and ensures the concerns and academic priorities of the Academic Senate, Provost, and campus Chancellors and Executive Vice Chancellors. The Director coordinates responses to related legislative initiatives and bills. Serves on the UC negotiating team, advises Academic leadership on related bargaining issues and participates in the development of bargaining parameters. The Director conducts fact-finding investigations for Whistleblower or other complaints relating to academic employees; consults with other UCOP offices including General Counsel and Compliance. Writes reports on findings for the Provost. Serves on committees, and presents information to UCOP senior leadership and campus leaders and staff. Serves as part of the Academic Personnel Management Team, works closely with Academic Personnel staff to plan and implement documents and other guidelines or policy changes as needed.

Requirements:
Bachelor's degree and 7 or more years of progressively responsible experience in employee and labor relations, including experience integrating policy recommendations and working on diversity related matters in an academic environment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Substantial background and demonstrated effective leadership working in a higher education setting. Experience managing labor contracts, developing and implementing policy and guidelines. Functional knowledge of applicable state and federal laws that govern discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower, and other employee relations areas. Experience with conducting investigations and writing reports. Advanced or post-graduate degree strongly preferred. Excellent analytical and research skills as demonstrated by the ability to develop, assess, and synthesize information and recommendations from a wide variety of sources on a broad range of issues to formulate program, policy, and service recommendations. Experience identifying problem areas, advocating institutional position, and initiating appropriate changes. Experience independently and effectively conducting investigations. Interviewing skills to gain confidence and cooperation of interviewees, and skill to draw out information, interpret responses and discover relevant facts. Demonstrated skill in analytical and legal writing. Experience drafting settlement agreements, charge documents, and corrective action correspondence. Proficient knowledge of or ability to quickly attain proficient knowledge of policies and practices affecting academic personnel (health and welfare, compensation, and labor agreements) to ensure applicability of programmatic changes to the UC environment. Outstanding written, oral, and electronic communication skills to prepare reports, documents, and responses, and to give presentations before large or small audiences.

Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work collaboratively and productively with a wide variety of individuals within the University as well as external organizations or universities. Proven project management and organizational skills to plan and independently execute projects/tasks within specific and sudden deadlines, and successfully assess, balance and prioritize numerous competing concerns. Demonstrated ability to work as a team leader, build consensus, and promote the exchange of information among project team members. Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of privileged information and perform a wide range of duties that require tact, sensitivity, independent judgment, diplomacy, organizational skills, flexibility and discretion. Demonstrated ability to function in a complex institutional environment, ability to apply judgment and political acumen in problem solving; ability to understand interrelated needs of campuses, the Office of the President, and/or bargaining unions while being conscious of alternatives and their consequences. Proficiency with MS Office Suite and other standard office software; experience with databases and web-based applications.

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University of California is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer.

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