Under the direction of the County Administrator, the Employee Relations Director is responsible for the overall planning, development, implementation, and administration of the Employee Relations Division activities. This position has wide latitude for independent action and high-level decision making. It is responsible for directing the operation and staff of the Division including labor relations activities, recruitment, staffing and retention, employee orientation, classification and compensation, benefits, employee training and development, risk management, safety and wellness. The Employee Relations Director provides leadership in establishing a vision for the Division, guides development of strategic plans to accomplish this vision and goals of the County, and motivates employees to achieve the mission and goals of the County.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Oversees all labor relations activities including contract negotiations and activities related to terms and conditions of employment in collective bargaining agreements, County policies and procedures by coordinating representation in formal bargaining sessions and participating in or overseeing the negotiation process; coordinating representation in labor management committees; guiding labor research and related costing proposals; implementing, interpreting and administering collective bargaining agreements with respect to grievances, wages, and other terms and conditions of employment negotiated in the agreements; adjusting grievances on behalf of the employer; interpreting and administering policies and procedures as they relate to non-bargaining employees; advising and explaining personnel policies, laws and collective bargaining agreements to staff; making contract recommendations to the County Board and advising employees and management on conflict resolution.
• Oversees County-wide employee benefits and compensation programs and products, including negotiations with brokers and vendors, coordination of annual open enrollment and resolution of problems in the area; direction of the classification and compensation programs ensuring compliance with Pay Equity, consistency between and among related jobs, and recommending compensation changes.
• Oversees County-wide staffing programs including recruiting, advertising, screening, interviewing and selecting candidate for employment.
• Directs and supervises professional, technical and administrative support staff in the Employee Relations Division by planning, directing and evaluating employee work and assignments, conducting performance appraisals, and recommending training; hiring, transferring, disciplining, suspending, promoting and discharging employees.
• Oversees the overall development, implementation and assessment of County-wide training programs and continued education of employees as deemed to improve the quality of service of employees by assessing, developing and evaluating individual, departmental and County-wide training programs that utilize both internal and external resources; establishing priorities and objectives for training and development programs; monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the training and development programs and implements necessary modifications.
• Develops, recommends and manages the Employee Relations Division budget including projecting funding levels, assessing existing and anticipated service needs, staffing needs and program change and requirements.
• Oversees and supervises County-wide risk management, safety and health programs and associated staff; Oversees programs that identify, evaluate, reduce, and control County loss exposures including property casualty, workers' compensation and safety; health, wellness and insurance programs including incident reports, claims processing, investigation of losses, claims review and recommendations for claims resolution.
• Performs other comparable duties of a like or similar nature as assigned
• Bachelor's Degree (Master's Preferred) in Personnel Administration, Human Resources Administration, Public Administration, Management and Industrial Relations, Business Administration, Labor Relations or a related field and;
• 5 years of experience in a supervisory role and;
• 8 years of professional Employee Relations administration experience and;
• 3 years of experience in labor relations, classification, compensation and staffing and;
• 2 years direct budget responsibility of a budget of at least $500,000
Experience in employee training and development, risk management, wellness and safety programs is desired.
SCORED EXAMINATION PROCESS:
All applications and position questionnaires will be screened for minimum qualifications and ranked. The highest ranked candidates will be recommended for the oral examination (interviews) and any required performance/ability tests required to demonstrate proficiency for the position.
Finalist will be subject to a position assessment, background check including credit and criminal history.