Labor Relations Manager (Open Until Filled)
Chelan County Public Utility District - Wenatchee, WA

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In addition to a competitive salary range of up to $115,000 (based on qualifications, skills and abilities), Chelan PUD employees also enjoy outstanding benefits which include the option of a zero cost medical plan (medical, dental and vision for all eligible dependents), short and long-term disability, Washington State Public Employee's Retirement System, Deferred Compensation (with company matching funds up to 5%), 11 holidays and initial personal leave accrual at 21 days per year. Relocation assistance is available.


The position is Open Until Filled . A statement of interest, resume and current salary information is required. To be considered, combine these materials into one document and upload electronically when requested through the online application process.

Although this position is open until filled, applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The first review date for application materials is scheduled for January 9, 2014.

Interested parties are also invited to contact Ruth Erwert, Recruiting Manager, at LinkedIn , (509) 661-4540, or to discuss the position.


Manages all aspects of labor and employee relations to ensure uniform and equitable application of the collective bargaining agreement, employee policies and practices, compliance with applicable labor laws, and to maintain productive relations between management and the collective bargaining unit. The current labor agreement with IBEW #77 expires March 31, 2015.

The incumbent reports to the Managing Director of HR, Labor & Safety (position is currently vacant and in the beginning phase of recruitment). The Managing Director of HR, Labor & Safety reports to the General Manager (Steve Wright, former BPA Administrator).

JOB FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily. Essential functions (EF) are those activities that, if not performed, would significantly and fundamentally alter the position. Secondary functions (SF) are activities not fundamental to the job and may need to be relaxed to accommodate an otherwise qualified applicant with a disability.

1. EF (30%) Develops, evaluates, recommends, interprets and applies labor and employee relations program goals, objectives, policies and procedures in a fair and equitable manner.

2. EF (20%) Represents management in labor relations negotiations, mediations, and arbitrations. Coordinates and resolves grievances and other labor matters via on-going and frequent labor-management meetings.

3. EF (20%) Coaches management and employees on the appropriate and corrective actions necessary to turn around ineffective behaviors and performance, and to resolve labor relations differences.

4. EF (15%) Oversees bargaining unit contract interpretation and administration to ensure similarly situated employees are treated similarly under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, including issues such as bidding, seniority, and fitness for duty.

5. EF (10%) Investigates employee-related issues, incidents, complaints and charges, and recommends appropriate action, including those brought forward by employees or responses to external agencies such as Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or Labor and Industries.

6. EF 5% Engages in typical responsibilities of a program manager requiring planning, evaluating, organizing, integrating and controlling all of the District’s labor and employee relations activities.

7. EF (Ongoing) Ensures compliance with applicable labor laws, regulations, policies and programs and stays abreast of external changes.

8. EF (Ongoing) Is required to drive a motorized vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the District.

9. EF (Ongoing) Maintain regular and predictable attendance. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required. Complete all required training. Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position, and those in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC).

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of those required, but reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


Bachelors degree in Labor Relations, Industrial Relations, Human Resources or a related field is required or an equivalent combination of training, education and experience.


Typically requires five (5) to eight (8) years professional experience in labor and employee relations. Prior experience negotiating, drafting, and administering collective bargaining agreements and resolving labor and employee relations issues required. Demonstrated experience working effectively with craft-centered workforces and in a public utility is preferred.

Specific KSA's: A fully skilled incumbent will have the following specific knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Requires in-depth knowledge of labor negotiations, employee relations, contract administration, grievance procedures, and labor law. Requires broad knowledge of District operations and jobs employed at the District. Substantial knowledge of public-sector labor is required or must be developed quickly. The ability to negotiate agreements and/or reach consensus with diverse and disparate interests is essential. Requires skill in resolving conflicts and gaining cooperation among parties with competing interests. Requires the ability to articulate and promote the District's strategic positions, including its values, to a diverse audience. The ability to translate District policies and strategies into effective labor and employee relations policy and to focus attention on areas of potential conflict is essential. The ability to implement a program within a public institution governed by elected commissioners is essential. Ability to research complex issues and develop recommended actions, plan, organize, and manage project/activity deadlines of self and others are necessary. Must possess the ability to analyze and prepare reports.

Language Skills:

Must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.

Computers & Equipment: A fully skilled incumbent will have the ability to utilize the following software, hardware, or equipment:

To perform this job successfully, an individual is required to have knowledge of PeopleSoft Timekeeping/HR; Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Word; Microsoft PowerPoint; and general office equipment.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk, hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; and perform repetitive hand or arm motion. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and color vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level is usually moderate.


A valid driver's license is required for this position (verified upon hire). A valid Washington State driver's license is required within 30 days of employment.


The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility. This should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.


Chelan PUD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. M/F/H/V

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