Principal Executive/Manager G (Director of Labor Relations)
State of Oregon-Executive Search Services - Salem, OR

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The Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Chief Human Resources Office (CHRO), Labor Relations Unit has an opportunity for an experienced human resource professional to serve as the Director of Labor Relations. This is a full-time, management service position located in Salem, Oregon. If hired, you will become part of the state's management team.

The Department of Administrative Services is the administrative arm of the Governor’s Office and provides administrative and support services to State agencies. The Chief Human Resource Office (CHRO) is established by ORS 240. CHRO is responsible for providing leadership, direction and administration of statewide programs in classification, compensation, employee training and development, personnel records and recruitment providing statewide expertise in all areas of CHRO laws, rules, policies, systems and their interrelationships promoting consistency and uniformity in human resource practices for State management and unrepresented employees.

The Labor Relations Unit (LRU) represents the Governor on behalf of all executive branch agencies in collective bargaining. Currently the Labor Relations Unit administers 32 collective bargaining agreements. These agreements cover approximately 27,000 employees in 62 different agencies, boards, and commissions. These employees are represented by ten (10) different labor organizations. The Labor Relations Unit also negotiates collective bargaining agreements covering four (4) non-state employee bargaining units.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Director of Labor Relations is responsible for the management and leadership of all collective bargaining activities conducted by the State of Oregon with unions representing unionized workers. The Director of LRU advises on labor and management relations and recommends bargaining strategies for the State of Oregon as one employer by developing the strategy and setting the tone for negotiations and contract administration in consultation with the Administrator of the CHRO, Chief Operating Officer and the Governor’s Office.

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Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills:


Six years of progressively responsible labor relations management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following:

a) development of program rules and policies
b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans
c) program evaluation and
d) budget preparation

The ideal candidate will possess the following desired attributes:
  • Experience in the role of labor negotiator, administering labor contracts, arbitrating grievances, fact-finding and/or related human resource consultation
  • Skill in negotiations, critical thinking, writing and diplomacy
  • Served as chief advocate in arbitration hearings and experience hearing step 3 grievances
  • Experience in public sector labor relations, PECBA or other similar statutes and a working knowledge of current labor and employment laws
  • Experience with both traditional and interest based bargaining and negotiating with multiple unions
  • Experience costing labor agreements
  • Strong leadership qualities, interpersonal and conflict resolution skills and extremely good judgment
  • Ability to work under intense pressure while meeting tight deadlines
  • Ability to research, analyze and convey highly complex concepts, legal opinions and data
  • Establish and maintain professional and collaborative working relationships with all contacts
Note: Candidates with a Master's degree in Labor Relations, Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, Business or Public Administration, Economics or closely related field are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information:

To apply, follow the "Apply" link above and complete the Oregon Employment Application on-line. All application materials must be received by the closing date/time posted on this announcement.

The screening of candidates will be based on review of the attached resume and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and whose backgrounds most closely match the desired attributes as outlined in this announcement will be invited to interview.

Submit only the required materials. Portfolios and other work products should not be included at this time.

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This announcement has supplemental information required for submission. Please see the SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS section of this announcement.

If you require an alternate format in order to complete the employment process or have any questions, you may contact Enrique Sama 503-378-6919.

The Department of Administrative Services is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to a diverse workforce.
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