The Employee and Labor Relations Partner administers human resources policies, procedures and programs with specific emphasis on employee relations, labor relations, management training and development initiatives, compliance, and performance management and improvement processes.
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Human Resources, this position is responsible for implementing Human Resources practices and objectives that will provide an employee-oriented, high performance culture that emphasizes quality, productivity and standards, goal attainment, and the retention and ongoing development of a high performing workforce.
This position assists and advises deans, directors, department chairs, managers and employees about human resources issues through interpretation of Federal and State employment law, the collective bargaining agreement and college policy.
Employee/Labor Relations: Serves as one of two primary employee relations representatives for the College. Assists with development and communication of policies, procedures, programs and laws governing and promoting a positive and healthy workplace.
Builds partnerships with all levels and classifications of employees from entry-level to senior administration.
Works collaboratively with various levels of management with respect to employee concerns and issue resolution.
Manages employee relations inquiries and addresses issues promptly; conducts investigations and maintains thorough, timely and appropriate documentation. •Provides support on the handling of labor matters for employees, including investigations of potential policy or contract violations, discipline, management responses, and handling of labor arbitrations.
Administers the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement.
Serves as the lead day to day contact for the union and fosters a positive and productive relationship.
Maintains effective communications with bargaining unit representative(s), managers, and human resources staff regarding administration of collective bargaining agreement.
Reviews and analyzes collective bargaining agreement and personnel policies and procedures and develops recommended strategies. Maintains detailed focus and assists in the preparation of contract negotiations materials, including data collection, drafting, costing and assessment of formal proposals.
Investigates employee grievances and recommends/implements resolutions and responses to same.
Training and Development:
Identifies needs, develops and conducts education programs/ presentations to prepare and educate college managers/supervisors to administer college policies, collective bargaining agreement provisions, compliance adherence and effective management/coaching programs.
Coaches and advises staff and faculty on solving problems and implementing resolutions for performance management challenges.
Works with the HR team to facilitate annual performance review process
Maintains current knowledge of legal and technical developments in labor and employee relations.
Maintains knowledge and an understanding of college goals and objectives so as to assist in their achievement through use of the employee and labor relations strategies.
Serves as back up to other members of the Human Resources department in their absence.
Other duties as assigned.
Required Education, Experience, Technology Applications and Skills
Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management, Human Resources Development, or related field required.
Minimum four (4) years progressive human resources experience, with one year in direct labor relations work.
Thorough practical knowledge of New York State and Federal employment law.
Preferred Education, Experience, Technology Applications and Skills
3 years of direct labor relations experience.
Experience working in a Higher Education environment.
Internal Number: 1930
About Nazareth College of Rochester
Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theatre, math and science, foreign languages, and other liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y. challenges and supports 2,000 undergrads and 800 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.It is the policy of Nazareth College not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, carrier status, genetic predisposition or any other protected status in the admission of students to the College; in any of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the College; in the administration of its educational policies, admission p...olicies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other programs administered by the College; or in the employment practices of the College.All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, carrier status, genetic predisposition or any other protected status, or any other basis upon which discrimination is prohibited by municipal, state, or federal law. In a continuing effort to enrich our academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the College actively encourages applications from members of all ethnic groups underrepresented in higher education.