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University of Oregon
  • Position Number: 2289036
  • Location: Eugene, OR
  • Position Type: Human Resources

Assistant Director of Employee & Labor Relations

Job no: 527517
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Human Resources

Department: Human Resources
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $60,000-$70,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA07-Fiscal Year 2020-2021
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
June 22, 2021; position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please upload a current resume and cover letter that addresses how your skills and experience meet the minimum and, if applicable, preferred qualifications.

In your online application, please include three professional references that can speak to your skills and abilities. Candidates will be notified prior to contacting references.

Department Summary
The mission of the Office of Human Resources is to strategically partner with the university community as a comprehensive, innovative, and results-oriented department modeled on the very best human resources practices. We deliver a variety of services and programs, which underscore a commitment to inclusiveness, respect, fairness, effective service delivery, and accountability. We strive to be proactive, consultative partners meeting the needs of employees and operations across the institution and to lead efforts to attract, retain, develop, and engage world-class faculty and staff.

The Employee and Labor Relations (ELR) team is committed to promoting effective, fair, and professional relationships between the university and its employee groups. The ELR team partners with University leadership and supervisors to administer employment strategies that support the University's mission and strategic initiatives. Working in UO Human Resources provides a unique opportunity to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workforce. We strive to be champions for building and supporting a community that reflects a rich variety of racial and ethnic, socioeconomic, gender and sexual orientation, disability, cultural, and intersectional identities. We encourage applications from those whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion, from individuals who have been historically marginalized and currently underrepresented in higher education, individuals who may have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in non-traditional pathways outside of higher education.

Employee & Labor Relations is a unit within Human Resources in the Finance and Administration portfolio. Finance and Administration is a vibrant and varied portfolio serving all aspects of campus life. Our employees perform a wide range of functions including offering essential financial tools and support to the university's many departments, providing key resources to employees, and keeping campus safe, clean, accessible, and beautiful.

Position Summary
The Assistant Director of Employee and Labor Relations reports to the Senior Director for Employee and Labor Relations.

This position, along with other employee and labor relations team members provides assistance to academic units for issues involving day-to-day administration of and negotiation of the University's contracts with United Academics and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation.

The person in this position is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the University's collective bargaining agreements, with a focus on the agreements with United Academics (UA) and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF). The Assistant Director will participate in bargaining as a member of the University bargaining team and assist in the preparation for bargaining. The Assistant Director may support other colleagues in Employee and Labor Relations with the administration of additional collective bargaining agreements and non-represented employee policies.

The Assistant Director will serve on a labor and employee relations team, with typical responsibilities including: providing collaborative and consultative advice and counsel on labor contract interpretation, application, and compliance for the university; participating in and supporting fact finding investigations, responding to information requests, and supporting the University representative at arbitration, mediation, and appeal hearings; conducting analysis and assessments, preparing reports and advisories, and recommending policies and programs that enrich and promote the integrity of the university's labor and employee relations functions; keeping current in the occupational field to include new developments in concepts, practices, and regulations; researching and analyzing the impact of changes in regulations and trends on operations; and designing and delivering comprehensive training on labor and employee relations topics.

This position demands a firm commitment to serving the University with sensitivity and professionalism. The position requires abundant self-confidence and the ability to multi-task many cases, processes, and unplanned happenings at one time. The ability to handle confidential material appropriately and maintain an institutional perspective is also critical.

The Assistant Director will work in close consultation with the Senior Director to make decisions and interpret policy.

Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree OR an equivalent combination of skills, experience, or education
  • Two years of experience in employee relations, human resources, dispute resolution, or similar function

    A Master's degree or Juris Doctorate may be substituted for one year of experience.

    Professional Competencies
  • Demonstrated ability to write and edit complex policy, procedure, and other technical prose
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to analyze, summarize, and effectively present data
  • Ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to manage confidential or sensitive information and issues responsibly
  • Ability to work and solve problems independently as well as in a collaborative manner
  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational, and management skills, and the ability to prioritize multiple projects in a large, complex organization
  • A commitment to and experience with promoting and enhancing diversity and equity
  • Ability to work across partisan and ideological lines to build consensus

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in management, industrial relations, or related field or juris doctorate
  • Knowledge of Oregon employment law
  • Familiarity with university organizational structure, policy, and political issues in higher education

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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