Employee and Labor Relations Manager
Job Posted: 15 January, 2021
Company: New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) 
Closing Date:  Until Filled; 1 March, 2021 preferred
Location: University Heights Newark, NJ


The Employee and Labor Relations Manager reports to the Director of Employee and Labor Relations and facilitates the development, implementation and administration of employee relations programs and policies. This position will manage all workplace-related regulatory and compliance issues and collective bargaining protocols and procedures. The incumbent is responsible for advising and assisting faculty and staff with HR policies and procedures, as directed. The incumbent will also act as a HR Business Partner to academic or administrative units. The incumbent will be the point of contact to assist with labor and employee relations matters in the absence of the Director of Employee Relations and Labor.

Essential Functions:

  • Collective Negotiations: Provides labor relations support to the negotiation teams. Advises and assists in the interpretation and administration of collective bargaining agreements. Maintains and analyzes labor policy, practices and environment in furtherance of the collective negotiation practices of the Department, under the strategic guidance of the Director of Employee and Labor Relations.
  • Collective Agreement Administration: Administers and interprets university collective bargaining agreements. Administers grievance procedures under the direction of the Director of Employee and Labor Relations.
  • Employee Relations: Investigates and reports on complaints from employees. Researches relevant federal, state and local labor and employment laws. Drafts responses to formal labor and employment complaints. Works with the Director to identify and create innovative solutions to solve and prevent problems. Manages day-to-day activities involving employee relations and complaints, labor relations matters, discrimination/sexual harassment claim investigations, and resolution to other employee-related issues.
  • Discrimination and Discriminatory/Sexual Harassment: Monitors compliance with university policy. Investigate complaints of discrimination and harassment in the university community.
  • HR Business Partner to academic and/or administrative units: Proactively assess our partners’ organizational needs and implement solutions in a thoughtful way within a fast-paced environment, demonstrating and understanding of client the business needs and being a thought leader on people and organizational topics. Think strategically, use data to guide direction, be comfortable challenging business leaders, and reinvent how work is done.
  • Policy Implementation: Participate in the development and implementation of university-wide policies, including working with various groups to ensure policies are in compliance with the university's overall mission.
  • Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance: Assist in monitoring campus adherence to university policies of affirmative action/equal opportunity/diversity as well as to the applicable laws, regulations and guidelines.
  • Confidentiality: Ensure and practice strict confidentiality of all matters human resources related matters, except expressly publishable in carrying out the specific responsibilities of the job.

Additional Functions:

Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Prerequisite Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree in human resources management or labor studies plus a minimum of three years of professional, legal, compliance or human resources experience, with demonstrated knowledge of the employee relations and labor relations function. Demonstrable written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated experience in MS Office Suites. At the university's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the university, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

Preferred Qualifications:

SHRM-SCP/SPHR certification preferred. Prior experience in public sector, or higher education, unionized setting.

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As an EEO employer NJIT is committed to building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research, and working environment and strongly encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women.