Senior Director, Employee & Labor Relations – Eugene, OR

9. December 2021

Join the flock and become a duck!  Our client, the University of Oregon, a tier 1 national public university and renowned research institution, with membership in the Association of American Universities, and located in the vibrant, green landscape of the Willamette Valley, seeks an abundantly talented Senior Director, Employee & Labor Relations reporting directly to the Chief Human Resources Officer.  The person in this position is responsible for overseeing the negotiation, implementation, and day-to-day administration of the University’s five collective bargaining agreements.

The Senior Director serves as the primary contact for the United Academics faculty union and collaborates closely with the Office of the Provost in matters concerning bargaining and implementation of the faculty contract.  As a key member of the CHRO’s leadership team, the Senior Director will guide a team of labor and employee relations professionals while providing collaborative and consultative advice and counsel on labor contract and personnel rules interpretation, application, and compliance for the University.  The person in this role will cultivate close, active working relationships with the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice President of Finance and Administration, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, the Graduate School, and the Office of General Counsel, to provide a comprehensive and consistent employee experience.

As a champion of the University of Oregon’s mission and values, the Senior Director will lead the University’s negotiation preparation and process, workplace investigations, respond to information requests, and represent the university at arbitration, mediation, and appeal hearings; conduct analysis and assessments, prepare reports and advisories, and recommend policies and programs that enrich and promote the integrity of the university’s labor relations functions; keep current in the occupational field to provide expertise in developments in concepts, practices, and regulations; and research and analyze the impact of changes in regulations and trends on operations.  The Senior Director will join and lead a team of ELR professionals.

Ideal candidates will possess a Bachelor’s degree and five years progressively responsible leadership experience in labor relations, or any combination of education and experience which clearly demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the job in a university setting comparable to the University of Oregon.  Experience supervising a team of professionals and labor relations experience to include labor contract negotiations, development of negotiation strategies, contract interpretations, and contract administration is required.  Excellent communication and facilitation skills are a must.  A master’s degree or juris doctor degree with experience in a similar position at a college or university comparable to the University of Oregon is preferred but not required. We encourage applications from those whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion, including from individuals who have been historically marginalized and currently underrepresented in higher education.

With a campus that doubles as an arboretum and both the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains just a quick, scenic drive away, we encourage you to explore this opportunity at the University of Oregon, the top public university in Oregon and one of only two schools in the Pacific Northwest selected for membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities!  A competitive base salary, comprehensive benefits package, tuition benefits, and relocation assistance will be offered to the winning candidate.