This position opens on September 20, 2021 and closes October 20, 2021.
Initial application screening will occur on October 4, 2021.
Under the direction of the Chief Human Resources and Professional Development Officer of the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS), the Director of Employee and Labor Relations is responsible for the coordination, supervision, and management of all areas within employee and labor relations including collective bargaining, contract administration, employee appeals, and grievances. The Director of Employee and Labor Relations provides oversight of the Equity Assurance Office.
Serves as the Chief Negotiator for the Board of Education. Lead advisor on all labor relations matters regarding the collective bargaining agreements and Memorandums of Understanding with all employee bargaining units. Interprets and administers collective bargaining agreements including the processing of grievances and appeals.
Advises and provides counsel to the Superintendent, executive leadership, school-based administrators, and supervisory staff to support the interpretation of negotiated agreements, resolution of employee performance concerns, grievances, and appeals.
Serves as Superintendent’s designee for grievances and 4-205 appeals.
Conducts research and collects data to support collective bargaining. Makes recommendations on changes to the collective bargaining agreements.
Reviews negotiated and mediated settlements, arbitration cases across the state, and federal and state legislation to support successful collective bargaining with HCPSS employee bargaining units.
Develops and conducts training programs related to employee and labor relation policies, procedures, and the grievance process. Orients Board members on current negotiated agreements, the collective bargaining process and recommends bargaining parameters.
Manages the Equity Assurance Office with employee and Title IX investigations.
Provides guidance to managers and employees on counseling, discipline, performance management, policy interpretation, grievance procedures, union contract compliance and other employee/labor relation matters. Monitor’s investigation status, as appropriate, with the Department Social Service and the Howard County Police Department.
Collaborates and communicates with bargaining unit representatives to foster positive working relationships.
Serves as the HCPSS representative to the Maryland Negotiation Service (MNS) and actively participates in MNS activities at the county and state levels.
The above list is a summary of the functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties.
Applicants must meet all the following qualifications, listed below, to be considered for the vacancy.
Master’s degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university in education, public administration, human resource management, labor relations, business management or a related field.
Three (3) years of experience in human resource management, employee performance management, or labor relations.
Three (3) years as a chief negotiator or bargaining team member. Experience must include interpreting and providing guidance on case law, federal and state regulations, and collective bargaining agreements.
Working knowledge of the Education Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) regulations applicable to public education.
Five (5) years of experience in human resource management, employee performance management, or labor relations.
Five (5) years as a chief negotiator or bargaining team member.
Experience in collective bargaining, contract implementation, and the appeals/grievance processes in a PreK-12 public school setting.
Our Strategic Call to Action, Learning and Leading with Equity, serves as the foundation for all Howard County Public School System decisions and
places students at the heart of everything we do.
Every student and staff member embraces diversity and possesses the skills, knowledge and confidence to positively influence the larger community.
HCPSS ensures academic success and social-emotional well-being for each student in an inclusive and nurturing environment that closes opportunity gaps.
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