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Director for Academic Labor Relations (#4554) - Revised

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Please contact Elizabeth Schwartz at for information regarding this position.

Position Details

Posting Detail Information

Position # 00004554
Position Title Director
Working Position Title Director for Academic Labor Relations (#4554) - Revised
Posting Type SPS
FTE 1.00
Representation Non-Union
Primary Function

The Director for Academic Labor Relations reports directly to the Associate Vice President for Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance (AAEC) and is primarily responsible for the administration of the academic employee and labor relations program within Human Resource Services (HRS). Primarily, the Director is responsible for representing the University as the chief negotiator for Northern Illinois University (NIU) during collective bargaining and during hearings and/or arbitrations.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

The Director must negotiate, draft and administer collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) for both academic and non-academic unions, as assigned. The Director must also provide guidance and counsel to senior leadership in employment/labor areas and conduct fact finding investigations, respond to requests for information, enforce grievance procedures and represent the University at grievance hearings, appeals, mediations, and unfair labor practices. Policy development, committee membership, educational programming, and training of academic units are also essential responsibilities of this position.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position

1. J.D. required;
2. Minimum of five (5) years progressively responsible experience in academic employee and labor relations;
3. Experience negotiating complex academic collective bargaining agreements;
4. Excellent written and oral communication skills;
5. Experience working collaboratively with a wide range of constituencies and stakeholders;
6. Proficiency using computerized systems for word processing, spreadsheet applications, and data bases to retrieve and analyze data and/or create reports;
7. Experience managing personnel.

Education and Experience Preferred

1. Experience as chief negotiator during academic collective bargaining in a research university setting;
2. Experience with grievance proceedings, alternative dispute resolution, and dealing with FOIA requests;
3. Evidence conducting compensation analysis.

Working Hours Some evenings and weekends required
Hiring rate/range Commensurate with experience
Posting Date 09/05/2017
Closing Date
Priority Review Date 10/01/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Please contact Elizabeth Schwartz at for information regarding this position.

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EEO Statement

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Is Background Check Required Yes
Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accomodation

To request a reasonable accommodation please contact Human Resource Services at 815.753.6000. For more information about requesting an ADA accommodation view Employment and Accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act policy.

Supplemental Questions

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  2. If other, please indicate where you learned about this vacancy

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References
  4. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
Optional Documents