Position of Labor Relations Manager in Washoe County (Reno, Nv)

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    Margaret Brindzak

    The Position of Labor Relations Manager – Washoe County (Reno, Nv)

    The Labor Relations Manager reports to the Director of Human Resources and has responsibility for managing and coordinating the County’s labor relations program, which includes, serving as the County’s chief negotiator, planning negotiation strategies, providing input to and seeking guidance from management and the Board of County Commissioners, representing the County at arbitration hearings, and writing post hearing briefs. Additional duties include statistical analysis and reporting of costs associated with contract provisions, counseling staff on matters of management and employee rights, progressive discipline and appropriate courses of action, in accordance with contract provisions and good employer/employee relations practice.

    Key challenges and opportunities with which the Labor Relations Manager will be involved include implementation of the 2010 County Strategic Plan and Board goal to build a sustainable organization and effective management of complex labor and employee relations issues, including sustainable labor cost structure.

    The Ideal Candidate

    Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, industrial relations or a closely related field and five years of labor relations experience, including significant experience as chief negotiator OR an equivalent combination of related education and experience is required.

    The Ideal Candidate must have a proven track record that demonstrates abilities and strengths in:

    LABOR RELATIONS: effectively negotiates and administers complex collective bargaining agreements; able to interpret, draft and apply legal documents, complex laws, codes and regulations. Demonstrates knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of collective bargaining, due process, labor, and employee relations. Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and decisions pertaining to collective bargaining, public personnel administration, labor relations, and due process. Able to conduct mediation, arbitration and fact-finding procedures.

    INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS: communicates complex information correctly, clearly and effectively in writing and speaking; actively listens; able to deal tactfully with staff, employees, elected officials, organizations and the public. Takes ownership of problems to find solutions. Shares resources, information and knowledge. Encourages commitment to County mission and organizational goals. Acts as an ambassador of the County in all interactions.

    ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEMS AWARENESS: able to plan, prioritize and execute work; utilizes processes, systems and technology to enhance efficiency and effectiveness; demonstrates a commitment to the County mission, vision, values and priorities. Maintains the highest standards of conduct and confidentiality of sensitive information, records and materials; demonstrates a dedication to acting in the interest of the public’s trust.

    PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: demonstrates a high level of accountability; takes ownership of own actions and their impact on others; anticipates and is able to manage change; is a quick learner when faced with new problems and information.

    MANAGEMENT SKILLS: able to make effective and timely decisions that demonstrate sound judgment and critical thinking. Acts as a trustee of the County’s resources. Builds relationships and develops strategies to include divergent opinions and overcome adversity; holds self and others accountable for valuing and promoting a work environment that is cooperative and accepting of diversity.

    Compensation & Benefits

    The annual salary range for this position is $86,466 – $112,424 depending on experience. The County also offers an exceptional benefits package which includes:

    · Retirement: Nevada PERS. Washoe County pays the employer and employee contribution.

    · Vacation: Accrues at the rate of 96 hours annually for the first three years of employment. Accrual rate gradually increases until it reaches a maximum of 200 hours annually.

    · Sick Leave: Accrual at the rate of 10 hours per month of full-time service for the first 10 years and 12 hours a month of full-time service for 10 years or more.

    · Holidays: Eleven paid holidays annually.

    · Health, Dental, Life and Vision Insurance: The County pays for 100% of employee costs for all premiums. Dependent coverage paid 50% by employer.

    · Longevity Pay: $100 per year of full-time continuous service to a maximum of $3,000.

    · Merit Increases: Full-time employees eligible to receive an annual merit increase of 5% until the position classification’s maximum salary is received.

    · There are no social security deductions (although a 1.45% deduction for Medicare is required).

    · There is no state income tax in Nevada.

    Application & Selection Process

    To be considered for this exciting career opportunity, please apply online at http://www.washoecounty.us; paper applications are not accepted. Applicants are encouraged to attach a resume of professional experience, qualifications, and competencies associated with the ideal candidate. A completed supplemental questionnaire and representative writing samples must be included for consideration. Candidates with professional background and experience most closely related to the ”Ideal Candidate” shall be invited to participate in the assessment panels. Please see the online position posting for details.

    Filing deadline: 5:00 p.m. PST, Friday, September 3, 2010

    · Assessment panels are tentatively scheduled for the week of September 20, 2010

    · Appointment is anticipated for November 8, 2010

    For additional information regarding Washoe County, please visit http://www.washoecounty.us. If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Katey Fox, Director of Human Resources at 775-328-2081 or e-mail to [email protected].

    Washoe County is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer hiring employment eligible applicants.

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