Job Title: Director, Labor Management and Employee Relations
Office: Office of the General Counsel
Date Posted: 9/29/2021
Salary Range: 1-5 / $108,671 - $122,642
NTE Date: N/A
The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the Government of the District of Columbia.
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for providing expert advice of counsel and legal representation to DCPS' Chancellor, Central Office, principals, and other school-based staff to help ensure that all DCPS students, regardless of background or circumstance, receive a world-class education that prepares them for success in college, career, and life. Major practice areas in OGC include: Labor and Employment, General Practice, and Litigation, which includes Special Education due process litigation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).
The Labor Management & Employee Relations (LMER) work group is responsible for supporting DCPS on a wide range of employee relations matters, including but not limited to: ensuring compliance with EEO laws; facilitating the proper implementation of progressive discipline; assisting employees with workplace problems; collaborating with unions to resolve issues and address concerns; working with managers to ensure compliance with all laws, regulations, and policies; scheduling meditations and hearings to address grievances; investigating allegations of misconduct by employees, contractors, and volunteers; and conducting background investigations to determine suitability for DCPS employment and service providers.
The Director, Labor Management and Employee Relations, in the Office of Labor Management & Employee Relations (LMER), will focus on labor and employment law, with an understanding of Equal Employment Opportunity programs and other employee support programs. LMER supports DCPS's commitment to maintaining a supportive, productive, discrimination-free workplace environment for all of its employees and students. The Director is motivated by the mission to transform DCPS into the nation's highest-performing public school system. This position offers the successful candidate the opportunity to have a profound and lasting impact on the continued growth and development of the Office of General Counsel.
The Director, Labor Management and Employee Relations will report to the Deputy Chief, Labor Management and Employee Relations.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
- Accomplishes the overall objectives and specified goals related to ensuring compliance with collective bargaining agreements and employee rights laws and regulations, and independently carries out and administers the assigned functions and programs.
- Serve as second in command to the Deputy Chief, LMER.
- Issues adverse actions on behalf of DCPS.
- Participates in meetings on behalf of the Deputy Chief, LMER, or in the Deputy Chief's absence, including but not limited to: representing LMER on DCPS's Discipline Review Board, Criminal Review Board, and in monthly meetings with union leaders.
- In conjunction with the Deputy Chief, develops or revises guidelines and procedures, as well as establishes standard operating procedures and processes for the subordinate staff.
- Communicates and interacts effectively, orally and in writing, with a wide variety of people and demonstrates tact and diplomacy.
- Manages, coordinates, and monitors the operations and adjudication of labor and EEO complaints/cases to ensure compliance with regulations, procedures, and policies.
- Provides advisory services to management officials, supervisors, and employees on labor and employee relations regulations statutes and DCPS policies and procedures.
- Assists in all tasks performed by LMER, including addressing informal employee relations matters.
- Advises managers and employees on questions of union contract interpretation; and interfaces with union representatives and employees regarding grievances, questions of union contract interpretation, and other informal complaints.
- Bachelor's degree and five to seven years of related work experience, including at least five years of significant labor, EEO, discrimination, and civil rights law experience.
- Master's degree preferred.
- Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
- Mastery and in-depth knowledge of and skill in the interpretation of labor laws, union contracts, EEO and civil rights regulations and laws, including without limitation, Title VI, Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, Section 504, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, and the DC Human Rights Act of 1977.
- Technical mastery and skill in and use of judgment in the application of labor and employee relations, EEO laws, civil rights and discrimination law, regulations, principles and practices, as they relate to labor and employee relations and equal opportunity.
- Expert skills in fact finding, analysis, problem solving, writing, and consulting to identify problems and recommend solutions within assigned organizational component.
- Comprehensive knowledge of and experience in mediation and negotiation skills and techniques in order to effectively deal with and provide solutions to complex labor and EEO cases and issues.
- Broad knowledge of laws affecting DCPS programs such as equal employment opportunity laws and collective bargaining law, including an understanding of the underlying principles related to their enforcement.
- Conflict resolution techniques sufficient to interact in occasional highly charged emotional situations.
- Written and verbal skills to communicate factual and procedural information.
- STUDENTS FIRST: We recognize students as whole children and put their needs first in everything we do.
- COURAGE: We have the audacity to learn from our successes and failures, to try new things, and to lead the nation as a proof point of PK-12 success.
- EQUITY: We work proactively to eliminate opportunity gaps by interrupting institutional bias and investing in effective strategies to ensure every student succeeds.
- EXCELLENCE: We work with integrity and hold ourselves accountable for exemplary outcomes, service, and interactions.
- TEAMWORK: We recognize that our greatest asset is our collective vision and ability to work collaboratively and authentically.
- JOY: We enjoy our collective work and will enthusiastically celebrate our success and each other.