DIRECTOR OF EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Jun 25, 2018
Closes
Jul 30, 2018
Function
Executive, Director
Hours
Full Time

DIRECTOR OF EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

JOB NUMBER P/E17-18.053

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018 AND WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION IS INCLUDED.

Human Resources announces an opening for the position of Director of Employee Relations.  This is a twelve-month position, Grade P-16, on the administrative and supervisory salary scale with a salary range of $96,814 to $145,817 (2018-2019 Salary Schedule).

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF WORK

The Director of Employee Relations, who works under the supervision of the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, supports various program areas, which include; compensation, benefits, payroll, classification and policy development.  Issues related to employer/employee communications; employee conduct matters and investigations; employment law; applicable state and federal laws; EEOC complaints; and grievances are pertinent responsibilities.  The Director of Employee Relations recommends current policies and practices which are designed to enhance the services provided to Arlington Public Schools staff, applicants and constituents.  This includes support in the development, implementation, and evaluation of School Board Policies and Policy Implementation Procedures related to human resource management. The Director of Employee Relations oversees employee relations, benefits and payroll.

ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK (May not include all duties performed – These are intended as an illustration of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)

  • Provides advice on policies and procedures affecting personnel matters. This includes knowledge of and current changes in benefits programs, (retirement, life insurance, tax sheltered annuities, long term disability, health insurance, dental insurance, workers’ compensation, Savings Bonds, direct deposit, flexible benefits, etc.).
  • Assists in developing contract specifications for RFPs (requests for proposals) and evaluating responses to these requests.
  • Assists in administering the classification process (includes evaluating new positions, managing the reclassification process, providing advice on classification matters, etc.).
  • Works with staff in evaluating proposals to adjust and/or revise employee pay plans.
  • Works with staff in evaluating proposals to adjust and/or revise employee benefits programs.
  • Chairs employee advisory committee meetings and oversees employee engagement initiatives and projects.
  • Advises and supports administrators on employee performance management, including formal performance improvement plans, grievance procedures and coordinates with legal counsel on grievances that go to fact finding and/or the School Board.
  • Conducts investigations on sensitive issues such as sexual harassment, discrimination complaints and conduct deficiencies.
  • Coordinates with the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) director on matters such as reasonable suspicion alcohol and drug testing, requested work-related accommodations, etc.
  • Remains current on employment and personnel law and revises personnel policies as related to current law and            procedures. 
  • Works with legal counsel, administrators and employee advisory committees on policies and procedures.
  • Administers the support services employment process and monitors the performance evaluation program.
  • Responds to staff, applicants and community inquiries on issues related to personnel matters.
  • Attends and participates in School Board meetings when required and serves on various committees.
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Experience working with staff from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of Federal and State requirements governing benefits.
  • Understanding of, and sensitivity to, the role of the EAP in the personnel program.
  • Experience in working with automated personnel/payroll systems.
  • Ability to develop recommendations on grievances and Statement of Position on discrimination complaints.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of employment law, applicable personnel related Virginia State and Federal legislation, and the regulations of the Virginia Department of Education.
  • Thorough knowledge of school personnel records management, reporting requirements, and the utilization of computer technology to prepare statistical data, reports and analysis.
  • Ability to communicate school system personnel policies and programs.
  • Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and direct varied and extensive major personnel initiatives. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with school district administrative, professional, and staff employees, and employee organizations, and to meet with these individuals to stay abreast of events and issues, focusing on problem identification and resolution, information exchange, and joint cooperation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, including preparing complex reports and making formal oral presentations.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Possession of a master’s degree or its equivalent in human resources, personnel law or any equivalent combination of education and experiences that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Management experience in personnel administration, which includes the following functional areas; benefits administration, classification and compensation, labor relations, and personnel policy development.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Candidates must submit an application online and attach a resume, a written statement of interest in and qualifications for this position.  Please complete the online Administrative/Technical application on the APS website in the Employment section: www.apsva.us.  A minimum of three letters of recommendation must also be submitted online as part of your application packet.

Candidates must also submit a written paper of no more than three pages on the following topic: Describe the procedure(s) you would use to address a compliant of employee discrimination, include in your response steps you would take to investigate and provide an objective response to resolve the matter.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018 AND WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION IS INCLUDED.

                 EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER               

It is the policy of the Arlington School Board, as stated in the School Board Policy 35-4.4, that employment opportunities shall not be restricted, abridged or otherwise adversely affected on the basis of race, national origin, creed, color, religion, gender, age, economic status, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, pregnancy status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, and/or disability.