Senior Labor Relations Officer

Washington D.C
Oct 02, 2019
Oct 22, 2019
Full Time
The Senior Labor Relations Officer works closely with managers throughout the organization providing guidance and advice on labor relations matters. This role helps to e stablish and maintain satisfactory labor-management relations, interprets the collective bargaining agreements, administers grievance procedures including arbitrations, and assists all levels of management on labor matters. As part of the job responsibility, consults with human resources and senior staff to get input into aspects of personnel policy and disciplinary recommendations. Demonstrated ability in labor relations, dispute resolution, mediation, or other related area or comparable experience administering collective bargaining agreements is highly desired.

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Labor Relations, Economics, Business Administration or related field. Seven (7) years of progressively responsible technical, administrative and analytical experience in labor relations to include grievance and arbitration matters, negotiations and the administration of negotiated labor agreements in a large organization with demonstrated success in dealing with varied labor relations activities. A Juris Doctor from an accredited law school is preferred.

Or, an equivalent combination of accredited post high school education and thirteen (13) years of relevant work experience will be considered if candidate can effectively demonstrate progressively responsible experience in labor relations program management to include grievance and arbitration matters and the administration of negotiated labor agreements in a large organization, with demonstrated success in dealing with varied labor relations activities.


Possession of a valid District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia motor vehicle operator's permit issued from jurisdiction or residence.

Medical Group:

Ability to satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this job. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions of this job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Job Summary/Duties:

This is highly responsible professional and technical labor relations/labor negotiations work of a complex nature. Incumbent in this class is representing the Authority's interest in labor negotiations, grievance administration, contract administration, special projects and binding arbitration. Specific responsibilities may include preparation of management proposals for contract negotiations, development of negotiating strategies, administration and interpretation of labor agreements, and serving as advocate in arbitration proceedings. Incumbent exercises independent judgment and action and is supervised by the Director. Incumbent routinely handles information that is highly sensitive and confidential, and is required to review and analyze this information in providing complex professional labor relations research and investigative advice in accordance with 5 union contracts covering all areas of labor and employee relations, including Employee/Labor Relations, Classification and Compensation, Recruiting, Selection and Promotion, Drug and Alcohol Testing and Employee Assistance Program, Benefits, Worker's Compensation, and Discipline and Discharge.

Incumbent in this position is subject to assignments in any functional area of this Office and may be reassigned as necessary subject to the discretion of the Director.

Develops, implements and executes strategies, processes, and best practices which effectively address the Authority-wide business goals.

Represents the Authority as advocate in arbitration, conducting full evidentiary hearings, drafting post-hearing briefs and participating in executive sessions as needed. Conducts factual and legal research to support Authority's position in Arbitration, and argue motions on issues arising in arbitration proceedings.

Participates as a member of key organizational committees, including Reduction in Force (RIF), ADA Accommodation, Religious Accommodation Committee, and Joint Labor/Management Committees.

Partners with Medical Services, Human Resources, Office of General Counsel and Office of Civil Rights on issues including workers compensation, unemployment insurance, FMLA, fitness for duty, EAP/SAP and drug and alcohol testing.

Provides training, advice and guidance to management in the implementation and administration of all elements of Collective Bargaining Agreements and workplace policies that affect the represented workforce, including investigations and disciplinary actions.

Conducts, as assigned, complex labor negotiations with organizations representing Authority employees. Recommends, prepares and evaluates management proposals prior to negotiations and assists in the development of the organization's labor strategy.

Negotiates, drafts and implements settlements of wide-ranging disputes arising from or related to the Collective Bargaining Agreements, using clear, creative and effective strategies to maximize effectiveness, manage risk and minimize Authority exposure, while advancing objectives of safety and efficiency.

Incumbent in this position is subject to assignments in any functional area of this Office and may be cross-trained or reassigned as necessary subject to the discretion of the Director.

The above duties are not intended to limit and responsibilities specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. It is not intended to limit in any way the right of supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria:

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Personal Interview
  • Skills Assessments
  • Verification of education and experience
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Credit history report for positions with fiduciary responsibilities
  • Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening
  • Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists. Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job Descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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