CHIEF LABOR RELATIONS OFFICER

Location
Arlington County, Virginia
Salary
$135,449.60 - $260,603.20 Annually
Posted
Apr 06, 2022
Closes
May 11, 2022
Ref
0132-22A-CMO-HQ
Function
Executive, Chief
Hours
Full Time
Position Information
The County Manager's Office (CMO) is seeking a Chief Labor Relations Officer (CLRO) to provide strategic leadership and guidance to the County's new collective bargaining and labor relations efforts. The CLRO will serve as the County's chief spokesperson during contract negotiations and be responsible for developing and implementing the County's collective bargaining program. The CLRO will report to the County Manager along with working in partnership with multiple stakeholders, employee organizations, and bargaining agents, County Leadership, and the Labor Relations Administrator to maintain a highly engaged and effective workplace.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Providing leadership to the County's collective bargaining program, including serving as the County's chief spokesperson during contract negotiations and formal/informal hearings regarding labor relations issues;
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with employee organizations and bargaining agents;
  • Formulating and implementing the County's collective bargaining strategy, including monitoring the various phases of contract administration, and developing and negotiating counter proposals;
  • Ensuring County compliance with bargaining agreements and procedural requirements, including implementing labor relations policies, practices, and guidelines and coordinating the grievance process;
  • Coordinating collective bargaining issues with County leadership, the Department of Management and Finance, the County Attorney's Office, and the Human Resources Department;
  • Providing comprehensive and effective training programs for managers on collective bargaining agreements, labor contract administration, and grievance resolution; and
  • Reviewing legislation impacting collective bargaining and formulates appropriate recommendations.

The successful candidate will have the ability to build productive relationships with a variety of stakeholders while addressing multifaced concerns with diplomacy and have experience as a strategic, innovative leader in labor relations throughout all stages of contract development.

Selection Criteria
Minimum:
  • Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Human Resources, or related field;
  • Progressively responsible collective bargaining experience, which includes;
    • Developing and negotiating collective bargaining agreements; and
    • Facilitating continuous communications with employee organizations, bargaining agents, and organizational leadership to identify solutions for multifaceted issues.
Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for required education on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with a Master's Degree in related field and experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Serving as a Chief Labor Relations Officer or similar role within a Local, State, Federal, or other government relations environment;
  • Progressively responsible experience in labor relations;
  • Serving as the employer's chief spokesperson during contract negotiations;
  • Responsible for the development of the employer's collective bargaining strategy; and
  • Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP) from the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (NPELRA).

Special Requirements
Please attach a cover letter or supplemental question response that describes why you are interested in the position, detailing your experience and accomplishments in the following areas:

  • Developing and negotiating collective bargaining agreements;
  • Facilitating on-going communications with employee organizations, bargaining agents, and organizational leadership to identify solutions for multifaceted issues;
  • Serving as the employer's chief spokesperson during contract negotiations; and
  • Responsible for the development of the employer's collective bargaining strategy.

Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Covid-19 Vaccination : Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety, and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.