Labor Relations Manager

JOBLabor Relations ManagerRecruitment #2022-4-7106This is a Full-time, Permanent, WMS3, Non-represented position. Location: Natural Resources Building, Olympia. Review of applications ongoing. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time or close this recruitment at any time. It is in the applicant?s best interest to submit material as soon as possible.Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Human Resources Office.  Are you interested in a human resources career where you are providing professional expertise and advising on complex labor relations topics?  DNR is looking for a Labor Relations Manager to oversee DNR?s Labor Relations on matters affecting Human Resources and DNR employees.  This position is the main point of contact for senior leadership, union representatives, and the AG?s Office regarding collective bargaining agreements, laws rules and regulations as well as appropriate avenues for administering Labor Relations best practices.  This position serves as one of the Assistant Division Managers of the Human Resources Office (HRO) and is a member of the Human Resources Leadership Team.To be successful in this position, you not only need to have an understanding of Labor Relations and Human Resources principles, you also need to showcase outstanding customer service and management skills.  You will be part of an outstanding HR Team that strives to make a difference and have a positive impact on DNR employees.EXAMPLE OF DUTIESResponsibilities:Advance the agency mission and management goals and objectives through cordial, collaborative, and professional relationships with WPEA and WFSE labor union staff, shop stewards, OFM State Human Resources staff and DNR leadership.Coordinate and manage agency planning for biennial master agreement negotiations for the WPEA and WFSE collective bargaining agreements and represent the agency in negotiations.Oversee mandatory subjects notifications to ensure the unions are properly notified on changes to working conditions and manage DNR?s response to union demands to bargain, in collaboration with OFM State Human Resources labor relations staff.Work with and oversee Human Resources Consultants on grievances and other labor/management processes.Provide updates to the Director of Human Resources on potential settlements and/or who should represent agency at Mediation/Arbitration.Represent DNR at Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) and Mediation/Arbitration with final decision following the Commissioner?s delegation order.Manage responses to union information requests.Coordinate scheduling and agendas for Union-Management Communication Committee Meetings.Supervise (schedule, evaluate, assign work, and ensure training) professional Human Resources Consultants ensuring employees have the tools and knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform their functions.Serve as a member of the Senior Human Resources Management Team.Serve on DNR-wide teams and serve on Office of Financial Management State-wide teams as needed.Manage and coordinate the Human Resource Office legislative bill review and analysis.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSRequired Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in human resource management, business, accounting, or related from an accredited institution or equivalent combination of education and experience.Five years professional experience in human resources which includes labor relations activities.Experience with broad application of human resource management principles.Ability to lead teams and building effective interpersonal relationships.Excellent research, investigation, analysis and problem solving skills.Ability to lead change, and effecting change through influence.Excellent customer services skills.The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writingDNR Core Competencies:Personal AccountabilityValue OthersCompassionate CommunicationInspire OthersCommitment to ExcellenceEmployees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. This position is based in an office/fieldwork setting and requires in-person attendance/interactions with no option for full-time telework. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status. No start date will be approved until you verify your status.Our ideal candidate will also have the qualifications listed below:Master?s degree in human resource management, business, accounting or related field from an accredited institution.PHR or SPHR or equivalent SHRM SHRM-CP or SHAM-SCP certification.Experience presenting cases before administrative hearing boards and/or arbitratorsSUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATIONAbout the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Our mission is to manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington?s lands and waters to meet the needs economically and socially for current and future generations. At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington?s lands and communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. With nearly 1,500 employees in locations throughout Washington, we manage and protect more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of those include:Commitment to organizational health and wellnessWork/life balanceDNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women?s Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups, visit here to learn more Leadership that empowers and supports employeesProfessional development opportunitiesEducational and career development aidPublic Service Loan Forgiveness EligibilityOpportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignmentsA comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit for more information.Application Requirements:To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button above). You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position. Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile and the position required, desired and special requirements. Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications.Provide three to five professional references ? you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.Complete all supplemental questions. Additional Information:This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days. Veterans wishing to claim Veteran?s preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22 or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.  We thank you and are grateful for your service!The Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to applyPersons needing accommodation during the screening process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff at (360) 522-2500 or (360) 522-0143 or by email at  Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 1-800-833-6388 or Check us out on: DNR?s website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | WordPress Questions?  Please contact Mike Lenker at, 360-688-8403 or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.govOnce you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. 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$68,000.00 - $112,000.00
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Thurston County ? Olympia, WA, 98504, US