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Labor & Employee Relations Specialist

Position Deleted on 3/12/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Chicago, IL
Admin - Human Resources
Application Due:
Full Time
Location: District Office
Employee Type: Full Time Staff
Department: Human Resources & Staff Development
Union Status: Non-Union
Hours: 40 Hours
Salary: $58,800 - $78,000
Closing Date: Sunday, March 31, 2013

The City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) District 508, is the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation, with 5,800 faculty and staff serving 120,000 students at seven campuses and thirteen satellite sites city-wide. The City Colleges of Chicago is currently in the midst of a collaborative effort to review and revise CCC programs and practices to ensure students leave CCC college-ready, career-ready and prepared to pursue their life's goals.

CCC includes seven colleges: Richard J. Daley College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, Harry S Truman College, Harold Washington College and Wilbur Wright College. The system also oversees: the Washburne Culinary Institute, the French Pastry School, two restaurants, five Child Development Centers, the Center for Distance learning, the Workforce Institute, the public broadcast station WYCC-TV Channel 20 and radio station WKKC-FM 89.3FM.

The Labor & Employee Relations Specialist is responsible for providing professional assistance to Administrators and Management regarding complex employee relations matters; Ensures Administration complies with all District policies and collective bargaining agreements as well as federal, state and local laws and regulations; Responds to employee concerns and inquiries; Conducts investigations assuring that recommendations are consistent and fair; Adheres to CCC Customer Service Excellence standards.
  • Provides guidance and counsel to management and employees regarding employee relations matters, assuring legal compliance under the supervision of the Director of Labor Relations and Vice Chancellor of Human Resources.
  • Reviews employment records to determine the appropriateness of proposed disciplinary action and compliance with policies, federal, state, local laws and regulations and report findings; works with Administrators and management to ensure compliance with collective bargaining agreements.
  • Investigates labor relations issues and complaints; assists with the preparation of appropriate responses and resolving issues.
  • Conducts interviews of complainants, witnesses and respondents; maintains positive employee relations atmosphere by responding to employee's concerns, addressing issues proactively and advising management; resolves conflict between employees and management to prevent future difficulties.
  • Gathers evidence as necessary and prepares drafts of investigative summaries with findings and recommended corrective actions. Partners with Administrators and Management to conduct and present training in connection with employment practices and changes in policies and procedures.
  • May serve as a representative at hearings, grievances and meetings regarding labor relations matters; may attend bargaining negotiations.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of current local, state and federal laws pertaining to employment policies and best practices; Ability to assess evidence and arrive at a fair conclusion.
  • Must possess the ability to proofread; strong interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing; ability to work well within a culturally diverse environment with the ability to handle all situations with diplomacy, tact and confidentiality.
  • Must be able to work well with employees at all levels of the organization as well as internal and external customers; must respond to customer calls in a timely manner.
  • Experience using time management skills such as prioritizing/organizing and tracking details and meeting deadlines of multiple projects with various completion dates; must be self-directed with the ability to work independently.
  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook etc.); PeopleSoft and Taleo experience preferred
  • Experience in identifying and resolving complex issues and recommendations; knowledge of research methods and techniques; knowledge of concepts of collective bargaining and some knowledge of the grievance process.
Education and Work Requirements
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a concentration in Labor Relations, Employee Relations, Human Resources Administration or a similar field; Juris Doctorate preferred; or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • 5+ years of professional experience in labor relations, employee relations, or Human.
  • Experience in an educational setting preferred.
How to Apply

Position will be posted until filled.

For consideration, all interested candidates, including current CCC employees, must submit a current resume, and a cover letter in MS Word or PDF format. Submit by electronic mail only to the below email address, type the position title that you are applying for in the Subject heading, and indicate Full Time or Part Time position:

Senior Recruiter

Chicago residency is required for all full-time employees within 6 months of hire. We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Vacancies may be pending budget approval.

Due to the high volume of resumes that we receive, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in CCC!
City Colleges of Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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