Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

The Labor Relations Officer will serve as the City of Aurora's spokesperson and representative in negotiating and administering labor contracts with the Aurora Police Department and Aurora Fire Rescue during Collective Bargaining. 

The most successful and qualified candidate will serve as strategic advisor to Executive Staff on labor and employment laws, contract negotiation administration, and complex labor relations issues and demonstrate experience as the lead spokesperson negotiating and administering complex labor agreements for organizations with multiple stakeholders.

This is a newly created role for the City of Aurora, requiring the selected candidate to have an experienced skill level to perform the duties and implementation associated with the role. This new position will allow for growth as the position evolves and develops. 

The anticipated start date for the selected candidate is January 6, 2020.

PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct research and analysis to prepare for negotiations, grievance meetings and other labor matters
  • Negotiate labor contracts and Collective Bargaining Agreement on behalf of the City with unions that represent Aurora Police Department and Aurora Fire Rescue employees
  • Provide strategic and tactical input on the development of proposed labor policies
  • Prepare and present highly sensitive and confidential briefing materials to Executive Staff and City Council
  • Serve as spokesperson on complex labor contracts
  • Formulate strategies and coordinate resources to present the City's interest in labor negotiations, mediation, arbitration, grievance and grievance arbitration, unfair labor practices
  • Advise and train Executive Staff, Civil Service employees, and others
  • Assist in drafting memoranda and collective bargaining agreements
  • Write or review discipline letters, grievance responses, last chance agreements
  • Conduct workplace investigations for Civil Service employees
  • Assists with and provide dispute resolutions for Career and Civil Service employees
  • Performs other duties as assigned

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: 

  • Bachelor's Degree in Public or Business Administration

Experience: 
  • At least 3 years' progressively responsible experience in labor relations
  • Proven successful experience in labor contract negotiations, administration and labor management
 
Preferred:
 
  • Master's Degree in Public or Business Administration
  • Experience in Employment Labor Relations
  • Practitioner in labor contract negotiations administration and compliance
  • CLRP (Certified Labor Relations Professional)

LICENSES OR CERTIFICATES REQUIRED:
  • Valid driver's license with a clean Motor Vehicle Report
An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.

Knowledge of:
 
  • Negotiations, mediations, and other forms of pre-litigation conflict resolution proceedings
  • Federal and State laws as it pertains to labor relations and Human Resources management in the Public Sector
  • Advance principles and practices of collective bargaining and labor contract administration
  • Advanced negotiating strategies, tactics and impasse procedures
  • Advance methods of grievance investigation/resolution and arbitration
  • Advance practices of Human Resources Management
  • Public Relations practices and techniques
  • Principles and techniques of project management
  • FMLA, FLSA, Public Employment Relations Act, COBRA, unemployment, workers compensation and insurance regulation
 
Ability to:
  • Understand, analyze, interpret, and act upon complex labor relations and human resources issues
  • Successfully collaborate with an array of stakeholders
  • Adapt to changing environment
  • Make quality, independent decisions
  • Conduct research, prepare exhibits and prepare documentation for arbitration
  • Handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Read, interpret, apply, and explain labor laws and contracts
  • Ability to multi-task, work effectively and efficiently under tight deadlines
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
 
 Skills:
  • Strong analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal and negotiating skills
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel, including creating spreadsheets, vLookup, pivot tables, and utilization of formulas
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Strong time management, leadership and organizational skills
  • Must be able to work in a high pressure/fast paced environment
  • Must be able to deal with a variety of personality types with poise and professionalism
  • Must be able to handle confidential information with the utmost discretion

WORKING CONDITIONS

Physical Demands:

  • Primary sedentary with the ability to lift 25 pounds with or without assistance
  • Frequent lifting, carrying, walking and standing
  • Regular pushing, pulling, bending, reaching and stooping
  • Hand/eye coordination to operate computer keyboard
  • Vision to read and interpret reports, documents and other written information and computer screen
  • Frequent speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with Executive Staff and other stakeholders
  • Endurance sufficient to sit and work at a computer for long periods of time
  • Hand/foot coordination for operation vehicle
 
 Work Environment:
  • Work in clean, comfortable office setting
 
 Equipment Used: 
  • Frequently uses computer keyboard, standard office equipment, and telephone
  • Operates motorized vehicles
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment
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For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
            
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
                                         
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
 
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.

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