Directs and oversees the District’s labor relations programs, policies, and procedures. Establishes and maintains satisfactory labor-management relations, interprets the collective bargaining agreements, administers grievance procedures, and assists all levels of management on labor matters. Oversee Benefits and Employee Health Services with a focus on FMLA compliance and related laws. Position requires the ability to periodically work an extended and/or flexible schedule to meet the needs of the District.
Juris Doctor Degree and in good standing with a State Bar Association required.
Ten (10) years’ experience in the practice of Labor Law with proven experience in the practice of labor and employment law and negotiating collective bargaining agreements required. Must have excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills. Experience with collective bargaining agreements and labor law in a K-12 setting preferred.
Position Job Responsibilities:
Under the direction of the Chief Operating Officer, the Executive Director shall:
Serve as chief negotiator for all collective bargaining agreements.
Coordinate the development of contract proposals; reviews and analyzes existing contracts.
Prepares and presents frequent updates on negotiations for the Superintendent.
Prepare materials for staff information and implementation relative to new provisions in the agreements negotiated with all bargaining units.
Serve as the Superintendent’s designee in holding special conferences to inform or bring resolution to concerns relative to specified issues as identified by either staff or the union.
Respond to grievances filed by the various collective bargaining units.
Represent the district in arbitrations filed by bargaining units or individuals.
Represent the district in responding to charges filed through the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.
Represent the district in responding to inquiries from the Michigan Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division.
Monitor the facilitation and the implementation of decisions arising out of grievances, arbitration decisions or court determinations.
Prepare responses to inquiries concerning contract interpretation, Board policy, past practice and legal issues relating to employment law.
Confer with and provide assistance to the General Counsel and consulting law firms.
Provide guidance and assistance to employee relations concerning corrective discipline issues.
Provide guidance and assistance to human resources on employment matters.
Inform Chief Operating Officer and Human Resources staff of relevant legal developments arising out of Federal or State legislation, court decisions and arbitration decisions.
Work in a harmonious and collaborative relationship with all human resources departments and the General Counsel staff to effectuate Board policies.
Provide in-service to local school staff relative to the interpretation and implementation of Agreements with bargaining units along with past practice and arbitration rulings.
Conduct or participate in labor-related training activities.
Prepare material for labor-related training activities designed to improve one’s ability to carry out responsibilities.
Prepare reports and questionnaires when specific information has been requested by outside agencies.
Oversee Benefits and Employee Health Services with a focus on FMLA compliance and related laws.
Attend Board of Education meetings and committee meetings as required.
Fulfill other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
If you are hired to fill a vacant position, you will be required to submit a Detroit Public Schools Community District security clearance.
At point of offer to hire, please be advised that you will be responsible for a non-refundable payment of $64.50 via Visa or Master Card. No personal checks or cash is accepted. DO NOT SUBMIT PAYMENT WITH APPLICATION.
Method of Application:
Applicants MUST apply through the online application system. ONLY applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position. All applicants are to attach a copy of their transcripts, most recent resume and cover letter. A copy of your valid teacher certification must be attached if certification is required for the position you are applying.
Applicants will receive an automated confirmation once they have successfully applied for a position.
Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's employer(s) prior to hire.
It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested. All documentation must be submitted along with the letter of interest. Documentation will not be accepted subsequent to the closing date of the announcement. Incomplete information will not be considered. Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Division of Human Resources and Talent via email at (313) 873-6897.
The Board of Education of the School District of the City of Detroit does not discriminate against, deny benefits to or exclude participation by any person in its programs, activities or employment on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national origin, creed, religion or handicap.
Internal Number: 292328
About Detroit Public Schools Community District
Detroit Public Schools Community District is a urban school district located in midtown Detroit. There are approximately 8,000 employees and 9 collective bargaining agreements.