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36698 Labor Relations Director

Denver Public Schools
Denver, Colorado 80203
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  • Job Type
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    Full Time


235 work days

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience


Essential Functions and Objectives:


Provides executive leadership to employee/labor relations activities for the District.  Resolves escalated employee issues (e.g., discipline, grievance handling, Title IX investigations) for assigned school groups and bargaining units in order to ensure compliance with Federal, state and local employment law; DPS policy; and collective bargaining unit agreements.  Develops strategic direction and department goals covering employee and labor relations.  Identify, monitor and report on performance goals and metrics for the department.  Establish, monitor and assume oversight for department budgets, resources and staff.

- Serve as a senior HR administrator dealing with personnel and labor relations matters, ensuring that actions are acceptable and consistent with District practices, applicable bargaining agreements and state & federal employment laws.

- Personally direct and manage or delegate senior staff to negotiate with assigned bargaining groups ensuring that District’s interests are represented and settlements are consistent with financial and non-financial goals.

- Proactively assess staff relations trends and problematic areas and make policy, program or process changes.

- Champion continuous improvement in assigned area and promote change initiatives to optimize human resources efficiencies.  

- Coordinate and serve as management’s senior representative for hearings (e.g., grievance, termination, unemployment, mediation, arbitration).

- Provide employee relations support and HR staffing assistance (e.g., discipline, grievance handling, and Title IX investigations) for assigned schools.

- May serve as the District's lead negotiator or hearing officer for assigned bargaining units (up to 9) and ensure that resolutions are consistent with District initiatives and requirements.

- Participate in collaborative work groups partnering management and labor organization towards collaborative goals.

- Conduct employee workplace investigations (e.g., performance, termination) as needed.

- Collaborate with multiple parties (e.g., employees, Board of Education, external legal counsel) in order to resolve employee and student issues.

- Collaborate with other HR functions and departments in order to implement new programs and processes (e.g., Teacher staffing, ProComp, reimbursement, verifying teacher licensure)

- Resolve escalated questions from constituents (e.g., parents and students; outside agencies) by gathering information, diagnosing problem and resolving issue.

- Establish, monitor, and report on approved budgets.  Ensure that approved budgets are used for assigned operations.

- Participate in strategic planning processes for department and organization; and implement initiatives.  Ensure goals and related programs are aligned with District strategic goals (e.g. Denver Plan). Report regularly on performance goals related to service, operations, and risk exposure to the District.

- Maintain confidentiality and integrity through all course of action.

- Perform other related duties as assigned.









Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:


- Seven (7) to ten (10) years Employee/Labor Relations experience in a large organization with several diverse work groups represented by labor organizations.

- Experience in the following human resource areas:  collective bargaining, employee relations experience, EEOC, wrongful termination, grievance handling, policy interpretation, hearing officer activities, alternative dispute resolution and arbitration.

- Five (5) years progressive management experience.

- HRIS and report writing experience required.

- Experience in education or public sector organization preferred.

- Strong understanding of and experience using technology and automation solutions in a Human Resource setting.

- Experience in re-engineering operations and processes; developing new strategies; and leading change initiatives.

- Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office products (e.g. Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).

- Bilingual skills in Spanish preferred.

- Juris Doctorate, Professional Humana Resources or Senrior Human Resources (PHR, SPHR) certification.

- Alternative Dispute Resolution Certification desirable.

- Valid Colorado Driver’s License, appropriate insurance coverage and acceptable driving record for the past three years.


Education Requirements:


- Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business, Public Administration or related field.

- Master's degree preferred.

- JD degree, or legal college coursework helpful.

Other information:

Our Human Resources Team is an integral part of DPS. Although we aren’t always in the schools, we’re in it for the kids. We work closely with our school leaders to ensure we’re putting great teachers in every classroom, and take great care to ensure DPS hires and retains the highest quality candidates for all roles throughout the district. We do this by incorporating our Shared Core Values—Students First, Integrity, Equity, Collaboration, Accountability and Fun – into everything we do. Additionally, we support retention of our valued team members in a variety of ways including facilitating professional development and performance management activities and designing and managing Total Rewards Programs to help Team DPS achieve health and wellness for themselves and their families. When you join us, you join a dedicated, diverse team of over one hundred professionals who come from many walks of life. One thing we all share is a deep sense of commitment to support Denver Public Schools’ vision: Every Child Succeeds.


About Denver Public Schools:


Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.  DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.  


Under the leadership of Superintendent Susana Cordova and guided by the tenets of The Denver Plan, DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth.  Learn more at dpsk12.org 


Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.


Posted: 2019-08-01 Expires: 2019-08-31

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