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Labor Relations Specialist

Stamford Public Schools
Stamford, Connecticut 06901
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

General Statement:
The Labor Relations Specialist – Board of Education is responsible for supporting the BOE Human Resources department in assisting with labor relations functions including, but not limited to, administration of policies, contract interpretation, pre-negotiation preparations, investigations, progressive discipline grievances, and legal compliance.
The Labor Relations Specialist – Board of Education reports to the Executive Director of Human Resources and Talent Development with an indirect report to the Director of Legal Affairs. 

Major Responsibilities:
Leads and manages all aspects of labor relations, including:

  1. Assist in Management of Employee Performance (30%)
    1. Employee Relations - Assists general management in developing and maintaining employee relationships, including performance management, processing grievances and/or disputes; interprets and disseminates organizational policies; provides support in the collective bargaining process; assists in management of promotion/demotion process; manages employee separation; assists in managing employee inquiry process (employee complaints, etc.).
  2.  Review and Development of HR Policies and Contract Interpretation (30%)
    1. Contracts - Responsible for conducting wage/salary surveys, pricing, review and analysis of prior year contracts, and developing contract proposals; develops and recommends contract changes, bargaining strategy, tactics and analysis for the cost of Union/Board of Education proposals.
    2. Grievances - Serves as the Board of Education’s advocate during all grievance hearings; acts as the arbitrator for conflict resolution purposes, and makes final recommendations; acts as the Board of Education’s representative/advocate in matters before the Board of Mediation and Arbitration and the Board of Labor Relations; responsible for the preparation, research and presentation of the Board of Education’s position at these hearings; manages employee grievances.
    3. Investigations and Compliance - Conducts investigations related to employee behavior; reviews and recommends revisions to district policies to support the organization; recommends and implements plans to ensure legal compliance; provides recommendations regarding policy, regulation, and contract implementation; assists in the preparation and delivery of professional development offerings related to HR policies; assists in the review of job descriptions for compliance with legal obligations.
  3. Reporting (15%)
    1. Reporting Systems - Assists in the development of submission of reports as required by the State and monitoring systems for recording complaints, hearings, grievances, etc.; provides monthly reports to the Executive Director of Human Resources and Talent Development regarding incidents, timelines, and completion; provides quarterly reports to the Board of Education based on information collected in the monthly reports to the Executive Director of Human Resources and Talent Development; provides quarterly reports of staff of incidents and disposition, with recommendations for professional development based on nature of issues.
  4. Litigation Support (15%)
    1. Litigation and Related Claims - Responds to and processes labor-related litigation and unemployment insurance claims; assists with planning and processing of arbitration hearings, CHRO claims, and other labor-related actions.
  5. Other Duties (10%)
    1. Coordination with Corporation Counsel and City Human Resources, as appropriate.
    2. Provides training and professional learning for Board of Education staff on relevant topics
    3. Attends outside meetings (i.e., hearing, investigations) as required
    4. Perform additional duties as assigned.

Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards:
Works in standard office and school building environments.

Work Year:
12 months in keeping with contracts for executive management personnel
Highly competitive


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge/understanding of labor laws.
  • Ability to comprehend and interpret union contracts.
  • Ability to advocate/defend a position.
  • Ability to handle, organize and investigate large volumes of disputes.
  • Ability to conduct research and strong presentation skills.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely and express ideas and concepts in a logical sequence.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of all HR matters.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Labor Relations or a related field, required.
  • Master’s Degree in the Human Resource area or a J.D., preferred.
  • Two-five (2-5) years of industrial/employee/labor relations experience, preferably in the public sector.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of school law.
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides a demonstrated potential for performance of the duties of the position.


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