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Deputy - Employee and Labor Relations
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Job Summary

Plans, develops and directs a comprehensive and expanding employee and labor relations services program.  Serves as a chief resource to management in the interpretation of management and labor rights, prerogatives, and obligations within the framework of established labor contracts and agreements.  Acts as the liaison between labor and management negotiating teams.  Assists administrators in the implementation and integration of school policies and contractual obligations.

Essential Functions

  • Reviews and evaluates the work of subordinates through general staff meetings and individual conferences regarding grievances, contractual issues and disciplinary matters.
  • Directs and reviews contract interpretation and management; reviews and interprets policies and procedures within the framework of existing laws, acts, Board of Education Action Items, and personnel procedures; serves as chief resource to management on the interpretation of contract language and obligations through staff development meetings, individual conferences and telephone contacts.
  • Assists management in the implementation of school policy and contractual obligations; provides the methodology for processing grievances; prepares arbitration and step two grievance hearings; attends employee discipline conferences as an advisor to administrators; provides backup information necessary to support management’s stance on issues; prepares briefs in conjunction with the Office of General Counsel detailing the effects of arbitration decisions and contract matters on employee relations and human resources policies and operations.
  • Serves as liaison between various unions and the District in the resolution of ongoing problems and issues; acts as liaison between labor and management contract negotiating teams; attends and participates in highly sensitive labor management discussions; advises negotiators on writing contract language; studies and analyzes current national trends and decisions in collective bargaining; develops relationships with other public sector labor relations organizations through networking and membership in professional organizations; exchanges information regarding current trends in labor relations activities with District negotiators.
  • Oversees the assignment of newly established job classifications to appropriate bargaining or meet and confer units.
Position: Deputy - Employee and Labor Relations
Organization: The School District of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia,  PA 
United States
Posting Start Date: 9/9/2020
Date Posted: 9/9/2020

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Ten years of full-time, paid, professional experience in human resources, labor relations, labor/employment law, or labor negotiations, five of which have included major responsibility for advising management, labor and/or employees in a wide range of complex labor relations and personnel issues, including three years in an administrative or supervisory capacity.
  • All work experience related to the position must be included on the resume.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Demonstrated knowledge of:

  • the principles, practices and techniques used in collective bargaining, and contract management and interpretation.
  • the principles, practices and techniques of mediation, arbitration, and fact finding as used in the settlement of labor management controversies.
  • labor laws, acts and regulations.
  • the history of the labor movement, attendant personnel and labor problems, and current developments in the field of labor relations and the collective bargaining process.
  • the structure and interrelation of positions and job levels within organizations.

Demonstrated ability to:

  • plan, direct and evaluate the work of technical subordinates involved in arbitration and employee discipline hearings as part of the implementation of an employee and labor relations services program.
  • participate and assist in contract negotiations in an effective manner.
  • effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Status: This listing expires on: 10/24/2020
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Organization Information
The School District of Philadelphia
440 N. Broad Street

Philadelphia,  PA 19130
United States
Danielle Schultz