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Washington State Department of Transportation Labor Relations Manager – WSF in Seattle, Washington

About WSDOTWashington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project. The OpportunityWSDOT is looking for a seasoned HR professional to manage the Labor Relations program at Washington State Ferries (WSF). The WSF system is the largest ferry system in the United States and an essential component of Washington's transportation network. More than 1,800 employees in the Puget Sound region collaborate to safely and effectively transport nearly 25 million passengers annually!The WSF business relies heavily on this Labor Relations Manager position, which provides the entire organization with strategic direction and oversight regarding Ferries' labor relations. In addition, the WSF Labor Relations Manager acts as the company's representative in all interactions with the eleven (11) Ferries unions, participating in and coordinating PERC hearings, negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, and other forms of labor dispute resolution. The successful individual selected for this role will also assist with labor relations/employee relations, recruitment, classification and compensation, risk mitigation, and proactive guidance regarding labor relations. This position also provides consultative services and proactive guidance regarding a broad range of sensitive human resource functions. What to ExpectAmong the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Labor Relations Manager will: *Administer and interpret labor relations contracts and work with management/directors and unions to resolve issues of mutual concern during the term of the agreement. *Resolve employee grievances via the contracts and grievance procedures, including arbitration and mediation. *Develop and present training programs on labor relations and employment-related matters. *Interface proactively and build relationships with union officials to anticipate potential labor relations issues. *Execute proactive labor/management relations strategies and actions to ensure positive employee relations and enable business priority and achievement. *Represent the department in labor negotiations and contract administration; provides day-to-day and strategic labor relations consultation. *Evaluate union proposals to determine how they align with managements business priorities and strategic planning efforts. *Develop counterproposals to support business needs and implement the department's bargaining strategy. *Coordinate with other departments, including the Office of Financial Management, the State Human Resources and Labor Relations Section (OFM/SHR/LRS), and the Attorney General's Office (AGO), to ensure that the Ferries Division is effectively represented in all labor relations-related activities and litigation. *Act as the point of contact for coordinating activities related to interest arbitration before and during collective bargaining. QualificationsTo be considered for this opportunity, the following are required: *Five (5) years of professional HR experience performing senior-level consulting on workplace issues in a heavily unionized environment; a degree in human resources or a related field may substitute for two years of the required experience. (Senior-level experience consists of representing parties in negotiations for labor agreements; disciplinary and grievan