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University of Washington LABOR RELATIONS SPECIALIST (TEMPORARY) in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 206215


Job Location Detail: Hybrid Eligible

Posting Date: 04/29/2022

Closing Info: Closes On 05/29/2022

Salary: salary is commensurate with education and experience

Shift: First Shift

Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here. (

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. The mission of Labor Relations is to provide comprehensive service to departments within the University of Washington and the Medical Centers for all labor-related issues, negotiate collective bargaining agreements with unions representing University employees in accordance with prevailing University policy and law, and represent the University's interests when dealing with labor organizations. The primary focus of this position is to actively participate in collective bargaining and successfully articulate the evolving labor relations positions of the University of Washington in a variety of online and print media. Additionally, the Labor Relations Specialist will ensure the coordination and implementation of labor agreements, across other areas of the University. UW HR has an outstanding opportunity for a Temporary Labor Relations Specialist. This position will assist in project managing the Labor Relations workload and ensuring appropriate and timely interactions. The candidate must be able to: •Understand the dynamics of the evolving UW labor relations strategy as it aligns with the mission, vision and goals of the University of Washington while grasping the subtleties of the positions and points of view being expressed at the bargaining table and through other formal meetings. •Demonstrate organizational awareness, judgment, discretion, tact and subject matter expertise to ensure that matters undertaken by Labor Relations personnel are developed, tracked, monitored and delivered in a timely and consistent fashion. •Demonstrate outstanding listening and observational skills coupled with a strong ability to forcefully convey facts and key messages in a neutral, clear and consistent manner. •Apply working knowledge of UW organizations' business functions, roles and processes to ensure that business partners have the information needed to complete action steps. •Monitor and track the progress of implementation plans and union requests RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: • Project management related to settlement implementation and processing, and information requests. • Taking detailed notes/maintaining the primary written record during collective bargaining and other formal meetings • Collaborate with a wide range of UW offices, departments and schools as well as outside sources in order to ensure that messages are timely, accurate and consistent with the mission, vision and goals of the UW. • Compile, format and finalize collective bargaining agreements for dissemination and web viewing. •Serve as point person for implementation and information requests, tracking and reporting on activities and outcomes of labor relations initiatives within an assigned area. •Update key Labor Relations partners on the status of deliverables related to Labor Relations initiatives. • Apply a sophisticated, in-depth understanding of labor relations issues to craft summaries that effectively capture the facts brought forth during collective bargaining sessions and further the labor relations strategy of the University. Those summaries must then be vetted and active participation from other UW stakeholders must be secured with a view to timely publication on appropriate electronic or print media, such as the Labor Relations website. •Actively participate in Labor Relations team planning, internal communications, goal setting and assessment. •Work with the Labor Relations team to organize, develop and document labor relations processes. • Assist with administrative tasks including meeting scheduling and meeting preparation, triaging and responding to emails and phone calls, and provide back-up phone coverage as necessary. • Conduct special projects and other duties as assigned. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree and 3 to 5 years of related experience Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: • Experience as a project manager where timeliness, group collaboration and quality outputs are measured and essential; • Demonstrated ability to form and mobilize project specific teams with and ensure collaborations across the team and with other teams; • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with unions while maintaining an excellent relationship of trust and integrity; • Ability to quickly adapt and prioritize amidst competing projects in a constantly-evolving environment • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse individuals from a wide variety of personal and professional backgrounds; Effective, compelling and diplomatic communication style in person, over the phone and by the written word; • Experience in writing draft language for press releases, executive summaries and articles for print or electronic media; • Experience and discretion working with and protecting confidential and sensitive information • Excellent facility with electronic systems including all elements of Microsoft Office and SharePoint; • A clear sense of urgency and strong organizational ability • Attentive to detail, with strong proofreading and editing skills. DESIRED: • Training or experience in Labor Relations, Payroll, Human Resources, Contract Management, and/or Project Management. • Familiarity with basic HTML a plus. WORKING CONDITIONS: Office environment, first shift. Typically telework eligible Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.