Posted Date 1 week ago (7/22/2020 8:07 PM)
Requisition # 3927Source
Primary Shift Day
Hours Per Week 40.00
Overview Nuvance Health is a family of award-winning nonprofit
hospitals and healthcare professionals in the Hudson Valley and
western Connecticut. Nuvance Health combines highly skilled
physicians, state-of-the-art facilities and technology, and
compassionate caregivers dedicated to providing quality care across
a variety of clinical areas, including Cardiovascular,
Neurosciences, Oncology, Orthopedics, and Primary Care.
Nuvance Health has a network of convenient hospital and
outpatient locations — Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital,
Norwalk Hospital and Sharon Hospital in Connecticut, and Northern
Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital Center and Vassar Brothers
Medical Center in New York — plus multiple primary and specialty
care physician practices locations, including The Heart Center, a
leading provider of cardiology care, and two urgent care offices.
Non-acute care is offered through various affiliates, including the
Thompson House for rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, and
the Home Care organizations. For more information about Nuvance
Health, visit www.nuvancehealth.org .
Responsibilities The Director of Labor Relations is
responsible for the development and execution of labor relations
and positive employee relations strategies across Nuvance Health,
including 7 hospitals across 2 states. This includes setting
strategies for the delivery of labor relations services to meet the
business and operational needs system-wide across multiple union
groups, contracts, and stakeholders. Effectively provides advice,
counsel, and creative problem solving on labor relations matters to
leadership and management. Serves as a subject matter expert in
labor relations and ensures contract negotiations, contract
administration, union relationships, grievance processes,
organizing responses and educational development needs of the
organization are met. The Director of Labor Relations serves
as a key member of the Nuvance Health HR team, reporting to the VP
of Strategic Business Partnering & HR Governance.
Evaluates labor strategies to optimize opportunities for
partnership with unions, mitigate risks of disruption, and maintain
commitment to positive employee relations.
Establishes and maintains a strong partnership with the HR
Directors and HR Business Partners to provide subject matter
expertise on labor relations issues, understand issues arising from
labor management, and identify trends. Coordinates system-wide
Memorandums of Agreement (MOAs), handling of class actions, and
resolution of mid-contract bargaining objectives. Assists HR
Directors, HR Business Partners, and management with the
investigatory process in matters related to collective bargaining
Fosters positive, productive, and effective working
relationships with union leadership that ensures contract
compliance, drives proactive resolution of issues, and establishes
balanced expectations for contract negotiations.
Serves as a key member of the negotiating team, partnering with
External Labor Counsel to develop and execute negotiation
strategies in alignment with organizational priorities. Prepares
and maintains strike contingency plans.
Leads communication of system-wide strategic initiatives to
union bodies, and leads the notification and bargaining process for
new programs and policies across all unions.
Creates and executes a comprehensive positive employee relations
plan across Nuvance Health on an ongoing basis, including design
and execution of annual organizational assessments.
Oversees the grievance process, response to Unfair Labor
Practice Charges (ULPs), and response to Request for Information
(RFI)/Discovery requests from collective bargaining units as
appropriate on labor relations issues, policies and administrative
Serves as the Step 3 hearing officer for grievances, and
prepares arbitration and mediation cases as needed.
Serves as the subject matter expert on contract language,
organizational policies/practices, and labor law to effectively
consult with HR, organizational leadership, and internal/external
legal teams on all bargaining unit, and labor force issues.
Develops and leads educational efforts on managing in a union
environment, positive employee relations, and interpretation and
applicable of the collective bargaining agreements.
Partners with External Labor Counsel to represent Nuvance Health
at NLRB hearings, arbitrations, and mediations. Establishes and
leads strong responses to organizing campaigns.
Manages one or more Labor Specialists, and directs their work in
data analysis, grievance processing, scheduling of hearings,
document management, tracking of RFIs, delegate tracking, and other
labor relations support duties.
Qualifications Required Education, Credentials, and
This position requires a minimum formal education of Bachelor
Degree and minimum of 5 years of labor management experience.
Demonstrated experience in unionized healthcare environments with
multiple bargaining units.
Master’s Degree in Industrial or Labor Relations preferred.
Background in law or legal training. Labor Relations Certification,
SHRM-SCP, and/or HRCI SPHR preferred.
* Little or no manual skills / motor coord & finger
* Sedentary/light effort. May exert up to 10 lbs. force
* Generally pleasant working conditions.
* Little or no potential for occupational risk
Nuvance Health and its affiliates are Section 501(c)(3)
tax-exempt organizations and therefore eligible employees may
qualify for forgiveness of certain federal student loans under the
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Qualified Applicants are
considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental
or physical disability, race, color, religion, gender, national
origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status,
sexual orientation, marital status or any other classification
protected under applicable Federal, State or Local law.
We will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to the known
physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a
disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship
on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such
assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview,
please contact Human Resources at 203-739-7330 (for reasonable
accommodation requests only). Please provide all information
requested to assure that you are considered for current or future
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