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Director - Labor Relations

Job ID: PS103242
Business Unit: Long Island Rail Road
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Vice Pres Labor Relations Det
Date Posted: Oct 20, 2023


Title:                                             Director - Labor Relations                

Department:                                  Labor Relations    

Post Date:                                     11/16/2022    

Close Date:                                  Open Until Filled          

Hay Point Evaluation:                  920  

Salary Range:                               $112,400-$147,525

Position Classification:                 Non-Safety Sensitive

Location:                                      Queens   

Reports To:                                   Deputy Chief Labor Relations Officer  


This is a Non-Represented Position.


Please note that this position has been designated as a “Policy Maker” pursuant to the New York State Public Officers Law & the MTA Code of Ethics.  As such, you will be required to complete a Financial Disclosure Statement that will be provided to you by the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

This position is responsible for providing labor relations direction at the LIRR, as well as providing advisement of labor relations matters and direct support to the Deputy Chief Labor Relations Officer. Serves as a LIRR management representative in the negotiation of labor contracts and is responsible for implementation and administration of contracts to promote labor-management harmony and maximize productivity and efficiency at the railroad.  Under the direction of the Deputy Chief Labor Relations Officer, this position also serves as the highest designated officer of the Carrier under the Railway Labor Act for the resolution of discipline and grievances submitted by employees and/or their union representatives, as well as the lead advocate for LIRR management at labor arbitrations.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

Provide expert guidance and advice to operating department managers and supervision regarding the avoidance of disputes and the resolution of disputes that have arisen.

Advise and counsel Deputy Chief Labor Relations Officer, Director – Labor Relations Negotiations on current labor relations issues.

Manage and direct all day-to-day labor relations’ administration tasks including handling of grievances at appeal meetings, preparation and presentation of cases for arbitration hearings.

Serve as Company spokesman for subcommittees established pursuant to collective bargaining or resolution of other matters, which require that resolution of the issue is made by amendment to collective bargaining agreements.

Select, develop and motivate personnel within the department. Provide career development for subordinates. Provide prompt and effective coaching and counseling. Responsible for discipline/termination of employees when necessary. Review direct reports and approve performance appraisals. Promote safe work practices and provide safe working conditions. Create a professional environment that respects individual differences and enables all employees to develop and contribute to their full potential.

Ensure a safe working environment and adherence to guidelines of company safety policies and procedures. Lead by example.

Perform other assignments as requested by Sr.  Management.

Must possess a Bachelors Degree in Labor Relations, Human Resources or related field. A Juris Doctor Degree with New York State Bar Admission is strongly preferred.

Minimum of ten (10) years experience in Labor Contract Management which includes negotiation, arbitration, collective bargaining analysis and dispute resolution.

Minimum of ten (10) years of dispute resolution experience, including the ability to successfully coordinate and manage diverse and time sensitive issues simultaneously

Minimum eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience managing professionals.

Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to provide direction, develop, motivate and foster teamwork.

In depth knowledge of collective bargaining agreements and process.

In depth knowledge and experience in labor arbitration process, trial and/or hearing procedures.

In depth mediation and conflict resolution skills with the ability to influence and reach satisfactory resolutions of Labor Relations problems.

Excellent negotiating skills with the ability to reason and compromise.

Capable of exercising independent judgment and displays creative problem-solving skills

Demonstrated experience managing competing priorities

Excellent oral, written and presentation skills

Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively communicate with all levels in the Company, Union Officials, MTA, outside agencies.

Knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or comparable applications

Knowledge of Railway Labor Act and railroad operations.

In addition to meeting the minimum requirements of the position, the selection process may include, but is not limited to a pre-screening assessment (i.e., physical, written and/ or practical evaluation) and interview. Candidates forfeit further consideration in the process if they fail to participate in any step of the process when scheduled. Make up dates/times will not be given. In addition, LIRR employee applicants must be in their current position for the 12 months immediately preceding the close date of this posting and must possess a satisfactory work history, including attendance and discipline record. A record of more than ten sick days without medical documentation in two of the last three years is considered unsatisfactory attendance.  Not all qualified applicants are guaranteed an interview due to the competitive selection process. A medical examination and safety-sensitive drug/alcohol test may also be required.

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