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Labor Relations Specialist
Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date Posted 05/10/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details
Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Labor Relations Specialist
Job Category Staff & Executive - Human Resources
Department Office of University Labor Relations
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766 and celebrated a milestone 250th anniversary in 2016, the university is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States. More than 70,800 students and 27,000 faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world.
Rutgers University–New Brunswick took root over 250 years ago. We are the state’s most comprehensive intellectual resource—the flagship campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as designated by the Association of American Universities. We are the region’s most high-profile public research institution and a leading national research center with a global impact.
Posting Summary
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Labor Relations Specialist for the Office of University Labor Relations. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Labor Relations[LV1] , this position is responsible for assisting in the negotiation, interpretation, and administration of collective negotiations agreements for Rutgers University.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
  • Participates in collective negotiations, designs and delivers workshops on employee and labor relations subjects, and develops and administers University employee and labor relations policies and procedures.
  • Resolves a wide variety of complex employee – supervisor – and union-related employee relations and labor relations issues.
  • Advises supervisors and employees about labor and employee relations matters.
  • Conducts research on existing, new, and anticipated legislation as requested.
  • Provides guidance on grievance procedures.
  • In collaboration with University Human Resources, provides recommendations for new and existing human resources policies.
  • Works on a regular basis with the Office of Senior Vice President and General Counsel (“OGC”) on the presentation of, and strategy for, grievance and disciplinary arbitrations, PERC proceedings, and contract interpretation issues.
  • Demonstrates commitment to valuing diversity, equity and inclusion, and contributes to an inclusive learning and working environment (part of all key duties above).
Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift
FLSA Exempt
Grade 06
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 71087.000
Annual Mid Range Salary 89978.500
Annual Maximum Salary 108870.000
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description Administrators Confidential
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft
Rutgers offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees. For details, please go to http://uhr.rutgers.edu/benefits/benefits-overview .
Rutgers also offers a benefit program to eligible full-time postdoctoral fellow students. For details, please go to https://finance.rutgers.edu/healthcare-risk/insurance/postdoctoral-health-insurance.
COVID-19 Immunization Requirement
Under Policy 60.1.35 , Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and have received a booster (where eligible) against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption.  Prospective employees who are not eligible for a booster at the time of an offer of employment must provide proof they have received a booster within two weeks (14 calendar days) of eligibility .  Based on current guidance, individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of any COVID-19 vaccine authorized or approved for use in the United States by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Eligibility for a booster against COVID-19 varies and is explained on the University’s web site located at https://coronavirus.rutgers.edu/covid-19-vaccine .  Failure to provide proof of primary vaccination and booster will result in rescission of a prospective employee’s offer of employment and/or disciplinary action up to and including termination.
Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility ABP


Minimum Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in labor relations, human resources or business administration or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively more complex experience, preferably in labor relations or human resources in a unionized environment
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge of employment and labor law
  • Proficiency in the use of databases and software
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • A relevant advanced degree or law degree
  • Prior experience in higher education and/or the public sector
  • Experience in employee or labor relations in an academic medical center or healthcare facility
  • Experience costing proposals and wages in labor negotiations.
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment
  • Use of personal vehicle in order to travel for business demands; a valid driver’s license
Special Conditions
  • Clean Driving Record

Posting Details

Posting Number 22ST1602
Posting Open Date 05/09/2022
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus Cook (RU-New Brunswick)
Location Details
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Pre-employment Screenings

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

Infection Control and Safety

This position is subject to all Rutgers University policies, including TB surveillance and other infection control and safety policies. Please review the Tuberculosis Surveillance Policy for additional information.

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address: http://uhr.rutgers.edu/non-discrimination-statement

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