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Associate Director, Human Resources 3 (Labor Relations), M3 (Management/Confidential)

(Open to current New York State employees only)

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking candidates for an Associate Director, Human Resources 3 (Labor Relations) position in the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM). Under the direction of the Director, Human Resources Management, the incumbent of this position will plan, develop, and direct the Department’s labor relations program, with major responsibility for contract administration, grievance and disciplinary administration, labor management, and employee relations activities. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Oversee the administration and implementation of applicable collective bargaining agreements;
  • Research contractual issues and provide technical advice to NYSED directors and program managers on complex technical issues;
  • Review and evaluate changes in negotiated agreements, and advise management of their impact on the labor relations program;
  • Oversee the administration of the agency grievance program and protocol, and process complex grievance issues;
  • Ensure that matters are resolved within the applicable statutory and contractual timeframes, and that decisions are complete and accurate;
  • Ensure and that grievance decisions are satisfactorily resolved, and that agency determinations are upheld;
  • Direct or participate in all statewide labor management committees and work groups;
  • Represent the agency in both statewide and agency level collective bargaining negotiations;
  • Analyze and make recommendations regarding the Memorandums of Agreement and Understanding for unclassified personnel at the NYS Schools for the Blind and Deaf;
  • Oversee the agency’s discipline program by providing technical assistance to program managers and supervisors in disciplinary matters;
  • Direct investigations and interrogations and make recommendations for appropriate action;
  • Review and issue written communications/documents, including notices of discipline;
  • Represent Department management in agency level reviews and hearings;
  • Conduct sensitive and complex disciplinary investigations/arbitrations or Section 75 hearings;
  • Prepare witnesses for both direct and cross examination, prepare and present opening statements, facilitate witness testimony, prepare/examine case evidence and theory, and respond to motions;
  • Deliver closing arguments or prepare written briefs summarizing major points of agency’s case;
  • Negotiate settlements where appropriate;
  • Oversee all investigations in which physical assault or neglect has been alleged, including cases referred by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Serve as primary agency liaison to the Justice Center;
  • Oversee all investigations in which harassment has been alleged and report findings to agency management;
  • Assess labor relations training needs and develop training and supporting materials and curricula;
  • Deliver training to supervisors of all levels regarding effective labor relations practices, NYS labor contracts, collective bargaining, employee discipline, and related topics;
  • Evaluate agency policies and procedures to assess their impact on the agency labor relations program, and recommend revisions or new policies;
  • Supervise and assign the work of the office, monitor and review completed work, and serve as a mentor and trainer to subordinate professional staff;
  • Assist the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) in presenting the State’s case at improper practice hearings before the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB);
  • Work with the Governor’s Negotiating Committee, PERB and other agencies and individuals concerned with employee relations to receive and provide information, resolve day-to-day problems and keep abreast of employee relations developments in other agencies and parts of the public and private sectors;
  • Represent the Department at meetings and conferences with agency administrators, legal staff, union officials, GOER, PERB and Civil Service;
  • Establish effective working relationships with union personnel to resolve sensitive or complex problems; and
  • Assist Counsel’s Office at hearings involving NYSED staff pursuant to the NYS Human Rights Law and participate in investigation meetings conducted by the NYS Division of Human Rights.
Minimum Qualifications: 

Section 52.6 Transfer:  Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service in a title allocated M-2 or higher eligible to transfer under Section 52.6 of the Civil Service Law.  For information regarding the transfer options of your current title, please visit the Civil Service Career Mobility Office Website.

Provisional Appointment: In the absence of an eligible list with three or more candidates willing to accept a position, a non-permanent provisional appointment may be considered. For non-permanent provisional appointment, candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service as an Associate Director, Human Resources 2 (Labor Relations) or Human Resources Specialist 3 (Labor Relations). Provisional candidates must take the examination for Associate Director, Human Resources 3 (Labor Relations) when it is next offered and must be reachable on the resulting eligible list to maintain employment.

Conditions of Employment: 

This will be a permanent or non-permanent provisional appointment. Promotions and transfers may change appointees’ negotiating unit. Candidates should be aware that changes in negotiating units may affect their salary, insurance, and other benefits.

*Leads to a maximum salary of $128,142 based on annual performance advances.


Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest and resume by December 1, 2021 to (e-mail submissions preferred). You must include the Box number (EXEC-93/00707) of the position in the subject line of your email and cover letter to ensure receipt of your application.

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Deadline Date: 
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
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Office Information

Office of Human Resources Management
NYS Education Department
89 Washington Avenue, Room 528 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Fax (518) 486-5631

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