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Seattle Public Library
Seattle, WA, United States
29 days ago
Seattle Public Library
Seattle, Washington, United States
29 days ago


Under the direction of the Employee Relations Director, the Employee and Labor Relations Manager takes an active role in managing the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, communication with the leaders of Local 2083 of AFSCME, employee relations, and performance management. The manager contributes to the development of Human Resources policies, procedures and strategies, and supervises Human Resources Specialists.

Serves as one of the Library’s negotiators in contract negotiations with Local 2083 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Keeps informed of employee and labor relations trends, legal decisions and statutory changes; conducts research to support contract negotiations. Uses interest-based bargaining strategies to negotiate contracts that are consistent with The Seattle Public Library’s mission, values and goals.
Facilitates ongoing communication and a collaborative relationship with Local 2083 of AFSCME, including the coordination of monthly Joint Labor-Management Committee meetings.
Oversees the administration of collective bargaining agreements; provides interpretation of contracts to managers, employees and Human Resources staff.
Provides guidance to managers and supervisors on a full range of employee relations matters, including informal and formal grievances, performance issues and disciplinary actions, employee assistance referrals, and other workforce management issues. Investigates and resolves employee relations issues. Conducts effective, thorough and objective investigations.
Analyzes information and data necessary to determine cost and policy implications of negotiations and disputes. This may include management and union proposals, pay scales and wages, benefits, working conditions and other mitigating circumstances.
Provides ongoing training for supervisors, including conflict resolution, performance management, etc. Participates in the development and evaluation of training and career development programs for employees.
Develops and administers Human Resources policies and practices. Supports and develops new strategies and practices to support the ongoing effort to build an inclusive and diverse workforce.
Maintains a thorough understanding of federal and Washington state employment and labor relations laws. Collaborates with the City of Seattle’s legal department, as needed. Provides information and assistance to Human Resources staff regarding application of statutes, regulations and employee relations practices relating to their functional areas.

Analyzes multiple data sources, trends and metrics in partnership with the Human Resources team to develop solutions, programs and policies. Develops and recommends policies and procedures concerning employee relations and personnel practices to the Director of Employee Relations.

Supervises Human Resources Specialists who are responsible for HR data management and analytics, employee onboarding, processing personnel transactions, employee engagement and recognition, training and development, and the Library’s volunteer services program.

The ideal candidate is an authentic, personable and transparent leader who values collaborative problem solving, public service and the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. The candidate must be analytical, innovative, and have excellent communication and project management skills.

Please note: This job advertisement is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of this role. 


Education: A baccalaureate degree in business or public administration, education, human resources, liberal arts or social sciences. Human Resources certification as a PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP is preferred.  

A combination of education, training, certification and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements. 
Required Human Resources Experience: A minimum of seven years in human resources administration, including at least five years in employee and labor relations. Candidates must have experience with negotiating collective bargaining agreements; coordinating a joint labor-management committee; and a thorough understanding of federal and Washington state laws that pertain to employment and labor relations.
Additional Human Resources Experience: Substantial experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred: performance management, conducting investigations, talent management, and training and development.
Essential Skills: Proficient in interest-based bargaining; project management; dispute resolution; employee investigations; and designing training for supervisors. Ability to comprehend, interpret and apply the appropriate sections of applicable laws, ordinances and policies. Ability to exercise discretion in the handling of sensitive and confidential employee information.
Communication Skills: Excellent oral and written communication; group facilitation; ability to communicate with diverse Library employees in a respectful and caring manner. Ability to remain tactful, calm and diplomatic in all situations.
Analytical and Organizational Skills: Ability to gather and analyze data from a variety of sources, use workforce data and analytics to interpret information for others and develop effective strategies. Must be able to manage multiple projects and ensure effective action and follow-through.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 58455923
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington, United States
  • Position Title: Employee and Labor Relations Manager
  • Company Name: Seattle Public Library
  • Job Function: Employee Relations
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: None
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $108,743.04 - $132,149.52 (Yearly Salary)

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