In the Office of Policy and Management, Office of Labor Relations this class is accountable for assisting in the development and administration of the programs and operations of the state's labor relations program including collective bargaining negotiations, contract administration and employer representation in administrative hearings and before State courts.
Receives administrative direction from the Undersecretary - Office of Policy and Management.
Assists in administering programs and operations of the Office of Labor Relations; assists in directing all staff.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Assists in administering staff and operations of the Office of Labor Relations;
Assists in development, implementation and evaluation of policies, goals and objectives; implements new procedures and procedural revisions;
Advises elected and appointed state officials on labor relations issues and strategies;
Develops related policy;
Directs or assists in direction of research and analysis of programs involving compensation and benefits;
Mediates and resolves most complex labor issues;
Administers and may negotiate collective bargaining agreements;
Recommends economic guidelines for settlement;
Develops and implements labor relations training programs for state agencies;
Trains, reviews work and coordinates activities of staff negotiators;
Represent state at various hearings, adversary proceedings, negotiations or labor meetings;
Prepare and represent the State in cases before State courts;
Reviews and analyzes draft legislation;
Prepares and presents testimony before the legislature;
Assumes responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the Office in absence of the Chief;
Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
May oversee Executive Branch contract negotiations and labor relations activities;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of
and ability to apply management principles and practices;
relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
collective bargaining and labor relations;
program development and administration;
legal principles and practice, civil procedure and rules of evidence;
rules of practice and procedures before administrative and judicial bodies;
principles and practices of public sector employee job classification, compensation and benefits;
Knowledge of human resources administration;
oral and written communication skills;
Considerable ability to interpret and apply statutes, contracts and regulations;
Ability to identify statewide labor relations training needs and develop relevant programs.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
A law degree and five (5) years of professional experience in labor relations, labor contract negotiations and presentation of arbitration or prohibited practice complaints.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Three (3) years of the General Experience must have involved experience performing a full range of labor relations activities related to the administration of an employer's labor relations program and collective bargaining agreements.
NOTE: For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of a Labor Relations Specialist.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
A Master's degree in labor relations may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
Incumbents in this class must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Labor Relations Assistant Chief in Salary Group MP 73 approved effective April 3, 2015. (Revised to add Acknowledgement section and modify content) Final 23-001