Deputy Principal Assistant

Deputy Director-Public Employment Relations Board

Recruitment #092223-MUPA13-200100


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Summary Statement

Professional level work managing and supervising daily activities of the Public Employment Relations and Merit Employees Relations Boards including case management, performance management of subordinates, planning and budget, and office efficiency. Work requires application of the principles and practices of dispute resolution, including administrative and quasi-judicial proceedings and the application and interpretation of statutory, regulatory and contractual provisions. This is an exempt position and reports to the PERB/MERB Executive Director.

Preferred Qualification

Applicants who do not possess the preferred qualification will still be eligible to compete for this position if job requirements are met.

  1. Attorney with at least six months experience in labor and employment law legal research.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of every job duty for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Responsible for the management of all budgetary processes, including working in the State automated programs (DFMS, OMS, PHRST and Mobius).
  • Responsible for the development of administrative processes (including regulations) and strategic planning in cooperation with the Executive Director.
  • Performs legal research for cases Determines legal precedents and applicable state and federal laws. Drafts recommended decisions and proposed orders based on findings of fact and conclusions of law. Researches other regulatory matters for the Director. Provides written recommendations on the disposition of any given matter .
  • May direct the post-hearing phased including review of legal briefs submitted by various involved parties.
  • Prepares public notices under appropriate statutory and regulatory requirements.
  • Conducts in-depth, comprehensive research. Reports findings to the Director, including precedent and prior agency precedent. Researches agency archives for information involving pending cases and in response to requests for information.
  • Responsible for facilitating resolution of labor disputes involving public sector employers, union and employees using current best practices in labor mediation and facilitation and for supporting cooperative collective bargaining relationships.

Job Requirements

Please attach a resume with your online application or use the resume tab in DEL to provide a detailed description of how your education, training and/or experience meets each job requirement including employer, experience/responsibilities and dates (month/year) of employment/training.  Applications must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Six months experience in policy administration which includes planning, developing, implementing and evaluating policies and procedures.
  2. One year experience in quasi-judicial proceedings.
  3. Six months experience in legal and policy research which includes systematic study to discover or establish facts.
  4. One year experience managing quasi-judicial processes, including identification of issues, drafting correspondence and evaluating probable cause.
  5. One year experience in legal writing, including finding facts, analyzing arguments and applying legal precedent.
  6. Bachelor's degree or higher in Legal Studies.

Additional Posting Information

This Position is Exempt from the State of Delaware Merit System.  

Writing Exercise: A writing exercise will be given at the time of interview.

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware Executive Branch participates in the Federal E-Verify system where the State will provide the federal government with each new hires Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our job seeker resources.


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Selection Process

Please attach a resume with your online application or use the resume tab in DEL to provide a detailed description of how your education, training and/or experience meets each job requirement including employer, experience/responsibilities and dates (month/year) of employment/training.  The application and resume are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.

The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.