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Manager Labor Relations

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Job ID: 6483
Location: Vancouver, WA
Work Type: Full Time
Shift: Day
Shift Length: 8 Hours
FTE: 1.00
Benefit Eligibility: Full-time benefits

Job Description


PeaceHealth is seeking a Manager Labor Relations for a Full Time, Day position.

Manages the coordination of the activities of a business unit or department with responsibility for results including costs, methods, and staffing. Responsible for operational performance, quality, service environment and regulatory compliance. Receives assignment in the form of objectives and determines how to use resources to meet schedules and goals. Under the direction of the System Director of Labor/Caregiver Relations, manages and supports the labor relations program at PeaceHealth. Program activities include negotiation of collective bargaining agreements; contract administration and interpretation; and, guidance/coordination of related management activities consistent with the mission of the health system. The Labor Relations Manager supervises a team of Labor Relations staff providing direct service to administrative departments and serves as a key contributor to development and maintenance of the collective bargaining agreement.


  1. Administers and manages administration of labor contracts; provides interpretation of labor contracts to managers, employees and HR staff; oversees processes for review and resolution of employee grievances.
  2. Advises managers and employees on sensitive labor and employee relations matters, including grievance and arbitration procedures, performance issues and disciplinary actions; advises and assists managers in identifying employee relations issues and determining appropriate course of action.
  3. Serves as the chief negotiator in contract negotiations with recognized employee organizations. Maintains current knowledge of employee and labor relations trends, legal decisions, and statutory changes; conducts research necessary to support contract negotiations and employee relations. Uses appropriate negotiation strategies to develop bargaining goals and negotiate contracts consistent with the mission, values and goals.
  4. Manages the labor relations team to provide guidance to management staff by contract interpretation, investigation and advice on a full range of employee relations matters including informal and formal grievances, development of performance management plans, disciplinary issues, employee assistance referrals, and reduction in force issues.
  5. Facilitates on-going communication and working relationships with employee representative organizations including coordination of joint labor-management committees.
  6. Provides information, advice and assistance to Human Resources department managers and staff regarding application of statutes, regulations, contracts and employee relations practices relating to their functional areas.
  7. Develops and recommends to the Director of Human Resources policies and procedures concerning employee relations and personnel practices.
  8. Supervises staff. Hires, evaluates, trains, disciplines and recommends dismissal of staff as necessary.
  9. Participates in the development and delivery of management training programs designed to advance the human resources.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS Required unless otherwise stated

  • Bachelor’s degree required or a combination of education and professional experience that provides the incumbent with the requisite knowledge, skills and ability to successfully perform the job.

  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible, professional experience in collective bargaining and labor relations activities experience.
  • Minimum of 2 years of leadership experience required.
  • Experience in leading contract administration, grievance processing, performance management and disciplinary activities, as well as facilitating on-going communication and working relationships with employee representative organizations and other hospital stakeholders.

  • Ability to deliver financial results for areas of accountability.
  • Knowledge of Principles and practices of employee and labor relations, collective bargaining and employment laws; Human Resources theories, practices and techniques; Supervisory principles.
  • Knowledge of Program development and administration principles and practices.
  • Practical application of collective bargaining and employment laws.
  • Effective written and oral communications, listening, presentation, group facilitation; influencing and negotiations;
  • Skilled in application of processes for influencing performance management.
  • Effective use of mediation and conflict resolution techniques.
  • Skilled in computerized systems for word processing, spreadsheet applications and data bases to retrieve and analyze data and/or create reports.
  • Coordinating activities with other internal departments and/or external agencies.
  • Effective project and time management.
  • Ability to reconcile labor relations issues in the context of both existing labor agreements and desired future states of labor and employee relations.
  • Ability to work with diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of caregivers and the communities we serve.
  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects concurrently. 

See how PeaceHealth is committed to Inclusivity, Respect for Diversity and Cultural Humility.  

For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application. EEO Affirmative Action Employer/Vets/Disabled in accordance with applicable local, state, or federal laws.

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