Labor Negotiator

City of Tacoma - Tacoma, WA3.8

The City of Tacoma is seeking a highly motivated and creative problem solver to join our experienced team of Labor Negotiators. Under the direction of the Senior Labor Relations Manager, you will serve as lead negotiator for multiple collective bargaining agreements each year and be the first point of contact for City departments in need of contract administration assistance. In this role, you will develop and maintain business relationships with senior leaders from City management and labor unions. The City of Tacoma offers a seasoned Labor Negotiator the opportunity to grow their skills, with collective bargaining agreements covering office and field workers, as well as public safety, utilities, and the railroad industry. Approximately 75% of Tacoma's 3,600 employees are in 29 bargaining units represented by 12 different labor unions. The Labor Negotiator is an appointive FLSA-exempt position that works in an office environment and occasionally includes evening hours.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:
Negotiate collective bargaining agreements on behalf of the City and its departments as assigned
Coordinate proposals for changes in collective bargaining agreements with department management negotiation teams
Assist department staff and management by clarifying and reviewing proposed actions impacting represented employees
Prepare cost analyses, exhibits and summaries of salary survey information in support of contract negotiations
Research contract and negotiation history to resolve contract interpretation and application issues
Investigate and provide advice regarding employee grievances and complaints; coordinate grievance tracking and processing
Represent departments during labor-related meetings, fact-finding processes, and administrative proceedings
Testify at grievance arbitration hearings and matters before the Public Employment Relations Commission
Serve as a City contact and management liaison for Union leaders and business representatives
Prepare responses to requests for information
Prepare a variety of labor union related correspondence

The City of Tacoma also has a very generous benefit package with one of the best pension packages in the market. These generous employee benefits include:
A defined benefit pension plan that prepares you for retirement.
Medical coverage for eligible employees, spouses and dependents, including children up to age 26.
Vision care with VSP for employees and eligible dependents enrolled in the Regence PPO medical plan with vision benefits.
Dental coverage for eligible employees and their eligible dependents, including dependent children up to the age of 26.
Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code.
Generous amount of paid holidays and personal time off.
For more information on the City of Tacoma's benefit package feel free to explore City of Tacoma Benefits.

City of Tacoma Recruitment Information:
One of the primary goals of the City of Tacoma Equity and Empowerment Initiative is that the City of Tacoma workforce reflects the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and we welcome candidates with diverse and/or multicultural skill sets and personal experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work and play.

The Principles that Guide Us:
Tacoma, the City of Destiny, has a workforce of dedicated, talented employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement. The Principles that Guide Us, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity, speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.

An equivalent combination to: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in labor relations, law, public administration, human resources management, or a closely related field, and three years of increasingly responsible labor relations experience.

Other Desired Qualifications:
Experience in a public sector entity environment preferred.
Experience dealing with multiple and diverse collective bargaining agreements.
Successful candidate will have demonstrated competencies and significant accomplishments from prior work experience.

Washington Driver License or the ability to travel around the City in a timely manner
Acceptable result from a background check is required

Negotiate Collective Bargaining Agreements
Effectively work with others to present and understand interests, and actively strive to achieve agreements or resolve differences in a timely manner.

Employ expertise, credibility, and effective partnering to help clients identify, evaluate and resolve complex and sensitive issues, problems and service needs.
Relationship Building

Build constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation and mutual respect.

Use data and information in a clear and rational thought process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions and make decisions.
Communication Effectiveness

Convey clear, timely, written and verbal, persuasive messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others.

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter describing your experience, training, and expertise as it relates to the responsibilities of this position. Please answer all supplemental questions fully. Applications received without all the requested materials may not progress in the selection process.

Applicants who have the strongest backgrounds related to the responsibilities of this position will be invited to participate in the interview process. Appointment is subject to passing a background check.

NOTE: This is a continuous recruitment until the ideal candidate is discovered. The first review of applications will be the week of November 26, 2018 and may result in an invitation to interview. A second review of application materials received after this time will be conducted if the first review round does not reveal the ideal candidate. It is in the best interest of all candidates to ensure your application materials are submitted via our on-line process before the date of the first review.

Our City:
With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.

When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible schedules with some job classifications, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:
The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, questions regarding this job announcement, or if you are experiencing complications while applying, please contact the Human Resources office at (253) 591-5400.