Labor Relations Specialist

USfalcon - Washington, DC4.2

Part-timeEstimated: $67,000 - $96,000 a year
USfalcon, Inc. recognized as one of the fastest growing, privately held companies in the United States, is seeking a Labor Relations Specialist to serve as team advisor or Chief Negotiator during contract negotiations between American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and units of the Northeast Region of the National Park Service located in Philadelphia, PA.

  • This role is part-time and travel is required to attend negotiation meetings as scheduled. All other work may be performed remotely.
Serve as team advisor or Chief Negotiator during contract negotiations between American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and units of the Northeast Region of the National Park Service.

Lead, advise, and participate in negotiation of the Master Agreement.

Provide expert advice and assistance to Northeast Region Human Resources in setting goals and milestones in preparation for negotiations of the Master Agreement.

Provide strategic and tactical advice related to composition of the management bargaining team, bargaining preparation, ground rule negotiations, conducting management surveys, negotiations, negotiability appeals, impasse handling and related matters.

Identify tasks to be completed by NER and/or NPS functional or operational entities in the preparation for and during the negotiation process.

Review and analyze all proposals submitted by the union and provide counterproposals when and where needed.

Provide advice and guidance on bargaining tactics and strategy during negotiation and impasse procedures.

Organize and catalog all proposals, counterproposals, and other written material that result from negotiations to be maintained by the agency as its bargaining history. Such documents may also include handwritten notes, correspondence with the union, correspondence with third parties (e.g. the Federal Service Impasses Panel or the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, etc.) and any other appropriate documents or media in other formats that would capture the bargaining history.

Advise, and prepare all draft documents in response to unfair labor practice charges, negotiability issues and appeals to the Federal Labor Relations Authority that result from negotiations of the Master Agreement.

Assist in the preparation of impasse positions, arguments, and presentations in cases before the Federal Impasse Panel and Federal Labor Relations Authority.

Develop a supervisory handbook providing guidance on the interpretation and application of the Master Agreement. This includes an article by article explanation of the agreement and its terms.

Develop and deliver a training course(s) for senior leadership, human resources professionals and supervisors and managers on the new agreement to include developing course materials, evaluation forms and other related items as determined by the government.

Assist in resolving continuing issues that arise under the agreement including those that are involved in the negotiated and grievance and arbitration processes.

You will be required to travel to 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 to attend preparation sessions with management and negotiation sessions with management and the union. Trips to Philadelphia will be no more than 24 times in a year (based on two bargaining sessions per month).

You will be required to travel to three (3) training sites (the Northeast Regional Office in Philadelphia, PA, Shenandoah National Park in Luray, VA, and Gateway National Recreation Area in Staten Island, NY) to present training sessions to supervisors and managers after the collective bargaining agreement is approved and executed.


Required Skills:
10 years’ progressively responsible experience in labor relations and contract negotiation experience, in the public sector. Working knowledge and experience in labor law and the processes and practices related to collective bargaining.
Ability to work independently under limited direction with a high level of autonomy and responsibility in accordance with Federal Agency rules and regulations, laws, and codes.
Ability to deal effectively with individuals of various backgrounds and to cope with conflicting points of view, functions under pressure and demonstrative discretion, integrity and fairness.
Ability to utilize a personal computer and related software packages to perform word processing, analysis, information retrieval, and tracking.

Desired Skills:
Effective and clear communication styles in both verbal and written.
Knowledgeable in federal human resources practices, employee and labor relations, employment law, strategies and processes.
Ability to compile and analyze information.
Thorough knowledge of public sector labor relations practices.
Education: Bachelor’s degree required, Master's degree preferred.

Clearance: None