Assistant Director of Labor Relations

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Job Opening: Assistant Director of Personnel, Labor & Employee Relations
Department: Personnel
Posting Date: November 22, 2022
Salary: $89, 000 -$115,000 annual


The Assistant Director of Personnel for Labor & Employee Relations, under direction from the County Executive Director and Director of Personnel, performs the complete work of planning, organizing, and directing all labor and employee relations activity for the County of Delaware. Additionally, they serve as the administrator of and lead negotiator for the County’s ten (10) collective bargaining agreements. The Assistant Director advises the County Executive Director, Director of Personnel, and all managers within the City on collective bargaining matters. The Assistant Director will be responsible for building, maintaining, and promoting positive relationships with the various union representatives and County management.

Essential Duties

Serve as the County’s lead negotiator in matters relating to collective bargaining

Lead and coordinate all collective bargaining activities, including contract negotiation, contract administration, and outreach to unionized employees and their representatives.

Coordinate employee outreach and training regarding changes to the County’s total compensation package with Personnel Department management and employees

Formulate, recommend, and implement labor management and negotiation strategies to ensure a fair and fiscally-sound approach to employee compensation.

In coordination with the Department of Budget Management and Department of Personnel employees, develop cost models for use during contract negotiations

Develop and maintain collaborative working relationship with bargaining unit representatives

Represent the County of Delaware in grievance hearings and other meetings regarding compensation, benefits, working conditions, and other conditions of employment

Represent the County of Delaware in front of the County Personnel Board, Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB), and other decision-making bodies

Review legislation impacting collective bargaining and formulates appropriate recommendations.

Interpret and ensure appropriate application of of state, local and federal laws and regulations as well as County policies, including (but not necessarily limited to) EEO, AA, and ADA, as these laws/regulations/policies relate to human resource functions;

Advise and train managers and supervisors in best employee relations practices and strategies for managing supervisor problems and employee grievances. Develop further training as needed

Monitor implementation of policies concerning wages, hours and working conditions to ensure compliance to labor contract terms

Manages and directs the day-to-day work of the County’s HR Advisor for Employee Relations

Perform all other duties, tasks and special projects as assigned


Bachelor's degree, preferred in Labor/Industrial Relations, Human Resources Management, Public Administration or related field

Advanced degree, such as a master’s degree or Juris Doctorate, preferred

Minimum of eight (8) years of labor/employee relations experience

Designation as a Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP) from the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (NPELRA) strongly preferred but not required.

Experience in a multi-contract, multi-union environment preferred

Comprehensive knowledge of Human Resources laws and regulations

Experience with EEO/harassment investigations and general workplace complaint resolution

Ability to build collaborative relationships with employees at all levels of the organization

Hands-on commitment to getting the job done

Residence Requirement: The County of Delaware has a residency requirement for employees. Anyone applying for this job must reside in Delaware County or be willing to move to the County within three months of starting employment.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


To apply, please fill out our online application form.

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         Media, PA 19063
  •   8:30AM - 4:30PM
           Monday - Friday
  •   610-891-4000

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