Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Employee Labor Relations - posted 1/15/19

Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Employee Labor Relations - posted 1/15/19

Company Name: 
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
FT/PT Status: 
Full Time
San Luis Obispo
Salary Range: 
Job Summary: 

Another Source’s client, Cal Poly, is recruiting an Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Employee Labor Relations to join their team.

Here’s a little about Cal Poly and the position they are recruiting for:
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The Benefits
As part of the CSU system, Cal Poly offers a very generous benefits package, including the following:

  • Enrollment in CalPERS (Public Employee Retirement System)
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance at competitive rates or no cost to employee
  • Program to allow employee or an eligible family member to attend classes at any of the CSUs for reduced fees
  • More information is available on the Cal Poly benefits page

Under the general direction of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Personnel, the Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Personnel (AVP) is responsible for academic employee labor relations. The AVP oversees, supports and interacts with academic personnel staff, college deans, department heads and chairs, and staff in the colleges, library and counseling services with respect to all academic employee labor relations matters. This position also administers and develops leadership development opportunities for Academic Affairs. This position serves as the primary labor relations liaison with various campus departments, auxiliaries, and off-campus units such as the Chancellor's Office and labor associations.

The following examples illustrate typical work activities and are not meant to be all inclusive or restrictive:

Daily 90%

  • Administers and implements the collective bargaining agreement for all Unit 3 faculty employees, Unit 11 Teaching Associates, Graduate Assistants, and Instructional Student Assistants.
  • Provides strategic, proactive, and innovative leadership to develop and administer programs designed to create a collaborative positive working environment.
  • Provides training, coaching and consultation to the deans, associate deans, department heads and chairs, and college staff related to the implementation of contract requirements.
  • Investigates and mediates informal and formal complaints by faculty unit employees (Unit 3) and academic student employees (Unit 11).
  • Collaborates with academic administrators assigned responsibility for grievances, determines if a violation of employee rights has occurred and, if appropriate, facilitates informal resolution, participates in grievance meetings, investigates and prepares written responses to grievances.
  • Collaborates with the Chancellor's Office Labor Relations Office to prepare for grievance level II meetings and represents the campus to investigate additional claims raised by the union. Supports the Chancellor's Office in developing level II written responses for contract grievances and assists with cases that go to arbitration.
  • Gathers documents responsive to Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act, Public Records Act, and grievance information requests associated with academic employees.
  • Advocates for the University in statutory grievances elevated to be heard by a faculty hearing panel. Prepares case including documentary evidence, contract interpretation, witness preparation, and presents the case on behalf of the University to the faculty hearing committee.
  • Convenes regular labor relations meetings with Unit 3 union representatives to discuss arising issues and informal resolutions wherever possible.
  • Conducts faculty unprofessional conduct investigations, and the like, and writes reports with findings.
  • Prepares discipline documents in collaboration with the deans and University Counsel.
  • Conducts leadership development activities for Academic Affairs, such as implementing 360 degree survey processes for deans, managers, department chairs, etc., and facilitates training on leadership topics.
  • Schedules and participates in the development and review of faculty personnel policies, and coordinates meet and confer process with faculty union representatives on contract matters of terms and conditions of employment and benefits.
  • Conducts Skelly Reviews and prepares reports for Human Resources.

As Needed 10%

  • Performs other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.
  • Attends training and maintain skill currency as appropriate to safely and effectively complete assignments.
  • Assists with grievances for staff bargaining units if Human Resources has a conflict of interest.
  • Assumes responsibility for the Vice Provost as assigned and acts for the Vice Provost in his/her absence.
Requirements or Qualifications: 
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: • Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate or closely related to human resources, business management, business administration or academic personnel management, or a bachelor’s degree in another field with five years of academic HR/labor relations experience. • At least five years of progressively responsible professional or managerial experience, which includes experience in labor and employee relations and contract and grievance administration in an academic personnel or human resources context (preferably with an academic focus related to faculty personnel management). REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS (SKAs): • Working knowledge of Federal and California labor/employment and non-discrimination laws. • Ability to develop, interpret, implement and articulate complex personnel policies. • Demonstrated commitment to consultative processes and consensus building, and ability to effectively support a diverse and inclusive environment while maintaining collegial relationships. • Demonstrated ability to communicate verbally and in writing with clarity and proficiency, including writing investigation reports. • Ability to set priorities and deadlines to ensure that multiple projects are completed in a timely manner. • Demonstrated skill in conflict resolution, conducting investigations, consultative decision making and implementation of collective bargaining agreements. • Demonstrated skill in conducting training sessions related to human resource topics, leadership d evelopment initiatives and other topics related to the duties of this position. • Demonstrated commitment to shared collegial governance and ability to develop cooperative working relationships at all levels of the University. • Demonstrating sensitivity to and support for building a culture of diversity within an organization. • Ability to solve complex problems by gathering data, reasoning logically, and drawing valid conclusions. • Ability to deal confidentially with highly sensitive or controversial issues. • Demonstrated skill utilizing HRIS systems and working with information security. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Master’s degree in a field appropriate or closely related to human resources, business management, business administration or academic personnel management. • Knowledge of CSU Unit 3 (faculty) and Unit 11 (academic student employees) collective bargaining contracts. • Experience representing employer in grievances and arbitrations; and familiarity with employee relations issues regarding instructional faculty, teaching associates, graduate assistants, and instructional student assistants. • Familiarity with faculty employment practices and experience with faculty shared governance model. • Experience in conducting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation investigations. SPECIAL CONDITIONS: • Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development. • Must be able to work additional hours, occasional holidays, and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis. • The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. • Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background/fingerprint check. • Full-time MPP employees are required to disclose outside employment at time of hire or within 30 days of taking additional outside employment subsequent to time of hire. • This position classification has been defined as "Exempt" and is not subject to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
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Application Due Date: 
February 09 2019
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