Location: Gardner, MA Category: Administrative Posted On: Wed Oct 23 2019 Job Description:
General Statement of Duties
The Director of Employee Relations and Compliance plays a key role in supporting employees by providing guidance on all aspects of collective bargaining agreement and policy administration. Reporting directly to the Vice President of Human Resources/Affirmative Action Officer, the Director serves as the primary point of contact for employees seeking to understand best practices for creating and maintaining a positive work environment where everyone can focus on student success. Embracing the comprehensive community college mission and a mindset of teaching and learning together, the Director is a key resource for helping staff and students understand their rights and obligations in the workplace and for investigating alleged violation of those rights and obligations as required by law or policy, including but not limited to Title VII and Title IX.
Works directly with employees and managers to foster a climate focused on mutual respect in support of inclusive excellence and student success;
Serves College community as resource for compliance with equal opportunity laws, guidelines and policies; a designated Title IX Co-Coordinator, investigates and prepares confidential reports in response to complaints or alleged violations of policy;
Serves College as resource for administration of three collective bargaining agreements and the Non Unit Professionals Personnel Policies Handbook; assists with grievance investigations and hearings to appropriate resolution;
Plans and provides educational programs, training, and development opportunities to members of the College community in areas such as non-discrimination, preventing sexual harassment, Title IX and ADA;
Assists with representing the College at labor management meetings, mediations, arbitrations or agency hearings such as MCAD or OCR while keeping leadership apprised of content, progress, and potential concerns;
Monitors compliance with institutional policies and procedures, state, federal and local laws and regulations in effort to ensure that all College faculty, staff and students operate in accordance with established policies & procedures and to minimize vulnerability and risk; develops/implements corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues;
Collaborates with Office of Counsel and leadership, as needed, to resolve difficult employment, legal and HR compliance issues;
Assists with recruiting activities to ensure compliance with law and policy, and consistent application of bargaining agreements; assists with onboarding and new employee orientation requirements;
Maintains current knowledge of laws and regulations, keeping abreast of recent changes that may affect the institution's policies, procedures and processes;
Serves on related College committees as directed and participates in strategic planning;
Performs other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE/TRAINING
Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Labor Relations, or related field. (Significant related experience may substitute for education);
Minimum of three years of demonstrated experience accurately interpreting and applying employment policies and procedures in a diverse organization, including the administration of collective bargaining agreements;
Demonstrated experience effectively developing strategies and making decisions that have significant, broad implications on the management and operations of a division (or equivalent business area);
Demonstrated experience and effectiveness requiring dynamic and analytical problem solving methods in a variety of situations.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE/TRAINING
Master's degree in a related field or Juris Doctorate;
PHR, SPHR, or other related professional certifications;
Demonstrated employee /labor relations and Title VII and IX experience in the public sector;
Experience working in higher education, especially the community college sector;
Familiarity with Commonwealth's Human Resource/Compensation Management System (HR/CMS).
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES
Possess knowledge of management theories, employee/labor relations and Title VII and IX theories, concepts and practices with the ability to apply in complex, difficult and/or unprecedented situations as it pertains to the college focus;
Demonstrated ability to negotiate effectively in complex business situations;
Ability to effectively complete work assignments independently;
Possess excellent organizational and prioritization skills with demonstrated attention to detail;
Ability to be creative and exercise initiative;
Possess excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills;
Possess strong organizational and time-management skills;
Ability to work accurately with great attention to detail;
Ability to promote collaboration, teamwork, and involve all stakeholders in decision-making processes;
Proven leadership skills and ability to foster a team environment and work collaboratively;
Demonstrated advanced Project Management skills;
Possess intermediate-level proficiency with Microsoft: Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint;
Ability to confidentially and discreetly handle subject matters requiring privacy and sensitivity;
Ability to collaborate, negotiate and resolve conflicts;
Ability to facilitate top-level collaboration while managing sensitive issues;
Ability to develop and maintain relationships with key contacts to enhance work flow and quality;
Possess sensitivity to respond appropriately to the needs of a diverse population.
COMPETENCIES CRITICAL COMPETENCIES
Quality of Work
VERY IMPORTANT COMPETENCIES
Equivalency Statement Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.
Salary: $76,000.00-$86,000.00 Employee Status: Full Time Benefits: Yes Hours per Week: 37.5 Number of Weeks: 52
Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
Internal Number: 117345
About Mount Wachusett Community College
We are an innovative institution for teaching and learning excellence. Students and faculty are at the center of everything we do. If you are looking for the opportunity to come to work every day and help students achieve their dreams, Mount Wachusett Community College is the place for you. Our faculty, staff, and administration forge the direction of the college together - from governance to defining our mission. We understand that for our institution to remain relevant we must continually examine and refine the ways we serve our students. We strive to create an environment where students, faculty and staff feel comfortable and where new ideas and perspectives are encouraged and rewarded. We respect and honor our differences and make them work toward the advantage of all. The college is committed to attracting the best faculty and staff for our students, regardless of race, color, religious creed, age, physical or mental disability, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status. About the College Mount Wachusett Community College is an accredited, public two-year institution serving 29 cities and towns in North Central ...Massachusetts. The picturesque269-acre main campus is located in Gardner, Massachusetts; satellite sites are located in Leominster, Fitchburg, and Devens. The college offers over 45 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as adult basic education and high school equivalency programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit professional and personal enrichment programs. MWCC is on the forefront of state and national civic engagement and service learning initiatives and is nationally recognized as a veteran- friendly school. MWCC is in the process of constructing a $42 million science and technology building to support growing STEM programs. The college community enjoys many resources including the East Wing Art Gallery; the 555-seat Theatre at the Mount which hosts a variety of productions annually; the Fitness and Wellness Center, which offers a wide assortment of fitness classes, exercise equipment and an Olympic-size swimming pool; a complete library with access to thousands of on-line publications and data bases, as well as electronic classrooms. In addition, through its membership in the CWMARS regional library system, access is available to all other public and academic libraries in the region. Our Green Commitment In addition, if sustainability is important to you, Mount Wachusett Community College offers the chance to work at one of the greenest colleges in the nation. We are the largest greenhouse gas reducer of any Massachusetts state college, university, or agency, as recognized by the 2011 Leading By Example Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We have also been nationally recognized with a Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, the supporting organization of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and several other organizations. Our Gardner campus features two 1.65 MW Vestas V82 wind turbines that are propelling us to near-carbon neutrality for campus operations. With the college's biomass and solar technologies incorporated into the mix, coupled with significant efficiency improvements, MWCC generates nearly all of its energy on-site to operate as a near-zero net energy campus. About our benefitsOur full-time faculty and staff enjoy a liberal benefits package, including generous retirement plans, eleven health insurance options, dental care, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. In addition, we offer a tuition remission program which provides education benefits at Massachusetts state colleges, community colleges, and University of Massachusetts Colleges for full-time employees, their spouses and dependent children. Education and lifelong learning are valued here. Additionally, sabbatical opportunities and other professional development opportunities are possible. About the regionMount Wachusett Community College is located a few hours from the stunning beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore, an hour's drive from the cultural attractions and big city lights of Boston, and forty-minutes from the county seat of Worcester, with museums, a thriving restaurant scene, and excellent amenities. A wide variety of state and national parks, including the Appalachian Trail, the White Mountains, the Berkshires and the Green Mountains are all a day-trip away. The best that New England has to offer is here: quaint villages, bustling cities, and beautiful vistas. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Worcester Art Museum and the Fitchburg Art Museum offer incredible collections. There are opportunities for great shopping in area cities, towns, and nearby outlet malls. North Central Massachusetts is home to excellent public, charter and private schools as well as an affordable lifestyle. Hiking, biking, and walking trails are spread throughout the region as well, for those seeking to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle. We hope you will consider applying for one of our open positions, and discover all that Mount Wachusett Community College and the North Central Massachusetts region have to offer.