Howard University Hospital | Washington, DC

    Labor & Employee Relations Specialist

    Job Title
    Labor & Employee Relations Specialist
    Job ID
    Washington,  DC
    Other Location
    With over 150 years of caring for our community and each other in the Washington DC area, Howard University Hospital has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality, patient-centric care. Howard University Hospital is the nation’s only teaching hospital located on the campus of a Historically Black University and has created a superior learning environment, with groundbreaking research and positive patient outcomes.
    Howard University Hospital seeks to hire a Labor & Employee Relations Specialist who will embrace our rich and historic tradition of excellence. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life every day, consider a position with a team of professionals who are doing just that, making a difference. 

     Labor and Employee Relations Specialist:
    • Investigates and research labor relations matters, employee and union complaints, or grievances. 
    • Prepares timely reports of investigative findings, decisions/responses to grievances, union information requests, and management inquiries.  
    • Maintains confidentiality of sensitive, restrictive, or privileged information including but not limited to patients' and employee data
    • Provides support to management throughout the grievance process, disciplinary matters, and performance management.  
    • Advises managers to help them understand their rights and obligations under collective-bargaining agreements and other policies while maintaining and encouraging objectivity in situations that may be charged with emotion.
    • Schedules and coordinates all labor and employee relations matters including but not limited to disciplinary and investigatory meetings, and grievance and arbitration hearings. 
    • Creates and manages case files as required. Maintains an updated and organized case file and grievance management system. 
    • Creates reports as requested.
    • Creates legal documents such as disciplinary actions, Performance Improvement Plans, reprimands, suspensions, demotions, terminations, and recommendations for suspensions
    • Conducts timely fact-finding investigations into allegations of employee misconduct and also pursuant to the matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act, the Labor Management Relations Act, other federal and District of Columbia laws and regulations, and/or Howard University Hospital collective bargaining agreements.
    • Assists managers in taking performance-based, disciplinary, or adverse actions, identify potential alternatives to discipline, and assists managers with a variety of other informal corrective actions designed to address problematic employee performance, conduct, or behavior.
    • Provides support during collective-bargaining agreement negotiations as assigned.  Such support includes, but is not limited to, scheduling meetings, drafting proposals, and taking notes during negotiations.
    • Develops well-analyzed recommendations on courses of action based on applicable collective-bargaining agreements and organizational policies and procedures.  Prepares various reports including, but not limited to, investigative reports, grievance reports, and quarterly activity reports.
    • Coordinates and participates in labor-management meetings and training and maintains records of attendance and notes related to such meetings.
    • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered all-inclusive.

    Qualified Candidates will possess:
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, specializing in Human Resource Management, Public Administration, or Business Administration. Graduation from an accredited Labor & Industrial Relations college or university program is a plus.
    • Two (2) years of experience in labor relations and/or contract administration, including conflict resolution, union contract negotiation, union/management grievances, policy interpretation, and implementation preferred. 
    • Recent graduates and/or ​​​entry level experience accepted.​​​​​​
    At Howard University Hospital our job is to care for you. We do this by offering:
    • Work-life balance
    • Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
    • Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans are offered (including health, disability, vacation, sick leave, and 403B retirement plan.)
    COVID-19 Vaccination 
    Howard University Hospital requires all external applicants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before commencing employment.  External Applicants may be required to furnish proof of vaccination and, if offered, may elect to be vaccinated at a designated Howard University Hospital location. 

    Required Skills

    Two (2) years of experience preferred in labor relations and/or contract administration, to include conflict resolution, union contract negotiation, and union/management grievances, policy interpretation and implementation.

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