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The Employee Relations Manager/Chief Negotiator is a key member of the City’s senior management team and leads in negotiating and implementing the City’s nine collective bargaining agreements. To do so, he/she

  1. performs complex calculations analyzing pay and benefits alternatives to recommend negotiation strategies (with assistance from the Finance and Budget Office),
  2. works closely with management and the unions to interpret agreements with respect to disciplinary matters and grievances, and
  3. oversees investigations in matters such as workplace violence, alleged discrimination, and sexual harassment. The manager is involved in advising and resolving other non-union employee relations matters.

The individual has a high level of autonomy and responsibility. He/she oversees the work of an Employee Relations Specialist and a paraprofessional.

The City of Orlando faces all the typical challenges major cities face, the primary one being limited resources in the face of rising costs and ever-increasing requests for services. In terms of the Employee Relations Manager/Chief Negotiator, the initial challenges will be:

  1. establishing a good working relationship with the city’s managers and unions, and
  2. ensuring contracts are administered fairly and that discipline, when warranted, is applied consistently and properly documented.

Union contracts last three years and all run from October 2016 to 2019. Negotiations have been completed for seven of the nine bargaining units for the current three-year period. Negotiations continue for the other two.

Orlando is seeking a seasoned employee relations manager and negotiator to work with its mayor and managers as a partner and a trusted advisor. The environment is fast paced and expectations are high. The individual will be an outstanding communicator and be able to relate complex concepts in terms that are easily understood by everyone. He/she will have an opinion and share it. Vigorous discussions are valued here.

The ideal candidate will be intelligent, organized, positive, high energy and self-confident. Creating consensus is the primary goal. To do so, the individual will exhibit creativity, patience, diplomacy, outstanding interpersonal skills and perseverance.

He/she will have a “can do” attitude and believe in fairness and transparency. The managerwill understand data and its implications (both financial and non-financial) on proposals and actions.

The manager will strive for excellence and believe strongly in providing outstanding customer service to managers, employees and union representatives. Being a mentor and supportive of staff will be important. He/she will be a problem solver and meet deadlines.

A Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Labor Relations or a closely related field from an accredited college or university is required as is five years of progressively responsible experience in labor relations and in negotiating complex labor contracts, preferably in the public sector. Working knowledge and experience in labor law and the processes and practices related to collective bargaining is necessary. The ideal candidate will be highly proficient in Excel and in data evaluation and analysis.

Recognizing the challenges of finding the ideal candidate, the City will consider candidates with significant government experience in a leadership position such as Assistant City Managers, City Managers, Financial Director with Human Resources experience, and other such positions.

The City is looking for someone who will see the Employee Relations Manager / Chief Negotiator position as the wonderful opportunity it is and make a commitment to the City’s future. As such, it is hoped the selected individual will stay at least seven and preferably ten years.

The salary range is $79,768 to $129,542. The salary will depend on qualifications and experience. Benefits are excellent and include medical, dental, life insurance, leave accrual, and a generous pension plan.

Residency within the City limits is not required.

By November 17th, e-mail your resume and letter of interest to the firm at Faxed and mailed resumes will not be considered. Questions should be directed to Rick Conner at (915) 227-7002 or Colin Baenziger at (561) 707-3537.

There are no known internal candidates.

Under the Florida Public Records Act, all applicant materials are subject to disclosure upon receipt. As a practical matter, we do not expect any media coverage of the recruitment.

Applicants will be screened between November 18th and December 19th. Finalists will be selected on January 3rd. Interviews will be held on January 17th with a selection shortly thereafter.

The City of Orlando is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities and veterans to apply. A veteran’s preference will be awarded per Florida law.

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