Overview

ABOUT US

The State of Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management’s (OPM) Office of Labor Relations (OLR) seeks to hire a Labor Relations Specialist. OLR serves as the Governor’s designated representative, through the Secretary of OPM, on collective bargaining matters for the majority of executive branch State employees.

YOUR ROLE

In this position you will be accountable for independently performing a full range of labor relations activities related to the administration of collective bargaining agreements.

The ideal candidate for this position will be able to create and maintain long term relationships with various parties from Commissioners through employees and Union representatives, will have a willingness to present oral arguments in person, will have a desire to work in a team environment with flexible assignments and changing priorities, and will be able to make independent decisions and defend the conclusion one arrived at during a preceding.

This is a full time (40 hours per week) position conveniently located in Hartford, CT.

We offer a competitive benefits package, excellent health care, generous leave policies, retirement plan, and more! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees!

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Selection Plan

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
Please ensure your application is complete prior to submission. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.
Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.
Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applicants to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to opm.recruitment@ct.gov.
Any questions regarding this recruitment may be directed to the hiring agency’s human resources office: opm.recruitment@ct.gov.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Office of Policy and Management, Office of Labor Relations this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of labor relations activities related to the administration of collective bargaining agreements.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

In this position the incumbent will perform the following duties:
  • Hear grievance appeals at the OLR level;
  • Provide counsel to agencies on labor relations matters and interpretations of Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA);
  • Work as lead or second negotiator on a CBA;
  • Handle a large caseload bringing numerous issues to resolution under specific time frames dictated by statute, regulation or CBA; and
  • Perform related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and guidelines; considerable knowledge of collective bargaining and labor relations; considerable knowledge of rules of evidence; considerable knowledge of rules of practice and procedures before administrative bodies; knowledge of human resources administration and affirmative action; knowledge of public sector job classification, compensation and benefits; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable negotiating skill; considerable skill in writing technical contract provisions; considerable ability to interpret and apply statutes, contracts and regulations; considerable ability to apply judicial and administrative decisions to provisions of labor agreements; considerable ability to prepare and present cases at arbitration or other administrative hearings.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS – GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Nine (9) years of professional experience with primary responsibility for labor relations, labor contract negotiations and/or presentation of arbitration or prohibited practice complaints.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS – SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor’s degree.
2. A law degree or a Master’s degree in labor relations may be substituted for two (2) additional years of the General Experience.
3. One (1) year at the level of a Labor Relations Associate may be substituted for the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The preferred candidate will have the following:
  • An active State of Connecticut law license;
  • Experience presenting oral arguments in formal legal proceedings before independent fact-finders such as arbitrators, administrative bodies and in mediations; and
  • Experience presenting oral arguments in contract negotiations and grievance settlement discussions.