1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 173654
Job Location Detail: Roosevelt Commons West 
Posting Date: 10/25/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.  

Strategy, negotiations and analysis. Leading, collaborating and relationship building. Finding short term solutions, identifying long term wins and fostering a respectful collective bargaining environment. As a senior labor negotiator for the University of Washington, your day-to-day work has broad impact.

With over 20,000 unionized employees covered by 12 unique union contracts across three campuses and three medical centers, no two days will be the same. From drafting proposals, engaging subject matter expertise, and guiding management bargaining teams to implementing contracts, training managers and addressing union concerns, you will quickly learn the operational complexities of higher ed and a health system in a collegial environment where the drive for excellence is informed by integrity and inclusion.

Reporting to the assistant vice president for Labor Relations, you will join the Labor Relations team in UW Human Resources and will lead contract negotiations for assigned unions and be responsible for driving effective contract implementations, and advancing a positive labor environment for managers, employees and our union partners. 


Lead contract negotiations (50%)
Your strategic thinking skills will be used to develop the UWs approach to the contract renewal gathering management input and building consensus along the way. Your business analyst abilities will be required for proposal drafting and understanding how proposals will impact the University. Finally, your effective negotiation skills will lead to thoughtful final agreements.

Contract implementation (30%)
Working with the Labor Relations team, your project management skills guide successful contract implementations and require coordinating with many UW business owners and subject matter experts needed to facilitate policies and systems changes, and developing communications and training plans so that managers understand contract provisions. Once the contract is implemented, you serve as a primary point of contact for UW management, staff and HR professionals consistently interpreting labor laws, collective bargaining agreements, disciplinary policy matters and past practice.

Advancing a positive labor environment (20%)
Relationship building, accountability and effective communication skills are important parts of this role often tasked with coaching management and HR staff to achieve resolution of grievances at the lowest possible level, serving on joint union/management meetings that promptly address issues, advising leadership on labor developments and regulations, and maintaining productive relationships with union partners and UW managers.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a Great College to Work For for six consecutive years.


  • Bachelor degree in industrial relations, human resources, business or related field. 

  • At least six years of professional level labor relations experience in the public or private sector including demonstrated success as a chief negotiator in collective bargaining and extensive experience in administering multiple labor contracts.

  • Experience interpreting and analyzing proposed and existing collective bargaining agreements, civil service rules, labor and employment law and administrative procedures for impact and synthesizing complex information to create effective negotiation strategies and for presentation to stakeholders and decision makers.

  • Highly effective collaborator with track record of managing complex projects to successful completion.

  • Ability to lead and work effectively with many different types of groups with varied interests and agendas.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
  • Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.


    Posted: 2019-12-05 Expires: 2020-02-02

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