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Employee Relations Associate, Senior

Date: Sep 5, 2021

Location: Minneapolis, MN, US

Company: Minneapolis Public Schools

Below is specific information for you to consider about this position.

Job Title: Employee Relations Associate, Senior  and Requisition ID number: 76047

Close Date:  No established closing date;  open until filled

Organizational Unit:  Labor Relations/Employee Relations (10000138) 

Site:  Davis Center (0001) 

FTE 1.0 FTE; 52 weeks; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union:  MACA(02) 

Functional Area:  Administrative 

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.




Under general supervision, analyzes labor law and employment issues, and provides advice and consultation to District staff on labor and employee relations cases.



  • Provides advice and consultation to MPS managers on dispute resolution, labor contracts, due process, arbitration, performance issues, and the interpretation and correct application of policies and procedures; exercises the highest degree of confidentiality and professionalism.
  • Exercises independent judgment within policy guidelines; analyzes issues and recommends solutions and provides consultation and interpretation on labor contracts.
  • Prepares and negotiates labor contracts; meets with managers and negotiation team to develop tactical positions, researches prior contract negotiations and issues, and develops proposed, tentative and final agreements on contract provisions and articles.
  • Acts as MPS representative for labor negotiations; confers with assigned bargaining units to coordinate discussions and proposals; assures effective communication of labor law and employee relations issues.
  • Conducts legal research on employment and labor law issues including specific public sector issues, including due process requirements, Teacher Tenure Act, and Public Employer Labor Relations Association (PELRA) standards and strategies.
  • Negotiates and drafts settlement and release agreements in discharge cases, including evaluating MPS position, strengths and weaknesses for arbitration strategy.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with labor organizations and their business agents in administering labor agreements.
  • Serves as District representative in arbitration, mediation, civil service, and veteran hearings.
  • Prepares and presents reports on Employee Relations issues.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment
  • Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis
  • At times may be required to work outside normal business hours and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.



Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Labor Relations, Business or Public Administration


4 years of professional experience in employee relations, preferably in the public sector or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and strategies for labor negotiations and employee relations.
  • Principles of contract negotiation, contract management, and collective bargaining agreements.
  • State and Federal laws, statutes, rules, codes and regulations governing employee relations and collective bargaining agreements. Knowledge of Minneapolis Civil Service Rules.
  • Organizational and functional responsibilities of HR Department work groups.
  • Principles and practices of effective customer service.
  • Principles of confidential records and file management.


Skill in:

  • Resolving disputes and grievances, and bringing people together to solve problems.
  • Defining issues and problems, collecting data, analyzing information, and making logical conclusions based on facts.
  • Analyzing problems and recommending effective solutions.
  • Interpreting a variety of technical instructions and managing abstract and concrete variables.
  • Researching, collecting, analyzing, and preparing data, and generating reports.
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Providing effective customer service.
  • Reviewing documents and extracting relevant information.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers and clients.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Operating a personal computer using standard and specialized software.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.



A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required.



Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.






Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee.  Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.
Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready.  Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.


Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Posting Notes: | [No Established Closing Date]  | Labor Relations/Employee Relations (10000138)  | Davis Center (0001)  | Administrative

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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