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Job Summary

Work for the largest college at the University of Michigan!  The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University has a challenging opportunity available for a high performing professional.  In partnership with key managers in assigned LSA departments, the selected candidate will serve as the college’s primary labor contract administrator for the university’s collective bargaining agreements with the Lecturers’ Employee Organization (LEO) and Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO). Applicants with a passion for education, diversity, and an appreciation for the value of the liberal arts are especially encouraged to apply.

With over 75 departments and programs and 100 degrees programs, you’ll have the opportunity to help support achievement of the broad goals that make LSA the preeminent public liberal arts college in the world.  Our unique culture provides the opportunity for you to grow from both a personal and professional perspective.  LSA delivers a purposeful, pragmatic liberal arts education that provides students with adaptable skills to solve problems in an era when new fields disappear as quickly as they emerge. The College’s faculty are on the frontlines of new ideas and pioneering research across every discipline. LSA provides a limitless education that emphasizes curiosity, collaboration, and adaptation.  With such a broad array of activities, LSA has much more to offer than a traditional employer to engage your interests.  

Learn about LSA at, LSA HR at and the UM/LEO Agreement and UM/GEO Agreement at


With general supervision from the LSA HR Director, maintain and enhance positive, professional, and effective relationships within LSA, and between LSA, university central offices, represented academic personnel, and union leadership.

Provide consultation and guidance options to college senior leaders, chairs/directors, senior managers, business administrators, and other academic and staff personnel involved in day-to-day contract administration, including handling of grievances and informally resolving other disputes.

In consultation with academic and administrative leaders, develop and continuously improve relevant college policies, procedures, and practices.  Lead or participate on related university or college work groups.

Develop, continuously improve, and evaluate training sessions, and resources so that administrators may develop proficiency performing responsibilities related to the UM/LEO and UM/GEO agreements.

In collaboration with central Academic HR and as a representative of the college, prepare for and participate in university-wide contract negotiations, working with and apprising college leadership about critical topics

Promote proactive practices to reduce potential for conflicts, grievances, unfair labor practice charges, and other employment matters, including employer-related litigation.

Partner with central Academic HR and the Office of the General Counsel to prepare materials for arbitration hearings and other judicial and quasi-judicial proceedings, and represent the college in dealing with government agencies.

Administer the college faculty and staff policies on conflicts of interest and commitment.

Facilitate resolution of issues, if any, that may arise during the pre-employment (primarily background check) process for faculty and graduate student appointees

Evaluate the effectiveness of labor relations and other, job-related activities.  Develop, analyze, and present relevant data so LSA can make informed organizational decisions

Required Qualifications*

Undergraduate degree, ideally in a directly relevant academic discipline, with at least 8 years of relevant work experience for the lead level or at least 5 at the senior level.

Comprehensive knowledge of labor relations, including relevant laws, legal codes, procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, and agency rules

Competence with valuing differences, supporting equal and fair treatment and opportunity, and fostering a climate of inclusion

Strong service-focus on stakeholder expectations, acting with stakeholders in mind, generally providing high-quality service

Ability to effectively adapt to change, decide and act when complete information may be unavailable, and comfortably handle risk or uncertainty

Skilled in decision-making and problem solving.  Uses analysis, experience, and logical methods to make good decisions and solve problems with effective solutions; appropriately incorporates multiple inputs to establish shared ownership and action

Strong results-orientation.  Performs work with energy and drive, values planning, and takes quick, decisive action when an opportunity presents itself.

Advanced negotiation skills in difficult situations and, to the extent reasonable, fashions creative solutions that are responsive to interests of parties involved

Ability to manage conflict.  Successfully mediates conflict between individuals and groups, facilitating equitable agreements and settling disputes as possible.

Strong organizational, planning, and time management skills.

Advanced competence in the areas of integrity of trust. 

Advanced communication skills.  Actively listens to what others say.  Writes clearly and succinctly for audiences at various levels.  Effective in a variety presentation settings. 

Quantitative and statistical skills; ability to develop, analyze and present data, including recommend various options or actions

Intermediate proficiency with office productivity software such as Microsoft Office

Desired Qualifications*

Graduate degree or a Juris Doctorate

Experience administering labor agreements for academic personnel


Additional Information

A higher salary may be possible for candidates whose past performance reflects a sustained pattern of exceptional results.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.