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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume.  The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Academic Human Resources is seeking candidates for the position of Associate Director (Labor Relations Rep Lead).  In addition to your resume, please submit a cover letter where you describe your interest in the role and how your previous experience qualifies you for the position.


The duties associated with this position include: 

Contract administrator and chief negotiator for the University of Michigan for one or more academic bargaining units.  This role involves: 

• leading University bargaining team as chief negotiator in contract negotiations and contract implementation matters;

• providing strategic advice to University stakeholders and academic units regarding contract compliance, interpretation and application;

• participation in the development and delivery of contract training for deans, associate deans, chairs and other academic administrators; 

• representing University in meetings with the union in formal and informal conference settings and facilitating discussion and resolution of complex issues between the University and  Unions; 

• investigating grievances; preparing and issuing grievance responses and conducting grievance hearings in concert with schools, colleges, and institutes; 

• partnering in labor relations strategy development;

The Associate Director of Academic Human Resources also:

• advises the schools, colleges, institutes and centers on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses regarding University policies and procedures and Provost Office and Human Resource procedures and programs as they relate to academic employees;  

• provides daily consultation to Schools and Colleges on personnel matters related to tenure-track, research-track and clinical-track faculty, lecturers, post-doctoral research fellows and graduate student assistants (graduate student instructors (GSI), graduate student staff assistants (GSSA) and graduate student research assistants (GSRA)) and regarding University policies and procedures; 

• assists in the administration of the faculty grievance procedure on the Ann Arbor campus.

• participates in special projects, related to appointment and termination protocols for a wide variety of ‘academic’ appointees. 

• supports and contributes to the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts of the University, including respect for diverse views and approaches, and contributes to maintaining a professional environment.

• solves problems and conflicts productively and proactively;

• compiles, analyzes, and leverages data for various needs and purposes.

    Required Qualifications*

    A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience is required; a juris doctorate or an advanced degree in a related profession is preferred.  Minimum of 5 years of professional experience working in an academic environment and/or with employee or labor relations responsibilities, including participation in the collective bargaining process.  Must be able to demonstrate strong consensus building skills and in-depth understanding of labor law.  Requires the ability to exercise independent judgment, interpret and to analyze and apply organizational policy and employ advanced reasoning skills.   Requires the ability to effectively communicate, and to develop effective strategies to solve complicated issues in a complex organization.

    Additional Information

    In addition to a competitive salary, the University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes:

    • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
    • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
    • Dental and vision insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Long-term disability coverage
    • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expense
    • Generous time off


    Application Deadline

    Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.