Assistant Vice President for Labor Relations

New York Health + Hospitals
Published
April 2, 2019
Location
New York, New York
Category
Job Type

Description

Empower Every New Yorker — Without Exception — to Live the Healthiest Life Possible

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the United States. We provide essential outpatient, inpatient and home-based services to more than one million New Yorkers every year across the city’s five boroughs. Our large health system consists of ambulatory centers, acute care centers, post-acute care/long-term care, rehabilitation programs, Home Care, and Correctional Health Services. Our diverse workforce is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible.

Job Description:

The Assistant Vice President for Labor Relations within the Office of Labor Relations is a senior leader, strategic problem-solver, and a subject matter expert on labor relations and dispute resolution responsible for a wide range of labor-management activities at the country’s largest public hospital system. Under the supervision of the Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs / Labor Relations, the Assistant Vice President oversees the Office of Labor Relations, including the three Deputy Directors for Labor Relations, several Associate Counsels, and Labor Relations Directors Officers and other office personnel.

The AVP operates with wide latitude for independent judgment and is responsible to develop and implement programs, policies, protocols, and trainings designed to maintain effective labor-management relations. The AVP is also the lead in developing and executing labor strategy, advising the Senior Vice President and other senior officers. The AVP is responsible for a team of about 35 labor relations staff at various facilities across NYC Health + Hospitals who work with management and unions to implement approximately 25 collective bargaining agreements involving nearly 40,000 members of the workforce. The AVP serves as contact for labor leaders and NYC Health + Hospitals officials for problem solving, dispute resolution, and implementation of key initiatives.

Examples of Typical Tasks:

  • Coordinate with the \Sr. Vice President for Legal Affairs/Labor Relations on a daily basis to set, execute, and evolve system-level strategy regarding labor-management relations.
  • Manage a team of 35 Labor Relations Directors, Labor Relations Officers, and support staff who are based in hospitals, long-term care and ambulatory care facilities and who are the front-line staff implementing collective bargaining agreements and labor-management processes
  • Provide direct oversight and supervision on a daily basis to the office’s three Deputy Directors: Legal, Labor Management, and Research/Negotiations.
  • Act as a primary management representative with union officials regarding management decisions on disciplinary actions, promotions, demotions, transfers, separations, wage and salary issues, and other contractual matters.
  • Execute timely and effective union engagement in support of large-scale system priorities that may have impact on represented employees.
  • Lead or participate in multidisciplinary labor-management workgroups on issues such as employee Health & Safety, and/or internal management workgroups on operational initiatives that could impact represented employees.
  • Design and implement new strategies to support more effective management of represented staff by both represented and non-represented staff, including through robust managerial trainings on a range of labor/management and contractual topics.
  • Provide a leadership role in expanding data-informed decision-making within the Office of Labor Relations.
  • Liaise with the NYC Office of Labor Relations on collective bargaining and other labor related matters.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in health and medical service administration, public administration, personnel and labor relations, finance or appropriate functional discipline with an emphasis on planning, liaison and inter-organizational relationships, or related administrative or managerial functions; or
  • A Master's degree in hospital administration, health care planning, business administration, public administration, or an approved related program and seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in health and medical service administration, public administration, personnel and labor relations, finance or appropriate functional discipline with an emphasis on planning, liaison and inter-organizational relationships, or related administrative or managerial functions; or
  • A satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

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