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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3012863
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : October 5, 2018

Job Description

Boston Public Schools seeks a Deputy Director of Labor Relations


REPORTS TO: Director of Labor Relations


The Deputy Director of Labor Relations for Boston Public Schools (BPS) will support the Director and Office of Labor Relations (OLR) as a thought partner, manager, and leader of OLR as part of the Boston Public Schools Office of Human Capital.  The Deputy Director will, in the absence of the Director, lead OLR in order to effectuate, excellent working relationships between management and labor while achieving the goals, and mission of Boston Public Schools.

The Deputy Director of Labor Relations will consult with administration on labor related issues including union negotiations, arbitrations, grievances, corrective actions and documentation. The Deputy Director will also assist in the maintaining of satisfactory labor-management relations with all BPS bargaining units; represent BPS in collective bargaining and contract administration matters; administer grievance procedures, including arbitrations; assist all levels of management on labor matters; provide oversight personnel matters, investigations, policy review and maintenance and management of special projects; in collaboration with the Director, Chief Human Capital Officer, Superintendent, and other labor counsel develop BPS mission-specific collective bargaining objectives that meet both administrative and academic related interests; work closely with the Human Capital leadership team to provide guidance and consultation to ongoing programs embedded in collective bargaining agreements; participate in regular labor management meetings with various units; serve on a variety of labor management or related committees; draft BPS personnel policies and procedures  documents  consistent with BPS mission  and applicable federal and state laws and regulations (DESE); develop effective strategies for staff development, in consultation with the Director of Chief Human Capital Officer; and other duties as assigned by the Director of Labor Relations.


  • Assist in the supervision of labor relations staff in ensuring effective and productive, negotiations and labor-related litigation for the BPS; establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships within the OLR team including labor counsel and support staff.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of excellent and transferable labor and employment training programming for all managerial personnel, both school based and centrally based. 
  • Assist in the oversight of labor litigation for the BPS including, but not limited to all prohibited practice charges and other litigation proceedings at the Labor Relations Commission, arbitrations and labor-related court appeal proceedings, and manages a database of cases and matters. 
  • Provide legal consultation to all school leaders and RC managers regarding performance evaluation process; and all employee labor relations issues; offer assistance to administrators and managers in implementing defensible policies and procedures having resultant legally proficient and acceptable evaluations. 
  • Help to establish uniform and legally defensible protocol for conducting investigations, regarding employee matters and establishing procedures for disciplinary actions. 
  • Help to establish formalized policies and procedures for labor related matters including litigation, hearing, and legal labor assistance within the purview of the Office of Labor Relations. 
  • Research and analyze laws, regulations, policies, and precedent decisions to prepare for hearings and to determine conclusions. 
  • In coordination with the Director coordinate matters with City Hall Labor Relations and keep City’s Corporation Counsel informed as required. 
  • Recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims, compromise settlements according to laws, regulations, policies, and precedent decisions. 
  • Help to manage, evaluate and support department budget and staff. 
  • Mediate and resolve conflicts between BPS and all labor unions.  Manage informal labor management matters and complicated labor litigation. 
  • Help to manage, prioritize and organize all hearings, hearing decisions regarding discipline and other related matters. 
  • In the absence of the Director supervise and coordinate all labor litigation with respect to arbitrations, Labor Relations Commission hearings, and court proceeding regarding labor litigation. 
  • Assist the Director in the hiring and training of OLR staff.  
  • Support the Director in managing outside counsel and contracted support for the quality of their work, meeting legal timelines and cost effectiveness. 


  • Law Degree, Juris Doctor from accredited law school. 
  • Admission to Massachusetts Bar 
  • Experience managing a Labor Relations Office in a complex unionized environment, preferably in public sector.  
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in labor litigation, union negotiations and employment matters within a fast paced environment. 
  • Current authorization to work in the United States - Candidates must have such authorization by their first day of employment


TERMS: Managerial, Tier D. This position is subject to the City of Boston residency requirement. 


Please refer to (under "Employee Benefits and Policies") for more information on salary and compensation.  Salaries are listed by Unions and Grade/Step.



The Boston Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, criminal record (inquiries only), disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Categories : Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager
    Administrator > Public Affairs / Relations
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Boston Public Schools Office of Human Capital is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Contact Information

    • Boston Public Schools, Office of Human Capital
    • 2300 Washington Street
    • Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119

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