Boston Public Schools Office of Human Capital ( learn more )

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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3048167
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : January 30, 2019

Job Description

Reports to: Director of Labor Relations



Responsible for all aspects of labor relations for entire Boston Public Schools District including, but not limited to:

  • Negotiate, administer, interpret and enforce 13+ collective bargaining agreements for approximately 9600 employees; devise and implement strategies for effective negotiations.
  • Advise principals, headmasters, executives, managers and supervisors regarding labor and employment issues. 
  • Lead litigation related to labor grievances at district level disciplinary hearings, arbitrations regarding employee performance, discipline and contract interpretation, and before the Massachusetts Division of Labor Relations, Civil Service Commission and State Courts
  • Draft motions, collective bargaining agreements, legal memorandum and post-arbitration briefs.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with Union Leadership such as monthly labor management meetings.
  • Develop, train and provide instruction necessary to support BPS labor relations objectives and ensure the fair, consistent and efficient administration of its collective bargaining agreements.

Qualifications- Required:

  • Law Degree, Juris Doctor from accredited law school
  • Admission to Massachusetts Bar
  • Extensive knowledge regarding employee and labor relations protocols, M.G.L. 150E, and state and federal employment laws
  • Excellent legal writing skills
  • Excellent oral and presentation skills. 
  • Proficient project management skills in a multiple location/unit environment. 
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive matters.
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Current authorization to work in the United States - Candidates must have such authorization by their first day of employment.




  • Minimum of 5 years of employee and labor relations experience, including conflict resolution, dispute resolution, collective bargaining and litigation
  • Experience with mediation and other dispute resolution systems and techniques. 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships.
  • Excellent coaching skills regarding employee and labor relations. 
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in a team-based environment. 
  • Experience managing collective bargaining agreements. 
  • Experience with impact bargaining negotiations. 


Compensation is commensurable with qualifications and consistent with the salary structure of the Boston Public Schools.

Terms: Managerial, Tier D.  This position 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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