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Assistant Director, Labor Relations

Job ID: 60166
Department: Labor Relations
Location: 2 Montgomery Street


The Port Authority of NY & NJ is seeking a talented Assistant Director of Labor Relations to join our team. The Assistant Director manages a wide range of labor relations issues for the 12 different unions that represent employees at the Port Authority.

Reporting to the Deputy Director, Labor Relations/Chief Negotiator, the selected candidate will be responsible for a wide range of functions in support of the Port Authority's labor relations and collective bargaining processes including the management of the day-to-day grievance/improper practice/discipline bodies of work.

Key functions include but are not limited to participating in labor negotiations preparation and strategy, including assisting in the identification of issues, and drafting management proposals; detailed note taking, preparing agendas and document production and retention; researching implications of union proposals; preparing follow-up items identified during contract negotiations and conducting ad hoc research and preparing reports and analyses supporting negotiations.

Further, the successful candidate will manage two Labor Relations Executives who manage four (combined) Labor Specialists. The Assistant Director of Labor Relations will have responsibility for managing the Police and Civilian contract interpretation/application issues; providing guidance to internal staff on employee and labor relations issues which include interpretation of contract language, work rules, past practices, unit work, and policies; identifying and resolving issues that may result in union implications; testifying at impasse, grievance, and Improper Practice Charge hearings, and maintaining accurate filing and electronic filing systems.


Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations or related field (Juris Doctor or Master’s or Advanced Degree is highly preferred)
  • A minimum of 7 years’ experience in collective bargaining, grievance/arbitration presentation and/or working in a unionized environment


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:
  • Juris Doctor or Master’s or Advanced Degree is highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct thorough and factual investigations and present findings in a clear, concise, and persuasive format.
  • Excellent analytical and complex problem solving to make quality decisions.
  • Excellent written, oral communication and listening skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and prioritize projects in time-sensitive situations paying keen attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with staff at all levels and staff at external agencies.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the "Apply Now" button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority:

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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