The NRLC is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the duties of Director of Labor Relations. The position is based in the NRLC’s office in Crystal City, VA. The ideal candidate will be someone who is organized and a natural leader who is effective in delivering results. The Director of Labor Relations will be an active participant in all aspects of collective bargaining, contract negotiations and contract administration to ensure favorable settlements and agreements are reached consistent with the NRLC’s overall labor policy, goals and business objectives.
Assist in development of short-term and long-term labor relations strategies, working with subcommittees from member railroads, and ensuring these strategies are consistent with the business objectives of its members.
Work collaboratively, transparently, and closely with labor relations leaders from member railroads to prepare for future labor negotiations.
Collect, evaluate and prepare reports on labor relations activities regarding labor contract proposals and settlements on matters including wages, work rules, benefits and other contractual terms.
May represent the NRLC and the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC) at Presidential Emergency Board hearings regarding labor relations activities.
Monitor implementation of policies concerning wages, hours, and working conditions, to ensure compliance with terms of national collective bargaining agreements.
Interact with railroad labor relations professionals of all levels at our member railroads to assist in the research of questions related to applications of nationally negotiated agreement provisions.
Serve as or assist a Carrier Member on various national Disputes Committees, these duties include serving as an Advocate on behalf of individual carriers or on behalf of all carriers party to such agreements.
Oversee and manage carrier interests and responsibilities relating to the National Railroad Adjustment Board (NRAB).
As Director, manage the duties and functions of the NRLC’s Assistant Director – Labor Relations, which include the administrative coordination of case handling between Carriers and Organizations on all four Divisions of the NRAB. These duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Management of the NRAB Information Management System for case tracking and research purposes
Creation of Proposed Deadlock Lists
Coordination of Referee selection
Coordination of case funding and scheduling issues with the National Mediation Board’s (NMB’s) Office of Arbitration Services
Designation of Statutory Carrier Members
Adoption and distribution of proposed Awards
Training Provide enriching and relevant training programs to labor relations and other leaders within the rail industry through the development, management, and continuous improvement of the NRLC’s existing training programs. These programs currently include the following two courses:
Basic Labor Relations - Topics include coverage of the Railway Labor Act, employee protection, claims handling, submission writing, disciplinary investigations, arbitration, negotiation, mediation, communications and the administrative procedures for submitting disputes to arbitration panels.
Negotiating Under the Railway Labor Act – This course targets mid and junior level Labor Relations professionals who may benefit from a greater understanding of labor relations issues including, but not limited to, bargaining strategies, RLA legal issues, cost modeling, and a basic introduction to the elements of national agreement collective bargaining.
Education and Experience Requirements:
An undergraduate degree is required and a legal, MBA or postgraduate degree applied with relevant experience would be a decided plus.
Strongly Prefer experience with the Railway Labor Act (RLA), transportation industries, and/or large-scale unionized and bargaining environments, (e.g., multi-employer, multi-unit).
A minimum of 10 years of successful business experience ideally as a labor relations manager with increasing levels of responsibility, including serving in a lead role in grievance management, bargaining, or other labor relations functions.
Understands the dynamics involved in labor negotiations and the resilience and perseverance required to succeed in multi-employer bargaining scenarios.
Brings a strong track record and reputation for working successfully with numerous and diverse organized labor groups resulting in collective bargaining agreements that serve the interests of the parties he/she represents.
Experience as an advocate in labor arbitration.
Ability to organize and lead group meetings, either in-person or via conference calls.
Key Competencies Required
The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies and skills:
Executive communication – The ability to express ideas clearly and use language to build common understanding.
Execution and results – The ability to align resources to accomplish key objectives and assign clear accountability for important objectives.
Influence – The ability to inspire and motivate others to take action.
Strategic perspective – The ability to gain perspective and balance the tension between daily tasks and strategic actions that impact the long-term viability of the organization.
Communication with Stakeholders – The ability to gear both written and verbal communication towards the target audience with a strong regard for confidentiality as well as the ability to provide exceptional stakeholder service, employ sound reasoning, and make timely decisions.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About National Railway Labor Conference
The National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC) is a not-for-profit association that represents member railroads in national (multi-employer) labor negotiations and labor relations matters, including negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, contract administration, arbitration, administration and management of the national railroad health care plan, and appropriate matters before the courts, Congressional committees, and other governmental bodies, and other matters of interest or concern to its members. Membership is open to any railroad within the continental United States. Membership includes all class I freight railroads, as well as smaller carriers.