City of Fort Lauderdale, FL
March 4, 2023
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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The right person for this role will be focused on collaboration with unions, managers, and employees, creating strong cross-functional partnerships across the business, and developing innovative and impactful solutions to support the organization. You will have opportunities to drive the long-term vision of the Employee Relations function and our priorities, and work closely with executive leadership to ensure our mission and values are represented in the ways we do our work. If you want to be part of a dynamic, growing City, with the opportunity to have voice in strategic planning, and touch all levels of the organization, keep reading!

The City of Fort Lauderdale employees possess a passion for public service demonstrated by a high degree of enthusiasm, self-reliance, and job proficiency. They effectively convey the vision and mission of the organization and provide excellent service and satisfaction to our internal and external customers.

This is a managerial position of considerable difficulty that requires the exercise of significant independent judgment in planning, organizing, and directing the labor and employee relations activities of the City. The employee is responsible for the employee union contract negotiations and administration. This position requires the exercise of sound judgment, diplomacy, and initiative when consulting and engaging with City management officials, employee or union organization representatives, agency representatives and employees.

The duties of this position will include all of those duties set forth in the official job description .
The City offers a wide variety of benefits to employees. In addition to the competitive benefits package and salary, the City participates in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) which offers an investment option and a pension option, and requires a 3% contribution from employees. New hires are automatically enrolled in FRS.
This job classification is in Management Category I for benefits purposes, which includes Ten (10) additional Management Vacation days per calendar year and a monthly Employee Expense Allowance of $390.00.

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That's right! Under the U.S. Department of Education's Public Service Loan Forgiveness ( PSLF ) program, the remaining balance on your student loan may be forgiven after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments while working full-time at the City of Fort Lauderdale! Please visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/PublicServiceLoanForgiveness for more information or to see if you qualify.

This is an "at will" position and not subject to Civil Service Rules or any collective bargaining agreement.


Essential functions are the basic job duties that an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. The omission of a function does not preclude management from assigning essential duties not listed herein if such duties relate to the position.

  • Advises the City Manager, Director of Human Resources and other City officials on labor/employee relations matters involving the City and is responsible for all contact with employee or union organizations regarding matters of labor relations
  • Investigates disciplinary matters; interprets and advises management on City policies and procedures, union contracts and employment laws, fair employment practices and regulations
  • May serve as chief spokesperson in negotiating contractual agreements with employees and labor organizations.
  • Confers with and advises department heads or their designees in the administration and interpretation of a labor contract
  • Assists in handling grievances in the various stages of a grievance procedure and represents the City in arbitration hearings
  • Stays abreast of laws, State of Florida Public Employees Relations Commission (P.E.R.C.) rulings, court decisions, ordinances or statutes affecting labor/employee relations, arbitrator decisions, changing labor relations concepts, the latest data concerning wages and salaries, fringe benefits, and terms and conditions of employment for use in preparing recommendations and conducting discussions with employees or labor organizations
  • Maintains a constant surveillance of employee or union organization activities, their doctrines and philosophies
  • Recommends appropriate labor/employee relations policies, doctrines and procedures in the best interest of the City, City administration and employees
  • Undertakes special projects as assigned by superiors, including assignments of a sensitive nature.
  • May conduct internal investigations at the request of the City Manager's Office and make recommendations on a variety of management/employee issues
  • Directs and organizes the work activities of the Employee Relations Division staff
  • Performs related work as required

Bachelor's Degree in Labor Relations, Human Resources, Business or Public Administration or a related field.Five (5) or more years of progressively responsible experience representing management's interests, preferably in a Florida governmental environment, in one or more of the following areas: development of negotiating strategies and proposals, preferably as management's chief spokesperson; labor negotiations; contract interpretations and administration; grievance handling and arbitration proceedings. Additional qualifying experience or completion of coursework at an accredited college or university in a job-related field, may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required experience or education.Previous supervisory experience required. Preferences:
Professional in Human Resources (PHR) / Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) / Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) / Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) or other human resources-related professional certifications

Special Requirements:
Essential Employees may be required to work during a declared emergency. The employee's Department Head will determine who will be required to work.


Work Environment Frequency Working in Designated Environment Office or similar indoor environment Frequently or Often Outdoor environment Sometimes Street environment (near moving traffic) Seldom or Never Construction site Seldom or Never Confined Space Seldom or Never In the community (homes, businesses, etc.) Seldom or Never Lab Seldom or Never Warehouse environment Seldom or Never

The position is generally sedentary. Employees sit most of the time, but may walk or stand for brief periods of time.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Applications will be reviewed and the hiring authority will contact those applicants whose application reflects the best match of experience for the position.

The City of Fort Lauderdale offers a comprehensive benefits package to all regular full-time employees including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and short-term disability insurance.

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Closing Date/Time: 3/15/2023 11:59 PM Eastern

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