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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 11/02/23

Applications Due12/14/23

Vacancy ID143141

AgencyLabor, Department of

TitleHuman Resources Specialist 2 Labor Relations - Albany

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade23

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $81792 to $102189 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 10%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address State Office Campus, Building 12

City Albany


Zip Code12240

Minimum Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Candidates reachable on the Civil Service Eligible list(s) will be canvassed. However, you may also apply if you are eligible for appointment by one of the following qualifications:

To be considered for this position, a review of your state history is needed. Please provide the last four digits of your social security number in your email response or on your resume. If you are not comfortable providing this information in your response, a representative from our office will contact you via phone.

52.7 NON-COMPETITIVE PROMOTION (NCP) QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible for NCP, candidates must be in the Department of Labor promotion field and have one year or more of permanent, contingent-permanent or 55 b/c service as a Human Resources Specialist 1 Labor Relations or Human Resources Specialist 1. In accordance with Section 52.7 of the Civil Service Law if three or fewer qualified Department of Labor employees in a Human Resources Specialist 1 Labor Relations or Human Resources Specialist 1 title respond to this posting, Civil Service may approve the permanent appointment of one of these qualified candidates without further examination.

Note: Non-competitive refers to not competing in an examination; the appointment will be competitive.

52.6 TRANSFER QUALIFICATIONS: One year of permanent, contingent-permanent or 55 b/c service as a Salary Grade 21 or higher determined to be administrative by Civil Service.

NOTE: For 52.6 transfers, a comprehensive list of titles approved for transfer is available through Civil Service GOT-IT at

•Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, and ability to interact with a diverse population including organized labor representing the state workforce.
•Knowledge of federal, state and local laws and statutes, which govern employment policies and practice.
•Knowledge of concepts and terms used in labor management and labor relations.
•Experience conducting investigations, negotiating, mediating and applying laws to facts.
•Experience working with labor management committees or in a related field preferred.
•Ability to initiate and maintain relationships across a diverse set of stakeholders.

Duties Description STANDARD DUTIES:

As a Human Resources Specialist 2 Labor Relations within the Employee Relations Office, the incumbent may be assigned to two distinct roles within the office.

If assigned to the Labor Relations role, the incumbent will:

• Plan, develop, and direct the labor relations program or a portion of it for an agency or a group of facilities.
• Direct the implementation of collective bargaining agreements.
• Represent the agency in both statewide and agency level negotiations; and direct or participate in labor management committees.
• Provide expert advice and assistance to program managers and supervisors in disciplinary matters.
• Review and evaluate policies and procedures; and recommend and implement new and revised ones.
• Review and evaluate changes in negotiated agreements; and advise management of their impact on the labor relations program.
• May supervise lower level professional and clerical staff involved in labor relations activities.
• Provide advice and consultation to supervisors and managers to ensure proper interpretation and administration of contract provisions and avoid misunderstandings that may lead to employee dissatisfaction and grievances.
• Conduct the most difficult and sensitive hearings and investigations.
• Assess labor relations training needs; and develop training materials and curricula regarding employee relations, collective bargaining, contract administration, and employee discipline.
• Assist the New York State Office of Employee Relations staff in presenting the State’s case at improper practice hearings before the Public Employment Relations Board.
• Prepare witnesses for both direct and cross examination at disciplinary arbitration hearings, prepare and present opening statement outlining witness testimony, case evidence, and theory of the case.
• Deliver closing argument summarizing major points of State’s case or draft written brief summarizing main arguments and presenting persuasive discussion of management’s case.
• Act as liaison with legal office on issues involving employee relations activity, including litigation involving disciplinary action or grievance determinations, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Division of Human Rights complaints.
• Develop proposal for funding labor management projects from the various quality of work life committees and assists in their implementation.

If assigned to the Labor Management role, the incumbent will:

• Support Labor and Management Initiatives to work together with elected leadership of unions representing the state workforce and other officials to achieve mutual goals by utilizing facilitation, mediation, consultation, and negotiations to support the work of the labor management and labor affairs offices.
• Assist in the development and implementation of the Commissioner’s key policy initiatives and programmatic priorities, which includes conducting research, developing implementation strategies, providing oversight, and offering recommendations to resolve issues and ensure adherence to the Commissioner’s priorities, goals and timeline.
• Apply mediation techniques to gather information regarding disputes connected with unfair and prohibited labor practices and representation cases.
• Establish and maintain a working relationship with labor management representatives and consult with them in planning and achieving goals and objectives.
• Prepare and send responses to inquiries and requests for information from legislators, interest groups and other officials related to organized labor or labor management issues, changes in agency programs or operations, new programs and initiatives or other issues, as required.
• Perform additional duties and projects as assigned.

The Office of Employee Relations works in a team setting creating a collaborative environment which supports staff growth and development. Employees are expected to exhibit professionalism through a consistent commitment to the development and maintenance of excellent work relationships with others, including DOL employees and staff from various control agencies.

Additional Comments Filling 2 vacancies from this posting.

If you are a current NYS employee and have questions regarding salary, please contact the Business Services Center (BSC): 518-457-4272,

Telecommuting will be discussed at the interview.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Travis Serson

Telephone (518) 457-1020

Fax EFax:

Email Address


Street New York State Department of Labor

Harriman State Campus, Building 12, Room 561

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12240


Notes on ApplyingAll candidates must submit a written resume and cover letter which clearly demonstrates how they meet the minimum qualifications for the position. These documents must be received by December 14, 2023 and submitted via email to or mailed to the NYS Department of Labor, Personnel Bureau, Building 12, Room 561, State Office Campus, Albany, NY 12240. You must include, Vacancy ID# 143141, Human Resources Specialist 2 – LR – Albany in the subject line of your email. Failure to do so may result in a delay of processing your application.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Department of Labor is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to ensuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities and workplace diversity.

New York State (NYS) is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. NYS Law prohibits discrimination because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, domestic violence victim status, carrier status, gender identity or prior conviction records, or prior arrests, youthful offender adjudications or sealed records unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

If you are a person with a disability and wish to request that a reasonable accommodation be provided for you to participate in a job interview, please contact: Department of Labor, Attn: Director, Division of Equal Opportunity and Development (DEOD), Building 12, Albany, NY 12240 (Phone (518) 457-1984 and/or fax (518) 485-2575.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

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