Minimum Qualifications Admission to the New York State Bar and six years of substantial experience in the field of labor relations, including but not limited to experience as the primary participant in collective negotiations, mediation, arbitration, or representation of management or labor in the settlement of grievances or disputes over terms and conditions of employment, or as a hearing officer. Three years of experience must have been at a supervisory level; or one year of the experience must have been at a managerial level.
Duties Description The Public Employment Relations Board’s Chief Regional Mediator performs three distinct roles:
• Administrator: Plans and coordinates the work of the Regional Office, in consultation with agency leadership. Supervises administrative assistant, staff mediators and trial examiners; ensures orderly operation of the Regional Office.
• Mediator and Conciliator: Serves with extraordinary distinction as mediator on a significant number of important cases, particularly those impasse situations which are the most complex and delicate in nature.
The incumbent serves in strike situations and is responsible to the Director of Conciliation with respect to the agency’s methodology for resolving the dispute. The incumbent serves similarly when disputes are handled by per diem panel or staff members; i.e., advises and suggests tactics and otherwise assists the neutral in deciding how best to bring about resolution of the dispute.
The incumbent engages in numerous meetings prior to negotiations between particular parties to help set the tone for the actual negotiations; in the profession this type of activity is referred to as “preventive mediation”. This activity is year round and accounts for numerous settlements of issues before such issues are formally presented in negotiations.
• Trial Examiner (Administrative Law Judge): Performs appropriate duties consistent with the mission of the Public Employment Practices and Representation Office of the Board. Pursuant to the Rules of the Board, a substantial amount of time is spent in the preparation for, and conduct of prehearing conferences, assisting the parties to reach an agreement, and in the conduct of hearings if resolution is not possible. The trial examiner engages in legal research and prepares correspondence and other writings in response to inquiries received from PERB's constituents, as well as appearing before clientele groups. The trial examiner prepares a proposed decision in representation matters and in improper practice cases a decision which, in both types of cases, contains a statement of the issue and relevant facts, together with a discussion and analysis of appropriate precedents, and becomes binding on the parties if it is not appealed to the Board.
Additional Comments Positions assigned to the Brooklyn Regional Office of PERB will receive an additional $3,087 location pay on an annual basis. PERB currently has a telecommuting program that can be discussed.
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Notes on ApplyingPlease email a cover letter with a resume, writing sample and a list of three references including one management representative and one labor representative to email@example.com Attention: Executive Director, Sandra Koslow with the subject line “Application for Chief Regional Mediator” followed by your name. Applications received on or before December 1, 2023 will be considered. PERB is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender, military status, religion or any other prohibited category.