Northeastern Illinois University, located in Chicago, Illinois, invites applications for the position of Interim Director Employee, Labor Relations and Training, in the Office of Human Resources.     

In this role you will:

The Interim Director Employee, Labor Relations and Training, plans, negotiates and administers labor contracts for five collective bargaining units covering 270+ student employees, 650+ staff, 550+ faculty with non-faculty collective bargaining agreements, grievance administration, support and training of administration and professional staff, and development of policies and procedures related to employee and labor relations. This position also consults with staff regarding employee engagement, and performance issues.

The duties performed in this role are professional, sensitive, and related to public relations. Extreme judgment is required for confidential employee matters, union contract negotiations, grievance administration, and discipline. The successful candidate must be able to shift priorities quickly. Problem resolution, research/investigation, analytical, and persuasive skills are vital in this role.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor's Degree in a field related to labor relations or human resources.

  2. A minimum of 6 years of employee relations and progressively more responsible experience working in a complex labor relations environment.

  3. A minimum of 3 years' experience administering collective bargaining agreements, including contract interpretation and grievance processing, in a complex labor relations environment.

  4. A minimum of 3 years' experience in developing employee training programs, administering performance management, including coaching and counseling supervisors on discipline steps up to and including the termination/discharge process, for a significant case load.

  5. Must have the ability to use Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.

Departmental Preferences: 

  • Advanced degree in a related field.

  • Knowledge of university or public labor organization contracts.

  • Experience in higher education human resources.

  • Experience in higher education labor relations.

(This position requires a background check.)

About Northeastern Illinois University:

Northeaster’s Main Campus is located on 67 acres in a residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago with additional locations in the metropolitan area: The Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies and El Centro. Northeastern also is a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. 

Salary & Benefits:

Salary range for this position is $75,000-$80,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and vision benefits, sick and vacation days, and participation in the State Universities Retirement System. This is a full-time, continuing position.


Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Hours may vary depending on departmental needs)


Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

To Apply:

Applicants are expected to respond based upon the entire job description.  

You must submit the following online forms (see links below) and send the remaining documents to:



with the job title in the subject line

Copies of unofficial transcripts are accepted; however, official transcripts for all earned degrees will be required of candidates selected for final interviews.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.