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Director of Labor Relations and Benefits

Anoka Hennepin School District 11
Job Location:
Anoka, Minnesota 55303
Physical Labor
Full time

Director of Labor Relations and Benefits (Full Time 12 months)

Develop, plan, and administer policies and procedures relating to labor relations and benefits including benefits, compensation, labor agreement interpretation, and assist with contract negotiations by performing the following duties or coordinating through team members with the position's oversight.

Duties and responsibilities:

Leadership and Planning:

  • Provide vision, leadership, and planning for the district in the areas of labor relations and benefits to meet the current and future needs of the district.
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of strategic initiatives in the areas of oversight to support the mission and goals of the district.
  • Assure compliance with laws and district policies in the areas of oversight.
  • Provide advice and counsel to district administrators in the areas of labor relations and benefits.

Labor Relations:

  • Assist the General Counsel in all matters regarding negotiated labor agreements and interpreting contract language.
  • Recommend and coordinate appropriate compensation systems and ensure compliance with any pay equity laws.
  • Implement and interpret negotiated labor agreements and district employment policies in the areas of oversight.

Employment Benefits:

  • Direct, oversee, and is responsible for managing the district's comprehensive benefits programs including but not limited to: medical, dental, retiree benefits, sick leave bank, workers compensation, long term disability insurance, and life insurances.
  • Manage all services provided by insurance carriers, brokers, and third party administrators.
  • Analyze, forecast, and recommend funding rates and program benefits for the district's self-insurance plans including health, dental and worker's compensation.


  • Ability to recognize and identify trends or challenges in the areas of responsibility and interprets data to draw conclusions. Recommend and/or deploy strategies to initiate system change and make district-wide improvements.
  • Prepare, recommend, and monitor program budgets for the allocation of departmental resources.
  • Mentor, coach, and develop departmental staff to achieve professional work goals.
  • Perform other tasks and assumes other responsibilities as assigned by the executive director of human resources or superintendent.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Directly supervise the Insurance Benefits Supervisor, one non-supervisory confidential employee, and indirectly supervise four confidential employees. Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, evaluation, and supervision of these employees in accordance with School District policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Requires bachelor's degree in human resources, public administration, business or related area.                                                                                                                        • Requires ten years related experience, preferably in an educational setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional articles, financial reports, and legal documents.
• Skilled in verbal and written communication to/with a diverse audience.
• Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from administrators, teachers, other District employees, the general public and the School Board.
• Ability to effectively present information to administrators, teachers, other District employees, the general public and the School Board.
• Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.                                                                                                                                            • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
• Ability to maintain regular attendance, which includes completing an assigned day.

Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree preferred. human resources certificates or benefit administration certificate preferred.

Salary: $110,000 and up depend on qualifications, up to 5 percent annual performance pay, and generous benefits package.

Start Date: December 15, 2017.

Special Instruction:

All Applicants must complete the Anoka-Hennepin Schools online application. Applicants must also attach a letter of interest and a current resume describing qualifications for this position, along with a minimum of three letters of recommendation.

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