Director of Labor Relations

Job Description

UC Health is hiring a full-time Director of Labor Relations at the Daniel Drake Center. This is a hybrid role and some work will be done remotely. However, you must be located in Ohio, Indiana or Kentucky once hired for this position.

The director will support the UC Health with delivering high-quality care to patients based on assessed needs, established standards of care and according to policy and procedures.

About UC Health

UC Health is an integrated academic health system serving Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. In partnership with the University of Cincinnati, UC Health combines clinical expertise and compassion with research and teaching-a combination that provides patients with options for even the most complex situations. Members of UC Health include: UC Medical Center, West Chester Hospital, Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, Bridgeway Pointe Assisted Living, University of Cincinnati Physicians and UC Health Ambulatory Services (with more than 900 board-certified clinicians and surgeons), Lindner Center of HOPE and several specialized institutes including: UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute and the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center. Many UC Health locations have received national recognition for outstanding quality and patient satisfaction. Learn more at


The Director of Labro Relations is responsible for coordinating and directing the labor relations programs and functions across UC Health. The position has the primary responsibility for union relationships and administration of the labor contracts in accordance with the organization's mission, values and goals. The current unions at UC Health include The Ohio Nurses Association (ONA) with roughly 1500 members, The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) with roughly 490 members, International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) with roughly 50 members, and the Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (OPBA) with roughly 100 members.
  • Establishes short-, mid- and long-term strategies for UC Health's collective bargaining in collaboration with operations team, HR colleagues, and internal and external legal counsel.
  • Provides leadership including preparation and contingency planning for collective bargaining Work closely with leaders to establish key topics and parameters.
  • Provides domain expertise and guidance to the HR team and leaders regarding contract language and application.
  • Manages company responses to all information requests, grievances, and arbitrations, collaborating closely with site and HR leadership.
  • Ensures constructive ongoing relationships between company and each of its unions/locals.
  • Develops ongoing communications plan in collaboration with operations leadership, HR and communications to ensure consistent, transparent communications aligned with overarching internal communications strategies and messages.
  • Develops robust strategy to ensure maintain non-union status at relevant sites and drive positive employee relations.
  • Establishes appropriate expectations and operating cadence to ensure strong understanding of key risk areas.
  • Supports development of site assessment and findings mitigation plans.
  • Works to ensure the labor relations team and business partners are trained and educated on the various contracts.
  • Develops and delivers training to managers and leaders of union employees to ensure understanding of key contract items, appropriate behaviors, and actions in a union environment.
  • Develops and delivers training to managers and leaders of non-union employees to ensure key aspects of establishing and maintaining positive employee relations, addressing and/or escalating employee issues, and engaging with human resources for guidance and support.
  • Ensures all materials are aligned with broader engagement, employee relations and communications strategies.


  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources or a related field required.
  • SHRM - CP or SCP certification required.
  • Six to ten years of management experience preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of labor relations practices and legal requirements.
  • Knowledge of HR related federal, state and local laws and regulations.

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