The New York Racing Association, Inc.

  • Director, Employee & Labor Relations

    Job Locations US-NY-Ozone Park
    Aqueduct Racetrack (only)
    Position Type
    Full-Time Regular
  • Job Overview

    The Director, Employee & Labor Relations will provide strategic labor relations expertise while overseeing the administration and interpretation of 25 different union contracts.  The Director, Employee &  Labor Relations will be responsible for providing guidance and developing actions plans across the enterprise in order to resolve moderate to complex employee relations issues and will lead a team of two HR Business Partners.



    • Prepare all CBA negotiation proposals in partnership with management and legal. Work with management and finance team to draft proposals and financial models. Actively participate in contract negotiations by assisting spokesman at the table.
    • Issue compliance guidance to Management, HR Business Partners, Payroll, and the HR Benefit team for compliance with current and new CBA mandates.
    • Represent management in grievance meetings and arbitrations. Work with Associate General Counsel to prepare company findings for arbitration cases.
    • Design, implement, and monitor a workflow to audit union wages, benefits, and PTO, ensuring compliance with all CBAs.
    • Review the current corrective action process and propose training initiatives for management on how to conduct thorough investigations, fact check, and on how to produce written case summaries that are within legal requirements.
    • Conduct timely, effective, thorough and objective investigations to resolve moderate to complex employee relations / labor relations issues.
    • Utilize analytics to track grievances, arbitrations and other employee relations issues. Identity trends and develop solutions for improvement. Provide day-to-day performance management guidance to line management (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, corrective action).
    • Act as a resource for the interpretation of Human Resource policies in support of compliance with federal, state, and local legal requirements. Help to influence and contribute to the development of new and/or changes to existing policies/programs for NYRA by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating and understanding the impact of any legislation changes; and advising management on necessary updates and actions. 
    • Provide guidance and input on business unit restructures, workforce planning and succession planning.
    • Assist in the development, implementation, and dissemination of HR-related training programs. 
    • Participates in or leads large scale HR projects, as assigned. 





    Education (minimum):

    •  Bachelor’s Degree in Labor Relations, Human Resources, Industrial/Organizational Psychology or a related field.
    • JD preferred, but not required.




    • At least 7 years of experience resolving complex employee relations in a union environment.
    • Excellent negotiation skills with demonstrated experience as #2 chair in labor negotiations.
    • Extensive knowledge of labor and employment law.
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
    • Strong project management skills and the ability to multi-task are essential.
    • Ability to work at all three NYRA properties (Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park & Saratoga Race Course for up to 7 weeks during the summer).  Ability to work some holidays and weekends required.

    Other (certifications):  Master’s in HR Management, SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential preferred



    Job Competencies:


    Value Each Other: You are united with HR teammates in delivering the best experience to all of NYRA’s employees, vendors, guests and horsemen.


    Achieve Excellence: You possess a lively and keen interest in what you do; and display excitement and eagerness in doing your job well. You are passionate about NYRA and your role here; and seek additional responsibilities and opportunities that support organizational goals and stretch personal capabilities.


    Self-management: You prioritize plans and schedules effectively; and allocate resources to meet objectives by specified target dates. You value time and work effectively and efficiently; and are able to balance changing priorities. 

    You display role-model behavior at all times, keeping in mind that what say and do reflects on our team and on NYRA.


    Effective Communications: You get to the point quickly and succinctly and make complicated concepts clear to others. You are an exceptional listener, even in stressful situations, and display an acute sense of the right thing to say in various scenarios.  





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