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Director - Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining (OLRCB)

OPEN:  Friday, September 7, 2018

CLOSE:  Open until filled

SALARY RANGE/GRADE:    Excepted Service, ES10 ($115,928 - $173,891)



Mayor Bowser is committed to attracting and retaining the highest caliber work force for the District of Columbia and having that work force operate efficiently and effectively in agencies that treat all workers fairly and with dignity. This Cabinet-level position is located in the Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining (OLRCB), which has responsibility for the administration of a comprehensive city-wide labor relations program for all agencies under the administrative authority of the Mayor. ·This responsibility includes representing the Mayor and District agencies under the direct personnel authority of the Mayor in collective bargaining over compensation and working conditions; representing District management before the Public Employee Relations Board in representations, unit determinations and unfair labor practice cases, negotiability and arbitration appeals, and impasse proceedings; and, developing and presenting cases before third party neutrals in grievance and interest arbitration proceedings. The OLRCB works closely with independent agencies (e.g., DC Public Library, the University of the District of Columbia and the Not-for-Profit Hospital Corporation) on labor matters. The program also involves policy development, investigation and resolution of complaints, contract administration, and labor law and labor relations research. A large percentage of the District of Columbia's workforce (approximately 36,000 strong) is represented by labor organizations. Approximately two-thirds of the organized employees are under the direct authority of the Mayor while the remaining third are under the independent agencies.  Employees are represented by over a dozen different employee organizations in numerous bargaining units.



  • Serves as the Director, Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining (OLRCB) managing a staff of labor relations specialists and support staff.
  • Serves as the principal management advocate in the formulation, administration and operation of a comprehensive labor relations program, the Director determines policies, establishes goals, recommends plans and executes a broad program.
  • Represents management before the Public Employee Relations Board in representation matters; unit determinations; unfair labor practices; negotiability and arbitration appeals; and impasse proceedings.
  • Represents the Mayor and D.C. agencies in collective bargaining matters involving all aspects of compensation and working conditions
  • Develops and presents cases before third parties in grievances and arbitrations; administration of compensation and non-compensation agreements
  • Presents Mayoral/Departmental policies, procedures and goals before the Council of the District of Columbia as they relate to the labor relations program.
  • Serves as chief negotiator in cases of unusual magnitude where the outcome of negotiations can have a substantial impact on the District Government as well as the agencies and departments involved in those negotiations.
  • Develops collective bargaining positions, ground rules, proposals and counter-proposals, compromises, strategies and tactics. 
  • Works to defuse any challenging situations and create an atmosphere for constructive negotiations and compromise.


  • Minimum 5 – 10 years direct experience in employee and labor relations, including direct experience working with collective bargaining units.
  • Expert knowledge of the District of Columbia's employment and arbitration system.
  • Must be a member of the DC Bar or prepare to waive in immediately.



There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.  The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment.  Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.

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