Director, Labor Relations

Job Locations
US-NY-New York | US-DC
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Human Resources
New York
Additional Location : State/Province


The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.


Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.


Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary

The Director, Labor Relations will be direct the negotiation and administration of the collective bargaining agreement(s) with Audubon’s union(s).  They will be responsible for implementing the labor relations strategy for the organization including contract administration/interpretation, data collection, support of the collective bargaining process and dispute/grievance resolutions.


The Director, Labor Relations will regularly interact with Audubon senior leadership; state and national labor leaders; and other key internal and external stakeholders regarding labor relations strategy and labor/management matters of significance.


This role will report to the Chief People and Culture Officer. 

Essential Functions

  • Oversee the administration of day-to-day Labor Relations matters in accordance with contract language and company policy, procedures, and practices.
  • Help develop and implement labor policies/practices.
  • Support the collective bargaining process with the union and administer the contract.
  • Develop and oversee the management of various labor relations activities including but not limited to the grievance and arbitration processes.
  • Advise management on issues regarding union-management relations, such as contract negotiations.
  • Provide HR staff with guidance on all labor relations issues.
  • Establish relationships with key labor relations stakeholders; e.g. union representatives, outside counsel.
  • Post contract, oversee and facilitate labor/management meetings.
  • Provide functional expertise to the organization on labor relations issues
  • Oversee Audubon labor relations training.
  • Partner with Employee Relations and Legal regarding ongoing concerns, investigations, arbitrations, legal disputes, and resolutions to achieve optimal results.
  • Analyze labor relations data.

Qualifications and Experience

  • 10+ years of progressive HR generalist/HR business partner experience and at least 7+ years of experience in labor relations in non-profit and/or for-profit organizations.
  • Knowledge of labor and employment laws, labor negotiations experience a must.
  • Specific skills such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and leadership.
  • Excellent problem-solving, organizational, and time-management skills and the ability to maintain a team-focused attitude.
  • An understanding of specific labor relations needs related to a company’s collective bargaining agreement and business strategy.
  • Strength in situation leadership, judgment, problem-solving, strategic thinking, and cultural competency.
  • Demonstrated project management skills with ability to manage multiple tasks and lead cross-functional teams.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and other key Microsoft Office and web-based products. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Labor Relations, Business, or related field.

EEO Statement

The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

Accessibility Statement

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COVID Policy

All staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than January 31, 2022, unless they are approved by Human Resources for a qualified exemption. Those unvaccinated after January 31st will be required to follow a weekly testing protocol.


All unvaccinated staff are required to wear masks or other approved facial coverings while working indoors at all times or outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. Further, effective December 13th, any unvaccinated staff person entering an Audubon building must submit a negative Covid-19 test that has been taken within 72 hours. 


This policy is effective through February 27th and may be changed due to changes in the law and/or changes to Audubon policies such as the Return to Work/Hybrid Work policy.


All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.


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