Labor Relations Officer - Human Resources
Open Society Foundations
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Labor Relations Officer - Human Resources

Open Society Foundations
  • Internship (From 4 to 6 months)
  • Berlin (Germany)
  • Published on August 14 2020
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Über uns

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to criticism, whose laws and policies are open to debate and correction, and whose political institutions are open to the participation of all people. We seek to strengthen justice and the rule of law; broaden respect for human rights, including the rights of minorities; encourage pluralism and a robust diversity of opinion; deepen democratic practice and participation; expand economic equity; support effective governance; and invest in individuals, public and private organizations, and social movements that advance these goals.

We are a global network of foundations committed to local knowledge and national expertise. Our network includes national foundations, regional foundations, and other geographic programs operating in more than one hundred countries. At the same time, many programs with global reach operate from our four headquarters in Europe and the United States, including programs on digital information, documentary photography, drug policy, early childhood, education, fellowships, fiscal governance, higher education, human rights, international migration, justice, public health, scholarships, think tanks, and women's rights. In addition to making grants to organizations and individuals, the Open Society Foundations engage in policy advocacy, legal advocacy and litigation, program-related investing, and public communications, as well as providing direct assistance to governments. Most programs and foundations in the network are governed or advised by their own boards.

The Open Society Foundations are the global philanthropies of George Soros, who, as chairman, plays an active role in the work of the foundations.

We are seeking a Labor Relations Officer to oversee the day-to-day management of the relationship between Open Society and its employee representatives in Berlin. The Labor Relations Officer will use their knowledge of labor law and experience of labor contract administration to sustain and promote positive relationships.

The Open Society Foundations (OSF) work to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We are active in more than 120 countries, making us the world's largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.

The Human Resources (HR) team, comprised of 60+ members, sits in our Berlin, London, New York and Washington D.C. offices but supports OSF staff across the global network of foundations, in over 40 countries. The team is comprised of generalists spanning the North America, Latin America, Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, Africa, South West Asia, and Asia Pacific regions, as well as HR specialists comprised of Talent Development, Human Resources Information System (HRIS), Compensation & Benefits, Diversity and Inclusion, and Recruitment.

As a Labor Relations Officer at Open Society, you will

  • Lead and moderate negotiations of entity agreements in alignment with the Senior Legal Counsel and Head of HR, reconciliation of interests and social plans as well as any settlement points;
  • Serve as the point of contact for employee representatives as well as the design of information and communications for and with employee representatives;
  • Provide analysis, advice, design, evaluation and implementation of collective issues and any topics in connection with employee representatives;
  • Prepare, participate and monitor regular appointments with committees of employee representatives as well as independent reporting and coordination of the action items and tasks;
  • Write works council agreements, contract templates and policies in German and English;
  • Maintain and co-develop databases and information formats for employee representatives;
  • Lead and support HR projects under co-determination rights such as health management or software implementation;
  • Support hands-on HR management tasks such as issuing contracts and use HR systems in the daily business.

What we are looking for

  • Five to seven years of relevant experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Deep knowledge and experience in the participation and special rights of employee representatives from the Works Constitution Act. Proven track record in working and negotiating with employee representatives;
  • Strong demonstrated knowledge of employment law;
  • Excellent command in German and English, both written and verbally;
  • Strong project management skills, with ability to develop plans and meet deliverables on multiple concurrent projects;
  • Experience in building health management is a plus
  • Excellent usage of Excel and powerpoint
  • Commitment to the Open Society Foundation's values of diversity and inclusion;
  • Strong understanding of cultural differences and the proven ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds within a complex organization.

What we offer

  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts.
  • Top-notch benefits and perks designed for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance. With some variability according to location, this includes generous time off, flexible work arrangements, employer-paid health insurance, generous retirement savings plan, progressive paid parental leave, reproductive and family planning support, sabbatical opportunities, and much more:
  • A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive ( workplace that enables everyone to bring their full self to work and make a positive impact on the world.

See what a day in the life of an Open Society colleague is like:

If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit your cover letter and CV; we look forward to learning more about you.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.