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Employment Standards Director

J26

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family perform top level management work involved in planning, directing and coordinating division activities; perform functions or activities related to labor law compliance programs such as employment standards, wage and hour, child labor and workers’ compensation enforcement.

Typical Functions

  • Plans, administers and supervises the activities of the assigned division in the application and enforcement of division programs in compliance with legislative mandates.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as a wide variety of public officials, business community leaders and owners, national organizations/associations and other states.
  • Implements programs relating to divisional goals; ensures continuity and consistency among division, federal and state program objectives; reviews activity measures for goals assessment and program direction; develops and administers the division’s budget, authorizes expenditures and monitors division’s fiscal affairs.
  • Manages professional development plan for unit personnel and provides classroom and in-service training as necessary; evaluates performance.
  • Reviews labor law reports; implements long-range public information program consultations on services and legal requirements; interprets laws pertaining to wages, hours of work, independent contractors, workers’ compensation coverage and enforcement to employers, employees and interested groups; directs its application to employers and employees; initiates program and policy changes; provides recommendations to the Commissioner of Labor and legislature on Oklahoma law.

Level Descriptors

Level I: Code: J26A Salary Band: N

The Employment Standards Director job family consists of only one level and employees are responsible for performing all essential functions applicable to the division for which responsibility is assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required include knowledge of federal and state statutes and policies relating to wage and hour standards, child labor, workers’ compensation and private employment agencies; of supervision principles; of administration and management practices; of payroll and business practices as they relate to labor law; and of technical report writing and record keeping.  Ability is required to supervise the activities of professional, technical and clerical personnel; to plan, direct and administer an effective program; to develop policy at the division level; to prepare and control a budget; to handle confidential work with tact and discretion; to interpret and handle decisions in accordance with established laws, rules and procedures; to analyze problems and recommend effective solutions; to conduct several projects simultaneously; to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; to write reports; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Education and Experience requirements consist of a bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, law, paralegal or related areas and four years of qualifying experience including two years of supervisory experience; or a master’s degree in business, public administration, law, paralegal or related areas and three years of qualifying experience, including two years of supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year of practical work for each year of the required education.

Selective Qualification

  • Some positions may require the education or experience to be in a specific field of work.

Special Requirements

  • Applicants must be willing and able to fulfill all job-related travel normally associated with this position.
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