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University of California Office of the President — Employee and Labor Relations Manager – Hybrid

Employee and Labor Relations Manager – Hybrid

Location: Oakland / Full Time
Job ID: 50934
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At the University of California (UC), your contributions make a difference. A world leader producing Nobel and Pulitzer prize recipients with over 150 years of groundbreaking research transforming the world. Choose a career where you can leverage your knowledge, skills and aspirations to inspire and support some of the greatest minds in the world, and those who will follow in their footsteps. Working at the University of California is being part of a unique institution, and a vibrant and diverse community. At the University of California, Office of the President, we propel our mission through impactful work locally, in government centers and systemwide. We are passionate people, serving the greater good.

The University of California, one of the largest and most acclaimed institutions of higher learning in the world, is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and public service. The University of California Office of the President is the headquarters to the 10 campuses, six academic medical centers and three national laboratories and enrolls premier students from California, the nation and the world. Learn more about the UC Office of the President


UCOP Human Resources (HR) is dedicated to serving and supporting staff, and to building a work environment where employees feel involved and empowered to offer their best. UCOP HR includes our HR Business Partners, that are assigned by department and provide guidance regarding all UCOP HR services. Other HR staff units cover benefits, disability, leaves and accommodations, talent acquisition and employment, employee and labor relations, learning and development, organization development, and compensation and payroll.

Position Summary
Technical leader who provides labor relations guidance to all levels within the organization, utilizing specialized labor relations expertise within area of responsibility to resolve highly complex issues in creative and effective ways. Internal and external contacts often pertain to significant labor relations programs and objectives. Normally receives little direction on assignments. Serves in a lead capacity, providing guidance to other professionals in department. Reporting to the Executive Director, UCOP Local Human Resources, serves as an experienced, seasoned professional who applies labor relations concepts and skills with a comprehensive understanding of labor/union issues and employee relations matters; expected to apply creativity and reasonableness to complex problem-solving. Advises and counsels client groups to resolve questions, concerns, and grievances for employees. General instructions may be provided on new assignments and initiatives but normally receives little instruction on day-to-day work. Exercises considerable judgment and discretion to determine appropriate action. Works with senior internal and external contacts.

Key Responsibilities

  • 15% Represents the organization as a participant in systemwide bargaining and has authority to commit the organization to systemwide agreements. Represent UCOP in proceedings, grievances and final and binding arbitrations, negotiating on behalf of the University and in accordance with University and UCOP objectives.
  • 15% May lead a team to build consensus in a collaborative manner among diverse entities (for example, organization management, employees, and union representatives). Responsible for employee and labor relations functions and objectives, writing contract language, developing bargaining strategies, addressing concerns of employees, and maintaining effective relationships with the unions.
  • 10% Works with senior management to recommend organization position on settlement options. Provide feedback to and participate in development of positions for systemwide collective bargaining and contract negotiations; develop and lead bargaining on local issues in collaboration with others, ensuring that contracts comply with statutory requirements and meet the needs of UCOP and union management. Work with senior management on settlement options and recommend UCOP positions in cases which may cross multiple jurisdictional lines and require broad consensus.
  • 25% Advises organization managers and human resource professionals on labor relations and employment law implications relating to highly complex individual and organization-wide issues or courses of action. Administer and interpret systemwide policies and UCOP local procedures, multiple collective bargaining agreements, applicable labor/employment laws, personnel programs, and legal decisions, and apply them to the facts of specific situations, ensuring consistency with past practices; confer with senior managers as necessary.
  • 10% Works in a highly collaborative manner with others across the organization, external contacts of significance, and members of organization management at all levels. Leads and conducts highly complex and varied analyses of issues or concepts and develops resulting recommendations.
  • 25% Conflict Management–Facilitate resolution of informal and formal complaints and grievances regarding terms and conditions of employment, implementation of policy and procedures and issues involving allegations of inappropriate conduct or behavior. Lead or oversee fact-finding investigations and analyze issues to formulate viable resolutions. Facilitate productive discussions and offer various methods for alternative dispute resolution to support collaborative problem solving. Maintain a neutral position, interacting with employees and departments to develop and negotiate settlement agreements that ensure resolution of complaint or concern. Direct & provide guidance to subordinates to achieve department/unit goals; set performance expectations and conduct monthly/annual performance reviews; assign special projects to develop and enhance subordinate skills.

Required Qualifications

  • Substantive and progressively responsible management experience in human resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to design, implement, and evaluate human resources programs and services.
  • Min 8 years Experience working in Human Resources, with substantive and progressively responsible management experience in employee and labor relations; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Skills and Abilities
Required Qualifications

  • Possesses advanced analytical skills to conduct analysis and develop recommendations, demonstrating organization and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrates advanced knowledge of organizational policies and procedures; advanced knowledge of functional area and understands how work impacts other areas in Human Resources and the organization.
  • Has advanced knowledge of labor / employment law and the principles and techniques of labor negotiations.
  • Has advanced knowledge of applicable state and federal laws and court decisions regarding employment related matters.
  • Has advanced knowledge of other areas in human resources; capable of developing, interpreting, implementing and administering organization-wide human resources policies and processes.
  • Demonstrates the advanced level skills necessary to bargain and represent the university’s interests effectively.
  • Demonstrates advanced knowledge of the principles of advocacy in order to represent the organization in complex and sensitive dispute forums.
  • Possesses specialized knowledge within labor relations field.
  • Demonstrates ability to lead and mentor other labor relations professionals. Demonstrated ability to handle extremely difficult or volatile situations / individuals effectively.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in human resources or business Administration.
  • SHRM-CP and/or SHRM-SCP certification.

Required Qualifications

  • Batchelor’s degree in Human Resources or related area with substantive and progressively responsible management experience in human resources and / or equivalent experience / training

Job Title
Labor Relations Representative 4

Job Code

Salary Grade
Grade 24

$116,000 – $143,000

Full Salary Range:
$91,400 – $170,800

The University of California, Office of the President, is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range shows the growth potential for this position and the pay scale is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position.

Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging



Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.


The first review date for this job is April 12, 2023. The position will be open until filled.


Background Check Process: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position. Background check process at UCOP

Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014. UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy

August 2021 Update: The University of California has issued a policy requiring employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID -19 before physically accessing the University location or programs. Upon hire into a UCOP position, you will be provided detailed instructions on how to comply with this policy including access to the COVID vaccination at no cost. New hires to UCOP who work onsite or will come onsite for any activities at a UCOP or other UC location must comply with this policy within 8 weeks after their start date. The policy allows for employees to request approval for an exception or deferral. UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy


The University of California, Office of the President, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. EEO/AA Employer UC Nondiscrimination Policy

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