Reporting to the Director--Employee and Labor Relations, Campus Human Resources (CHR), the Manager, Labor Relations represents the University in collective-bargaining negotiations, labor arbitrations, internal administrative hearings, and proceedings before the California Public Employment Relations Board.
Supervises Employee & Labor Relations Advocates who are high-level professional staff, most of whom are licensed attorneys, with an in-depth understanding of all areas related to labor relations and human resources. They are assigned to specific exclusive representatives (unions) and are responsible for the day-to-day administration of their respective contracts. Collaborate with Employee & Labor Relations colleagues and the Director on an as-needed basis as issues arise. Expected to exercise a high level of independent judgement in areas of responsibility.
Works collaboratively and establish highly effective working relationships with campus clients to resolve a full range of HR-related issues on a project-by-project basis.
Partners with Director on strategic planning initiatives, collective-bargaining strategy and contract administration, policy implementation, and staffing needs. Represents the Director and department at campus-wide and system-wide meetings and trainings, as requested.
Evaluates the merits of employee complaints (grievances, administrative reviews, and unfair labor practice charges) by interviewing witnesses, reviewing policies and relevant documentation, contracts, conducting complex legal research, and identifying strategies for the University's response. Provides consultation services to University management, employees, and designated representatives including analysis and interpretation of University policies and procedures and applicable employment and labor law, contract administration, organizational development, problem-solving and decision-making assistance and conflict resolution services. Participates in and leads supervisory/management training activities, including seminar design and facilitation on labor relations issues.
Coach and counsel managers and employees in clarifying goals and objectives, enhancing problem solving, planning, and communication skills. Conducts workplace investigations. Performs other duties as assigned. Occasional travel is required.
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Qualifications for Position
Knowledge of the California Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act ("HEERA"), National Labor Relations Act, and other public sector labor laws regarding topics including but not limited to, scope of bargaining, contract interpretation, union notice requirements, and public sector labor-management relations.
Knowledge of the California Public Employment Relations Board's administrative procedures for unfair labor practice charges, unit modifications, and petitions for recognition.
General knowledge of labor and employment laws, including other public sector laws, HEERA, National Labor Relations Act, California Labor Code, Fair Labor Standards Act, etc., including recent developments and practices, applicability to the public sector, desirability to implement through, contract, and probable impact on arbitration decisions.
Knowledge of the Information Practices Act, California Public Records Act, and HEERA requirements for information release, including release of personnel type records, creation of data for bargaining.
Skill in writing clear, concise, analytical, legally correct, accurate and persuasive briefs, appeals, motions, grievance responses, settlement agreements, and management positions.
Experience in acting as management advocate in grievances, arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, and meet and discuss/confer sessions, including preparing witnesses, direct and cross-examination, opening and closing statements, and preparing motions.
Skill in functioning in a demanding environment to resolve conflicts.
Skill in analyzing labor relations information, data, problems, practices, or procedures to define problems and objectives, consider alternative solutions and consequences, and propose solutions.
Skill in prioritizing work assignments to reflect changes in labor relations environment.
Ability to communicate professionally and effectively with all levels of management and employees, with arbitrators and administrative law judges, and including ability to present oral presentations to groups.
Demonstrated ability to interpret and effectively explain complex collective bargaining agreements, policies and procedures to all levels of academic and staff personnel.
Demonstrated ability to effectively discuss a wide range of employee relations topics on little or no notice.
Demonstrated ability to quickly establish rapport and professional credibility and to gain the trust of administrators, faculty and staff at all levels of the University as well as individuals external to the University.
Demonstrated ability to function as part of a team and to collaborate with colleagues to facilitate the resolution of employee relations and/or organizational issues.
Demonstrated ability to appropriately handle confidential and/or sensitive information and/or documents, including information related to collective bargaining.
Demonstrated ability to recognize an emergency situation and take appropriate action.
Ability to work independently with general direction and minimal supervision.
Skill in supervising professional staff including delegating responsibility, training and evaluating performance.
Skill in conducting in-depth legal research, including ability to use electronic databases such as Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, and BNA Labor & Employment Law Resource Center.
Juris Doctor (JD) from an accredited American Bar Association (ABA) institution.
At least five years of litigation experience regarding labor and employment matters.
Admitted to practice law in California or another U.S. jurisdiction.
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