Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator 1
Job Posted: 14 December 2017
Company: Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission

Closing Date: Until filled
Location: Olympia or Kirkland, WA

LRAM 1 (range 69)       $5,770 - $7,574 monthly DOQ
LRAM 2 (range 73)                     $6,372 - $8,569 monthly

The Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission is recruiting to fill permanent full-time positions in the Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator 1 (LRAM 1) classification (range 69), with in-training to LRAM 2 (range 73). Positions will be located in Olympia and/or Kirkland. This recruitment will remain open until filled.

It is the mission of the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) to prevent or minimize the disruption to public services through the impartial, timely and expert resolution of labor-management disputes. This overtime-exempt position reports directly to a Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator 3 (LRAM 3) and will serve as a presiding officer, mediator and arbitrator to implement statutory procedures for resolution of labor-management disputes involving employers and unions throughout the state.



Conducts fair and impartial mediation of contract, grievance, and settlement of unfair labor practice complaint disputes. Assists parties in resolving disagreements and conflicts. Effectively leads a rational process of highlighting issues, enhancing understanding of divergent interests, and identifying common grounds for a workable solution.

Decision Writing

Prepares written decisions, including findings of fact, conclusions of law and orders. Researches and analyzes legal issues. Applies established legal principles and agency precedents with a commitment to making an unbiased and soundly reasoned decision.


Conducts fair and impartial hearings for PERC clientele under statutes regulating labor-management relations between public employers and unions representing their employees. Complies with procedures under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) or the parties' collective bargaining agreement. Determines the relevancy of testimony, rules on admissibility of evidence and maintains order in the hearing.

Caseload Management

Prioritizes and concurrently services multiple, long-term case assignments, integrating many factors into case processing decisions. Ensures accurate, timely and high quality service delivery.


  1. A Law degree or a Master's degree in labor relations, personnel management, or closely allied field, plus three years of experience in collective bargaining with major work assignments in negotiations, contract administration or related work as a union or management representative, mediator, arbitrator or educator in the above areas.
  2. Experience conducting fair, impartial, and orderly hearings, ruling on relevancy of testimony and admissibility of evidence.
  3. Experience writing formal written opinions by organizing the relevant facts, arguments, and conclusions of law in clear and logical sequence, including determination of credibility of witnesses, review of record and legal briefs, and applying established legal principles and case precedent.
  4. Experience with active listening and critical analysis of issues and underlying interests to identify common ground and suggest innovative solutions while maintaining neutrality.
  5. Experience using mediation and facilitation skills, patience, persistence, and persuasion to manage negotiations and encourage parties to resolve disputes.
  6. Experience applying knowledge to diverse and changing work structures and type of public employers.
  7. The ability and be willing to frequently travel throughout the state of Washington, and to work hours beyond regular core hours.
Key Position Qualities

Collaborative thinker                                        
Critical thinker
Clear oral and written communicator               
Independent work management Caseload/multi-tasking skills
Sound decision making


The agency reserves the right to hire at any time.  It is to the applicant’s advantage to apply as soon as possible.  Submit current resume, letter of interest describing how you meet the preferred qualifications and why you feel you are a good fit for this position.  Please include where you heard about the job opportunity and names and phone numbers of three professional references.

Applicants are encouraged to submit application materials by email)

Public Employment Relations Commission Diane Tucker
PO Box 40919
Olympia, Washington 98504-0919
Telephone:  360-570-7335    

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The Public Employment Relations Commission is an equal opportunity employer.  We encourage workforce diversity and welcome applications from all qualified applicants.  Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process, or requiring this announcement in an alternate format may contact Diane Tucker at 360-570-7335 or by email at

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