Labor Relations Manager (0493U)
Job Posted: 28 June 2019
Company:  UC Berkeley
Closing Date: Until Filled
Location: Berkeley, CA


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Departmental Overview
Central Human Resources is valued as UC Berkeley's proactive people partner focusing on the following key priority areas:

One HR: Bringing clarity and efficiency to HR processes and structures through cross-team collaboration and transparent communication.

People: Using development opportunities beyond training to create deeper engagement, higher trust and better performance.

Culture: Applying Berkeley brand to developing a shared “enterprise contributor” mindset among all.

Under the direction of the Director of Employee & Labor Relations, this new position is responsible for the management and oversight of the Labor Relations (LR) unit, including 5 team members. The Labor Relations Manager serves as a key advisor and subject matter expert for the internal team as well as senior campus leaders/managers on labor relations matters to provide guidance to all levels of the organization, resolving highly complex issues in creative and effective ways. Proactively assesses risk and advises management on best practices and procedures to protect organizational assets. Responsible for making labor relations decisions that have a significant effect to the organizational operations and that are legally enforceable. Leads a team of LR professionals providing consultation and resolution of labor relations issues that promote fair treatment and the consistent application of collective bargaining agreements. Directs LR professionals and campus advocates in the management of grievances and complaint resolution processes as well as hearings, arbitrations and unfair practice charge matters. Represents the campus at the Office of the President on systemwide labor relations matters (i.e., bargaining negotiation strategy, grievances, requests for information, etc.). Oversees the development of new and on-going progress of employee engagement initiatives.

Leadership & Management
Provides management oversight to assigned labor relations staff by establishing priorities and delegating work assignments effectively, ensuring proper adherence to collective bargaining policies and procedures which includes:

  • Developing staff members.
  • Providing cross training.
  • Hiring new talent and ensuring that they are appropriately onboarded, trained and build good relationships with clients, unions and broader campus community.
  • Coaching and managing staff performance.

Contract Negotiation/Administration and Policy Administration/Compliance - Subject Matter Expert

  • Provides advice and consultation to LR professionals on contract and policy interpretation and develops tools and resources to assist HR Business Partners, Regions and clients in interpreting and understanding differences in the various labor contracts.
  • Oversees responses to campus-wide requests for information, location input, etc.
  • Negotiates and administers the local collective bargaining agreement with local unions.
  • Represents the campus at the Office of the President on system wide labor relations matters.
  • Represents the campus in proceedings including but not limited to arbitrations, PERB and other external agency matters.

Strategy & Stakeholder Engagement

  • Works in a highly collaborative manner to influence and build consensus with UC Office of the President and other campuses regarding labor relations objectives, providing recommended contract language as appropriate and developing bargaining strategies.
  • Develops effective campus Labor Relations strategies which will lead to desired outcomes.
  • In collaboration with campus leadership, works with people of diverse cultures, managers and human resource professionals on labor relations and labor related legal implications relating to individual and campus-wide issues or courses of action.
  • Serves on UC Office of the President and Chancellor/campus task forces/working groups/advisory committees, as appropriate, representing Labor Relations and broader HR perspectives.
  • Directs the dissemination of information to campus leadership on new and evolving decisions/legislation in Federal, State and local public sectors; assesses impact on labor-management practices and provides guidance to management.

Training and Development

  • Develops curricula for campus-wide management/supervisory and HR Professional development training programs that encompass the administration and philosophy of labor relations.
  • Collaborates with Learning & Development team in developing/reviewing course descriptions and content.

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills to develop and maintain effective professional relationships with campus managers/leaders as well as other managers/leaders in the field.
  • Effective analytical, problem solving, critical thinking, project management and change management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle extremely difficult or volatile situations/individuals effectively; highly developed skills associated with conflict resolution.
  • Advanced knowledge of labor/employment law and personnel policies including a good working knowledge of related areas of the law such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Advanced knowledge of the principles of advocacy, labor/employment law, including applicable state and federal laws, court decisions regarding employment related matters and techniques of labor negotiations.
  • Technically proficient in interpreting collective bargaining agreements and the principles and techniques of labor negotiations.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership and managerial skills including decision-making, judgement, delegation, people development.
  • Experience in the management and supervision of staff, including talent selection, job design, performance management and performance expectations, and engagement/development of staff.


  • Ten years of progressively responsible professional experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience as an expert in labor relations or related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in managing a professional team.
  • High degree of institutional knowledge (or ability to learn) and political savvy desired.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Higher education or public sector experience.
  • Juris Doctor degree a plus.

Salary & Benefits
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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