Employee & Labor Relations Manager
Job Posted: 19 July, 2021
Company: City of Hillsboro
Closing Date: 15 August, 2021
Location: Hillsboro, OR


The Position

Reporting to the Human Resources Director, the Employee and Labor Relations Manager is an integral member of a talented and dedicated full-service Human Resources team. This position is a working manager and trusted advisor that delivers direct leadership to all employee and labor relations functions and prioritizes equitable, collaborative solutions that support the interests of employees and the City. The Manager identifies relevant operational issues and analyzes highly complex issues related to contract or policy interpretation in situations for which there may be no precedent. The Employee and Labor Relations Manager supervises a Management Analyst and actively mentors and shares knowledge with the team while serving as a resource to other managers and employees. The Manager collaborates with colleagues to cultivate an inclusive culture and equitable outcomes for employees who provide exceptional services to the Hillsboro community.

The Employee and Labor Relations Manager leads management’s negotiation team in mid-term or successor agreement negotiations with our current Police and Fire & Rescue labor partners and our new Library labor partner. The Manager conducts investigations regarding harassment, discrimination, retaliation, ethics, EEO complaints, and other possible policy violations and helps implement recommended actions. This position prepares policy briefing documents and drafts a variety of critical documents related to performance and conduct management, investigations, contract administration, and policies. The Employee and Labor Relations Manager advises management on investigations, corrective action, grievances, conflict resolution, and arbitration processes and actively partners with the employment attorney, department director, and manager/supervisor during workplace investigations.

The Employee and Labor Relations Manager believes that people are the single most important asset to any organization and is committed to pursuing equitable, creative, and thoughtful solutions for all employees. The successful candidate enjoys guiding, coaching, and empowering managers to facilitate positive employee relations and contribute to a welcoming and inclusive culture. The Manager has a history of developing positive relationships, cultivates an environment of respect, and champions a work culture where all voices, especially underrepresented employees, are heard and supported.


Five or more years related professional experience in Human Resources, specifically Employee and Labor Relations, including two years of supervisory experience. Cultural competency, exceptional interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively communicate and build trusting, productive relationships with stakeholders of a variety of diversity dimensions are essential. Proven and extensive experience in contract negotiations and administration, EEO investigations, performance management, corrective action, workplace conflict resolution, mediation/arbitration, and policy interpretation are essential. Advanced knowledge of applicable state, federal, and labor law regulations related to HR and Employee and Labor Relations, including PECBA, EEO, FMLA/OFLA, and ADA, is ideal.

A bachelor’s degree in business administration, psychology, human resources, public administration or a closely related field or any combination of education and experience that gives the applicant the skills/knowledge and abilities to successfully perform the job.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range is $94,619 – $124,513, depending on qualifications. For a complete list of the City’s extensive Benefit Package, please visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Benefits.

How to Apply

Hiring a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve is essential to delivering exceptional City services and programs. The City of Hillsboro is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees to thrive. We value, respect, and empower employees as unique individuals with authentic voices and diverse ideas.

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at https://bit.ly/3r8pUUz. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. The position is open until filled with the first review of applications on August 15, 2021.