Labor Negotiator
Job Posted:
25 October, 2021
Company: San Bernardino County
Closing Date: Until Filled
Location: San Bernardino, CA


Job Number:

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

APPLY BY: Continuous

Applicants are encouraged to apply online:


Apply by October 18, 2021 for Priority Consideration

Apply ASAP: This recruitment may close at any time once a sufficient number of qualified applications are received.

SALARY COMMENSURATE WITH QUALIFICATIONS plus Exempt C Benefits with a an alternative Modified Benefit Option (MBO) that provides a wage differential of 4% above the base salary rate with modified benefits


The Human Resources Department seeks a strong and dynamic Labor Negotiator who will be responsible for fostering cooperative labor management relations between employee organizations and the County.

The ideal candidate will be a leader, creative thinker, problem-solver, partnership builder, and someone who possesses exceptional knowledge of the labor negotiations field. Under general direction, this position will act as the lead negotiator for the County in labor and employment matters requiring Board of Supervisors’ approval. This is an At-Will/Unclassified position; it will report to the Director of Human Resources.


  • Develop and recommend the County’s negotiating position; ensure that the County does adequate preparation and research prior to entering negotiations.
  • Research procedures, methods, and legislation relative to public employer-employee negotiations; prepare preliminary recommendations regarding the appropriate posture, procedure, and emphasis for negotiations.
  • Meet with representatives of employee organizations to negotiate labor agreements and other matters within the scope of bargaining; meet with County management and direct research to develop management goals for negotiations; direct and participates in the analysis of alternative positions.
  • Obtain tentative agreements in the form of memorandums of understanding for signature by the negotiators and ratification by the Board; ensure agreements are articulated in clear and concise language to ensure successful implementation; advise departments on the meaning and effect of agreements reached.
  • Confer and coordinate with HR stakeholders and other designated staff in the formulation and implementation of memorandums of understanding and employment policies for the County.
  • Under direction, represent and/or respond for the County at administrative proceedings as it pertains to labor relations such as civil service, PERB, arbitration, and other proceedings pertaining to disciplinary actions, grievances, bargaining unit determinations, representation issues, unfair labor practices, etc.
  • Assist in the interpretation and implementation of labor contracts, Personnel Rules, Employee Relations Ordinances, County administrative policies; ensures compliance with applicable state and federal laws.

The Human Resources Department is committed to providing effective customer service to all County departments, employees, and constituents of San Bernardino County through the timely delivery of quality human resources systems, programs, and services. Through integrity, transparency, and innovation, the department provides an array of services for more than forty (40) departments within the County, as well as over 20,000+ active and retired employees. The department delivers services to its customers in the areas of employee relations, employment/classification, employee health and wellness, equal employment opportunity, compliance and ethics, and benefits administration



  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree, preferably with major study in public, business or human resources administration, industrial relations, psychology or a related field.


  • Five years of experience in the labor relations field with responsibility for benefit, wage, and salary negotiations in a collective bargaining setting, and which would provide familiarity with employer-employee relations law for public agencies in California.


  • Principles and practices of public sector collective bargaining.
  • Current labor relations practices, trends, and major problems in the public sector.
  • Public sector employee relations, typical provisions of collective bargaining agreements, and public employee labor laws.
  • Federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, and court decisions applicable to labor relations.
  • Principles and practices of public personnel administration, management analysis, organization, budget, supervision, and communication.
  • Procedures for grievance/arbitration proceedings.
  • Techniques for investigating, analyzing, and resolving employee grievances.
  • Collaborative problem solving.


  • Effectively negotiate complex bargaining agreements.
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines and legal constraints.
  • Persuade, justify, and project the consequences of decisions and/or recommendations.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Take initiative, reason logically, and be creative in developing and introducing new ideas.
  • Define problem areas and evaluate, recommend, and implement alternative solutions to complex issues and problems.
  • Work effectively under stressful situations involving confrontation and conflict.
  • Organize and analyze varied and complex data.
  • Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals at all levels.
  • Be emotionally intelligent to communicate effectively, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.
  • Value customer service and be responsive to the needs of internal and external customers.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Navigate effectively in a political environment.


This is a confidential process and will be handled accordingly throughout all stages of the recruitment process.

Apply by October 18, 2021 for Priority Consideration

Apply ASAP - This recruitment may close at any time once a sufficient number of qualified applications are received.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates must submit:

  • Compelling cover letter
  • Comprehensive resume
  • Three (3) professional references

An electronic version of all submittals must be sent to [email protected] or candidates may complete the online application and upload the required documents on

Selection Process - Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to interview. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established and a reference release form is completed.

Questions regarding this position or status should be addressed to:

Gina King, Deputy Director, Human Resources
([email protected])

The Human Resources Department reserves the right to modify the examination process in accordance with the Personnel Rules and accepted selection practices.

Applications may be obtained and filed online at:
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(909) 387-8304 • TTY Users: 711
175 West Fifth Street, 1st Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92415
An Equal Employment Opportunity and ADA Compliant Employer
Issue Date: 10/4/21 SZ