Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator 1 (LRAM 1), with in-training to LRAM 2
Job Posted: 20 September 2022
Company: Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission
Closing Date: 06 October 2022
Location: Olympia, WA


Link to application and full position listing:

PERC is recruiting to fill up to two permanent full-time positions in the Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator 1 (LRAM 1) classification (range 69), with in-training to LRAM 2 (range 73).  The official workstation will be defined as the Olympia office. However, these positions are eligible for a flexible hybrid-remote work schedule. 
LRAM 1  (range 69)       Salary  $6,575 - $8,631  monthly DOQ
LRAM 2  (range 73)       Salary  $7,262 - $9,530  monthly

The overtime-exempt positions report directly to a Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator 4 (LRAM 4) 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.
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. By mediating and adjudicating labor relations disputes, this position uniformly implements and enforces Washington state collective bargaining laws, maintains impartiality, and expertly provides dispute resolution services.


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


The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
  1. A Law degree or a Master's degree in labor relations, personnel management, or closely allied field, plus three years 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 precedents.
  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. Have 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

Supplemental Information 

To Apply:
The agency reserves the the right to hire at any time.  It is to the applicants advantage to apply as soon as possible.
Please 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 this job opportunity as well as names and phone numbers of three professional references.

Submit application package by email to:
Public Employment Relations Commission
Diane Tucker
Email:  [email protected]
Telephone:  360-570-7335      
Per Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14, state employees must be fully vaccinated. Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is a condition of employment which means an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. If you are a selected candidate you will be required to provide proof of vaccination in order to become a PERC employee. You may request an accommodation if you are unable to meet the requirement due to a medical or religious necessity.

The state of Washington offers an attractive benefit package to their employees. To learn more view

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, testing, or interview process, or requiring this announcement in an alternate format may contact Diane Tucker at 360-570-7335 or by email at [email protected].

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