Principal Labor Relations Analyst
Job Posted: 10 April 2023
Company: The County of Riverside
Closing Date: Until Filled
Location: Riverside, CA


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The County of Riverside’s Human Resources Department has multiple opportunities for a Principal Labor Relations Analyst to support the Labor Relations Division in Riverside. The Labor Relations Division acts as both a resource and liaison between stakeholders to ensure the appropriate application of legal, regulatory, policy, and union contract interpretation.
This position will be tasked with formulating, developing, and interpreting Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) language, providing advice regarding best practices, and drawing from collective bargaining experience to resolve a variety of issues. Additionally, the position will play a key role in the collective bargaining and contract negotiation process for the County, which is comprised of six unions.
The Department desires candidates that have provided support in the collective bargaining process, have familiarity in the Meet and Confer process, and a strong understanding of the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, and relevant laws, regulations, and policies governing public sector labor and employment. Competitive candidates will possess considerable work experience in a public sector unionized environment with comparable collective bargaining and contract negotiation responsibilities, as well as experience working with the PERB.

This class has been deemed eligible for the Performance Recognition Plan as set forth under Article 3, Section 311(C) of the County Management Resolution. Program eligibility requires employees to be in a leadership position, manage other employees or programs, and have significant influence on the achievement of organizational objectives. 

This is a continuous posting and will remain posted until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed and competitive candidates will be referred for interview in the order in which they are received. 

Meet the team!
The Human Resources Department strives to effectively serve and partner with our community, departments and employees by leveraging best practices and innovation to foster a thriving county.


  • Serve as advisor or liaison to an assigned department, unit, or agency in various aspects of human resources administration; counsel and advise managers and supervisors regarding issues governed by the collective bargaining agreements; interpret Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and County Ordinance provisions.
  • Oversee collective bargaining procedures, including drafting, reviewing and modifying proposals, verifying legal contract terminology and suggesting additional rules and regulations as necessary.
  • Analyze and make recommendations to management on organizational changes and the optimum use of staff, modifications to human resources policy, procedures, and standards; contribute toward achieving the County's strategic vision and mission; assist in preparation for County negotiations.
  • Manage labor grievances as needed by investigating circumstances of incident, validity of claims, adherence to contract policies and completion of resolution procedures.
  • Meet and confer with regulatory agents and County representatives to assess the nature of requests; recommend to department the appropriate response that ensures compliance with the regulatory agency request and County policy; serve as a member of the County management team at the bargaining table during contract negotiations.
  • Participate in joint labor-management committee (JLMC) meetings between the County and Labor groups to cooperatively discuss and resolve problems of mutual concern.
  • Independently conduct a wide variety of employee investigations and, in conjunction with the Employee Relations Division staff, determine appropriate disciplinary actions; attend grievance hearings with department managers, recommend a course of action, and assist department managers in determining security precautions if needed; investigate, hear, and make decisions regarding grievance disposition at second step 
  • Prepares, reviews, and coordinates documents and exhibits, for Employee/Labor Relations cases, associated with DFEH/EEOC/DOL and civil litigation. Attends and participates at various levels, with formal/informal complaint meetings, administrative hearings, grievances, appeals, Public Employment Relations Board hearings, Meeting-&-Confer sessions, Arbitrations, and other due process activities.
  • Assist in the selection, training, assigning, disciplining, and evaluating the work of assigned staff; may supervise a specialized human resources unit ensuring the work and system are operating efficiently and effectively.
  • Evaluate programs within a functional human resources area; recommend new programs based on cost/benefit analysis; function as project lead for programs, ensuring projects are completed within budget and in a timely manner; follow-up on projects to ensure they meet the original objective and recommend modifications as necessary.
  • Represent the County at administrative hearings as assigned by the Employee Relations Division Manager.
  • Collect and review documents for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with the California Public Records Act (CPRA); compile data and information for information requests; compose letters and memoranda.


Note: 2.5% increase to the maximum rate of pay has been approved for July 13, 2023. A 2.5% increase at the top of the range will be applied at that time.
EducationGraduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in human resources management, behavioral or social sciences, industrial relations, organizational studies, public or business administration, or a closely related field.


Experience: Four years of professional, journey-level experience with responsibility for conducting job analysis, recruitment and selection, employment test construction, position classification, compensation analysis, employee or labor relations, organizational development, training, benefits, or other human resources functions that demonstrate acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position. (Completion of a graduate degree from an accredited college or university may substitute for up to one year of the required experience.)

License/Certificate: Possession of a valid California Driver's License is required.
Professional Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), or other relevant human resources related certification is desired.

Knowledge of: The principles and practices of public administration and management; the principles and practices of position classification, salary administration, recruitment and selection, employee development, and employee or labor relations techniques; the dynamics of staff/line personnel relationships; current trends in employee/employer relationships; leading edge computer work tools, including the internet; principles and practices of public sector labor relations; collective bargaining process in the public sector; effective case presentation techniques.

Ability to: Coordinate the development of consensus in addressing human resources issues; utilize quality tools involving quantitative analysis and interpersonal/team interaction; develop and maintain confidence of executive/senior level managers with agency/department services; develop and maintain effective relationships with employees at all levels of the organization; evaluate cost effectiveness and cost-benefit of human resources programs and organizational utilization of staff; understand, interpret, apply, and explain human resources laws, rules, regulations, standards, and procedures; interpret and apply complex rules, regulations, and MOU; analyze and make improvements in policies and procedures relating to agency/department human resources activities and transactions; analyze data and prepare clear and concise reports; establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with a broad range of professional staff including attorneys and related legal staff, department heads and managers, and all those contacted during the course of performing professional responsibilities; train, supervise, and evaluate the work of subordinates; recognize problems and devise effective courses of action; operate in the digital/computer domain; counsel employees and advise management relative to grievances and their solutions, and other human resources management problems; secure willing cooperation of line supervisors in accepting and carrying out sound human resources management practices; speak and write effectively; exercise independent judgment and initiative; plan and coordinate major human resources projects within the agency/department.

Supplemental Information
  • Uses highly effective and innovative presentation methods.
  • Communicates clearly, concisely, and meaningfully in both written and verbal form.
  • Makes sound and accurate decisions under tight deadlines.
  • Meets commitments on a timely and expedient basis.
  • Seeks out additional responsibilities beyond the normal scope of the job.
  • Proficient in Microsoft office products (i.e., Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word).
  • Ability to interface with executive/senior managers in agency/department services.
  • Viewed as expert resource to management in specialty areas within Human Resources (e.g., compensation, employee relations, staffing, and organizational development).
  • Demonstrates understanding of client needs and how to apply human resources principles/practices to varied department challenges.
  • Markets sources and available talent to client managers.
  • Identifies and applies competencies to distinguish top employee performance.
  • Provides leadership to staff and has the ability to maximize participation and performance of staff.
  • Maintains full responsibility for subordinates' activities and sets a high priority on being available.
  • Strong mentoring skills for developing subordinate staff.


Testing Information
Competitive candidates may be required to successfully pass a writing assessment prior to being certified for an interview.

Veterans’ Preference
The County of Riverside has a Veteran’s Preference Policy (Download PDF reader). Upload a copy of your (or your spouse’s) Member-4 Form DD-214 (or NGB-22) indicating dates of service, and a copy of your spouse’s letter of disability (if applicable) with your application. For privacy reasons, it is recommended that you remove your social security information from the document(s). A Human Resources Representative will review the materials and determine if you qualify for veterans’ preference.

Reasonable Accommodations
The County of Riverside is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter for the position noted above. For additional information and/or to obtain the appropriate form for requesting a reasonable accommodation, please visit the Disability Access Office web page located at:

Degree Verification:
Prior to the closing date, upload a copy of any license(s), official/unofficial transcript(s), degrees, and/or related employment documents to your NeoGov account. If your education was completed outside of the United States, you will need to provide a copy of your Foreign Education Equivalency evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE).

What’s Next?

This is a continuous posting and will remain posted until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed and competitive candidates will be referred for interview in the order in which they are received.

This recruitment is open to all applicants. Applicants who are current Riverside County employees or current Riverside County Employees with HR  may be considered before other applicants depending on the volume of applications received. Applications received prior to the closing date will be considered based on the information submitted. Changes or alterations cannot be accepted. No late applications will be permitted.
Applicants who fail to provide information demonstrating they possess the position requirements may not be considered further in the application process. A description of job duties directly copied from the job classification or job posting will not be considered. Based on the number of applications received, this posting may close or be extended without notice. 
Qualified applicants may be considered for future vacancies throughout the County.


If you have any questions regarding this posting, please contact Angela Tavaglione at [email protected]