Labor Relations Officer
Job Posted: 3 August 2023
Company: City of Sacramento
Closing Date: 28 August 2023
Location: Sacramento, CA


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The City of Sacramento is seeking a Labor Relations Officer to serve as policy leader within the City’s Human Resources (HR) Department. The candidate should have direct experience with labor and employee relations, policies and procedures, collective bargaining agreements, and long-range strategic planning. The candidate should have a basic understanding of workplace safety and risk, classification and compensation, benefits administration, and worker’s compensation. This critical role’s key responsibility will be to develop and negotiate City-wide policies and procedures with labor unions and management, using confident negotiation skills and diplomacy. A comprehensive understanding of the MMBA, (Dills Act, EERA, HEERA, BART Act, etc., is acceptable), is critical to the success of this position. The Labor Relations Officer will drive the negotiation of essential policy changes and implementations and assist with the development of new policies as needed. The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of labor relations policies in the state of California, and a desire to work specifically on policy development and implementation. The ideal candidate for this role will have extensive experience working in the public sector, specifically with labor unions. Come join a dynamic team in a position that positively impacts the lives of City staff and the community they serve! See the full recruitment brochure here: 


Reporting directly to the Labor Relations Division Manager, the Labor Relations Officer (Officer) takes the lead on negotiating policy changes and implementation in the City of Sacramento and is a critical team member in the various labor processes with the City’s nine (9) recognized employee organizations. This role requires a comprehensive understanding of the MMBA (Dills Act, EERA, HEERA, BART Act, etc., is acceptable), as well as a basic understanding or ability to quickly learn the Peace Officers Bill of Rights (POBR) and the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights (Commonly called FOBR). Strong labor contract or workplace policy writing skills that adhere to the Labor Relations Style Guide are essential for this position.

The Officer will have the foresight and understanding of when and how new policies need to be created or outdated policies need to be updated, while mitigating inadvertent conflicts and/or deviations to City’s negotiated collective bargaining agreements, rules, policies, and procedures. The Officer will notify the City’s nine (9) recognized employee organizations of new policies or existing policy revisions and work collaboratively, respectfully, and transparently with all other staff and union partners. This position also works to forecast potential challenges during labor and negotiations processes, ensuring that the Department is prepared prior to and during labor and union discussions. While collaborating and receiving guidance from the Labor Relations Manager, the selected candidate will exercise independent judgment and discretion, formulate administrative policies, and work with union leaders and management to ensure the fair and equal treatment of all City employees.


The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator who can work effectively with City staff, elected officials, labor groups, and other governmental organizations and partners. They will possess strong relational skills—entering tense negotiations with a firm, clear, kind, and tolerant attitude. The successful candidate will be an active listener with a track record of relationship-building and collaboration within the public/governmental labor relations space. This individual will have an engaging leadership style that demonstrates integrity, strength of character, and the ability to work within a high-performing team. As the workforce continues to change, the successful candidate will have the proven ability to adapt to new challenges and changes in policies, as well as assist other staff to do the same.


Any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides knowledge, skills, and abilities. A typical way to obtain these qualifications includes:

  • Three years of experience performing advanced professional employee relations, labor relations, or human resources work.
  • An associate degree from an accredited college or university.


  • Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Salary and Benefits: Annual Salary: $90,070 - $141,860 DOE/DOQ and an attractive benefits package.

HOW TO APPLY: For first consideration, apply by August 28th. Complete an application and submit your resume and cover letter at: Save the Dates: Interviews will take place virtually on September 12th and September 13th, with a final In-person interview round scheduled after the virtual interviews with finalist candidates. Candidates must be available for these interview dates.

Questions? Please contact your recruiter, Sam Sackman, with any inquiries.

The City of Sacramento is an equal opportunity employer. Learn more about the City’s DEI initiatives here: