Employee & Labor Relations Representative
Job Posted: 09 May 2018
Company: King County Metro Transit
Closing Date: 09 May 2018
Location: Seattle, WA


SALARY:    $89,145.06 - $112,996.83 Annually
King Street Center - 201 S Jackson St, Seattle
Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week
Department of Transportation - Transit Division

Position summary
The current vacancy is one of four professional staff providing labor relations support to King County Metro Transit, a division of over 4,400 employees, 97% of whom are covered by collective bargaining agreements. This position conducts investigations; may prepare EEOC responses on behalf of Metro; conducts grievance hearings as the final step prior to arbitrations; recommends disciplinary and job performance corrective actions based on knowledge of arbitration and court rulings and other applicable rules, regulations, and laws; provides advice to management on the interpretation and application of labor contracts, personnel policies and procedures; provides training in labor contract administration, disciplinary procedures, and related County and Metro policies and procedures;  advises management on potentially litigious and sensitive employment issues; and may participate in labor negotiations in support of the King County Office of Labor Relations.  

King County Metro Transit
King County Metro Transit is a regional leader in getting people places quickly, reducing commuter stress, greening the environment and improving urban air quality, by providing comfortable, effective transit services for the thousands of commuters and other residents of King County, Washington. King County Metro's fixed-route service provides more than 140 million passenger trips and carries passengers approximately 500 million miles annually. Metro has pioneered or refined dozens of innovations that have made us a leader in this nation's public transportation industry.

Who May Apply
This position is open to the general public and all King County employees.

This posting will create a pool of applicants for career service and long-term temporary vacancies in case any such vacancies occur over the next year.  

King County and Metro Transit value diverse perspectives, life experiences, and differences. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of all ages and color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.   We are committed to being equitable and fair in providing equal access to opportunities for all.  

Great Location
Metro Transit's central offices are located in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square district, within easy walking distance to the pier on Elliott Bay, close to popular urban residential neighborhoods, near regional bus lines, and next door to the Sounder (commuter train) Station and LINK (light rail) International District station.

Great Benefits
King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on most regional transit agencies) and access to the building gym, with lockers, showers and bike room. We offer a competitive benefits package including fully-paid medical, dental and vision benefits for the whole family. A competitive sick leave and vacation plan, twelve holidays annually, and participation in the State's Public Employees Retirement Plan (PERS) are provided, as well as the option of participating in the County's deferred compensation plan (a 457 plan). Please see the Benefits tab in this posting for more details.  

Required Application Materials
An online employment application at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs  with employment history going back at least ten years if you have ten years of employment (or more to include all relevant experience), answers to the supplemental questions, and a resume are required. A cover letter highlighting your interest in and qualifications for the position is also required. Please see application instructions at the end of this posting for more details.

Work Schedule
The work week is normally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; alternative work schedules may be possible.  This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and therefore is not eligible for overtime pay.


  • Routinely consults on and/or facilitates the resolution of labor relations issues by working with managers, supervisors, employees, and union representatives
  • Ensures compliance with collective bargaining agreements through training and consultation with managers and unions
  • Consults with the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office as necessary
  • Conducts grievance hearings
  • Conducts workplace investigations to determine the validity of complaints and grievances
  • Drafts investigative reports, presents investigative findings and recommendations to decision makers, and recommends appropriate disciplinary and corrective action
  • May prepare written responses to the EEOC and other similar state and local regulatory agencies regarding allegations of discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation
  • Provides support in arbitration and mediation proceedings by researching relevant cases, gathering supporting documents, and providing professional labor relations advice; may serve as partisan member of arbitration panels
  • Provides training, guidance, advice and coaching to supervisory staff on labor relations matters including workplace policy application, investigative techniques, contract compliance and appropriate corrective actions
  • Provides recommendations to supervisor and/or King County Office of Labor Relations regarding labor strategies and management bargaining proposals
  • May draft memorandums of understanding to address labor relations issues
  • Other related duties as assigned

The most competitive applicants will have: 
A Bachelor's degree in a relevant field and at least three years of professional-level labor relations experience in a union environment, or any equivalent combination of education, experience and/or skills sufficient to fulfill the listed job duties. 

Additional required qualifications include:

  • Proven oral and demonstrated strong written communication skills
  • Thorough understanding of labor law and labor relations and collective bargaining principles and practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of grievance, arbitration, and mediation proceedings.
  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, and consensus-building skills.
  • Strong conflict resolution skills.
  • Proven ability to handle highly confidential, sensitive, and potentially litigious issues.
  • Thorough understanding of the principles of labor contract interpretation and administration.
  • Demonstrated analytical, planning and problem-solving skills
  • A strong and proven commitment to the principles of equity and social justice
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of  individuals
  • Ability to work daily in a fast-paced environment, with multiple demands and competing priorities.
  • Proficiency in commonly used MS Office applications

Desirable Qualifications: 

  • Public sector experience and experience with large unionized organizations


Application Process:
Applicants should complete the online application, which includes the Supplemental Questions, and attach their resume and cover letter (see above).  NOTE: Your job history in the employment application itself should go back ten years (if you have ten years of employment), and include duties, reasons for leaving, and supervisor's name. Earlier jobs should be included at least in the resume if they are relevant to this job. If you have questions about this, please contact Ralph Cady. Applicants who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions under Application FAQs at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs

If you need an accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the Human Resources contact for this job announcement
Ralph Cady
Senior Human Resource Analyst
[email protected]  

Selection Process
Applicants will be screened for clarity, completeness and competitiveness. The most competitive candidates will be invited to participate in one or more interviews. You may also be asked to provide a redacted representative sample of your own work, either an investigative report or a grievance response. Contents will be of course confidential to this process. Reference checks will be conducted before hire.  

Union Membership
This position is not represented by a union.  

Class Code: 2308100 (Employee & Labor Relations Representative)

King County is committed to equity and diversity in the workplace. In addition, the county is committed to recruiting and maintaining a quality workforce that shares our guiding principles: collaborative, service-oriented, results-focused, accountable, innovative, professional and fair and just.

Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to www.kingcounty.gov/jobs for other options.

If you need an accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the contact listed on the job announcement or the department's Human Resources Service Delivery Manager.