Job ID: 130918

Labor and Employee Relations Director (0494U)

University of California Berkeley

  • Oct. 7, 2019
  • Labor and Employee Relations Director (0494U)
  • University of California Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Human Resources

Labor and Employee Relations Director (0494U)

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

Central Human Resources is valued as UC Berkeley's proactive people partner focusing on the following key priority areas:

One HR: Bringing clarity and efficiency to HR processes and structures through cross-team collaboration and transparent communication.

People: Using development opportunities beyond training to create deeper engagement, higher trust and better performance.

Culture: Applying Berkeley brand to developing a shared enterprise contributor mindset among all.

Job Summary:
As the Director, Labor and Employee Relations, s/he/they has direct accountability to ensure the Labor Relations Strategy for campus is developed and implemented, using a customer centric focus to ensure clients and customers are receiving timely and accurate services to meet their needs. The incumbent will provide direction, coordination and consistency of Labor and employee relations activities, including guidance and direction for negotiating, interpreting and implementing Human Resource policies, procedures, collective agreements and all other applicable legislative/regulatory requirements within UC Berkeley. S/he/they may represent UC Berkeley at system wide events such as Office of the President meetings, bargaining preparation and all other related events. S/he/they will provide leadership, training, coaching and guidance to a team of Labor and Employee Relations consultants regarding policy interpretation and application, negotiation, contract administration and interpretation, planning and formulation of bargaining strategies, and effective management of all elements of policy, procedure and legislative/regulatory requirements. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to rebuild and redesign the structure of the Labor and Employee Relations Department.


Strategic and Operational Leadership:
  • Lead the development of a UCB Labor Relations Strategy, Employee Relations Strategy.
  • Lead the performance management, guidance and direction, coaching, mentoring, training and support for all direct reports.
  • Responsible for administering employee labor contracts, investigating and responding to grievances; assisting in legal issues related to labor and employee relations.
  • Formulate procedures for supervisors, in alignment with the University's vision, mission, core values, CBA's policies, procedures, as well as federal, state, and local laws.
  • Accountable for developing, implementing and evaluating LR programs aligned with the overarching mission, vision and priorities of the UCB.
  • Participate in developing a strategy for training, education, development and support for the HR Business Partners at the Campus.
  • Facilitate group meetings using, diplomacy and negotiation skills in order to communicate among parties. Provides ongoing guidance to University managers and supervisors on meeting responsibilities as defined by the Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA), and develops strategies for resolving employee relations issues.
  • Implement and monitors the use of metrics to measure success, standards, customer service and accountability. Monitors complaint and grievance process and adheres to timelines.
  • Provide guidance and expertise to the Labor and Employee Relations team regarding their day to day requirements.
  • Provide expertise and leadership to the collective bargaining processes and subsequent negotiations.
  • In partnership with the University Legal Counsel, participates in hearings and mediations by performing such tasks as interviewing potential witnesses, hearing preparation, and preparing exhibits.
  • Negotiate local conditions as required throughout the life of the bargaining agreement(s)
  • Coordinate and act as an advisor on local Labor coordination strategies such as joint union/management committees and other forums.
  • Provide expertise and advice to members on Labor Relations policy development and the practical application of Labor Relations policies.
  • Provides working interpretations of all collective agreements.
  • Represents the campus in proceedings, grievances and final and binding arbitrations.
  • Meets regularly with AVC of Human Resources to advise on current/emerging issues, provides statues updates and recommend actions within all areas of position responsibility.

Budget Management:
  • Makes recommendations and implements decisions on issues (operational and budget processes, staff FTE, finance, human resources and space planning) that have department-wide impact.
  • Develops and delivers Labor Relations programs and services that are cost effective, compliant with regulatory standards and are aligned with the UCB objectives.

Professional Development:
  • Identifies continuous learning opportunities in the Employee and Labor Relations space.

Required Qualifications

  • Champions the Principles of Community, ensuring the team is familiar with and sensitive to their responsibilities in all aspects of their daily work performance.
  • Has advanced knowledge of labor/employment law and the principles and techniques of labor negotiations that must be continually updated. The incumbent will keep her/him/themselves up to date with any legal, regulatory or policy updates.
  • Provides coaching, training (formal and informal) and advice to team members on professional growth.
  • Recognizes issues that have campus impact or future implications and advises manager appropriately.
  • Maintains a thorough understanding of the goals of the campus and the department (Central Human Resources) and ways in which this position can support those goals.
  • Coaches, executes and follows up on the problem resolution process in all units.
  • Has specialized knowledge of other areas with human resources functions including compensation, employee relations, labor relations, employee benefits and talent acquisition.
  • Develops a thorough knowledge of Campus policies and procedures relating to budget and HR-related matters.
  • Possesses highly effective collaboration, negotiation and communication skills.
  • Possesses highly effective decision-making, problem solving, critical thinking, project and initiative management and organizational leadership skills.
  • Can handle extremely difficult or volatile situations/individuals effectively.
  • Has demonstrated experience with mediation and effective conflict resolution, facilitation and consultation skills are required along with a skill in fact-finding, analysis, problem solving and consulting to identify problems and recommend solutions.
  • Possesses ability to identify risks as well as to anticipate and respond to emerging trends as it pertains to diversity & inclusion.
  • Identifies opportunities that align with the strategic and operational priorities of the organization.
  • Has experience working with the full life cycle of multiple CBAs including negotiation of multiyear agreements and related agreements, interpretation of agreements.
  • Has experience advocating in state or federal court, or before administrative agencies.
  • Has experience as an attorney or organizational representative.

  • Bachelor's Degree in related area or equivalent experience.
  • Experience administering collective bargaining agreements in an organization with multiple bargaining units.
  • Experience negotiating, interpreting and implementing collective bargaining agreements.

Salary & Benefits

The annual salary range of the position is $180,000.00 - $220,000.00 commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Consistent with the strategic plan UC Berkeley encourages applicants that encompass the full diversity of California.

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