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University of California Office of the President
  • Position Number: 2230150
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Position Type: Human Resources


Location: Oakland
Job ID: 16805

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At the University of California (UC), your contributions make a difference. A world leader producing Nobel and Pulitzer prize recipients with over 150 years of groundbreaking research transforming the world. Choose a career where you can leverage your knowledge, skills and aspirations to inspire and support some of the greatest minds in the world, and those who will follow in their footsteps. Working at the University of California is being part of a unique institution, and a vibrant and diverse community. At the University of California, Office of the President, we propel our mission through impactful work locally, in government centers and systemwide. We are passionate people, serving the greater good.

The University of California, one of the largest and most acclaimed institutions of higher learning in the world, is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and public service. The University of California Office of the President is the headquarters to the 10 campuses, five medical centers and three national laboratories and enrolls premier students from California, the nation and the world. Learn more about the UC Office of the President


Systemwide Labor Relations is responsible for negotiating and administering 14 systemwide labor agreements and 20 local agreements with 9 unions, covering over 94,000 academic and staff employees across the UC system.


Labor Relations Professional who provides collective-bargaining and general labor relations guidance and assistance to all levels of management and labor relations professionals within the organization. Utilizes knowledge, experience and skills in labor relations to address and resolve highly complex issues in accordance with the University's policies and labor relations mission. This position requires excellent analytical skills, written and oral communication skills and the ability to effectively interface with internal and external stakeholders and clients.



Represent the organization in agency proceedings, arbitrations, bargaining and grievances. Advise organization managers and human resource professionals on labor relations and employment law implications relating to highly complex individual and organization-wide issues or courses of action. Contribute to the development of model contract language that can be used by negotiators covering any matter included in a labor agreement. Collaborate with negotiators to identify anticipated union issues and possible UC responses - both in advance of negotiations for strategic planning and during negotiations as new issues arise or bargaining dynamics require. Provide strategic bargaining objectives that best ensure efficient and effective collective bargaining processes resulting in labor contracts between the University and the unions: Represent the organization and guide local negotiations in various bargaining sessions as a participant in system-wide bargaining; has authority to commit organization to system-wide agreements. Work with senior management to recommend organization position on settlement options. Assist Chief Negotiators with all aspects of collective bargaining. Participate in management of local labor relations for UCOP including advising managers and supervisors regarding obligations under applicable collective bargaining agreements and participating in grievance, arbitration and unfair labor practice administration. Serve on bargaining team as necessary - maintain close involvement in negotiations throughout the process. Assist with contract implementation following ratification of negotiated agreement. Represent the organization as an advocate in system-wide arbitration hearings. Work independently with general counsel and local management to ensure that negotiation objectives comply with strategic goals and applicable laws and regulations. Independently represent the University and interact with external parties such as attorneys, consultants, and vendors, as necessary. Apply advanced understanding of labor relations concepts to pursue the organization's objectives at the bargaining table; has authority to make binding agreements with local unions, utilizing an understanding of organization goals and priorities. Oversee incorporation of team solutions into bargaining parameters and language; collaborate with Negotiator on development of parameters to ensure consistency with UC strategic objectives. Drafting reports, investigative findings and memoranda. Establish and maintain on-going rapport with union leadership to understand contract application concerns and ensure early resolution when possible; and comprehend union strategic objectives and work with unions to determine possible harmonization into UC strategies.


Work in a highly collaborative manner with diverse client groups across the organization, external contacts, and members of UC management at all levels on various issues; advise UC colleagues of requests for information and other projects and topics. Drives final resolution of escalated and/or exceptional policy issues; ensure compliance with policy intent; oversee UC compliance with academic contracts: -Initiate appropriate action and coordination to resolve significant, escalated or exceptional policy issues. Promote internal and external organizational teamwork using collaborative problem-solving skills. Coordinate with appropriate campus representatives and Directors of Policy and/or Programs to assess course of action; establish and serve on teams to research and develop appropriate UC bargaining goals including UC bargaining strategies and objectives, the issues to be covered, the language goals and parameters, and the balance between management rights and employee rights. Responsible for administering highly complex collective bargaining agreements and for interpreting the agreements. Provide clear and timely implementation documents for represented staff and or academic employees that meet the operational needs of the University May lead a team to build consensus in a collaborative manner among diverse entities (for example, organization management, employees, union representatives).


Identify contract issues requiring research, development and decision-making, covering the full span of HR issues, (e.g., discipline, hours of work, etc.) and potential incorporation into long-range strategy and/or negotiations objectives, and campus application. - Lead and/or participate on teams to address issues as appropriate. Recommend necessary changes to LR Director and appropriate Academic Administrators regarding contracts covering academic units. Oversee implementation of approved policy changes and labor agreements. Upon request, manage special projects as assigned, including chairing special work groups that result in long-range decisions affecting represented employees. Develop and maintain familiarity with market and HR trends and recommend changes to policies and programs.


Draft and submit appropriate memoranda for final approval of UC position on Univerisity wide grievances and appeals to arbitration filed by represented academic employees or the academic unions. Participate in remand/retain decisions and provide arbitration case management. Working with the University Negotiating teams, internal and external counsel, and assigned location representatives, assist in all labor relations activity including grievance processing and job action activity. Provide expert policy and contract guidance to UC representatives to best ensure local compliance with strategic goals set forth in policies and as achieved through contract negotiations: Obtain working understanding of commitments made at the bargaining table in the achievement of strategic objectives, and incorporate into training materials and compliance analysis. Draft contract administration guidance memoranda.

  • Possesses advanced analytical skills to conduct analysis and develop recommendations, demonstrating organization and problem-solving skills.

  • Posseses excellent communication skills both written and oral that will be reflected in contract negotiations, drafting contract language, responding to union information requests, and union grievances.
  • Advanced understanding of the Collective Bargaining process and Collective Bargaining agreement administration, including but not limited to grievance and arbitration, and negotiations.
  • Demonstrates advanced knowledge of organizational policies and procedures; advanced knowledge of functional area and understands how work impacts other areas in Human Resources and the organization.
  • Has advanced knowledge of labor/employment law and the principles and techniques of labor negotiations.
  • Ability to use microsoft office programs.
  • The ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.

  • Master's degree in Labor Management Relations or directly related area and/or equivalent experience/training. Juris Doctorate is desirable.


Salary: The recommended hiring range is $110,000.00 - $130,000.00. Commensurate with experience.

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



Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.


The position will be open until filled.


Background Check Process: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position. Background check process at UCOP

Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014. UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy


The University of California, Office of the President, 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, age or protected veteran status. EEO/AA Employer UC Nondiscrimination Policy

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