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University of California Office of the President
  • Position Number: 1735350
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Position Type: Human Resources

Labor Relations Manager

University of California Office of the President

Requisition Number: 20190506

Appointment Type: Staff - Career

Personnel Program: MSP

Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Percentage of Time: 100

Organizational Area: Human Resources - Labor Relations

Location: Oakland, CA

Posting Salary: Recommended hiring range is: $110,000 to $130,00. Commensurate with experience.

Position Summary:
Technical leader who provides labor relations guidance to all levels within the organization, utilizing specialized labor relations expertise within area of responsibility to resolve highly complex issues in creative and effective ways. Internal and external contacts often pertain to significant labor relations programs and objectives.

Normally receives little direction on assignments. Serves in a lead capacity, providing guidance to other professionals in department.


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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.

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.

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.

Job Requirements
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

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

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.

Demonstrates strong communication skills both written and oral that will be reflected in contract negotiations, drafting contract language, responding to union information requests and union grievances.

Demonstrates strong quantitative skills and an ability to use Excel effectively

Demonstrates advanced knowledge of the principles of advocacy in order to represent the organization in complex and sensitive dispute forums.

Has advanced knowledge of applicable state and federal laws and court decisions regarding labor employment related matters.

Possesses specialized knowledge within labor relations field.

Demonstrates skills necessary to bargain and represent the organization's interests effectively.

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About us
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 corporate headquarters to the ten campuses, five medical centers and three Department of Energy National Labs and enrolls premier students from California, the nation and the world.

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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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