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Employee and Labor Relations Consultant (8080U), People & Culture 13831
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Dec. 24, 2020
Title Employee and Labor Relations Consultant (8080U), People & Culture 13831
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Human Resources

Employee and Labor Relations Consultant (8080U), People & Culture 13831

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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: January 5, 2021

Departmental Overview

People & Culture 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

Under the general direction of the Employee and Labor Relations Director, this position establishes and maintains satisfactory labor-management and employee relations for the campus. The incumbent provides coordination, support and performance of duties for both employee and labor relations functions, UCB dissemination of related communications and creating/maintaining metrics and related reporting. Labor relations includes administration and negotiation of collective bargaining contracts related to terms and conditions of employment for represented employees such as: responding to requests for information, grievances, equity increases, handling meet and confers, and interpreting and advising regarding contract rights and responsibilities. Employee relations includes administration of employee workplace issues such as performance management, conduct, workplace investigations, and discipline by using and applying employee relations best practices in compliance with campus policies and procedures. The incumbent must have prior and demonstrated experience in labor relations to be considered.


  • Independently and under some general supervision, handles moderately medium to complex labor and employee relations issues such as grievances, contract administration, negotiations of settlements, workplace complaints and investigations; performance management; discipline; layoffs; and partner to process and resolve issues involving ADA, FMLA issues related to specific campus and union groups or employees, and to problem solve on a variety of issues in a timely manner and within prescribed compliance guidelines including but not limited to related collective bargaining agreements, campus and system-wide policy, past practices and relevant state and federal law.

  • Independently and under general supervision determines the need to use templates or prepare original, customized communications to management, employee representatives. and employees regarding employee and labor relations issues in a timely and competent manner.

  • Under some supervision may be involved in training and educating employees and campus partners regarding employee and labor relations process, procedures, policy, guidelines, or law. Works on projects or other requests by the Director while prioritizing work assignments and conducting moderately complex analyses.

  • Works in a collaborative manner with diverse entities across the campus organization, including establishing and maintaining positive relationships with union representatives, other human resources related personnel and campus partners.

  • Maintains data related to work performed to enable metrics reporting.
  • Prepares reports concerning the type and frequency of problems and their solutions, and is responsible for the input and retrieval of data in databases.

  • Ensures managers are in compliance with policies and contract provisions.
  • Analyzes situations that are moderate in scope and complexity and a variety of factors to determine most effective bargaining or response strategy working in tandem with internal teams.

Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrates analytical skills to conduct analysis and develop recommendations, demonstrating organization and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of or the ability to learn quickly campus policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of labor/employment law.
  • Knowledge of the principles of advocacy in order to represent the campus in various dispute forums.
  • Demonstrates skills relating to bargaining strategies that will lead to desired outcomes for multiple entities.
  • Knowledge of other areas of human resources.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle difficult or volatile situations/individuals effectively.
  • Knowledge of employee relations practices and programs.
  • Applies employee relation-specific concepts and skills.
  • Provides employee relations related support to assigned client groups, under direction of Director.
  • Experience with Human Resources, Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining in a union environment.
  • General knowledge of labor and employment laws, including recent developments and practices, applicability to the public sector.
  • General knowledge of the Information Practices Act, Public Records Act or HEERA requirements for information release, including release of personnel type records, creation of data for bargaining.
  • Demonstrated ability to write detailed, well organized, concise, analytical reports, procedures, web content and training documents.
  • Demonstrated skill or ability to analyze labor relations information, problems, situations, practices and/or procedures to define the problem or objective; identify relevant concerns, identity patterns and relationships, formulate logical and objective conclusions and recognize alternatives and their implications.
  • Extensive organizational skills to independently manage and prioritize multiple tasks and priorities with conflicting deadlines.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with all levels of the UCD/UCDH community, system-wide and with outside professionals.
  • Experience in a customer service environment including skills to handle difficult and sensitive matters
  • Ability to work with a high degree of confidentiality and independent judgment.
  • Strong Skill and ability to communicate with a high level of professionalism, clarity, accuracy.
  • Ability to maintain a service focus in work assignments and convey that in all written, oral and electronic communications. Proactively providing customers with a complete understanding of processes and possible outcomes.
  • Skills to independently manage, organize and prioritize work achieve timely progress on simultaneous projects, distribute efforts appropriately among competing projects, meet deadlines, and maintain a high level of productivity.
  • Demonstrated skills and ability to actively listen, observe, identify information requested, ask questions to understand and appreciate diverse perspectives, interests, and underlying needs of others, responding appropriately to a wide variety of requests.
  • Technical skill and ability to accurately utilize the MS Office suite of business software application, Outlook, Excel, Word, etc.
  • Experience with or the ability to quickly learn University of California systems and programs.
  • Ability to learn, master and utilize new applications as they become available.

Education and Training
  • Bachelor's degree in related area or similar experience/training.
  • 1-3 years experience working in Employee/Labor Relations or similar experience/training, with minimum of 2 years Labor Relations experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior UC or higher education in Labor Relations and/or equivalent experience/training a plus.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish and/or Chinese Mandarin preferred.
  • Prior Public Agency experience a plus.
  • Knowledge of HEERA, FLSA, DFEH, EEOC, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, FFCRA, CFRA, ADEA, Title VII, and Public Records Act a plus.
  • SHRM-CP or PHR certification.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. The annual salary range of the position is $67,500.00 - $120,000.00, 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:

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