Employee and Labor Relations Consultant 4 (0495U) People & Culture 17425

San Francisco
Apr 16, 2021
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Career Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Employee and Labor Relations Consultant 4 (0495U) People & Culture 17425 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

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

The Employee & Labor Relations (ELR) department of People & Culture is seeking an Employee & Labor Relations Consultant 4 who will contribute to all areas of employee and labor relations university-wide, independently with very limited supervision, assigned to one of three teams within ELR with assigned campus regions and collective bargaining agreements. This position includes interpreting, explaining, drafting, administering and enforcing policy/contract language, providing guidance on performance management, corrective actions, separations, and grievances, and conducting investigations and drafting reports. Will perform some administrative duties and maintain metrics. The ideal candidate will possess the ability to make sound decisions while maintaining the highest level of discretion and confidentiality, will be self-motivated in a fast-paced environment, and have the ability to work independently and with a team. Candidate must have labor relation contract administration experience. This position is exempt, and will be located at 2199 Addison Street, Suite 192, Berkeley, California (pending re-opening of campus) and may be considered for a partially remote work schedule. If you believe your qualifications do not quite meet this position, please visit UC Berkeley careers page to apply under our ELR 3 posting.


  • Manage and administer collective bargaining agreements, including the management of the grievance program, information requests, reporting, contract negotiations, union business leave, equity increases, reclassifications, parameter requests, participate in labor management meetings and the negotiation of labor disputes, draft settlement agreements, meet and confers, and union noticing.
  • Provide direct services to client groups as assigned. Act as a resource to managers, supervisors, and employees to interpret collective bargaining agreements.

  • Handle all facets of employee relations, including performance management, investigations including reports, discipline, separations, reclassifications, equity increases, and resolutions to employment disputes.
  • Provide guidance regarding layoffs, terminations, corrective action, and/or policy grievances (PPSM 70s).
  • Must facilitate sound and consistent employee and labor relations decisions.
  • Provide guidance regarding and/or create and maintain accurate documentation of investigations or other employment or labor matters.
  • Provide direct services to client groups as assigned. Act as a resource to managers, supervisors, and employees to interpret policies and procedures.
  • Provides advice and counsel regarding leave administration, e.g., FMLA, CFRA, and compliance with the Americans with Disability Act and the requirements under this law, e.g., the interactive process.
  • Act as an objective intermediary for employees and supervisors.
  • Participate in conflict resolution, problem solving, and negotiation with/between supervisors and employees.

  • Establish and maintain positive and appropriate union/management and campus business partner relations.

  • Provide communication of potential employment litigation and/or risks to legal counsel and obtain legal counsel on employment matters as needed. Advise on template and process updates.
  • Track work performed to provide data for metrics and recordkeeping.
  • Review trends and practices in labor/employee relations, and recommend programs that will enhance employee and labor relations at the university.
  • Assess current functions and provide input to achieve unit best practices.

  • Supports team or legal counsel responses related to employment litigation and government agency charges.
  • Design and deliver or co-deliver training for employees, supervisors, managers, and HR Partners pertaining to employee and labor relations and related compliance (e.g., training concerning policies, procedures, collective bargaining agreements, performance management, and/or applicable state and federal legal requirements).
  • Independently, with the Director's input prepare briefing memos, instructional manuals, job aids, and tool kits.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • 3-4 years of experience equivalent to an Employee and Labor Relations Consultant performing professional level human resources work requiring use of the knowledge and abilities listed herein.
  • 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 employee and labor relations best practices and programs.
  • Knowledge of the principles of advocacy in order to represent the campus in various dispute forums.
  • Knowledge of other areas of human resources.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle difficult or volatile situations/individuals effectively.
  • Knowledge of National Labor Relations Act, California Labor Code, California Government Code, Fair Labor Standards Act, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, California Family Rights Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act etc., including recent developments and practices, applicability to the public sector.
  • General knowledge of the Information Practices Act, Public Records Act or Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) requirements for information release, including release of personnel type records, creation of data for bargaining.
  • Demonstrated ability to write detailed, well organized, concise, emails, position statements, analytical reports, procedures, web content and training documents.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with all levels of the UC Berkeley 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.
  • Skills to independently manage, organize and prioritize work to achieve timely progress on simultaneous projects, distribute efforts appropriately among competing projects, meet competing 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.
  • Ability to learn, master and utilize new applications as they become available.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of University of California System-wide personnel practices, policies, procedures, labor contracts and agreements.
  • Experience with University of California systems and programs.
  • 3-4 years experience and professional training in labor contract administration, employee relations and related employment and labor laws.
  • Demonstrated labor contract administration experience.
  • Detail oriented and dedicated to meeting deadlines in a fast paced environment.
  • Strong decision-making skills.
  • SHRM-CP or PHR certification.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully coaching managers and supervisors at all levels of an organization.
  • Working knowledge of Spanish and/or Mandarin.

Salary & Benefits

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.

Other Information

The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to April 29, 2021

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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