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Employee and Labor Relations (ELR) Advocate (Confidential Administrative Support III) - Office ...

San Francisco State University
San Francisco

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job no: 534157
Work type: Staff
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Confidential, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time

Working Title

Employee and Labor Relations (ELR) Advocate

SF State University

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

Applicants may visit for more information on SF State's policy prohibiting discrimination, and how to file an online report using the procedures under Executive Order 1096 Revised. Inquiries can be directed to the campus Title IX Coordinator and Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Administrator by calling (415) 338-2032 or emailing

San Francisco State is a 100% Smoke/Vapor-Free Campus. Smoking or Vaping of any tobacco/plant-based substance is not permitted on any University properties.

The person holding this position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.


Office of Human Resources

Appointment Type

This is a one year probationary position.

Time Base


Work Schedule

Monday through Friday; from 8:00am to 5:00pm

Anticipated Hiring Range

$7,084.00 - $7,917.00 Per Month ($85,000.00 - $95,000.00 Annually)

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary

Under the general direction of the Director of Employee and Labor Relations, the incumbent will perform key responsibilities, which include contract administration, conducting meetings with union officials regarding grievances as well as writing grievances responses on behalf of the campus. The incumbent will serve as the primary conduit between the department, colleges, and union representatives. The incumbent will also conduct investigational interviews and provide training to campus leadership. Occasional travel may be required.

The ideal candidate will be well organized and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. They should be proficient in communicating both orally and written. The ideal candidate will be an individual dedicated to the institutional success of SFSU. The Employee and Labor Relations Office is part of Human Resources, which is overseen by the AVP of HR, who reports directly to the Vice President of Finance and Administration.

Position Information

Essential Job Functions

  • Conduct meetings with employees, both represented and non-represented, to revolve grievances and employee concerns.
  • Guide campus supervisors in reconciling concerns with employee behavior, conduct, and attendance.

Professional Behavior

  • Fosters and promote the Principles of Conduct for a Multi-Cultural University, User-Friendly Principles, and Anti-Bullying
  • Should be someone who is even-tempered
  • Ability to work with confidential information ethically and discretely.
  • High level of emotional intelligence.
  • Emphasis on regulatory compliance in working toward resolutions
  • Personal effectiveness and credibility, as demonstrated by interpersonal and professional confidence.
  • Fosters Diversity and Inclusion

Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university
  • 1-3 years of work experience in management, human resources, law, or related field. (advanced degree may be considered in place of work experience)
  • Exceptional negotiation, consultation, mediation and facilitation skills
  • Experience with employment-based investigations (e.g., discrimination, sexual harassment).
  • Ability to maintain and effectively deal with highly confidential matters and exercise sound judgment and decision-making.

Preferred Qualifications

  • J.D. or Master’s degree in human resources or related field
  • SPHR Certification
  • Experience in and knowledge of administration of employment policies in an institution of Higher Education.
  • Work in a unionized environment.

Pre-Employment Requirements

This position requires the successful completion of a background check.

Eligibility to Work

Applicants must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, within three business days from their date of hire.


Threaded through our Total Compensation package is a commitment to Bridging Life's Transitions. SF State is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students and the customers we serve.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employee.

CSUEU Position (For CSUEU Positions Only)

Eligible and qualified on-campus applicants, currently in bargaining units 2, 5, 7, and 9 are given hiring preference.

Additional Information


Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

CSU strongly encourages faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process are encouraged to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

The Human Resources office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872.

Please note that this position, position requirements, application deadline and/or any other component of this position is subject to change or cancellation at any time.

Advertised: February 06, 2024 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: Open until filled

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