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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.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: September 6, 2023
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.
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.
RELATIONS W/EMPLOYEE UNIONS, CAMPUS BUSINESS PARTNERS, SUPERVISORS, AND EMPLOYEES
Establish and maintain positive and appropriate union/management and campus business partner relations.
COMMUNICATION & ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES
Provide communication of potential employment litigation and/or risks to legal counsel and obtain legal counsel on employment matters as needed.
Assist with template and process updates, metrics, document preparation, and record keeping.
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.
SPECIAL PROJECTS & TRAINING
Supports team or legal counsel responses related to employment litigation and government agency charges.
Co-design and/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 or in collaboration with other Consultants or the Director, prepare briefing memos, instructional manuals, job aids, and tool kits.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Demonstrated analytical skills to conduct analysis and develop recommendations, demonstrating organization and problem-solving skills.
Demonstrated ability to write detailed, well-organized, concise, emails, position statements, analytical reports, procedures, web content, and training documents.
Knowledge of and/or ability to learn campus policies and procedures.
Experience with and/or ability to learn the University of California systems and programs.
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.
Ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with all levels of the UCB community, system-wide and with outside professionals.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills.
Knowledge of and/or ability to learn the National Labor Relations Act, California Labor Code, California Government Code, Fair Labor Standards Act, DFEH, EEOC, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, FFCRA, CFRA, ADEA, Title VII, etc., 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 the release of personnel-type records, and creation of data for bargaining. And knowledge of other areas of human resources.
Ability to work with a high degree of confidentiality and independent judgment, including skills to handle difficult and sensitive matters.
Experience in a customer service environment.
Strong skill and ability to communicate with a high level of professionalism, clarity, and accuracy including demonstrated ability to handle difficult or volatile situations/individuals effectively.
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 the 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 applications, Outlook, Excel, Word, etc.
Ability to learn, master, and utilize new applications as they become available.
Knowledge of and/or ability to learn the University of California System-wide personnel practices, policies, procedures, labor contracts, and agreements
Bachelor's degree in a related area such as human resources management, labor law, or organizational behavior, and/or equivalent experience/training.
2-3 years of experience equivalent to an Employee and Labor Relations Consultant performing professional-level human resources work requiring the use of the knowledge and abilities listed herein.
2-3 years experience and professional training in labor contract administration, employee relations, and related employment and labor laws.
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 Chinese Mandarin.
Salary & Benefits
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.
Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.
The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $125,000.00 - $134,500.00.
This is a 12-month, 100% full-time (40 hours per week), contract position that is eligible for full UC benefits with the possibility of extension.
This position is exempt and paid monthly.
This is a hybrid position, eligible for 75% remote capability.
How to Apply
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.
Referral Source info
This job is part of the Employee Referral Program. If a UC Berkeley employee is referring you, please ensure you select the Referral Source of 'UCB Employee'. Then enter the employee's Name and Berkeley email address in the Specific Referral Source field. Please enter only one name and email.
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.
This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.
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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.
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