Employee Relations Manager
DEFINITION: Under general direction, represents the County in
negotiations, various resolution processes, and other relationships
with employee organizations; provides technical advice to department
managers and employees regarding the interpretation and
implementation of various laws and agreements affecting terms and
conditions of employment; trains and supervises the work of assigned
staff; and performs other related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single-position class,
which works under the direction of the County's Employee Relations
Officer, the Human Resources Director, who has ultimate
responsibility for the labor relations activities of the County.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Represents management in all relations with employee
organizations, including contract negotiations; consults with the
Human Resources Director, County Administrator, Board of
Supervisors, and department heads on matters of policy and on terms
of memoranda of understanding prior to and during the negotiations
process; conveys Board of Supervisors' direction to and performs
staff work for the County's chief negotiator with recognized
employee organizations in meet-and-confer sessions; recommends the
selection of other members of the County's negotiating teams and
provides training to those team members; analyzes management and
union proposals, as well as information on wages, benefits, working
conditions, and other terms and conditions of employment for County
employees, in order to determine cost and policy implications;
drafts language for proposals and agreements; coordinates
implementation of negotiated changes with departments and
Auditor-Controller; coordinates and consults with Auditor's staff
regarding payroll issues.
2. Interprets and explains provisions of salary and benefits
resolutions, memoranda of understanding, Civil Service Rules, Fair
Labor Standards Act, and other laws and legal documents affecting
terms and conditions of employment to managers, supervisors, and
employees; provides them with advice and training in employee
relations matters, and in handling supervisory problems and employee
grievances; develops and conducts training for managers and
supervisors on employee relations matters.
3. Participates in or coordinates with County Counsel and
departments to prepare for and present management position in Civil
Service hearings and arbitration; advocates management position in
disputes with employee groups.
4. Conducts surveys, studies, or research relevant to human
resources policies, labor negotiations, and compensation; makes
recommendations regarding human resources policies and procedures,
salaries, and other compensation issues.
5. Plans and supervises the work of staff; administers human
resources management programs, including position control.
1. Four years of professional experience in human resources
administration, including two years in employee relations in a union
environment, in a public agency; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is
equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides
the required knowledge and abilities.
Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C
Knowledge of: Meyers-Milias-Brown Act and other state and federal
laws and court decisions regarding labor relations in the public
sector; negotiation techniques; principles, practices, and process
of dispute resolution and compensation administration; principles
and practices of California public sector collective bargaining and
public human resources management; principles of organization and
Ability to: understand, interpret, and apply appropriate provisions
of applicable laws, ordinances, policies, rules, regulations, and
memoranda of understanding; collect and analyze information; project
consequences and financial costs of proposed actions, and make and
support recommendations and positions; develop a course of action
that will achieve the objectives of opposing parties; exercise
independent judgment; speak to groups; establish and maintain
working relationships with a variety of individuals and groups; use
tact and persuasion under pressure in extremely controversial and
confrontational situations; prioritize and organize multiple
activities; prepare written agreements and reports.