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Employee Relations Manager

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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.


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 Driver's License.

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 management.

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.

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