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ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, LABOR RELATIONS / CHIEF NEGOTIATOR

University of California Office of the President
United States, California, Oakland
1111 Franklin Street (Show on map)
February 29, 2024

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UC OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

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Department Overview
The Office of the President Labor Relations (OPLR) - also known as Systemwide Labor Relations - is responsible for negotiating and administering 15 systemwide labor agreements and 22 local agreements with 17 unions covering over 134,000 academic and staff employees across the UC system. This includes bargaining on first contracts, successor contracts, accretion, impacts and effects bargaining, mid-term modifications and the sunshine process. Administering the systemwide and local collective bargaining agreements also involves contract interpretation, contract implementation, grievance processing, handling formal requests for information, collaboration and coordination with Systemwide Human Resources departments, union communication, and providing training, advice and counsel to local labor relations staff across the system. Other key components that fall within the scope of OPLR include monitoring and ensuring compliance with bargaining agreements and legislation regarding contracting out services. OPLR collaborates closely with key partners within UCOP Including the Office of General Counsel (OGC) on labor-related litigation activity, the Office of State Governmental Relations (SGR) in representing the University's position on legislative, budgetary and policy matters concerning labor relations and collective bargaining, and the Strategic Communications and Media Relations team to respond to media inquiries and develop messaging on labor relations and collective Bargaining matters for internal and external stakeholders.

Position Summary
This incumbent plays a key role in furthering the University's mission and labor relations goals, which includes fulfillment of its collective-bargaining obligations under the California Higher Education Employee-Employer Relations Act (HEERA). The incumbent represents the University of California as the primary spokesperson in labor negotiations for system-wide collective-bargaining units, leads in the interpretation and administration of system-wide collective-bargaining agreements, and serves as the OPLR liaison to UC campuses and medical centers concerning the negotiation and administration of local collective-bargaining agreements. Incumbent is responsible for fostering and maintaining effective and collegial relationships with internal and external stakeholders - including labor unions - while pursuing the University's strategic goals and objectives. Incumbent will apply sound judgment, critical thinking, problem solving, and independence in managing difficult negotiations, contract implementation, contract administration, and developing solutions to a variety of complex issues. The incumbent will have a high level of independence and accountability in the performance of all responsibilities. This position can be hybrid or primarily remote with travel as needed throughout the state of California and occasional onsite department meetings in Northern and/or Southern California. The selected candidate must reside within the state of California or be willing to relocate.

Key Responsibilities

* 40% COLLECTIVE BARGAINING: Serves as the University's lead spokesperson and bargaining team lead in system-wide collective-bargaining negotiations including, but not limited to: first contract bargaining, successor contract bargaining, mid-term contract bargaining, decisional and impact bargaining, and accretion bargaining. Develop and apply appropriate bargaining strategies to a wide variety of difficult, complex or highly adversarial situations, demonstrating the University's continuous good faith in negotiations and compliance with HEERA. In regular consultation with the OPLR Executive Director or designee, identify the University's bargaining goals and objectives before and during negotiations and - when necessary- impasse procedures. Compile, research, analyze, and prepare bargaining data and parameters. Coordinate with appropriate campus and system-wide stakeholders to develop appropriate bargaining goals and strategies, parameters, and proposal language. Identify University objectives/initiatives, union issues and possible UC responses - both in advance of negotiations for strategic planning and during negotiations as new issues arise or bargaining dynamics require. Proactively develop, recommend, and prepare a bargaining strategy for each contract negotiation. Apply a high level knowledge of policies, operational needs, salary and budget issues for cogent and persuasive presentation at the bargaining table, calling in subject matter experts as necessary to influence negotiations. Ensure that unions are timely notified and any applicable bargaining obligations are met concerning updates or changes to terms and conditions of employment or other important matters as determined by the OPLR Executive Director. Timely and appropriately respond to union requests for information in connection with bargaining. Identify, at the earliest possible stage, issues which are contrary to the University's goals and strategies, and timely apprise the OPLR Executive Director with the issue, options for resolution, and recommended courses of action.

* 40% CONTRACT IMPLEMENTATION, ADMINISTRATION, AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Implements and administers collective bargaining agreements to ensure alignment with University objectives. Plays a lead role in ensuring that the University complies with its obligations under HEERA and its collective-bargaining agreements for which the incumbent is responsible. Working with appropriate Labor Relations staff, provides guidance to constituents as to the interpretation and application of collective bargaining agreements. Assists appropriate Labor Relations staff in responding to grievances and requests for information. In collaboration with Labor Relations staff review Step 3 grievance decisions to ensure compliance with and appropriate application of collective-bargaining agreements. In complex grievance cases, assist with drafting decision memoranda with recitation of the facts, applicable CBA provisions, analysis of the issues, and recommended courses of action. Drafts reports and memoranda to the OPLR Executive Director and other key leadership on a variety issues including, but not limited to: dispute resolution, grievances, arbitrations, settlements, and local parameter requests. Provides appropriate guidance, assistance, and support concerning local collective-bargaining agreements. Review and provide recommendations for local parameter requests.Timely escalate issues with significant risk or impact to the OPLR Executive Director.

* 20% COLLABORATION AND COORDINATION: Collaborate with other University divisions including, but not limited to, campus and medical center personnel, UC Legal, Communications, State Government Relations, etc. ensure the furtherance of the University's labor relations and collective-bargaining objectives. Provides OPLR guidance, instruction, feedback, and updates to internal stakeholders. This includes, but is not limited to, collaborating on responses to media or legislative inquiries, legislative actions, and correspondence from internal and external stakeholders. Serves on University committees as assigned and chairs/co-chairs meetings with or on behalf of the OPLR Executive Director. Facilitates and leads discussions with labor unions toward the resolution of disputes and ensuring healthy labor management relations. In consultation with the OPLR Executive Director (or designee) and UC Legal, collaborate with internal stakeholders on grievances, arbitrations and Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) proceedings. Play a principal role in advising locations and their legal representatives on grievances and litigation/settlement strategy in arbitrations and PERB proceedings involving those collective bargaining agreements for which incumbent is responsible. Testifies as University witness in arbitration and unfair labor practice cases. In connection with systemwide bargaining - communicates with PERB regarding impasse details, prepare and submit impasse position statements, represent the University during impasse proceedings, and assist in the selection process for Mediator and Factfinder. Serve as UC advocate or Fact-finding Panel member during fact-finding procedure. When necessary assist UC Legal and/or outside counsel with the presentation of the university's case before PERB, arbitrators, and any other adjudicative body as determined by the OPLR Executive Director.

* 0% Other duties as assigned.

Experience
Required Qualifications

* Min 10 years Experience in labor relations in the public or private sector and in collective bargaining negotiations. Experience administering labor grievance and arbitration procedures, including dispute resolution.

* Min 4 years Experience drafting collective-bargaining proposals, contract language, and letters of understanding Healthcare experience and higher education labor relations.

Preferred Qualifications

* Min 10 years Preferably in a large, complex organization and experience as a chief negotiator.

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Skills and Abilities
Required Qualifications

* Strong critical thinking and analytical skills to assess and competently engage in on-going problem solving including those that potentially impacting the University's strategic goals, budget and/or mission, and to effectively address the most complicated issues/problems.

* Strong negotiation skills as demonstrated by the ability to articulate a specific position and persuade as necessary, presenting ideas and proposals in a convincing manner to influence negotiations outcome.

* Excellent analytical, research, and writing skills as demonstrated by the ability to develop, assess, and synthesize information and recommendations from a wide variety of sources on a broad range of issues to formulate program, policy, and service recommendations.

* Demonstrated working knowledge of principles and practices of human resources programs and associated legal and procedural requirements and federal and state rules and regulations; thorough knowledge of labor and employment laws and collective bargaining terms.

* Excellent written and oral communication skills as demonstrated by the ability to articulate complex information and issues clearly, concisely, and persuasively using appropriate grammar, vocabulary, and business style.

* Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to interact collaboratively and productively with diverse staff within UCOP, at the campuses, medical centers and with other universities and higher education associations, and proven ability to represent University positions effectively to external constituencies and other colleagues. Ability to develop and maintain positive and respectful working relationships with union leadership, including during adversarial situations.

* Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team in a collaborative environment, build consensus and promote the exchange of ideas among project team members, project management staff, and internal units.

* Project management and organizational skills to plan and independently execute projects/tasks within specific and sudden deadlines, and successfully assess, balance, and prioritize numerous competing concerns; ability to teach, motivate, and influence others in order to accomplish a goal.

* Demonstrated ability to function in a complex institutional environment. Ability to apply judgment and political acumen in problem solving; ability to understand interrelated needs of campuses, UCOP, and/or bargaining unions while being conscious of alternatives and their consequences.

* Proficiency with MS Office Suite and other standard office software; experience with databases and web-based applications.

Education
Required Qualifications

* Bachelor's degree in related area or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

* Juris Doctorate or Master's degree in Business Administration, Human Resources or related area

* Human Resources Professional Certification (SHRM-CP or PHR) or Senior Human Resources Professional Certification (SHRM-SCP or SPHR)

Travel Requirements
25% Travel as needed for collective bargaining sessions; and periodic department meetings

Job Title
Labor Relations Representative 5

Job Code
000261

Salary Grade
Grade 26

Payscale:
$160,000 - $195,000

Full Salary Range:
$117,000 - $226,000

The University of California, Office of the President, is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. 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, 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 full salary range shows the growth potential for this position and the pay scale is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position.

Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This position can be hybrid or primarily remote with travel as needed throughout the state of California and occasional onsite department meetings in Northern and/or Southern California. The selected candidate must reside within the state of California or be willing to relocate.

HOW TO APPLY

Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.

APPLICATION REVIEW DATE

The first review date for this job is January 12, 2024. The position will be open until filled.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Background Check Process: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position.

Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California , as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

EEO STATEMENT

The University of California, Office of the President, 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, age or protected veteran status.

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