Senior Labor Relations Officer

  • San Bernardino, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Human Resources and Personnel
  • Salary: $104,728.00 - $142,521.60 Annually USD

Job Description

The Job

San Bernardino County Human Resources seeks an experienced human resources professional with extensive experience in Labor Relations and Negotiations to take on a key leadership role with potential for professional growth and advancement within the County's Labor Relations Team.

This position offers full benefits and a c ompetitive salary range of
$104,728.00 - $142,521.60 Annually DOQ
3% Annual Across the Board Salary Increases in February 2023/24/25
Bi-annual step increases of 2.5% up to Step 14
>>Recruitment Bonus: Up to $3,000 <<

The County also offers an alternative Modified Benefits Option (MBO) that provides a wage differential of 4% above the base salary rate with modified benefits.
The MBO salary range is $108,917 - $148,221 annually.

Click the links below for additional details:
Exempt Employee Compensation Ordinance
Summary of Traditional Benefits
Summary of Modified Benefits Option
*Salary Increases are contingent upon assessed values for previous fiscal year.

The Senior Labor Relations Officer assists the County's Labor Negotiator in coordinating activities related to the negotiations process; serves as the Chief Negotiator for smaller bargaining units; and leads the staff that comprise the County's bargaining team.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Directing and conducting a variety of research and analytical studies related to compensation and personnel practices.
  • Participating in the development of the County's bargaining position; analyzing, developing, and drafting contract proposals and counterproposals.
  • Directing and reviewing salary and benefits surveys; directing and preparing costing of economic proposals.
  • Directing fact-finding and preparing and presenting the documentation and data to support the County's position at fact-finding hearings.
  • Analyzing, interpreting and recommending changes to language in ordinances, Personnel Rules, policy manuals, and Memoranda of Understanding.
  • Investigating and monitoring grievances and unfair labor practice charges and serving as management's advocate in grievance arbitration and administrative hearings.
  • Researching, analyzing and making recommendations to management regarding legislation, case law, and administrative regulations in the field of labor relations.
  • Serving as subject matter experts on labor relations matters such as the duty to bargain, unfair labor practice charges, bargaining unit determinations, union certification/decertification, etc.
It is expected that the Senior Labor Relations Officer will keep abreast of current developments in the Human Resources field, specifically labor relations, including new techniques for personnel administration, recent court decisions, and applicable pending legislation.

THE LABOR RELATIONS UNIT The County's Labor Relations Unit within Human Resources fosters and maintains productive and positive relations between the County, its employees, and the recognized employee organizations that represent them. The team is responsible for the development and implementation of the County's labor relations goals, policies and priorities. Our highly skilled staff, under the leadership of the Human Resources Director, provides guidance to County Management regarding labor relations issues, negotiates labor agreements, participates in issue-specific meet and confer sessions, and handles general interactions with the County's recognized bargaining agents.
The Labor Relations Unit is responsible for negotiating labor agreements for 26 bargaining units covering nearly 22,000 County employees and approximately 24,000 providers in the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program.

**Salary Increases are contingent upon assessed values for previous fiscal year.

Minimum Requirements

Education: A Bachelor's Degree in human resources management, industrial/organizational psychology, public or business administration, behavioral science, or other job relevant field.


Experience: All qualifying experience must be obtained within a public sector (i.e., government) agency or a large private sector employer with a large, union represented workforce (500+ regular employees).

Option 1: Three (3) years of recent (at least one year within the last five years) professional level human resources or labor law experience primarily performing labor relations functions (e.g., participating in collective bargaining negotiations, handling grievances and unfair labor practices charges, representing management at formal grievance arbitration hearings, etc).
Option 2: Four (4) years of recent (at least one year within the last five years) professional level human resources experience performing employee relations functions (e.g., advising and representing management on employee relations matters and handling employee grievances, investigations, disciplinary actions and hearings; participating in labor negotiations, etc.).

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate:
  • Has in-depth knowledge and stays abreast of current labor laws, regulations, and best practices.
  • Has a demonstrated record of achievement in managing a wide variety of complex labor relations and negotiations matters for a large public sector agency.
  • Independently and successfully resolves labor grievances.
  • Has extensive experience in preparing and presenting cases before hearing officers and/or bodies.
  • Has exceptional written communication skills with the ability to synthesize and clearly present information.
  • Has the ability to research and analyze data, define problems or objectives, and formulate effective, logical, and objective solutions and alternatives.
  • Has strong collaboration skills and the ability to lead and work effectively in a team environment.
  • Has excellent relationship building capabilities and the ability to persuade and influence.
  • Is self-motivated to continuously learn, innovate, and advance in the field of Labor Relations.

Selection Process

Application Procedure : To receive consideration for this excellent opportunity, please complete and submit the online employment application and supplemental questionnaire. Applications received after this date will be processed as needed; recruitment may close at any time once a sufficient number of qualified applications are received.

Note: Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application and/or the supplemental questionnaire.

To ensure timely and successful submission of your online application, please allow ample time to complete and submit your application before the posted filing deadline. Applicants will be automatically logged-out if they have not submitted the application and all required materials prior to the posted deadline. Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive an onscreen confirmation and an email. We recommend that you save and/or print these for your records.

If you require technical assistance, please click HERE to review the Government Jobs online application guide , or contact their Toll-Free Applicant Support line at (855) 524-5627. Please note that Human Resources is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by computer or browser used to submit the application.

Selection Process: The most highly qualified candidates, as determined by a competitive evaluation of qualifications based on their application and responses to the supplemental questions, will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process, which may include a writing exercise and/or oral examination. Candidates advancing in the selection process will receive further information/instructions via email.

EEO/ADA: San Bernardino County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant employer, committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants.

ADA Accommodation: If you have a disability and require accommodations in the testing process, submit the Special Testing Accommodations Request Form within one week of a recruitment filing deadline.

  • Veterans' Preference: Eligible veterans and their spouse or widow(er) who are not current County employees may be awarded additional Veterans' Preference points. Click here for information and instructions to request Veteran's Preference points.

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Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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