The County of Riverside Human Resources Department has an opportunity for a Principal Employee & Labor Relations Specialist in Riverside. The position will serve as a subject matter expert/principal advisor in the area of labor relations. The incumbent will play a key role in the collective bargaining and contract negotiation process for the County, which includes six unions, and will necessitate that the incumbent navigate complex labor issues with County departments, HR professionals, and other stakeholders. Additionally, the incumbent will provide support in the review and rendering of decisions regarding grievances at the second step, and will
also oversee all aspects of Unfair Labor Practice Charges with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB).
The responsibilities of the Principal Employee & Labor Relations Specialist will include the interpretation of Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), providing advice regarding best practices, and drawing from unionized collective bargaining experience to resolve a variety of issues. The Department desires candidates who have provided support in the collective bargaining process, have familiarity in the Meet and Confer process, and a strong understanding of the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, and relevant laws, regulations, and policies governing public sector labor and employment. Competitive candidates will possess considerable work experience in a public sector unionized environment with comparable collective bargaining and contract negotiation responsibilities, as well as experience working with the PERB.
ABOUT THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE
Riverside County offers diversity that few locations can match. With a variety of job opportunities with the County, there are as many places to take your career as there are stars in our sky. But there's more than a great vocation to draw you here: with affordable housing, a thriving, diverse, and progressive community, excellent higher education, and the hidden gem of the Joshua Tree National Park, the opportunities for your
life here are equally exciting. Come work in the heart of inland California, and see how great the view is when opportunity is on the horizon. The County of Riverside has a wide variety of complex and engaging careers, requiring talented, engaged, and collaborative professionals.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The County of Riverside Human Resources Department employs over 340 regular employees, and provides centralized services to all departments within the county, including 20,000 employees across more than 40 departments. The services include recruiting, employee relations, benefits administration, classification and compensation services, workers' compensation, risk management, temporary assignment program services, healthcare services, training, educational support, leadership and organizational development, and health and wellness programs. There are a wide variety of complex and engaging careers within Human Resources. The Human Resources Department seeks and develops talented professionals that fit a highly engaged and collaborative culture.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES
Serve as advisor or liaison in various aspects of human resources administration specific to employee and labor
relations matters; counsel and advise managers and supervisors regarding issues governed by the collective bargaining agreements; interpret MOU and County Ordinance provisions.
Analyze and make recommendations to management on modifications to human resources policy, procedures, and standards; contribute toward achieving the County's strategic vision and mission; assist in preparation for County negotiations.
Meet and confer with labor organizations or regulatory agents and County representatives to assess the nature of requests; recommend an appropriate response that ensures compliance with the regulatory agency request and County policy; serve as a member of the County management team at the bargaining table during contract negotiations.
Oversee and independently conduct a wide variety of employee investigations and determine appropriate disciplinary actions; attend grievance hearings with department managers, recommend a course of action, and assist department managers in determining security precautions if needed; investigate, hear, and make decisions regarding grievance disposition at second step.
Represent the County at administrative hearings as assigned by the Employee Relations Division Manager.
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in human resources
management, behavioral or social sciences, industrial relations, organizational studies, public or business administration, or a closely related field.
Experience: Four years of professional, journey-level experience with responsibility for conducting job analysis,
recruitment and selection, employment test construction, position classification, compensation analysis, employee or labor relations, organizational development, training, benefits, or other human resources functions that demonstrate acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position. (Completion of a graduate degree from an accredited college or university may substitute for up to one year of the required experience.)
Knowledge of: The principles and practices of public administration and management; the principles and practices of position classification, salary administration, recruitment and selection, employee development, and employee or labor relations techniques; the dynamics of staff/line personnel relationships; current trends in employee/employer relationships; leading edge computer work tools, including the internet; principles and practices of public sector labor relations; collective bargaining process in the public sector; effective case presentation techniques.
Ability to: Coordinate the development of consensus in addressing human resources issues; utilize quality tools
involving quantitative analysis and interpersonal/team interaction; develop and maintain confidence of executive/senior level managers with agency/department services; develop and maintain effective relationships with employees at all levels of the organization; evaluate cost effectiveness and cost-benefit of human resources programs and organizational utilization of staff; understand, interpret, apply, and explain human resources laws, rules, regulations, standards, and procedures; interpret and apply complex rules, regulations, and MOU; analyze and make improvements in policies and procedures relating to agency/department human resources activities and transactions; analyze data and prepare clear and concise reports; establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with a broad range of professional staff including attorneys and related legal staff, department heads and managers, and all those contacted during the course of performing professional responsibilities; train, supervise, and evaluate the work of subordinates; recognize problems and devise effective courses of action; operate in the digital/computer domain; counsel employees and advise management relative to grievances and their solutions, and other human resources management problems; secure willing cooperation of line supervisors in accepting and carrying out sound human resources management practices; speak and write effectively; exercise independent judgment and initiative; plan and coordinate major human resources projects within the agency/department.
Additional Information Section
In addition to an exciting and challenging career opportunity, the County of Riverside offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits package, and actively promotes a healthy work/life balance. Benefits include: more than 5 weeks of paid annual leave, a CalPERS defined benefit retirement plan, medical flex benefit of $823 monthly, paid vision, long-term disability, life insurance, deferred compensation (401a) contributions, a 9/80 work schedule, and 12 paid holidays a year.
This class has been deemed eligible for the Performance Recognition Plan as set forth under Article 3, Section 311(C) of the County Management Resolution. Program eligibility requires employees to be in a leadership position, manage other employees or programs, and have significant influence on the achievement of organizational objectives.
ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY FOR THIS POSITION USING THE COUNTY'S JOB GATEWAY
This recruitment will remain open until both positions are filled. Applicants seeking to be considered in the preliminary candidate review must apply by 11:59 p.m. (PST) on November 12, 2018. Postings may close or be extended at any time. Postings may close or be extended at any time. Applicants should submit a detailed resume/application clearly describing work experience functioning in a public sector/unionized employee and labor relations environment. Competitive candidates may be required to successfully pass a writing assessment prior to being certified for an interview.
**ALL APPLICANTS MUST UPLOAD A COPY OF THEIR DIPLOMA/TRANSCRIPTS AS PROOF OF EDUCATION COMPLETED AT AN ACCREDITED COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY TO THE JOB GATEWAY ACCOUNT.**
For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Maria Ledesma at (951) 955-3405 or MJLEDESMA@RIVCO.ORG.