Job ID #2487: Employee Relation Manager



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PositionEmployee Relation Manager
 
Salary$10,272.98 - $13,349.08 monthly
 
AgencyCity of Berkeley
 
Deadline02/25/19 @ 5pm
 
DescriptionThe City of Berkeley covers approximately 10 square miles with a population of 112,000 residents. The population is highly educated and ethnically, economically, socially and politically diverse. Berkeley is noted for its activism and community involvement. Sheltered by rolling hills and bordered by the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley enjoys a mild climate year-round. Acres of open space, neighborhood parks and city bike lanes offer numerous opportunities to explore the outdoors. The mild coastal climate allows the community to enjoy Berkeley’s wide variety of recreational and leisure opportunities whatever the season. Berkeley has a wealth of cultural life, and there is much to enjoy within the City’s few square miles. The public marina, panoramic bay views, international shops and restaurants, arts / theater district, and the UC Berkeley campus are but a few of its attractions.  Berkeley’s beautiful setting, pleasant climate, and recreational and cultural activities offer a wide variety of leisure opportunities. Berkeley is only 12 miles from the shops, restaurants and entertainment of San Francisco; the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train system and the ferry at Oakland’s Jack London Square provide easy access between the two. Getting around within Berkeley is easy on foot, by taxi, or via public transportation. The City is served by three BART stations, a network of buses, and the UC Berkeley campus shuttle.
 
The Position
 
The City of Berkeley has an exciting management opportunity for a skilled labor relations professional! The Employee Relations Manager position is located in the Human Resources Department and is responsible for planning, designing and coordinating the City's employee/ labor relations, workers' compensation, safety, and benefits programs. The Employee Relations Manager has day to day responsibility for interpreting and implementing contract language, representing the City with its bargaining groups, and resolving employee relations issues. The incumbent exercises broad discretion and makes independent judgments within the overall policy guidelines established by the department.
 
Typical duties may include:

Plans, researches and coordinates union/management labor negotiations;
participates as a member and trainer for the management bargaining team;

Meets with union representatives and employees to determine contract language
interpretation; publishes mutually accepted interpretations for use by
Department managers in future contract implementation;

Oversees the City's workers' compensation, occupational health and safety, and
benefits programs, directing staff in developing and providing delivery of
services;

Oversees the City's employee relations programs and policies to provide effective supervisory practices and to provide a strong employer-employee relations framework; recommends new and revised policies and develops procedures and handbooks; conducts Citywide training on labor and employee relations issues;

Confers with Department representatives on employee grievances and disciplinary actions; investigates and prepares findings for employee grievances which allege violations of the contracts;

Conducts varied analytical studies including cost benefit analyses and proposal valuation; prepares reports, correspondence and a variety of written material; seeks legal opinions, as appropriate;
 
Interprets state and federal laws relating to employee relations issues, such as Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Meyers, Milias, Brown, and ensures the City's compliance with applicable provisions; 

Investigates grievances and other labor/management issues and represents the City at adjustment boards; and

Plans, directs, trains and evaluates the work of subordinate staff.
 
The ideal candidate will have the ability to exercise a high degree of judgment in recommending and developing solutions, programs and strategies related to employee and labor relations and to understand the interrelationship of such programs in other areas of human resources and the organization.
 
The ideal candidate will have the ability to: represent the City effectively in meeting with its bargaining unit representatives and in labor negotiations; prepare clear, concise and complete reports and other written materials; make clear oral presentations; Interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies and contract provisions; maintain accurate records and files; coordinate multiple negotiations and meet critical deadlines; collect, arrange, and evaluate varied information and data, either in statistical or narrative form; plan, organize, assign, direct review, and evaluate the work of professional and office support staff; analyze complex technical problems, evaluate alternatives and make sound independent judgments within established guidelines; and establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
 
Requirements
EDUCATION: Equivalent to graduation from a four year college with major course work in business or public administration, industrial relations, or a closely related field.
EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of professional human resources experience which has included extensive
responsibility for planning and implementing labor and/or employee relations program. Experience in a public agency setting is desirable. Additional professional-level experience as outlined above may be substituted for the college education on a year-for-year basis.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Must be willing to work such hours as are necessary to accomplish the job requirements. Must be able to travel to various locations within and outside the City of Berkeley to meet the program needs and to fulfill the job responsibilities. When driving on City business, the incumbent is required to maintain a valid California driver's license as well as a satisfactory driving record.
 
Application Process
OPENS: Feb 4, 2019 CLOSES: Feb 25, 2019 (5pm PST) REQUIRED
MATERIALS:  1) City of Berkeley Employment Application Form 2) Responses to the Supplemental Questions 3)Resume 4) All materials must be received in our office no later than the closing date (5 P.M.). The examination process will consist of: 1) Review of applications for minimum qualifications for the position and to ensure all materials have been submitted. Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will undergo a competitive review and assessment of their supplemental questionnaire, and education/training and experience to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process. The Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: knowledge of Federal, State, local laws and regulations pertaining to equal employment opportunity. Weighted 10%
2) The best qualified applicants will participate in an oral board interview which will be weighted as 50% of the candidates total score tentatively scheduled for the week of March 4th, 2019. There will be no make up dates to
participate in the oral exam.
3) A written exercise will be administered following the oral interview and weighted as 40% of the candidates total score.
 
Applicants passing all examination phases will have their names placed on an employment eligible list that hiring department(s) will use to conduct final selection interviews. Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City should expect to undergo an employment background and reference check
that may include, but is not limited to: employment history, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver's license, registrations, certificates, and other credentials as Required Qualifications
 
EDUCATION: Equivalent to graduation from a four year college with major course work in business or public administration, industrial relations, or a closely related field.
 
EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of professional human resources experience which has included extensive responsibility for planning and implementing labor and/or employee relations program. Experience in a public
agency setting is desirable. Additional professional-level experience as outlined above may be substituted for the college education on a year-for-year basis. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Must be willing to work such hours as are necessary to accomplish the job requirements. Must be able to travel to various locations within and outside the City of Berkeley to meet the program needs and to fulfill the job responsibilities. When driving on City business, the incumbent is required to maintain a valid California driver's license as well as a satisfactory driving record.
 
APPLY AT: www.cityofberkeley.info/jobs part of the appointment process. Some positions depending on the nature of the work, also require a credit check and a review of Summary Criminal History obtained from
the State Department of Justice through Live Scan fingerprinting.
 
EXAM ACCESS ACCOMMODATION: In compliance with local, stateand federal laws and regulations, the City of Berkeley will employ and promote qualified individuals without regard to disability. The City is committed to making reasonable accommodations in the examination process and in the work environment. Individuals requesting reasonable accommodations in the examination process must do so no later than the final filing date for receipt of applications, otherwise it may not be possible to arrange accommodations for the selection process. Such requests should be addressed to the Department of Human Resources • (510) 981-6800 • hr@cityofberkeley.info • 2180 Milvia Street,1st Floor, Berkeley CA 94704. 
 
ALTERNATIVE APPLICATION FORMAT: This application material is available in alternative formats upon request. Alternative formats include audio-format, braille, large print, electronic text, etc. Please contact the
ADA Coordinator, 2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley | Phone: (510) 981-6300 | TTY:(510) 981- 6347| ADA@cityofberkeley.info and allow 7-10 days for production of the material in an alternative format. The City of Berkeley is an EEO/ADA Employer.
 
Compensation & Benefits
The City of Berkeley provides an exceptional compensation and benefits package
 
Salary up to $160,188 per year. Placement within this range is dependent upon qualifications. 
 
Retirement CalPERS formula, either 2% @ 62 or 2.7 at age 55 depending on the individual’s eligibility. Employees are vested in CalPERS after 5 years of full-time service. The City contributes 6.7% of the employee’s salary (up to a maximum annual salary of $32,400) into a 401(a) Supplemental
Retirement Income account (SRIP).
Deferred Comp. Option 457 b plan. Employees may contribute up to $19,000 per year on a pre-tax basis.
 
Health & Dental
The City provides full health and dental coverage for employees and eligible dependents, including approved domestic partners. The City does not participate in the CalPERS Medical Program (PEMHCA) but does
offer its own Retiree Health Premium Assistance Plan. Life Insurance City-paid life insurance coverage for employees.
Vacation 2 weeks first two years Holidays Thirteen regular holidays plus three floating holidays annually. Sick Leave Twelve days of paid sick leave earned annually. Admin Leave Fifty hours of administrative leave
annually.
 
Y.M.C.A. City-paid discount on Y.M.C.A. membership.
 
Transit Subsidy Subsidy can be used for public transportation on BART, or vanpool and bike shops.
 
Additional Information
 
To ApplyAPPLY ONLINE AT: www.cityofberkeley.info/jobs 2180 Milvia Street (1st fl) Human Resources Dept Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 981-6800 hr@cityofberkeley.info