Reporting to the Manager, Labor Relations, Campus Human Resources, the Employee & Labor Relations Advocate represents the University in adversarial labor arbitrations, internal administrative hearings, and proceedings before the California Public Employment Relations Board. Evaluates the merits of employee complaints (grievances, administrative reviews, and unfair labor practice charges) by interviewing witnesses, reviewing policies and relevant documentation, contracts, conducting complex legal research, and identifying strategies for the University's response. Provides employee relations consultation to University management, employees, and designated representatives including analysis and interpretation of University policies and procedures and applicable employment and labor law, contract administration, organizational development, problem-solving and decision-making assistance and conflict resolution services. Participate in and lead supervisory/management training activities, including seminar design and facilitation on employee relations issues. Coach and counsel managers and employees in clarifying goals and objectives, enhancing problem solving and planning and communication skills. Conduct workplace investigations. Perform other duties as assigned. Occasional travel is required.
Knowledge of the California Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act ("HEERA"), National Labor Relations Act, and other public sector labor laws regarding topics including but not limited to, scope of bargaining, contract interpretation, union notice requirements, and public sector labor-management relations. Required Knowledge of the California Public Employment Relations Board's administrative procedures for unfair labor practice charges, unit modifications, and petitions for recognition. Required General knowledge of labor and employment laws, including other public sector laws, HEERA, National Labor Relations Act, California Labor Code, Fair Labor Standards Act, etc, including recent developments and practices, applicability to the public sector, desirability to implement through, contract, and probable impact on arbitration decisions. Required Knowledge of the Information Practices Act, California Public Records Act, and HEERA requirements for information release, including release of personnel type records, creation of data for bargaining. Required Skill in writing clear, concise, analytical, legally correct, accurate and persuasive briefs, appeals, motions, grievance responses, settlement agreements, and management positions. Required Experience in acting as management advocate in grievances, arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, and meet and discuss/confer sessions, including preparing witnesses, direct and cross-examination, opening and closing statements, and preparing motions. Required Skill in functioning in a demanding environment to resolve conflicts. Required Skill in analyzing labor relations information, data, problems, practices, or procedures to define problems and objectives, consider alternative solutions and consequences, and propose solutions. Required Skill in prioritizing work assignments to reflect changes in labor relations environment. Required Ability to communicate professionally and effectively with all levels of management and employees, with arbitrators and administrative law judges, and including ability to present oral presentations to groups. Required Demonstrated ability to interpret and effectively explain complex collective bargaining agreements, policies and procedures to all levels of academic and staff personnel. Required Demonstrated ability to effectively discuss a wide range of employee relations topics on little or no notice. Required Demonstrated ability to quickly establish rapport and professional credibility and to gain the trust of administrators, faculty and staff at all levels of the University as well as individuals external to the University. Required Demonstrated ability to function as part of a team and to collaborate with colleagues to facilitate the resolution of employee relations and/or organizational issues. Required Demonstrated ability to appropriately handle confidential and/or sensitive information and/or documents, including information related to collective bargaining. Required Demonstrated ability to recognize an emergency situation and take appropriate action. Required Ability to work independently with general direction and minimal supervision. Required Skill in conducting in-depth legal research, including ability to use electronic databases such as Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, and BNA Labor & Employment Law Resource Center. Required Juris Doctor (JD) from an accredited American Bar Association (ABA) institution. Preferred At least five years of litigation experience regarding labor and employment matters. Required Admitted to practice law in California or another U.S. jurisdiction. Preferred
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