Organizational Area: Human Resources - Labor Relations
Location: Oakland, CA
Posting Salary: Recommended hiring range is: $163,000 to $175,000. Commensurate with experience.
Position Summary: The incumbent in this job represents the University of California as the primary spokesperson in labor negotiations for all assigned large and/or difficult University-wide bargaining units or the most complex single-issue negotiations (e.g., changes to the UC Retirement Plan) in fulfillment of the collective bargaining requirements of the California Higher Education Employee-Employer Relations Act (HEERA). Incumbent is responsible for maintaining effective and collegial labor-management relationships while pursuing the University's strategic goals and objectives through the negotiation process. Incumbent will apply judgment, creativity, and independence in managing difficult negotiations, conceiving solutions to negotiation problems, and identifying issues that must be addressed by the appropriate senior University stakeholder in a timely manner to ensure that negotiations conform to strategic objectives and reflect union issues and concerns. The incumbent will have a high level of independence and accountability in the performance of all responsibilities.
Special Conditions of Employment: Travel
Other Special Conditions of Employment: Successful completion of a background check is required for appointment to this critical position.
Job Close Date:
Duty 1: Represent the University of California in the conducting of good faith negotiations, in accordance with HEERA requirements and University strategic objectives.
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.
Responsible for leading all types of negotiations on behalf of the University and will have the authority to commit the University into binding agreements resulting from those negotiations including agreements covering systemwide collective bargaining units
Apply a high level of working 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.
Coordinates with appropriate campus representatives and UCOP HR leadership to assess course of action; establish and lead teams to research and develop appropriate UC bargaining goals including UC bargaining strategies and objectives, the issues to be covered, the language goals and parameters, and the balance between management rights and employee rights.
Balance location operational interests and abilities when developing bargaining positions; ensure solutions on behalf of all UC locations are consistent with overall UC goals and strategies and operational abilities.
Oversee incorporation of multi-source solutions into bargaining parameters and language; development of parameters, language, and terms/conditions of employment to ensure consistency with UC strategic objectives.
Apply appropriate bargaining tactics to a wide variety of difficult, complex or highly adversarial situations, demonstrating the University's continuous 'good faith' in negotiations, while retaining appropriate leverage for final settlement.
Manage bargaining team to ensure that team members fully understand UC objectives, provide operational input and guidance when drafting language, assist in the analysis of union proposals, and timely respond to requests for bargaining information.
Identify, at the earliest possible stage, issues which are contrary to UC goals and strategies, and works with UC senior management to determine appropriate alternate strategies.
Ensure communication and coordination with campus leadership as bargaining dynamics require changes to established parameters or objectives.
Work with Communication Team to ensure effective, timely and accurate negotiations communications.
Draft and present UC proposals and counterproposals to union demands, which reflect UC strategic objectives and which demonstrate good-faith consideration of union issues and respect for the union's role. Determine when one or both parties are unable to reach agreement through the normal bargaining process.
In consultation with Labor Relations leadership, determine the best University position (agree/disagree/neutrality) when impasse discussions begin.
Negotiate with PERB regarding impasse details, submits UC position.
Engage in the selection process for Mediator and Factfinder.
Serve as UC spokesperson during mediation process and advocate or Fact-finding Panel member during fact-finding procedure; in either event, oversee development and presentation of UC case to ensure all information, facts, and documents that best support University positions are put into the record.
Promote internal and external organizational teamwork using collaborative problem-solving skills. Function:Collective Bargaining Percent: 30
Duty 2: Plays a leading role in ensuring that the University complies with its obligations under those collective bargaining agreements for which the incumbent is responsible. Speaks authoritatively with respect to the meaning of such collective bargaining agreements.
Working with the appropriate Labor Relations Manager provide guidance to constituents as to the meaning and underlying intent of contract language.
Assist appropriate Labor Relations Manager in responding to grievances particularly where outcome of grievance hinges upon meaning of contract language.
Provide training to constituents including campus, medical center and laboratory personnel on meaning of contract language particularly following the completion of contract negotiations. Function:Contract Administration Percent: 30
Duty 3: Collaborate with UCOP units and campuses responsible for complying with bargaining information requests.
Oversee analysis of union requests against HEERA/Public Records Act requirements for response: Consult with union to ensure that the University understands the basis for the request(s), and to modify request if necessary.
Work with appropriate UC offices (responsible for compliance or legal interpretation) to ensure appropriate UC responses.
Remain knowledgeable about the status of the University's responsiveness and ensure continuous communication with union about the status of the request for information. Function:Advocacy and Advocacy Support Percent: 20
Duty 4: Collaborate with UCOP Units and UC Advocates on grievances, arbitrations and Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) proceedings.
Plays a principal role in advising locations on grievance responses for those collective bargaining agreements for which incumbent is responsible.
Plays a principal role in advising locations and their legal representatives on 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. Function:Develop Labor-Management Relationships Percent: 10
Duty 5: Manage various professional and support staff in the completion of unit work.
Provide leadership for the negotiating team comprised of professional and supervisor staff from various locations to ensure that appropriate operational input is received to develop workable bargaining language that is also consistent with strategic goals.
Provide necessary oversight of assigned individuals' work required to ensure timely and accurate completion.
Provide mentoring and training for assigned professional and support staff as needed, to best ensure excellence of staff performance and to assist staff achieve desired career development. Function:Manage Professional and Support Staff Percent: 10
Job Requirements Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Human Resources, or related area or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ten years experience in public or private collective bargaining, preferably in a large, multi-faceted organization.
Strong critical and creative thinking skills to assess and competently engage in on-going problem solving of multi-faceted issues including those that are directly at odds with the University's strategic goals, budget and/or mission, and to effectively address the most complicated issues/problems; applies strategic thinking approaches to solving problems with the ability to see interrelated needs of stakeholders and plan members.
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 and research 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 (e.g., HEERA, FLSA, PRA, FMLA, Title VII).
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, 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 information 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. Required
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. Required
Post-graduate degree in relevant field strongly preferred. Preferred
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