Director of Employee and Labor Relations

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Sacramento
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)


Working Title:  Director of Employee & Labor Relations

Classification Title: Administrator II

Posting Details 

Priority Application Date (Posting will remain open until filled): Sunday, March 19th, 2023 @ 11:55pm PST

Hiring Preference

Not Applicable

Position Summary

The Director of Employee & Labor Relations (ELR) reports to the Senior Associate Vice President of Human Resources and is responsible for administering the labor and employee relations functions for management (MPPs), non-represented and represented non-academic employees (staff) at the university. This position provides leadership and direction to the ELR Office, applying effective management of resources and performance of duties; promoting staff development and training, and serving as a member of the Human Resources Management team. Responsibilities of this position include: acting as the campus subject matter expert and representative for the university in appropriate administrative hearings, contract administration, grievance/complaint processing, and the development and implementation of programs to assist administrators and managers to deal effectively with labor and employee relations, workplace violence, performance issues, and risk management. The position provides interpretation, administration, assistance and counsel to administrators and managers relative to the collective bargaining agreements and related university policies, procedures and practices. The incumbent investigates and resolves union grievances; serves on necessary campus committees involving employee/labor relations issues. The position provides oversight to leadership and development programs for all employees and manages the annual performance evaluation process. 

The Director of Employee & Labor Relations is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the campus staff Employee & Labor Relations function. The incumbent is also responsible for the development, coordination, and facilitation of campus training programs and/or professional development initiatives. 

FLSA: This position is defined in the Management Personnel Plan (MPP) of the California State University. It is excluded from the collective bargaining process and is exempt from overtime provisions of FLSA. This position is covered by health benefits.

Anticipated Hiring Range: $9,166- $10,833 per month, commensurate with candidate's education, experience, skills, and training.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,583 - $14,713 per month

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Salary Grade/Range:  1

Recruitment Type: Regular

Time Base: Full-Time

Pay Plan: 12 months 

Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; other hours as required.

Department Information 

Employee Labor Relations is Your resource and partner for a variety of services including but not limited to: interpretation of policies, procedures, and collective bargaining agreements; management of the performance evaluation process; counseling, mediation, and conflict management.

We are responsible for implementing labor agreements, and assists with workplace matters, including: workplace investigations, progressive performance management, trainings, corrective action, and workplace environment concerns.

Required Qualifications 


  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or equivalent combination of education, training, and professional work experience.
  2. 5+ years of progressively responsible experience in employee and labor relations in a diverse and complex organization, to include complaint resolution, personnel policy/collective bargaining agreement compliance, and conducting investigations.
  3. 2+ years of experience supervising and motivating staff, setting work priorities, and providing direction.
  4. Experience with mediation and effective conflict resolution skills to work cooperatively with all levels of personnel.
  5. Experience researching and summarizing information from a wide variety of procedures, policies, regulations, and other sources to develop and apply recommendations and solutions.
  6. Strong oral and written communication skills demonstrated by presentations to a variety of audiences, negotiations, investigative reports, responses to grievances and information requests, etc.
  7. Strong organizational skills to prioritize work, multiple projects and competing deadlines.
  8. Strong interpersonal skills to develop productive working relationships and establish credibility with stakeholders, to include all levels of leadership and union representatives.
  9. Experience developing and conducting training on employee/labor issues, trends, and best practices.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  1. Knowledge of policies and other human resources functions, to include Americans with DisabilitiesAct (ADA) and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), compensation, talent acquisition and employee benefits.
  2. Knowledge of relevant state and federal law, including Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) or similar collective bargaining law, and Public Employment Relations Board (PERB)and/or National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regulations and processes.
  3. Advanced skills to coach management employees through conflict resolution, performance management, corrective action, progressive discipline, and the “just cause standard” in public employment.
  4. Ability to interact professionally and sensitively with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and varying perspectives.
  5. Ability to effectively deal with highly confidential matters and exercise sound judgement and decision-making.
  6. Ability to apply critical thinking and strong problem-solving skills to resolve workplace issues.
  7. Ability to analyze data, understand trends and develop recommendations for action based on analysis.
  8. Ability to influence through strong relationships, expertise, and data.
  9. Proficient with Microsoft Office applications.


  10. Ability to complete background check process

Preferred Qualifications 

  1. Juris Doctorate or Master’s degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, or related field.
  2. 7+ years of progressively responsible experience in employee and labor relations in a complex organization
  3. Employee and/or labor relations experience in an institution of higher education or public sector.
  4. Experience participating in administrative hearings and/or labor arbitration proceedings. 

Required Licenses/Certifications 


Documents Needed to Apply

Resume Required, Cover Letter Optional 

About Sac State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, and campus safety.  

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.  

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Background Check Disclaimer  

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position. One variation of background check required could be a LiveScan screening, which involves submitting fingerprints at a certified LiveScan Service Center.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Out of State Employment Policy

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States. 

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at . 
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Eligibility Verification  

Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (i.e. H-1-B Visa). 

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.


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