Director of Academic Personnel Labor Relations

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Sacramento
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, Human Resources, Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)

Working Title: Director of Academic Personnel Labor Relations

Classification Title: Administrator II

Posting Details 

Priority Application Date (Posting will remain open until filled): Friday, March 1, 2024 @ 11:55pm PT

Please Note: As of February 19, 2024 this position has been reposted and is under active recruitment. Apply today!

Prior applicants need not re-apply.

Position Summary

Under the general direction of the Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources, the Director of Academic Personnel Labor Relations is responsible for managing the University’s labor and employee relations program for academic employees (faculty) and graduate represented student employees.

This position provides interpretation, administration, assistance, and counsel to administrators and managers relative to the collective bargaining agreements and related University policies, procedures and practices. Investigates collective bargaining complaints and grievances, and potential corrective actions and discipline. Manages academic employees (faculty) and graduate represented student employee’s complaint and grievance processes and prepares grievance responses. Recommends and implements resolution to issues by developing a professional and effective working relationship with staff, management, and union officials. Incumbent serves as an advisor to management and others on the application of labor laws, regulations, technical letters, coded memoranda, and other federal and state related legislation. Recommends and assists in development and implementation of policies and procedures related to the administration of the collective bargaining agreements and related University policies, requiring significant discretion, judgement, and tact in carrying out diverse assignments. Researches employee relations issues for management using applicable federal and state legislation, CSU Executive Orders, CSUS University Policy Manual, Provost and President’s directives and all other applicable CSU and CSUS policies and/or guidelines. Represents the University in appropriate administrative hearings.

FLSA: Exempt (not eligible for overtime compensation)

Anticipated Hiring Range: $10,000 per month - $11,500 per month

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

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Salary Grade/Range:  2

Recruitment Type: Regular (At-will)

Time Base: Full-Time

Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00AM-5:00PM

Department Information 

The role of Academic Labor Relations is to effectuate the Sacramento State’s mission through the compliance of the collective bargaining agreements (CBA), memorandum of understanding (MOU), Higher Education Employee-Employer Relations Act (HEERA), California Education Code and applicable CSUS & CSU policies.

Required Qualifications 

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university, or equivalent combination of education training, and professional work experience.
  2. 5+ years of experience in the area of Labor and/or Employee Relations in a diverse and complex organization, to include complaint resolution, personnel policy/collective bargaining agreement compliance, and conducting investigations.
  3. Extensive experience researching and summarizing information from a wide variety of policies, regulations, and other sources to clearly present alternatives and risks.
  4. Demonstrated experience implementing organizational objectives while maintaining a positive labor relations environment.
  5. Experience and demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with people from diverse ethnic, socio-economic, professional and educational backgrounds.
  6. Experience working with union representatives, interpreting collective bargaining agreements, investigating employee complaints and disputes, and responding to external regulatory agencies.
  7. Experience analyzing and resolving complex employee labor relations issues, demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with all levels of personnel and experience with mediation and conflict resolution.
  8. Experience facilitating training sessions and coaching individuals in one-on-one meetings.
  9. 2+ years of experience supervising and motivating staff, setting work priorities, and providing direction.
  10. Considerable knowledge of policies and practices involved in personnel/human resources functions and demonstrated experience in the practical application of those practices in a complex organization.
  11. Knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, public sector regulations, such as the 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.
  12. Ability to compile, analyze and interpret data; thorough knowledge of research, data analysis and report presentation.
  13. Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities on a daily basis and function effectively under time pressure of deadlines with frequent interruptions.
  14. Ability to exercise professional judgement and discretion when managing sensitive and/or confidential issues and or other complex matters involving conflict.
  15. Strong interpersonal skills to include active listening, informing, advising, and assessing, mediating differences between people and organizations, explore options for mutual gain, and resolve issues to the satisfaction of those involved when possible.
  16. Strong oral and written communication skills.
  17. Ability to provide lead work direction and/or supervision of staff.
  18. Commitment to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive work environment with diverse colleagues and constituents including faculty, students, staff, and members of the community.


Ability to pass background check

Preferred Qualifications 

  1. Juris Doctorate or Master’s degree from an accredited college/university.
  2. Employee and/or labor relations experience in an institution of higher education or public sector.
  3. Experience in the California State University system.
  4. Experience litigating in administrative hearings and/or labor arbitration proceedings.

Documents Needed to Apply

Resume, cover letter and supplemental questions. 

Applicants will respond to the following supplemental questions:

  1. What is an important quality for a Director of Academic Personnel Labor Relations, and why?  Provide an example of how you have exhibited that quality in your past/current position.  
  2. Describe a particularly challenging grievance you were faced with.  What were the circumstances, your approach to resolve the matter, the outcome and lessons learned?  

About Sacramento 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 is a Hispanic and AANAPISI serving institution with about 31,000 students coming not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission:

“As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students to lead, serve, and succeed. Sacramento State will be a welcoming, caring, and inclusive leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to learning and student success; teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity; justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; resource development and sustainability; dedicated community engagement, and wellness and 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.

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.

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.

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Effective May 2023, per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all California State University, Sacramento employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications. 

Out of State Employment

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.

Eligibility Verification

Candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.  California State University, Sacramento is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (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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