Berkeley Lab's Human Resources Division has an opening for an Principal ELR Consultant responsible for providing technical advice, consultation, and guidance to the HR field organization and Laboratory management regarding rules, regulations, and applicable laws pertinent to the resolution of labor and employee relations issues/problems. In this role, you will demonstrate and be recognized as an expert in all facets of labor and employee relations and assume the lead role in contract negotiations and arbitration. Reporting to the Senior HR Manager of Employee & Labor Relations, this position will provide advice and counsel to employees relative to compliance with the Regulations and Procedures Manual (RPM) and assistance in the resolution of grievances, complaints and unfair labor practice charges. This role will service as the Lab lead in local labor wage and local conditions negotiations and in arbitration and participate in system-wide labor negotiations as the Laboratory representative.
Act on behalf of the Laboratory both internally and externally as an expert in labor and employee relations.
Provide recommendations on strategic business and organizational issues based upon extensive training, knowledge, and experience in labor and employee relations.
Assume the leadership role in consulting with senior management in the development and presentation of Laboratory positions/proposals in labor contract negotiations.
Represent the Laboratory as the chief spokesperson in local labor contract negotiations.
Represent the Laboratory in UC system-wide bargaining and advance the Laboratory's business needs, salary surveys, pay system, and unique funding arrangement in labor contract negotiations.
Represent the Lab as the chief spokesperson and work with the Senior HR Manager of ELR, in labor and employment arbitration proceedings.
Represent the Laboratory in external proceedings involving PERB, EEOC/DFEH and the EDD.
Engage in research and analysis regarding matters such as ADA, FMLA, Weingarten/Skelly rights and PERB cases.
Administer collective bargaining agreements in effective fashion, with particular emphasis upon protecting the Laboratory's management rights while pursuing a collaborative labor-management relationship.
Provide advice and counsel to Laboratory management/employees and HR field teams regarding the interpretation and application of union contract provisions, employment laws, internal RPM provisions and procedures, employee performance improvement, development, and disciplinary actions.
Provide guidance and review business justifications and assessments related to layoff cases.
Conduct independent investigations into alleged misconduct, participate in apprising Laboratory management of fact-finding and alternative corrective actions for proven misconduct/performance deficits.
Develop and conduct formal and informal training modules on various ELR topics, with particular emphasis on management/supervisory training.
Serve as Program Manager for assigned ELR programs.
Coordinate with the HR Field Managers and Compensation/Benefits Manager as appropriate in establishing successful HR/ELR programs and processes.
Perform other duties and projects as assigned.
Bachelor's Degree in Labor Relations, Human Resources, Business Administration and/or related or equivalent work experience.
A minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience including extensive training and expertise in conducting workplace investigations and investigation technique.
Extensive progressively responsible experience in human resources, with a particular emphasis and a record of accomplishment in all facets of labor and employee relations, inclusive of labor contract administration (grievance administration), labor contract negotiations (including significant experience as chief spokesperson), mediation, arbitration advocacy, facilitation/conflict resolution, drafting of settlement agreements, letters of understanding, and arbitration post hearing briefs.
Extensive knowledge of labor and employee relations principles and practices, dispute resolution methodologies, labor-management relationship paradigms/philosophies, bargaining and dispute resolution strategies.
Knowledge of state and federal labor law pertinent to the NLRA and HEERA; general knowledge of employment law pertinent to Titles VII/IX, Civil Rights Act, as amended, ADA, EEOC/DFEH, FMLA, etc.
Training knowledge and experience in alternative dispute resolution.
General knowledge of organizational communications and dynamics.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills.
Excellent analytical skills, including legal analysis.
Proficiency in Google applications and Microsoft Office personal computer applications (MS Word, Powerpoint, Excel).
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Master's Degree in Labor, HR, Business, JD or equivalent.
General knowledge of Human Resource Management theories, principles and practices relative to compensation/benefits, training and development, workplace diversity, organizational development, staffing/recruitment, and Workers' Compensation law.
Experience with LBNL/UC/DOE policies and procedures and performing employee and labor relations functions in the UC system.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on December 21, 2017.
This is a full time career appointment.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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