Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has an opening for a Senior Employee & Labor Relations Manager in the Human Resources Division. This HR leadership role is responsible for the management and oversight of Berkeley Lab's Employee and Labor Relations functions, including the management of employee programs. This position will make substantial contributions to and play a key role in advising key Laboratory management on the appropriate direction and formulation of the Laboratory's employee and labor relations strategic direction, programs and policies. Additionally, this position is responsible for the preparation and response to pertinent labor relations issues. Specifically, the successful candidate will demonstrate and be recognized as an expert in all facets of Employee and Labor Relations, University of California (UC), and Department of Energy (DOE) policies and procedures, including State and Federal labor and employment laws, and function as chief spokesperson on behalf of Berkeley Lab on all labor relations issues, including local contract negotiations and arbitration. The Senior Manager will manage a professional staff and build and maintain effective Lab interface with the UC Office of the President and DOE regarding employee and labor and relations and UC/DOE policies and procedures.
This is an exciting opportunity to contribute your expertise as a member of Berkeley Lab's HR Leadership Team and build a rewarding career with a dynamic, multidisciplinary research institution while working with a community creating ground-breaking science solutions across the energy, computing, environment, biosciences, and physics areas.
What You Will Do:
Represent Berkeley Lab both internally and externally as an expert in labor and employee relations, communicate effectively, and conduct business in a professional and ethical manner.
Develop and implement employee and labor relations strategies, including policies, procedures and operating standards for Berkeley Lab based on trust, mutual respect, and accountability, that are aligned to organizational goals, comply with Collective Bargaining/legal requirements, and promote positive employee relations.
Assume a leadership role in providing advice and counsel to Senior Laboratory Management in the development and presentation of Laboratory positions/proposal in labor contract negotiations. Represent the Laboratory as a chief spokesperson in local collective bargaining with all unions, or delegate to a senior Employee and Labor Relations Specialist.
Represent the Laboratory as chief spokesperson in labor and employment arbitration proceedings and in external proceedings involving PERB, EEOC/DFEH, EDD and other agencies as necessary. Provide research and analysis regarding issues under HEERA/PERB, ADA, FMLA, NLRB, FEHA, CFRA and Weingarten/Skelly rights.
Provide leadership, direction and management to Employee and Labor Relations staff to ensure expected job performance outcomes are accomplished in a timely and quality manner.
Ensure that all collective bargaining agreements and Laboratory policy (i.e., Regulations and Procedures Manual) are effectively administered, with particular emphasis on protecting the Laboratory's management prerogatives and rights while fostering collaborative labor/management relationships.
Ensure the Employee and Labor Relations team provides effective advice and counsel to Laboratory management/employees regarding the interpretation and application of union contract/RPM provision, employment laws, with the intent to ensure compliance.
Ensures the Employee and Labor Relations team provides effective advice and counsel to HR field teams regarding management decisions encompassing employee job performance, development, skills assessments, performance improvement plans and misconduct.
Manage HR-initiated investigations and the HR investigation process.
Manage Laboratory disciplinary case review processes and ensure that all disciplinary actions determined under the processes are predicated upon just cause.
Lead the Laboratory's Crisis Action Team and ensure that reports of alleged violence/threats of violence are appropriately investigated and that the appropriate corrective actions are adopted.
What is Required:
Bachelor's Degree in business, human resources, industrial relations or other related field or equivalent experience.
A minimum of 10 years of Employee and Labor Relations experience with a minimum of 5 years of experience in a management role.
Demonstrated experience in all facets of labor and employee relations, inclusive of labor contract administration, collective bargaining (including significant experience as chief spokesperson), mediation, arbitration advocacy, facilitation/conflict resolution, drafting of settlement agreements, letters of understanding and arbitration post hearing briefs.
Experience conducting investigations and knowledge of investigatory processes/best practices.
Strong understanding and working knowledge of applicable labor and employment laws and regulations at the State of California and federal levels.
Ability to lead by example in driving change throughout an organization and to partner across all areas and levels of an organization.
Demonstrated negotiation skills, including the ability to analyze complex situations and create positive outcomes for the business and the team.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication, presentation, analytical (including legal analysis) and consensus building skills.
Juris Doctorate or Master's Degree in business, human resources, industrial relations or related field.
Experience working in higher education or state government entities.
Experience in labor law through prior legal practice or labor relations negotiations role.
General knowledge of human resource management theories, principles and practices encompassing HR functional areas, such as compensation/benefits, training and organizational development, workplace diversity, staffing/recruitment and leadership/management development.
Knowledge of LBNL/UC/DOE policies and procedures.
The posting may remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please submit your resume and letter of interest by July 17, 2020.
This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
The Senior Manager for Employee and Labor Relations is a career position that is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Laboratory Director, and this appointment is at will and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.
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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Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
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About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.