County of Alameda

Employee Relations Manager (#0286)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Executive Mgmt (051)
$67.64-$82.45 Hourly / $5,411.20-$6,596.00 BiWeekly /
$11,724.27-$14,291.33 Monthly / $140,691.20-$171,496.00 Yearly

Under general direction to administer and coordinate the benefit programs and labor relation’s activities of the Human Resource Services Department, and to do related duties as required.


This one position class is located in the Human Resource Services Department, reporting directly to the Director of Human Resource Services, with responsibility for the Benefit Programs and Labor Relations activities of the department. This class is distinguished from the class of Deputy Director, Human Resource Services in that the latter class is responsible for the major program areas of the department with a greater scope of activities and significantly larger staff size.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Directs the employee Benefits Program and staff. Directs or personally performs labor relations activities.

2. Coordinates the program elements within the Human Resource Services Department and with other County Departments; assists County departments in implementing and administering labor relations activities; represents the department head on matters related to program areas.

3. Consults with administrative staff on the establishment of overall objectives, new procedures, new projects, and coordination of various Benefit and Labor Relations programs.

4. Participates in the selection of assigned staff, their orientation, training, and evaluation and recommends on their retention, assignment, and promotion.

5. Provides consultation to County departments and agencies as directed by the Department Head pertaining to Labor Relations, and employee benefits activities.

6. May act for the Director in benefit and labor relation’s matters in his/her absence.

7. Studies statutory requirements relating to the operation of County departments and recommends more efficient ways of compliance and the possible reinterpretation or amendment of certain requirements; analyzes bills before the State Legislature for effect on operations and costs to County departments and recommends County position on passage.

8. Prepares budget and monitors expenditures for benefits and labor relations programs.

Either I

The equivalent of one year of recent full-time experience as a Human Resources Analyst, Benefits Analyst, Supervising Human Resources Analyst or Senior Departmental Personnel Officer in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


Possession of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university; and four years of increasingly responsible experience in a public or private organization performing duties which included supervision of a professional staff performing management and administrative analyses, organizational, procedural and fiscal studies or administrative personnel work; responsibility for conducting or coordinating negotiations with recognized employee organizations on issues pertaining to employer/employee relations. (Four additional years of related experience may be substituted for the degree requirement.)

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles and practices of public and personnel administration.
• Training, testing and assessment techniques.
• Job analysis and position classification.
• Survey methods and disciplinary action procedures.
• Alameda County personnel rules and regulation.
• Structure and operation of County Government.
• Grievance procedures and resolution techniques.
• Labor negotiation techniques.
• Various State and Federal labor relation’s laws and guidelines.
• Employee benefits programs.
• Budget preparation.


• Written communication.
• Oral communication.
• Decision making.
• Analysis and problem solving.
• Management control.
• Leadership.
• Interpersonal sensitivity.
• Flexibility.
• Planning and organization.
• Adaptation to stress.

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Revised/Retitled: 1/97
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New job spec: 0286 found under Jobspecs/Newspecs
Csc date: 2/4/98


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.