Director of Labor Relations (#HB1710)
$53.27-$64.75 Hourly / $9,233.47-$11,223.33 Monthly / $110,801.60-$134,680.00 Yearly


Under administrative direction of the County Administrator, coordinates and directs the Labor Relations Division of the County Administrator's Office, and does other related work.


The incumbent of this single-position, exempt class is responsible for directing all the functions and activities of the Labor Relations Division of the County Administrator's Office. The incumbent acts as the County's chief negotiator, handles grievances, complaints, and disciplinary actions, and recommends policy and procedural positions pertaining to employer-employee relations.


  • Evaluates, plans, and implements labor relations goals, programs, policies, and procedures for the County and acts as the County's chief negotiator with recognized employee organizations in meet-and-confer and bargaining sessions.
  • Serves as the County's management representative in contacts with union representatives and departments on grievances, complaints, disciplinary issues, dispute resolution and similar actions.
  • Recommends County policy positions with respect to wages, hours, and working conditions of employment consistent with applicable laws and ordinances.
  • Prepares, interprets, and administers the Memoranda of Understanding and related documents, and the Employer-Employee Relations Policy.
  • Confers with and advises County officials, including the Board of Supervisors, departmental management and supervisory employees on matters pertaining to employer-employee relations: Coordinates ongoing activities with Human Resources and Equal Employment Opportunity staff.
  • Performs research, prepares reports, special studies, and correspondence; interacts closely with County officials, staff, and employee organizations.
  • Develops, justifies, and manages the division budget; supervises, trains, and evaluates subordinate staff.

    Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in public or business administration, personnel management, the social sciences or related field.

    Experience: Five years in public personnel management or related occupational field, including at least three years of increasingly responsible experience in the field of labor relations in a capacity which afforded direct participation in the negotiation process and resolution of labor disputes with employee organizations.

    Substitution: Additional-qualifying experience in the field of labor relations may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.


    The collective bargaining process in the public sector including federal, state and local labor laws applicable to local government; standard principles of collective bargaining including management rights, representation rights, and scope of bargaining; standard negotiating practices, including preparation of negotiation strategy, tactics and impasse procedures; dispute resolution techniques; administrative procedures and practice for processing grievances up to and including arbitration; current employer-employee relations practices and trends.


    Plan, organize and coordinate the County's labor relations activities; persuade, reason and develop agreements with employee organizations on issues of mutual concern; plan, coordinate, and initiate action for implementation of recommendations; interpret and evaluate comparative data with respect to wages, hours, working conditions and benefits; communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; supervise and direct the work of subordinates.

    CLASS: HB1710; EST: 6/2/1998; REV: ; FORMERLY JOB TITLE: 0926;