Employee Relations Analyst III (#RB5402)
$47.15-$57.31 Hourly / $8,172.44-$9,933.65 Monthly / $98,069.31-$119,203.86 Yearly


Under direction, performs advanced and/or specialized public employee and labor relations work within the Human Resources Division; represents County management in grievance and complaint hearings; serves as a member of management negotiation team during contract negotiations; advises management on proper interpretation and application of union contracts; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the advanced-level class in the Employee Relations Analyst series.  At this level, an incumbent works very independently to perform advanced and/or specialized professional employee and labor relations work, and may have responsibility for coordinating one or more specialized program areas and/or serving as a lead worker over less experienced professional staff.  


  • Coordinates the investigation of grievances and complaints; determines if violations occurred and recommends appropriate resolution; prepares the County response; coordinates the preparation of materials for hearings and represents County management in hearings. 
  • Serves as a lead worker over other professional staff; may train less experienced staff and assist them in handling the more complex issues; may supervise technical and/or clerical employees assigned to support employee/labor relations programs.
  • Coordinates surveys and the gathering of information related to collective bargaining; participates in developing the County’s position on matters within the scope of bargaining; coordinates the preparation of materials needed for negotiations; serves as a member of the negotiating team; may serve as chief negotiator at side tables and on labor management committees. 
  • Advises County supervisors and managers regarding the interpretation and application of Memoranda of Understanding, Employee-Employer Relations Policy, and various other policies and ordinances dealing with employee relations. 
  • Advises County supervisors and managers on difficult and complex disciplinary matters; recommends strategies for handling discipline cases, reviews proposed actions for consistency and compliance with policy. 
  • Coordinates the training of County supervisors and managers regarding MOU changes, employee relations policies, and the proper practices for handling complaints, grievances, and other areas of employee relations. 
  • Prepares correspondence and analytical reports. 
  • Coordinates activities relating to certification and decertification elections as specified in the County’s Employee-Employer Relations Policy. 
  • Assists in the development, review, and maintenance of assigned budgets.


Experience:  Two years as an Employee Relations Analyst II in San Joaquin County Service.

Education:  Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university, preferably with a major in public or business administration, industrial psychology, social science, or another area that included coursework in human resources or labor relations.

Experience:  Either three (3) years performing professional collective bargaining, negotiations, and employee/labor relations work; OR three (3) years performing professional personnel work that included participation in employee/labor relations activities such as employee discipline, complaint investigations, or other activities that required interfacing with union representatives.

Substitution:  Additional experience performing professional or paraprofessional personnel, employee/labor relations, or personnel-related administrative/analytical work may substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis. 


License:  Possession a valid California driver’s license.


Advanced principles and practices of human resources management, including employee and labor relations, position classification, and salary administration; advanced principles and practices of collective bargaining; advanced principles and practices of employee supervision and training; business statistics and mathematics; methods of gathering and presenting data; language mechanics and report writing; advanced administrative procedures and practices for processing complaints and grievances, up to and including arbitration.


Perform difficult professional employee and labor relations work; read, comprehend, and interpret technical written material; apply standard business statistical and mathematical concepts; interpret and apply labor laws and provisions of Memoranda of Understanding; gather and analyze data and prepare comprehensive reports; use good judgment and make sound decisions in situations involving time pressures; take accurate, detailed notes at meetings; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered during the course of the work, including representatives of employee organizations.


Mobility—Constant operation of keyboards; frequent sitting for long periods of time, standing and walking, driving; occasional pushing, pulling, bending, squatting and crawling; Lifting—frequent lifting of 30 pounds or less; Vision—constant use of good overall vision; frequent reading/close-up work; occasional color, depth, and peripheral vision; Dexterity—frequent repetitive motion; frequent writing; occasional grasping, holding, reaching; Hearing/Talking—frequent talking/hearing in person, in large meetings and on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological— constant concentration; frequent decision making, public contact, and working alone; frequent need for emotional self-control during lengthy and stressful bargaining sessions; occasional working nights, weekends and traveling;  Environmental—frequent exposure to noise. 

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RB5402; EST: 11/10/1999; REV: 3/9/2016;