Principal Employee Relations Analyst (#RB5403)
$50.48-$61.36 Hourly / $8,750.13-$10,635.84 Monthly / $105,001.58-$127,630.08 Yearly


Under general direction, performs complex management, administrative and professional public labor relations work in the Human Resources Division; represents County management in grievance and complaint hearings; advises management on the most complex labor relations matters; and does related and other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the highly-advanced class in the Labor Relations Analyst series. Employees in this class perform the most difficult and complex employee and labor relations duties related to investigating and determining resolution of grievances, participating in collective bargaining negotiations, and advising management on labor relations matters. Incumbents work very independently, seeking assistance primarily when policy decisions are required. Incumbents routinely supervise and review the work of other professional staff.


  • Manages employee and labor relations staff and programs and ensures the efficiency of assigned operations; coordinates programs and projects; works in conjunction with other Human Resources units, other County departments, County Counsel, and others as required. 
  • Plans, assigns and reviews the work of professional and clerical staff; evaluates the performance, progress and training needs of subordinates; orients new employees and assists in their training. 
  • Plans, directs and oversees 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; develops and conducts specialized training programs; coaches and mentors subordinate staff; serves as an internal resource on a broad range of Human Resources programs and issues. 
  • Directs, assigns, and participates in grievance and complaint investigations; determines if violations have occurred and recommends resolutions to the Director of Human Resources; prepares responses; prepares and presents hearings. 
  • Corresponds and meets with recognized employee organizations on various HR issues; may serve as Chief Negotiator if assigned; develops recommendations for County bargaining positions; prepares bargaining position analyses and documents; develops and implements bargaining strategies; coordinates the activities of County negotiation teams; proposes, develops, and prepares contract language; ensures that negotiated settlements are reduced to writing and incorporated into agreements. 
  • Analyzes legislation, case law and administrative regulations in the fields of employee and labor relations, and makes recommendations to County management regarding their effect and/or implementation. 
  • Advises County supervisors or managers regarding the interpretation and application of Memoranda of Understanding, the Employee-Employer Relations Policy, and various other policies and ordinances dealing with employee relations. Advises County supervisors and managers on disciplinary matters; develops and recommends strategies for handling discipline cases; reviews proposed disciplinary actions for consistency and compliance with policy. 
  • Prepares the most difficult employee/labor relations correspondence and analytical reports; develops Board of Supervisors reports, letters, ordinances, and other documents. Manages the development, review and maintenance of assigned budgets.


Experience: One (1) year as an Employee Relations Analyst III, OR four (4) 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 five (5) years performing professional collective bargaining, negotiations, and employee/labor relations work; OR five (5) 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 of 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 very 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: RB5403; EST: 11/10/1999; REV: 3/9/2016;