Associate Director, Employee & Labor Relations

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Channel Islands
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Human Resources, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Human Resources

Administrator II


Prepares materials for and participates in meet and confers with staff unions. Holds regular meetings with union representatives and works collaboratively to limit the number of issues that result in complaint or grievance. Handles informal complaints and formal grievances through the campus process and acts as a resource for staff arbitrations. Prepares responses for Public Employment Relations Board (PERB).

Consults, coordinates, and provides guidance to campus managers regarding employment practices including the progressive disciplinary process review and make recommendations on documentation. Advises supervisors on disciplinary decisions and ensures administration of employee discipline processes per collective bargaining agreements, Ed Code, and University policies. Manages rejections during probation, preparation of the disciplinary notice process (drafts notice, researches and compiles all exhibits), and with direction coordinates Chancellor’s Office General Counsel reviews, service of notices, and may appear as the University’s representative before the State Personnel Board (SPB) on formal disciplinary matters. Provides training for supervisors and managers related to employee relations including but not limited to HEERA, performance, and progressive discipline. Monitors and coordinates the performance evaluations process according to University policies and collective bargaining agreements.

Provides guidance and support for recruitment and classification review process with emphasis on collective bargaining compliance. Investigates complaints and compliance issues, including those that involve discrimination, nepotism, and whistleblowing as appropriate based on current Executive Orders. Interacts with governmental agencies as needed, conducts investigations, draws conclusions, and makes recommendations for action to appropriate campus administrators. Participates in the direction, guidance, strategic planning, and policy formation of campus employee and labor relations policies and processes. Provides oversight for recruitment processes as they pertain to collective bargaining and participate in interview panels as appropriate.

Assists in the administration of compliance with State and Federal legislation, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) guidelines, relevant sections of the Education Code and Title 5, the reasonable accommodation interactive process pursuant to the guidelines established in the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other related laws and regulations. 

Performs related managerial duties as assigned.


Bachelors’ degree or equivalent and five to seven years progressively responsible experience, preferably in higher education human resources, with significant exposure to labor and employee relations. Experience in public sector human resources will be considered, but higher education experience is strongly preferred.

Broad knowledge of collective bargaining, which may include presenting grievances and appeals to the California State Personnel Board, and a knowledge of business law or background in employment discrimination law. Knowledge of the provisions of the California Education Code, CSU, and other state and federal laws and regulations as applied to personnel practices and procedures in higher education; or other legal affairs processes including document drafting and evidence submission is preferred. Knowledge of principles, practices, and objectives of public personnel administration including compliance, recruitment, , selection, classification, compensation, grievance procedures and employer/employee relations.

Effective conflict resolution, facilitation, and consultation skills are required along with proven adeptness in fact-finding, analysis, problem solving, and consulting to identify problems and recommend solutions. Must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a diverse workforce and represent the University to the community, Cabinet members, support staff, faculty, and students. Must have demonstrated experience working collaboratively to create a collegial environment that is supportive of campus and employee needs while exercising considerable judgement and discretion. Must possess the organizational development skills to handle numerous significant projects and meet deadlines. Must be able and willing to work independently. Must have proven leadership experience in all university related human resources program aspects.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

Take an active role in helping to embed the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of University work, in every division, and participate at least once annually in professional and/or leadership development opportunities that will contribute to campus efforts to advance racial and social justice in and through education at CSUCI and beyond.

Hiring Salary:  $8,584 - $9,167 per month

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California State University Channel Islands is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

Should you require a reasonable accommodation in the application and/or interview process, please contact Human Resources Programs (805) 437-8490.

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