Employee and Labor Relations Specialist
Menlo Park, CA 
Posted 19 days ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
Job Description
SLAC Job Postings

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is seeking an Employee and Labor Relations Specialist to be part of our Employee & Labor Relations team that is responsible for employee and labor-management relations that contributes to a fair, respectful, diverse, and high-performance culture. The Employee and Labor Relations Specialist will support and collaborate with a dedicated team of Human Resource Business Partners, serve as a point of contact for activities related to workplace investigations, ensure consistent application of policy and procedure, collective bargaining unit questions, and coordinate efforts with other members of our HRD&S team. The Employee and Labor Relations Specialist will also work closely with SLAC and Stanford University colleagues to ensure consistency of treatment and application of University HR policies; acts as the principle liaison with legal counsel on all matters pertaining to employment actives at SLAC; and may participate in contract negotiations with SEIU as SLAC representative.

Please Note - due to COVID-19 related curtailment of on-site activities, the job duties for this position will be required to be performed from home until full site-access is restored.

Your specific responsibilities include:

  • Provides advice, counsel and training to Human Resources managers, managers, employees and other members of the Stanford community in employee and labor relations matters.
  • Manages local efforts at the direction of counsel related to employment litigation and government agency charges.
  • Manages communication of potential employment litigation and/or risks to counsel and obtains legal counsel on employment matters as needed.
  • Provides advice and counsel regarding leave administration, e.g., FMLA, CFRA, and compliance with the Americans with Disability Act and the requirements under this law, e.g., the interactive process.
  • Manage collective bargaining agreements for a school/unit or university-wide basis, including the management of the grievance programs and contract negotiations.
  • Handle all facets of employee relations, including investigations and resolutions to employment disputes. Provides guidance regarding and/or create and maintain accurate documentation of investigations or other employment or labor matters.
  • Provide guidance regarding layoffs, terminations, or corrective action. Must facilitate sound and consistent employee and labor relations decisions.
  • Research trends and practices in labor/employee relations, and recommend programs that will enhance employee and labor relations at the university; research and craft new policies for approval.
  • Act as an objective and confidential intermediary for employees and supervisors. Participate in conflict resolution, mediation facilitation, problem solving, and negotiation with/between supervisors and employees.
  • Provide direct services to client groups as assigned. Act as a resource to managers, supervisors, and employees to interpret policies, procedures, and the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Design and deliver training for employees, supervisors, managers, and local human resource managers pertaining to employee relations and related compliance (e.g., training concerning policies, procedures, collective bargaining agreements, and/or applicable state and federal legal requirements.
  • Other duties may also be assigned.

To be successful in this position you will bring:

  • Bachelor's degree in human resources management, labor law, organizational behavior or other related field and five years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Extensive knowledge regarding employee and labor relations, the National Labor Relations Act, the National Labor Relations Board, and state and federal employment laws.
  • Working knowledge of Employment Retirement Income Security Act requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience with mediation and other dispute resolution systems and techniques. Experience managing a dispute resolution program or grievance program.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships in a consulting environment.
  • Excellent coaching skills regarding employee and labor relations.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in a team-based environment.
  • Demonstrated experience managing collective bargaining agreements. Experience with interest-based negotiations and problem solving strongly preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills. Must have excellent presentation skills. Project management skills in a multiple location/unit environment.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive matters.
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

SLAC employee competencies:

  • Effective Decisions: Uses job knowledge and solid judgment to make quality decisions in a timely manner.
  • Self-Development: Pursues a variety of venues and opportunities to continue learning and developing.
  • Dependability: Can be counted on to deliver results with a sense of personal responsibility for expected outcomes.
  • Initiative: Pursues work and interactions proactively with optimism, positive energy, and motivation to move things forward.
  • Adaptability: Flexes as needed when change occurs, maintains an open outlook while adjusting and accommodating changes.
  • Communication: Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages
  • Relationships: Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve.

Physical requirements and Working conditions:

  • Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Work standards:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for environment, safety and security; communicates related concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. Meets the applicable roles and responsibilities as described in the ESH Manual, Chapter 1-General Policy and Responsibilities: http://www-group.slac.stanford.edu/esh/eshmanual/pdfs/ESHch01.pdf
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, . Policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, .


  • Classification Title: Employee and Labor Relations Specialist 1
  • Job code: 4681, Grade: J
  • Employment Duration: regular continuing

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All staff at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. SLAC is an E-Verify employer.


Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5+ years
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