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Manager of Employee Relations

Oakland, California 94607
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Manager of Employee Relations

Salary Info: $132,648 - $191,592 Annually, Plus Excellent Benefits + Retirement

Opens online at www.ebmud.com/jobs on Monday, June 8, 2020

Online applications must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday, July 3, 2020

Internal Reference # 20-059


East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) supplies water and provides wastewater treatment for parts of Alameda and Contra Costa counties in the East San Francisco Bay Area. Headquartered in Oakland, our mission is to provide reliable, high-quality services for our customers, to exercise responsible stewardship over the natural resources with which we are entrusted, and to protect the environment for future generations.


EBMUD has approximately 1,950 employees. Most employees are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Locals 444 and 2019; the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21; and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 39.


EBMUD seeks an Employee Relations Manager with a demonstrated record of achievement to lead its agency-wide Employee Relations Program and Division within the Human Resources Department. Working with elected policy makers, managers, supervisors, employees, and unions, this position is a key member of EBMUD's management team and is responsible for all EBMUD employer-employee relations activities including oversight of the collective bargaining process with four labor unions that represent a majority of the workforce.


Competitive candidates will have extensive knowledge of public sector employee and labor relations and possess a collaborative, inclusive, yet decisive management style that facilitates positive working relationships with stakeholders, effective problem-solving, and outcomes that support the overall good of the organization. They should possess strong integrity and sound judgment, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to listen attentively, persuade, and act with diplomacy. They should be able to manage conflict, diffuse difficult situations, and juggle multiple priorities. They should also have strong analytical skills and the ability to attend to details without losing big-picture focus.


EBMUD's Employee Relations Manager supervises a staff of Human Resources Analysts and clerical support that provide employee relations consultation and support to operating departments in areas such as discipline and grievance processing and contract negotiations. The Employee Relations Manager also supervises the Human Resources Regulatory Coordinator who is responsible for reasonable accommodation, interactive processes, DOT testing program, leave management (such as FMLA/CFRA), and other HR regulatory matters. Through regular consultation and advice to managers and supervisors, the Manager and staff assure legal compliance, consistency, and equity in employee relations applications across EBMUD departments.


The annual salary is $132,648 up to $191,592. Initial placement within the range is based upon qualifications. Appointment is typically made at or below the control point ($172,440 per year). 

EBMUD offers an excellent benefits program that includes: paid vacation, holidays and sick leave; family health insurance coverage; family dental and vision care plans; retirement plan (reciprocal with CalPERS); 401(k), 401(a) and 457(b) tax-deferred retirement plans; transit subsidy; tuition reimbursement; and opportunities for professional growth including training and career development.


Any combination of education and experience that has led to the acquisition of the knowledge and abilities indicated above. Typical means of acquiring the essential knowledge and abilities is a combination of training and experience equivalent to:

  1. A bachelor's degree or its equivalent; and

  2. Seven years of progressively responsible experience in employee or labor relations, three years of which must have been in public sector employer-employee relations that includes significant experience negotiating agreements with labor unions, and two years of supervisory experience.

Submit a completed EBMUD application and the required supplemental question responses online at www.ebmud.com/jobs by 4:30 p.m., Friday, July 3, 2020. Only application materials submitted online during the filing period will be accepted.


EBMUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability


Job Hotline: (510) 287-0742



  • Energy / Utilities / Oil & Gas
Posted: 2020-06-05 Expires: 2020-07-05

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