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University of California Santa Cruz
  • Position Number: 3752598
  • Location: Scotts Valley, CA
  • Position Type: Human Resources

Labor Relations Supervisor

Location: Scotts Valley
Job ID: 47202

Hybrid Remote position. The number of days working in-person to be discussed at the interview. 



UC Vaccination Policy: With limited exceptions, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for Covered Individuals under the Policy. Covered Individuals include all employees, students, or trainees who physically access a University facility or program in connection with their employment, appointment, or education/training.

Covered Individuals do NOT include employees who work 100% remotely with NO expectation that they will physically access any University location or program at ANY time. If 100% remote work ends, the employee is subject to policy.



UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. The department continues to accept new applications for this position.



UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.



Staff Human Resources (SHR) is dedicated to building a strong and healthy university by propelling the university mission, engaging and developing people, empowering our campus partners, building trust and teamwork and providing excellent Human Resource services. SHR is responsible for providing leadership to the campus and Staff Human resources (SHR), in the areas of Benefits, Business Administration, Compensation/Classification, HR Business systems, Learning & Development, Talent Acquisition,Operations and Employee & Labor Relations. Employee & Labor Relations (ELR) serves as a professional resource to managers, supervisors and employees for work related issues, serves as a liaison to campus labor unions, and represents the campus in employment matters and system-wide contract negotiations.

More information can be found here:



Under the general direction of the ELR Director or Desginee, the Labor Relations Supervisor serves as the campus expert for staff labor relations matters. The individual provides expert level professional analysis, consultation,coaching and training to campus clients on organizational development,strategic planning, policy and regulatory compliance, interpretation and application of labor contracts, and resolution of workplace problems. Works collaboratively and establishes highly effective working relationships with clients, campus constituents, and union representatives. Provides campus advocacy and representation on employee and/or labor relations matters. The position may lead fact finding investigations and represents the university at arbitration, mediation, and appeal hearings. This position supervises two Labor Relations Advocates.



Salary Information: Salary Range: $130,000 - $147,000/annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:
  • Full-time, Fixed
  • Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
  • Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
  • Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus

Union Representation: Non-Represented

Job Code Classification: LABOR REL REPR 5 (000261)

Travel:  Up to 25% of the time



45% - Analysis and Consultation
  • Functions as a team leader to build consensus in a collaborative manner among diverse entities (for example, management, employees, and union representatives).
  • Leads and conducts extremely complex and varied analyses of issues or concepts and develops resulting recommendations.
  • Advises organization managers and human resource professionals on labor relations and employment law implications relating to extremely complex individual and system-wide issues or courses of action.
  • Responsible for administering extremely complex collective bargaining agreements and for interpreting the agreements.
  • Works with all levels of management to recommend position on settlement options.

40% - Bargaining and Advocacy
  • Applies expert labor relations concepts to represent the organization's objectives at the bargaining table and has authority to make binding agreements with all unions, utilizing an understanding of system-wide goals and priorities. Leads all levels of negotiations in various bargaining units. Represents the system in system-wide bargaining, and has authority to commit UC to system-wide and local agreements.
  • Represents the organization in proceedings, grievances and arbitrations.

10% - Lead and Supervision
Functions as a lead on the Employee and Labor Relations team and supervises three labor
relations advocates.

5% - Projects and training
Plan and deliver customized presentations to build and develop skills of staff and management. Train on topics associated with campus programs, collective bargaining agreements, policies, procedures, and best practices.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience and/or training.
  • Possesses expert analytical skills to conduct analysis and develop recommendations, demonstrating organization and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrates expert knowledge of system-wide, campus and / or medical center policies and procedures; expert knowledge of functional area and understands how work impacts other areas in Human Resources and the system.
  • Has expert knowledge of labor relations function and other subject areas of human resources.
  • Exhibits expert knowledge of legal requirements needed to minimize exposure.
  • In-depth knowledge of other areas in human resources; capable of developing, interpreting, implementing and administering organization-wide human resources policies and processes.
  • Demonstrates the expert level skills necessary to bargain complex issues involving significant costs to the university and represents its interests effectively.
  • Possesses highly developed skills to provide guidance to managers and employees on complex and significant labor relations issues.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and administering performance management systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle the most difficult or volatile situations /individuals effectively.
  • Demonstrates skills and abilities in conflict and change management.
  • Has highly developed written, verbal and presentation skills for presenting and communicating complex information to managers at varying levels in the organization on labor relations issues.
  • Has expert knowledge of dispute resolution and grievance procedures and expert knowledge of administering and ensuring adherence to labor / union contracts.
  • Ability to supervise, train and lead team members.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities.


  • Master's degree in a related field, or Juris Doctorate degree
  • SHRM, IPMA, CALPELRA certifications, and/or certificate in alternative dispute resolution
  • Experience in higher education


  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
  • Ability to work long periods of time at a computer with or without accommodation.
  • Will be required to work a hybrid work schedule, days of the week and number of days to be determined, and be able to fulfill requirements of the UCSC telecommuting agreement.
  • Selected candidate will be required to complete training within established time frames as directed including UC compliance training.
  • Ability to travel within a defined regional or service area.
  • The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.
  • Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here.



All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.



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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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