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As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#111252 Labor Relations Specialist/Advocate

Filing Deadline: Mon 10/25/2021

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit:,-faculty-and-staff-issued-for-2021-2022.html

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 9/8/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 9/17/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Depending on the experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the Labor Relations Representative 3 or Labor Relations Representative 4 level.


This position is for a licensed attorney or experienced labor professional, and recently licensed attorneys will be considered.

The position involves establishing and maintaining satisfactory labor-management relations in a highly unionized healthcare environment. This includes monitoring and ensuring adherence to labor contract provisions, participating in system-wide and local negotiations, administering the grievance process and addressing questions from unions, employees and managers with specificity and from an enterprise perspective. Involves using labor relations concepts and skills, in conjunction with a broad understanding of labor/employment law principles and general union issues, to resolve matters of varying complexity.

The incumbent represents management in formal adversarial dispute resolution processes and will liaison with Health/Campus/University of California, Office of the President Attorneys as needed. This position answers to the Director of Health Labor Relations and is part of a highly integrated and tight-knit team of professionals. Candidates should possess initiative, intelligence, critical thinking/analytical skills, and a strong work ethic for this demanding environment. The ideal candidate should be comfortable with independent work assignments with general oversight of day-to-day activities with ability to identify opportunities for improvement in daily work functions.


  • Seven (7) years of related experience, education/training; OR a Bachelor’s degree in a related area plus three (3) years of related experience/training.

  • To be considered for the Labor Relations Representative 4 level, in addition to the above, you must have multiple years of labor relations experience, multiple years of employee relations experience in a unionized work environment, or a combination of specialty education/certifications/training.

  • Experience and proven success in a Labor Relations role or related function.

  • Demonstrated experience should include fact-finding and conducting formal investigations within a unionized environment or specialty education/certification/training related to field.

  • Proficient PC literacy, including Microsoft Office products.

  • Proven skill in analyzing information, problems, situations, practices and/or procedures to define the problem or objective, identify relevant concerns, identify patterns and relationships, formulate logical and objective conclusions, and recommend alternatives and their implications.

  • Strong skill in prioritizing competing work assignments, employing political acumen and integrating information to determine appropriate courses of action and their implications.

  • Excellent negotiation skills. Demonstrated skills and abilities in conflict resolution.

  • Must be able to maintain high degree of discretion, integrity, and sensitivity to confidentiality and privacy.


  • Licensed Attorney (JD) strongly preferred or Master's Degree in Labor/Industrial Relations.
  • Experience with formal grievance processes, litigation/arbitration and/or preparing for same.
  • Familiarity and experience with HEERA/PERB/EEOC/DFEH.
  • Experience with UC staff personnel policies/procedures and union contracts.
  • Healthcare Human Resources experience or other related work in a medical center environment.


  • Employment is subject to both a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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