Job Description

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Hiring Pay Scale
$124,000 - $139,000/Year
Hybrid Remote
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#124115 Employee Relations Specialist

Extended Deadline: Tue 12/12/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

This position offers a hybrid work arrangement, which includes a combination of onsite and remote work.

This recruitment will remain open until filled.


Human Resources advances a culture of inclusion and innovation by attracting top talent, building a high-performing workforce, developing skilled leaders, and fostering a vibrant and engaging climate for the people of UC San Diego. We provide campus employees with the full range of personnel services and participate in systemwide policy and decision-making. Human Resources includes CHRO Administration, Business and Fiscal Operations, and six functional domains: Talent Solutions; People Programs and Rewards; HR Strategy and Policy; People Support; Organization Effectiveness; and Data, Systems and Processes. HR Strategy and Policy includes the following units: Employee Relations, Labor Relations, Strategic Policy Coordination, HR Investigations and Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action.


Under the direction of the Employee Relations Operations Manager, the Employee Relations Specialist serves as a technical leader who provides guidance to all levels within the organization, utilizing specialized employee relations expertise within area of responsibility to resolve questions, concerns and grievances for individual employees and a large, complex group of employees in creative and effective ways. The Employee Relations Specialist functions with a very high degree of autonomy. Internal and external contacts often pertain to significant employee relations programs and objectives. Normally receives little direction on assignments. May serve in a lead capacity, providing guidance to other employee relations professionals. The incumbent manages sensitive and confidential information in an appropriate manner while reviewing and analyzing a variety of human resources issues including sensitive termination subjects and workplace climate related topics, performance management and organizational changes.

The Employee Relations Specialist serves as a resource to management to provide advice and counsel on subjects such as the appropriate level of corrective action, responses to issues that may raise difficult public relations concerns for the university and other sensitive topics. The incumbent will often work on unique issues/problems without precedent and/or established guidance. The incumbent also provides conflict management and work force modification services, provides litigation coordination, program education and research, all while completing special projects.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area or an equivalent combination of experience/training. J.D. preferred. Advanced knowledge of the employee relations function and other subject areas of human resources. Knowledge of current trends and developments in the field of human resources.

  • Demonstrated skills to provide guidance to managers and employees on complex and significant employee relations issues. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals and groups of management and staff to incorporate their ideas, adapt to their needs and to encourage them to accept actions and decisions to implement UCSD best practices.

  • Advanced knowledge of union/labor contracts. Demonstrated knowledge of employee relations laws and practices with knowledge of labor relations laws and practices in a collective bargaining environment.

  • Advanced knowledge of applicable state and federal laws and regulations. These include FLSA, EEO/AA, State Labor Code, ADA, Workers’ Compensation regulations, CRD, EEOC, FMLA and CFRA.

  • Understanding of the principles related to management, supervision and leadership to provide expert level advice and counsel. Demonstrated skills and abilities in leading management in the areas of conflict and change management. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals and groups of management and staff to assist them to incorporate change.

  • Demonstrated success in administering performance management systems and mentoring managers on the process of evaluating performance. Demonstrated knowledge of human resources practices in a large and highly complex organization including performance management programs.

  • Demonstrated skill in facilitating conflict resolution by negotiating and resolving disputes including effective techniques to persuade and influence others. Demonstrated ability to handle extremely difficult or volatile situations/individuals effectively.

  • Capable in developing, interpreting, implementing and administering organization-wide human resources policies and processes. Demonstrated skill to interpret and integrate theories and practices of management, training and development into effective human resources practices.

  • Advanced organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills to conduct analysis and develop recommendations. Demonstrated skill to interpret and integrate theories and practices of management, and training and development into effective human resources practices.

  • Strong creative and analytical skills to research, develop and evaluate multiple solutions that address diverse human resources management issues.

  • Demonstrated ability to exercise excellent judgment in responding to employee relations related requests. Demonstrated skill in developing programs that are client service driven.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills to effectively interact with the public, faculty, students and staff in daily operations and via formal presentations. Demonstrated interpersonal skills required to effectively interact with the public, faculty, students and staff in daily operations.

  • Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

  • Must be willing and able to travel. Must have access to reliable transportation.

  • As part of the regular responsibilities of this position, the incumbent sees confidential documents which are used by management in developing positions related to collective bargaining, attends meetings where management positions and strategy regarding collective bargaining issues are discussed, and gathers data important to the formulation of management positions in collective bargaining. Therefore this position is designated as confidential under HEERA.

  • This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and requires immediate reporting of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or neglect of anyone under the age of 18. It is the responsibility of the Mandated Reporter to ensure that they obtain proper training in order to fulfill their reporting responsibilities as required by the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and University policy, and to complete and submit the required reports to the UC San Diego Police Department without delay.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $71,000 - $160,000 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $34.00 - $76.63

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

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, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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