Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$80,000 - $130,000 / Year
Greenwich Drive
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Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday- Friday

#125166 Employee Relations Specialist - Hybrid/Remote

Initial Review Date: Wed 9/27/2023

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.

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 and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

Depending on the experience of the identified candidate, this position will be filled at the Employee Relations Representative 3 or Employee Relations Representative 4 level.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/15/23 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 09/27/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will work a hybrid schedule which includes a combination of working both onsite at 6333 Greenwich Dr. and remote.


Reporting to the Employee Relations Director, the Employee Relations Specialist serves as an integral part of the Employee Relations team within Health Human Resources (HHR). HHR supports all of UC San Diego Health, which includes the Health System, UC San Diego School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and Student Health & Well-Being.

This position involves the administration of programs, procedures and plans related to employee workplace issues such as conduct, discipline, performance, communications, policies and procedures. Uses employee relations concepts and applies policies and procedures to resolve a variety of employee relations issues and situations. Provides guidance to all levels within the organization, utilizing specialized employee relations expertise within area of responsibility to resolve questions, concerns and grievances for a large, complex group of employees in creative and effective ways. Internal and external contacts often pertain to significant employee relations programs and objectives. Normally receives little direction on assignments.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Applies advanced employee relations specific concepts and skills to investigate formal and informal employee complaints (including whistleblower / UC hotline complaints) and develops recommendations on the organization's response to employees.

  • May conduct highly sensitive termination interviews, analyze separation statistics and make recommendations.

  • Ensures that legal and regulatory requirements are met in terms of employee relations to minimize exposure to liability for the organization.

  • Provides advice and counsel to managers on such issues as performance management, complex organizational changes, work place climate and other related areas.

  • Determines appropriate level of corrective action and discipline up to and including termination.

  • Responds to employee relations issues according to state and federal laws and union / labor contracts. Coordinates advanced analysis of complex issues and develops recommendations for integrated human resources solutions to clients.

  • Provides advice and counsel to assigned client groups on complex wide ranging employee relations issues. Provides information in response to complex Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

  • Works effectively with people from diverse cultures to provide employee relations related support.

  • Administers and interprets labor / union contracts.

  • Manages sensitive and confidential information in an appropriate manner.

  • Prioritizes work assignments, adapts to changing priorities, and conducts complex and varied analyses and develops resulting recommendations.

  • Reviews and analyzes a variety of human resources issues, e.g., policy revision proposals, internal procedures and practices.

  • Coordinates with Office of General Counsel and outside counsel to respond to employment litigation. Serves as a liaison between management and counsel.

  • Works effectively with people from diverse cultures to provide employee relations related support.

  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


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

  • Proven knowledge of employee relations field and related/other subject areas of HR.

  • Experience and proven success performing employee relations functions, ideally within in a large, complex organization.

  • Excellent communication skills. Provides written analyses, recommendations and presentations to various audiences, including leadership.

  • Strong knowledge of applicable federal and state labor laws and regulations.

  • Thorough knowledge associated with administering labor/ union contracts, dispute resolution, grievance procedures and facilitation and mediation processes.

  • Highly effective analytical, problem solving, critical thinking and organizational and advanced computer skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle extremely sensitive, difficult or volatile situations / individuals effectively.


  • University of California experience.

  • SPHR or SHRM-SCP certification.


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

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $59,700 - $124,300 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $28.59 - $59.53

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).

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

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

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, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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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.

UC San Diego Health 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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