Job Description

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Hiring Pay Scale
$100,000 - $190,000 / Year
Greenwich Drive
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Days, 8 hour shifts, Monday- Friday

#125795 Labor Relations Advocate

Filing 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.

Depending on the experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the Labor Relations Representative 4 or Labor Relations Representative 5 level.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/23/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


This position is for a licensed attorney or very experienced labor relations professional. The position involves establishing and maintaining positive labor-management relations in a highly unionized healthcare environment.

You will be responsible for an individual case load and have duties such as litigating arbitrations, administering the grievance process from intake through appeal, monitoring and ensuring management and union adherence to labor contract provisions, actively participating in MOU negotiating sessions at the local and UC System-wide level, 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 independently resolve matters of varying complexity.

The successful applicant will also have general familiarity with Federal and State Labor Laws and the ability to negotiate final settlement agreements with governmental agencies, union attorneys and/or other claimants and their counsel. This role is also responsible for providing advice and guidance to the Health Human Resources department and personnel.

This position represents management in formal adversarial dispute resolution processes and will liaison with Health/Campus or UCOP 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 working independently as well as with a team of legal professionals with general oversight of day-to-day activities and ability to identify opportunities for improvement in daily work functions.


  • Juris Doctorate (JD) degree required; background in labor/employment litigation and/or familiarity with human resources or related field desired. Non-JD applicants may be considered if experience includes formulating labor relations strategies and serving in a lead capacity conducting highly complex negotiations with a significant degree of autonomy.

  • To be considered at the Labor Relations Representative 5 level, must be a licensed attorney.

  • Labor or Employee Relations experience with proven success in a like function, including Labor & Employment/Workers Comp/EEOC type roles (trial and/or other litigation experience will also be considered).

  • Experience should include fact-finding and conducting formal investigations within a unionized environment, proven arbitration or litigation skills, mediation and/or labor contract negotiation experience, formal settlement negotiation and drafting, among other skillsets.

  • Solid 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.

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


  • Licensed Attorney in California.
  • Experience with union litigation/arbitration and/or preparing for same.
  • Familiarity and experience with HEERA/PERB/EEOC/Ca. Dept. of Civil Rights.
  • Experience with UC staff personnel policies/procedures and union contracts.
  • Healthcare Human Resources experience.


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

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.

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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