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Associate Director of Labor and Employee Relations

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Diego
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Human Resources

Position Summary

The Center for Human Resources celebrates diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We strive to recruit and retain highly-skilled and compassionate leaders.  By prioritizing listening and learning, engaging in critical conversations, and thoughtfully considering the needs of our diverse community, we are creating a culture of belonging. We aim to offer opportunities for advancement and foster an inclusive environment so that all are valued and empowered to thrive.

The Associate Director for Labor and Employee Relations serves as the principal staff labor relations representative for San Diego State University.  Within the CSU context, collective bargaining is led by the CSU Chancellor’s Office with input and participation from campus administration.  The Associate Director for Labor and Employee Relations manages campus labor-management relations; implements and administers collective bargaining agreements; and coordinates, guides, and participates in CSU Chancellor’s Office-led bargaining on campus-specific issues.  

The Associate Director for Labor and Employee Relations maintains constructive working relationships with union representatives and leaders.  These relationships are achieved and maintained through principled conduct, clear communication, accessibility, and reliability.   The Associate Director for Labor and Employee Relations is consultative and collaborative, responsive to union interests and concerns, and transmits union perspectives to management and executive leadership.  The Associate Director for Labor and Employee Relations serves as the management lead for Labor Management Committees and serves on safety committees and other ad hoc committees involving union representatives.

The Associate Director for Labor and Employee Relations manages grievance procedures, providing advisory support to management, maintaining timely and compliant review procedures, serving as a hearing officer, issuing institutional responses, and participating in arbitration hearings.  

The Associate Director for Labor and Employee Relations supports management in addressing a myriad of organizational and supervisory issues and provides expert consultation on labor relations principles and implementation of collective bargaining agreements.  The Associate Director also advises management on employee performance and conduct issues, guides or participates in the investigation of workplace issues, prepares and implements disciplinary actions, and participates in discipline due process.  

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits-eligible, at-will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation.  Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs. 

Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant professional experience in human resources or labor and employee relations or a related field or equivalent experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position. A strong commitment to diversity and inclusion with demonstrated success working effectively with diverse individuals and communities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree, Juris Doctorate, or other advanced degree in a relevant field
  • Prior experience working directly with union representatives and leaders
  • Experience providing advisory support to management
  • Experience administering and interpreting collective bargaining agreements, including the handling of grievances
  • Experience with employee discipline and due process

Compensation and Benefits

San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.  San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:

  • Extensive Leave benefits: 14 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;
  • Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;
  • An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and
  • California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent

Supplemental Information

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply quickly.  SDSU will conduct an expedited search and selection process to fill this critical position. Application materials including cover letters, resumes, and diversity statements detailing their commitment and/or contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion will be considered upon submission. To receive full consideration, apply by June 4, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Casie Martinez at 619-273-3343 or





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