Labor Relations Officer

City of Sacramento


Sacramento, CA 95814-2604


$85,318 – $127,977
per year


The City of Sacramento's Human Resources Department is seeking a knowledgeable and motivated Labor Relations professional to join their dynamic team as a Labor Relations Officer. Labor Relations is the primary contact between the City's twelve (12) autonomous departments and the recognized labor organizations (i.e., unions) which represent City employees. The ideal candidate will possess strong oral and written communication skills capable of articulating both the interests of the City and their own understanding of an issue to ensure clarity and consistency in their interactions; the ability to build and maintain trusting interpersonal relationships by utilizing effective conflict resolution techniques; and the capacity to function as a diplomatic representative of the City in collective bargaining meetings, discipline hearings, arbitration, and other similar venues. This position will require that the incumbent possess a functional knowledge of relevant labor related state and federal statutes and regulations including, but not limited to, the California Peace Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (POBR), the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act (FBOR), employee rights provided under NLRB v. Weingarten, Inc., the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA).


Under general direction, the Labor Relations Officer performs advanced, professional labor relations work; provides technical assistance and advises department managers on disciplinary matters and contract interpretations; performs labor relations research and analysis; prepares and presents grievance and interest arbitration cases; helps assure Citywide compliance with labor relations contractual agreements, City employment policies, and applicable federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and codes; and serves as chief negotiator with assigned bargaining units.


This advanced journey-level classification is populated with multiple incumbents. The Labor Relations Officer performs employee relations duties working with significant independent judgment toward established goals. Labor Relations Officer is distinguished from the next higher classification of Labor Relations Manager in that the latter is primarily defined by its supervisory/management role and general responsibility for day-to-day work with departments and contract administration. Labor Relations Officer is distinguished from the next lower level classification of Labor Relations Analyst in that the latter does not have chief negotiator responsibility and does not independently perform grievance and arbitration related duties.


General direction is provided by the Labor Relations Manager. Responsibilities may include supervision of professional, technical, and/or other support positions. 


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all the listed duties and/or may be required to perform related duties as needed:

  • Provides City officials, department managers, and employees with appropriate information, technical assistance, and recommendations regarding a wide variety of labor and personnel management issues; analyzes, interprets, and explains provisions of labor agreements, labor law, and City policies/procedures regarding labor relations issues; coordinates related actions and outcomes with all involved parties as required.
  • Helps assure consistent and uniform application of the disciplinary process Citywide when required; advises department managers and supervisors regarding their options and recommends an appropriate course of action; conducts and participates in fact-finding investigations; evaluates evidence; assists managers in implementing disciplinary actions where needed.
  • Participates in the meet-and-confer process, either during the contract labor negotiation process and/or on individual matters; meets with department managers prior to bargaining sessions in order to identify management concerns and possible proposals; analyzes the impacts and costs of proposals and makes recommendations for City positions; serves as Chief Negotiator at the bargaining table for a specific bargaining session, unit, or other meeting; informs the Labor Relations Manager, Director of Human Resources, City Manager, City Council, and others on the status of the bargaining process as needed.
  • Advises and may represent department managers regarding labor grievances and arbitration cases; investigates issues and proposes remedies; may render decisions on behalf of City management as a Step III grievance officer; develops and conducts training programs for managers, supervisors, and others regarding labor relations issues; recommends the development of labor relations and/or human resources policies and procedures.
  • Plans, assigns, trains, directs, and evaluates the work of subordinate staff, including other Labor Relations professionals, if appropriate.
  • Participates on committees, boards, and/or task forces, if assigned; attends meetings, conferences, and workshops as assigned; may represent the City's position in front of various boards, commissions, and individuals; prepares complex narrative and statistical reports, correspondence, and other documents; may make presentations to City officials and others; performs special projects.
  • Provides exceptional customer service to those contacted in the course of work.
  • Other related duties may also be performed; not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual holding this classification.

Job Requirements

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of modern public administration.
  • Analytical processes and procedures.
  • Federal and State laws pertaining to labor relations and human resources management in the public sector.
  • Advanced principles and practices of collective bargaining and labor contract administration; advanced negotiating strategies, tactics, and impasse procedures; advanced methods of grievance investigation/resolution and arbitration.
  • Advanced principles and practices of human resources management, supervision, and training, including principles of employee discipline.
  • Grievance and arbitration hearing procedures sufficient to prepare and present testimony, argue the case, including the opening and closing statement and examination of witnesses, and draft a post hearing brief.
  • Public relations practices and techniques.
  • Research methods; report writing techniques; statistical concepts and methods.
  • Principles and techniques of project management.

Skill in:

  • Use of modern office equipment, including computers, computer applications, and software.

Ability to:

  • Understand, analyze, interpret, and act upon a variety of complex labor relations and human resources issues in accordance with applicable labor agreements, legal requirements, and policies.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with labor representatives, public officials, public/private agencies, and the general public on a variety of issues.
  • Supervise subordinate personnel, including professional, technical, and clerical staff.
  • Meet critical deadlines; make sound decisions under pressure.
  • Prepare and present complex narrative and statistical reports, correspondence, and other documents.
  • Formulate and draft management contract proposals and/or portions thereof.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.


Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Four years of experience performing advanced professional employee relations, labor relations, or human resources work.


A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in industrial relations, human resources, public or business administration, or a closely related field.

A Master's degree in one of the above educational fields may substitute for one year of the required experience.

Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis.


Proof of education such as college transcripts, degrees, or certificates must be submitted to the City of Sacramento Employment Office in person, as an attachment(s) to the online application, or fax to (916) 596-1556 by the final filing deadline. If submitting in person or via fax, please include your name and Recruitment #020036-19-2 on your documents.

An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. This evaluation must be submitted before you will be considered for any positions.


Driver License:

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


Physical Conditions:

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; to operate a motor vehicle and visit various City and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and or operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information.

Environmental Conditions:

Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may interact with members of the public or with staff under emotionally stressful conditions while interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Working Conditions:

May be required to attend meetings outside of regular working hours.

How to Apply


Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders. All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the applicant inbox. 
1. Application: (Pass/Fail) – All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application to the Employment Office by the final filing deadline:

  • Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted. 
  • Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified: 
    • If applicants do not list current and past job-related experience in the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on 40 hours per week (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week)
    • If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section.  
  • Proof of required education and/or degree equivalency must be submitted online with your application, emailed to, delivered in person, or sent to the Employment Office by fax or mail by the final filing deadline. 

2. Supplemental Questionnaire: (Pass/Fail) – In addition to the City of Sacramento employment application, all applicants must complete and submit online responses to the supplemental questionnaire:

  • Responses to the supplemental questionnaire must be submitted online; paper questionnaire will not be accepted.  
  • Incomplete supplemental questionnaire will not pass the review process; omitted information cannot be considered or assumed. 
  • A resume will not substitute for the information required in the supplemental questionnaire. 
  • Possession of the minimum qualifications is not necessarily a guarantee of further advancement in the selection process. 

3.  Screening Committee: (Pass/Fail)– Human Resources will evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications stated on the job announcement.
4. Interview Process: Human Resources will forward qualified applications to the hiring department. Those determined to be the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an interview process. The Director will review the results, if necessary conduct additional interviews, and forward the recommendation to the City Manager's Office for final action. 
5. Conditional Hire: Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete and pass LiveScan/fingerprinting. If applicable, candidates may also need to pass a pre-employment medical exam, controlled substance and/or alcohol test, and possess any required licensure or certification prior to receiving a start date from the Department. Failure to meet these prerequisites will be grounds for withdrawal of your conditional offer of employment. 


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