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Labor Relations Program Manager and Policy Advisor (Chief Policy Advisor) - City of Redmond ( Job # 14-0039)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $7,683.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $10,358.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Human Resources
Closes: May 19, 2014 at 11:30 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The Labor Relations Program Manager and Policy Advisor provides leadership, strategic direction and has overall responsibility for the development and administration of the Labor Relations, Compensation and Benefits programs. This position is a technical and legal advisor with responsibility for research, analysis and interpretation in support of a wide variety of complex situations and issues. The incumbent partners across the organization to collaboratively develop and administer strategic direction to collective bargaining and policy/program development. The City has six bargaining units representing police, fire, professional, technical and clerical employees.

About the City:

The City of Redmond is committed to the principles of: customer service, high performance and continuous improvement. For this position, the City is seeking a leader who will: strategically plan for and implement the mission, vision and values of the organization; mentor, and engage employees; and ensure that performance expectations are consistent with City strategy and values.


Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Develops and administers Labor Relations, Compensation and Benefits programs.
  • Partners with the Human Resources Director on employee and labor relations investigations and resolution of grievances and arbitrations.
  • Oversees and manages the City’s total compensation package (benefits and compensation programs).
  • Develops contractual language for collective bargaining agreements.
  • Monitors and ensures compliance with organizational policies and procedures and federal, state, and local laws/regulations.
  • Researches, interprets, applies and communicates collective bargaining agreements, contracts, policies, and procedures, as well as applicable federal, state and local laws.
  • Hires, develops, evaluates and oversees assigned staff.

Knowledge of:  Federal and State employment laws and regulations, and public sector employment policies and procedures; labor negotiations and administration of collective bargaining agreements; complex compensation and classification analysis techniques, principles and procedures; benefit plan administration and principles; procedures of self-insured health and welfare plans; and Human Resources principles, practices, legal environment and trends.

Skill in:  Application and interpretation of employment legislation and regulations (e.g. FMLA, FLSA, ADA, etc.); problem solving, analysis and legal interpretation; verbal and written communication; strategic thinking, facilitation and leadership; interpreting contract language, regulations and laws; presenting statistical information in a useable and understandable format to diverse audiences; conflict resolution and consensus building; and leading, developing and mentoring employees.

Ability to:  Mentor, motivate and engage employees; align with the values, mission and goals of the City and with those of the Department; establish and maintain effective working relationships; develop business case arguments for a variety of issues related to human resources; articulate arguments; research, analyze and summarize complex labor, financial and policy data, communicate complex analysis results and difficult concepts to multiple audiences (e.g. unions, city officials, directors, employees, etc.); anticipate issues; attend to detail; establish a collaborative work environment conducive to teamwork; draft and develop written materials and documents; gain credibility with peers; and make difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions in the best interest of the organization.

Education and Experience:

A BA in Human Resources Management, Business or Public Administration, or other related field, and five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in public sector human resources are required, or any combination of education and experience that provides the desired knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential duties of the position. A JD is preferred.

Licenses and Requirements:

Valid Washington State driver's license by date of hire and have a driving record that meets City standards.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in an office environment.  May occasionally be asked to work additional hours. May travel to various City facilities for meetings.


The City of Redmond provides a generous benefits package including: medical, dental and vision benefits; paid sick leave, vacation and holidays; retirement; and life insurance.

City of Redmond Values:

Integrity:  We demonstrate sound, honest, truthful and consistent actions.

Accountability:  We take ownership of our actions and responsibilities.

Commitment to Service:  We are dedicated to seeking solutions for our community.

Selection Process:

Please submit cover letter and resume with your application.

Candidates who are selected to interview will be required to complete a Background Authorization Form.


City Hall
15670 NE 85th Street
Redmond, WA 98052