City of Seattle Employee and Labor Relations Specialist in Seattle, Washington

The Employee and Labor Relations Specialist is a trusted advisor who builds the capacity of supervisors to manage effectively within a union environment. This position provides support within SeattleDepartment of Transportationfor labor policy and procedures; works directly with management and staff to administer labor agreements, assists with disciplinary processes and provides expert-level consultation and guidance to managers and staff on a variety of workplace issues. We are looking for a labor relations professional who has successfully provided consultation on, and managed, complex workplace and employee issues in a manner that ensures consistency, equity, fairness, preservation of employee rights, effective decision-making and mitigates organizational risk. The position reports to the SDOT Director of HR.

Job Responsibilities:

The primary job functions of the Employee and Labor Relations Specialist are:

  • Work closely with management and human resource staff to proactively respond to labor issues, employee-related issues, and union concerns. Coach and counsel on a broad range of human resource issues related to SeattleDepartment of Transportation'sunion relationships and collective bargaining agreements. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with SDOT employees, City Labor Relations staff, managers and union stewards and business agents.
  • Provide consultation and support to management on a broad range of issues related to SeattleDepartment of Transportation'sunion relationships and collective bargaining agreements. Support daily operations by providing interpretative guidance of collective bargaining agreements, department policies and Personnel Rules.
  • Counsel management regarding labor and related policies, procedures and union agreements including progressive discipline and fact finding investigations. Make recommendations for next steps ensuring consistency and adherence to applicable standards.
  • Plan and prepare materials for grievances, arbitrations, labor/management initiatives and collective bargaining negotiations. Provide analysis, reference documents and statistical data concerning labor legislation, prevailing union and management practices, established business processes and operational benchmarks.
  • Administer human resource programs and protocols mandated by law, Personnel Rules, department policy and/or collective bargaining agreements. Program oversight responsibilities include eligibility for employment, professional certification, motor vehicle licensure and operator requirements, and fitness for duty.
  • Provide support in labor-management settings, facilitating discussions between labor and management. Facilitate and support labor-management meetings ensuring follow-through on identified action items and communication plans.
  • Respond to information requests and compile documentation for various administrative proceedings. Responsible for SDOT's response to unemployment claims, including responding to and attending appeal hearings.
  • Monitor and track disciplinary actions using human resource information systems and databases. Produces reports and queries as required.

A successful candidate will be committed to applying the principles and practice of human resources to build internal capacity to support the department and City's strategic objectives. The ability to build relationships based on trust and credibility is critical to success in this consultative role. Sound judgment, professional and personal credibility; the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships at all levels of the organization and with union representatives; exceptional writing, research and analytical skills coupled with expert level knowledge of labor relations are required to be successful in the role.

Education: A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in business or public administration, human resource management or a related field.

Experience: Three years increasingly responsible professional-level experience in an employee relations, labor relations, human resource business partner, human resource generalist, or human resource manager.

Education/Experience Equivalency: Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements.

Certification:Certification of human resource technical competency by the Society of Human Resource Management, the HR Certification Institute, the Human Capital Institute or other human resource accreditation organization is preferred.

Job offers are contingent on review of criminal history as well as verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application process.

Additional Information:

Hiring Process:

Applications are reviewed continuously. Complete or submit the following to be considered for this outstanding opportunity:

  1. NEOGOV online (or paper) application
  2. Supplemental questionnaire
  3. A cover letter AND rsum

Your application may be rejected if these items are missing or incomplete. Simply providing a cover letter and rsum is not a substitute for completing the application itself.

Job offer is contingent upon verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process and may include an oral interview, reference and criminal history background check, medical exam, and a review of driving history.

Who May Apply: This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The Seattle Human Resources Department values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans and those with diverse life experiences.

Questions? Please contact Steven Durant at

Learn more about Seattle Department of Transportation by visiting our webpage.

Job Title: Employee and Labor Relations Specialist

Job Number: 2017-01204

Salary: $45.87 - $53.25 Hourly

Location: Bank of America Plaza, 800 5th Ave, 31st Floor, Seattle, Washington

Job Type: Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time

Shift: Day

Department: Seattle Department of Transportation

Bargaining Unit: Not represented

Closing Date/Time: Continuous