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Senior Labor Relations Advocate

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Administrative | livermore, CA | 10/13/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

The Staff Relations Division has an opening for a Senior Labor Relations Advocate.  Under minimal direction, you will serve as professional administrative staff to Laboratory management in all aspects of staff relations; developing, implementing, and interpreting relevant policies, procedures, and programs as appropriate. You will exercise independent judgment and discretion in determining objectives and approaches to assignments and will interact with managers, supervisors, employees, and external agencies as appropriate. You will represent the Laboratory in arbitration and unemployment insurance hearings.   

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role you will 

  • Conduct informal and formal internal investigations, facilitate communication between disputing parties, and oversee that legal requirement are met to minimize exposure to liability such as sexual harassment complaints and other related issues.
  • Using expert knowledge of staff relations areas, provide advice and counsel to managers, supervisors and employees regarding complex work-related issues and personnel management such as corrective action, employment and privacy regulations, workers compensation, and disability management/accommodation, in order to ensure compliance with the law and Laboratory policies.
  • Respond to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) discrimination complaints.
  • Manage the internal employee complaint procedure and represent Laboratory in outside arbitration hearing(s).
  • Develop, present and facilitate training programs on labor relations and employment related matters such as sexual harassment prevention, interpersonal problem solving, complaint resolution, performance management, HIPAA, Privacy and supervisory training.
  • Present proposals and analysis to Laboratory senior executive management and recommend sound, practical solutions to complex issues.
  • Represent the Laboratory in EDD unemployment hearings, both commercial and labor negotiations, administration of Labor contracts, arbitration cases and collective bargaining.
  • Provide guidance on matters involving temporary and permanent accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
  • Interpret personnel policies and procedures and coordinate with Office of General    Counsel attorney and legal staff in the development, update, and interpretation of Laboratory policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the H13.5 level

  • Provides strategic guidance in the development, update and interpretation of Laboratory procedures including the integration or adoption of industry practices or applicable regulatory changes.
  • Chief negotiator in labor relations/collective bargaining, negotiates contract with unions, administers and manages union agreements; administers and manages union agreements.
  • Set the direction of Staff Relations programs. Plans and manages the development and implementation of institutional Staff Relations projects and programs through project leads, with heavy emphasis on providing work direction, coordinating resources, and scheduling.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship
  • Juris Doctorate (JD) or Graduate Degree in labor and industrial relations or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Extensive working and practical knowledge of theory, practices, and methods related to employee/labor relations.
  • Experience conducting internal investigations into employment, labor and discrimination complaints and concerns.
  • Advanced knowledge and significant experience interpreting and applying regulatory requirements and state and federal and extensive experience relating management philosophy to labor relations and management practices.
  • Extensive experience in presenting cases at hearings, i.e., arbitration and unfair labor practice hearings.
  • Advanced experience conducting research, investigating alternative solutions, and recommending solutions for all areas of staff relations issues/problems.
  • Advanced experience facilitating conflict and dispute resolution using mediation intervention and conflict management techniques.
  • Advanced experience conducting training to employees and managers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, flexibility, and experience working as independently and as a team player with the ability to effectively interact with all levels of management within LLNL and other agencies as necessary.

Additional qualifications at the H13.5 level

  • Experience working with key management and personnel developing strategic guidance in labor and employment policies and procedures.
  • Extensive experience with labor relations/collective bargaining including negotiating, administering, and managing union contracts.
  • Experience supervising integrated projects and/or directing staff on institutional and diverse projects and programs.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

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