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Labor Relations Advocate

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Administrative | livermore, CA | 05/11/2023

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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.

Pay Range
$150,240.00  - $186,528.00  Annually

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

The Staff Relations Office (SRO) has an opening for a Labor Relations Advocate.  Under minimal direction, this position 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.  This individual 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.  This individual will represent the Laboratory in arbitration and unemployment insurance hearings.   Will report to Staff Relations Division Manager in the Director's Office Directorate

In this role you will 

  • Represent the Laboratory in both commercial and labor arbitration cases.
  • Represent the Laboratory in unemployment insurance hearings.
  • Counsel managers and supervisors on corrective action and other personnel issues.
  • Conduct formal investigations on sexual harassment complaints and other related issues.
  • Respond to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) discrimination complaints.
  • Administer the internal employee complaint procedures.
  • Advise management employment and privacy regulations
  • Represent the Laboratory in Labor negotiations and contract administration.
  • Develop and present training programs on labor relations and employment related matters.
  • Implement Laboratory communication and educational programs on designated topics, e.g., Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Develop and recommend policy and procedures.
  • Coordinate with Office of General Counsel attorneys and legal staff - Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies.


  • 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.
  • Ability to conduct internal Investigations into employment, labor and discrimination complaints and concerns.
  • Thorough knowledge of labor and related laws and regulations 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.
  • Demonstrated background in labor relations.
  • Experience working independently with a minimum of supervision.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills, flexibility, and experience working as a team player.
  • Demonstrated ability to make presentations and conduct training classes.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with all levels of management within LLNL and other agencies as necessary

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.




Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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.

Beware of Fraudulent Recruiting Advertisements. LLNL’s hiring practices:

  • Never requires job applicants to pay an application/training fee or submit personal documents like bank account details, passport number, Social Security number, tax forms or credit card information as part of the application process. 
  • For interviews and to be granted access to a Federal facility, a LLNL employee will contact you directly to collect visa, passport number, and/or Social Security number.  To vet the authenticity of the employee please have them provide you their name and phone number and verify at
  • Involves at least one interview (virtual or in-person) and never interviews job applicants through chat platforms such as Google Hangouts, or via correspondence through text and instant messaging systems.
  • Only sends email communications to job applicants from domain “” or via their applicant tracking system, [email protected]. Occasionally LLNL uses third-party vendors that will contact you about job opportunities.  If a recruiter contacts you to apply, you will always be directed to our career page to apply through our career site.
  • Encourages all applicants to visit LLNL’s careers page at if they saw the job posting on another site prior to applying to ensure the job posting is accurate and valid.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

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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