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Labor Relations Advocate

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Administrative | livermore, CA | 07/11/2023

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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 important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$150,240 - $186,528 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

We're looking for a Labor Relations Advocate in the Staff Relations Division.  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 report to the Staff Relations Manager in the Director’s Office.

You will 

  • Represent the Laboratory in both commercial and labor arbitration cases, unemployment insurance hearings and outside agency complaints.
  • Counsel managers and supervisors on corrective action and other personnel issues.
  • Administer the internal employee complaint procedures and conduct formal investigations regarding discrimination, sexual harassment complaints and other related issues.
  • Respond to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Department of Labor (DOL) and the California Rights Department (CRD) discrimination complaints.
  • Review, draft, interpret, and recommend Laboratory Policies and Procedures. 
  • Advise management on employment and privacy regulations.
  • Represent the Laboratory in Labor negotiations and Labor Contract administration.
  • Develop and present training programs on labor relations and employment related matters and implement Laboratory communication and educational programs on designated topics, e.g. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Coordinate with Office of General Counsel attorneys and legal staff, and with Office of Laboratory Oversight.
  • Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies.​​​
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • 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 in-person 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 and expertise in employment and labor relations.
  • Experience working independently with a minimum of supervision.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, flexibility, and experience working as a team player.
  • 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 Flexible Term appointment, which is for a definite period not to exceed six years.  If final candidate is a Career Indefinite employee, Career Indefinite status may be maintained (should funding allow).

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.

How to identify fake job advertisements

Please be aware of recruitment scams where people or entities are misusing the name of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to post fake job advertisements. LLNL never extends an offer without a personal interview and will never charge a fee for joining our company. All current job openings are displayed on the Career Page under “Find Your Job” of our website. If you have encountered a job posting or have been approached with a job offer that you suspect may be fraudulent, we strongly recommend you do not respond.

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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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