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3 Jun 2022

Full-Time Chief of Labor Relations

City of Long Beach – Posted by ryanwbcp Long Beach, California, United States

Job Description

Chief of Labor Relations

City of Long Beach

Salary: $151,200 to $189,000 DOE/DOQ

The City of Long Beach seeks a Chief of Labor Relations (Chief) to lead labor relations with the City’s twelve (12) recognized employee organizations, which cover 23 different bargaining units and represent over 6,000 City employees. The Chief will oversee six staff, a budget of roughly $1.07 million, and will have a strong understanding of the principles, practices, and techniques of public sector collective bargaining under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, in addition to personnel/HR administration, employee relations, recruitment, classification and compensation, labor relations, progressive discipline, Civil Service employment, ADA/interactive process, FMLA, FLSA, EEO compliance, and training and development. They will have a background in working with unions and negotiating labor contracts. The City is looking for a strong leader who can serve as an executive member of the Human Resources Department and provide counsel to the City’s management team on a variety of labor issues. The next Chief will have exemplary relationship-building skills, as this role involves maintaining effective working relationships with labor union representatives, department management personnel, public officials, and employees. They will provide guidance and lead the City’s labor negotiations and meet & confer processes. If you are a strategic thinker, have a strong grasp of labor relations, and want to work in an intellectually stimulating role, apply today!

See the full recruitment brochure here:



The Chief of Labor Relations leads the labor team within the Human Resources Department, overseeing an operational budget of approximately $1.07 million and six staff. Reporting directly to the Director of Human Resources, the Chief will focus on leading their team in union relations, meet and confer challenges, and contract negotiations. Currently, this role also provides executive oversight of the benefits and compliance divisions for the City, however, based on the selected candidate’s skills and interests, this may change. This position may provide executive oversight for any of the following functions in human resources based on their skills and expertise, including employee benefits administration and return to work, HRIS administration, and compliance. The City is eager to find an exemplary leader who can make this position their own and champion an effective labor relations process.



The ideal candidate will have labor relations, contract negotiation, and employee benefits experience. They will use a high degree of accuracy, independent judgment, and discretionary decision-making with respect to interpretation of Memorandums of Understanding (MOU), the Employer-Employee Relations Resolution, and Public Employment Relations Board rulings, in addition to City of Long Beach policies and procedures. The successful candidate will enjoy the autonomy this position allows, along with the unique challenges of working with 12 labor unions. They will be results-oriented, flexible to change, and customer-service-focused. The next Chief will also have the ability to analyze complex HR issues and use strategic thinking to develop sound and creative solutions. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills and establish effective working relationships with department managers, public officials, employees, and their representatives, as well as City employees and the public.


  • Graduation from an accredited university or college with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a directly related field
  • Minimum of three (3) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in human resources


  • A Professional in Human Resources (PHR), SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) Senior Certified Professional
  • Experience in a supervisory or lead capacity, ideally in a government setting


SALARY AND BENEFITS: Annual Salary of $151,200 to $189,000 DOE/DOQ (Job Classification: Labor Relations Bureau Manager) and an attractive benefits package.


HOW TO APPLY: For first consideration, APPLY by July 5th at



  • Interviews will be held virtually on July 22nd and in-person on July 29th (candidates invited to interview will need to be available for both days)


Please contact your recruiter, Sam Sackman, with any questions:

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

Job expires in 68 days.

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