Ideally located on the Pacific Ocean south of Los Angeles and just west of Orange County, Long Beach is the seventh-largest city in the State of California. Offering all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city, coupled with its strong sense of community and pride, Long Beach is one of the most vibrant communities in the country. The City has been referred to as the “Most Diverse City” in the country by USA Today and one of the “Best Communities for Young People” two years in a row. With its ideal location in Southern California, year-round comfortable climate, healthy business environment, and far-ranging cultural pursuits, the City is alive with activity. Long Beach is home to an abundance of cultural and recreational options. Expansive beaches, three marinas, five golf courses, the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Queen Mary, and the annual Grand Prix of Long Beach serve to draw 6.5 million visitors a year. The City’s full-service commercial airport has preferred flight schedules, carriers, and overall accessibility that makes it the travel-friendly alternative to other Southern California airports. In addition, Los Angeles’ rail transit system, the most used light rail system in the country, connects the city to the entire region. Long Beach continues to make significant investments in its parks, beaches, streets, and other amenities (including a new city hall) indicative of the financial stability and health of the City.
Long Beach is a full-service Charter City governed by nine City Council members who are elected by district and a Mayor that is elected at large. Elected officials also include the City Attorney, City Auditor, and City Prosecutor. The Council Members and the Mayor are subject to a two-term limit, which allows them to serve for a maximum of eight years. The City Council appoints a City Manager and a City Clerk. The City Manager is responsible for the efficient administration of all City departments, excluding those under the direction of a separately elected official, Board, or Commission. The City of Long Beach provides all traditional public services. In addition to its traditional services, the City also maintains one of the world’s busiest seaports, which serves as a leading gateway for international trade. Long Beach also has its own full-service commercial airport and is one of only three cities in California with its own Health Department. Long Beach is supported by a total FY 2022 budget of approximately $3 billion, with the General Fund budget totaling $625 million. More than 5,900 full and part-time employees support municipal operations with the majority being represented by eleven employee associations. To learn more about the City of Long Beach, go to: www.longbeach.gov.
The Human Resources Department provides the full range of human resources supports services to 22 departments throughout the City. HR’s services include labor relations, employee relations, benefits, training, salary and classification administration, HRIS administration, oversight of personnel investigations, EEO compliance, occupational health services, risk management, and safety compliance. We believe that the City’s greatest assets are its employees, and take great pride in managing the systems that support a highly productive, innovative, caring, and customer-oriented workforce. Our mission is to provide leadership and operational support to City departments to enhance their ability to recruit and retain a qualified, diverse workforce and to effectively manage business risk. We are committed to being strategic partners with all departments to ensure that the City has the talent and resources needed to provide great services to the community.
The Human Resources Officer, Labor Relations is an at-will management position that reports to the Manager of Labor Relations and Benefits Administration. This position will assist in the conduct of negotiation of labor agreements and the meet and confer processes with the City’s twelve (12) recognized employee organizations. Although originally assigned to Labor Relations, this position may support any of the functions in human resources including employee relations, benefits, training, employee engagement salary, and classification administration, HRIS administration, oversight of personnel investigations, EEO and ADA compliance, occupational health services, risk management, and safety compliance. The Human Resources Officer uses a high degree of accuracy, independent judgment, and discretionary decision-making with respect to the memorandum of understandings (MOU), the Employer-Employee Relations Resolution interpretation, and Public Employment Relations Board rulings. The position responsibilities include:
- Plans, manages, and performs a variety of complex and difficult professional level duties in support of the City’s human resources functions including employee and labor relations, grievance procedures, and conducts pre-arbitration investigations to attempt to resolve contract disputes.
- Serve as chief spokesperson and/or participate as a member of the bargaining team at meet and confers and successor contract negotiations for assigned labor contracts, including pre-bargaining planning and preparation of implementation processes.
- Conducts analysis and makes recommendations on employee compensation, benefits, leaves, legislative changes, and other human-resource-related programs.
- Provides advice and counsel to departmental management on handling grievances, workplace disputes, and administering and interpreting negotiated labor agreements.
- Prepares executive-level analysis, graphs and visual presentations, and written reports on City labor relations matters for the City Council, the City Manager, and department heads.
- Provides effective supervision and leadership to staff and ensures that operational goals and objectives are being met.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate has strong analytical abilities, administrative skills and is capable of strategic and independent decision-making, and will implement policies, procedures, and processes through teamwork and collaboration. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of public personnel/HR administration, including employee relations, recruitment, classification and compensation, labor relations, progressive discipline, Civil Service employment, ADA/interactive process, FMLA, FLSA, EEO compliance, and training and development.
- Ability to facilitate adversarial meetings and employ conflict resolution techniques to reach an agreement.
- Working knowledge of federal and state employment and labor law, Civil Service Rules (or other public agency merit systems), human resources policies and procedures, and the ability to interpret for others complex guidelines, labor contracts, codes, regulations, and policies and procedures.
- Ability to analyze complex HR issues and develop sound and creative solutions.
- Results-oriented, flexible, innovative, strategic, resourcefulness, accepts accountability; energetic and customer service oriented.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with department managers, public officials, employees, and their representatives, as well as City employees and the public.
- Comfortable working situations that may be confrontational and adversarial.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills.
- Ability to be a spokesperson and represent City management in small and large group settings.
REQUIREMENTS TO FILE
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. A Professional in Human Resources (PHR), SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) Senior Certified Professional, is desired.
Minimum of three (3) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in human resources, including one (1) year of professional labor relations experience. Experience in a supervisory or lead capacity and in working in a government setting and/or unionized environment is preferred.
The City of Long Beach requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their first day of employment unless a medical or religious accommodation is approved by the City of Long Beach’s Human Resources Department.
This recruitment has been extended to December 9, 2021, (this position may close at any time after the first review). To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must submit a resume, cover letter that reflects the scope and level of their current/most recent positions and responsibilities, and responses to supplemental questions. Online applications can be filed at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/longbeach.
Incomplete applications or candidates who clearly do not meet the minimum requirements of the position will not be considered.