Employee and Labor Relations Analyst (Limited Term)

$33.45 - $45.15 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Oct 15, 2020
Full time Government Human Resources

Job Description

This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Monday, November 2, 2020.


Note: This position is a limited-term position being filled to support a high volume of employee and labor relations needs in the County’s Department of Human Resources.  The term for this position is two years starting the date of hire.


Annual Pay Range:    $69,576.75 - $93,928.99

Hourly Pay Range:     $33.450360 - $45.158168

Starting salaries will be within the posted pay range based on job-related factors such as experience, training and/or education.


In addition to competitive wages, Clackamas County offers an attractive benefits package for employees in regular status positions.

This position, although Limited Term, receives FULL BENEFITS.

This is a full time non-represented group 2 County position.

Non-Represented Group 2 Full Time Benefits

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Clackamas County’s Department of Human Resources is looking for a motivated, experienced human resources professional with a strong background in employee and labor relations. The Human Resources (HR) Analyst will be part of the Employee and Labor Relations team, supporting the Division and reporting to the Human Resources Deputy Director, in serving as a resource dedicated to labor negotiations and employee relations activities.  The Employee and Labor Relations Analyst will be responsible for maintaining positive and effective employee/labor relations practices and support with assigned departments and effectively provide guidance and implement policies and procedures.  This is a limited-term position with a two year duration. 

The County has approximately 2,400 employees, of which 83% are represented by four labor organizations with eight existing contracts among them. These include the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Clackamas County Employees Association (CCEA), the Federation of Parole and Probation Officers (FOPPO) and the Peace Officers Association (CCPOA).  

The Employee and Labor Relations Analyst will participate in labor contract negotiations, assisting with preparation of written management proposals and counter proposals as well as maintain labor relations records, files and database in accordance with required retention schedules and research/ compile strategic information from comparable public sector agencies in preparation of negotiation as well as provide consultative services to department managers/supervisors on a variety of issues related to motivating, coaching, and addressing performance and behavior concerns with their staff members. The Employee and Labor Relations Analyst will work with managers/supervisors and employees to address concerns, resolve conflict, develop performance improvement plans, and involuntary terminations of employment, including reviewing and developing appropriate documentation.  Additionally, the Employee and Labor Relations Analyst will investigate workplace complaints of violation of policy or law, by conducting prompt, thorough, objective and confidential investigations of employee and third party complaints of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and/or policy violations and ensure that all internal investigations are conducted in accordance with the County's established standards and procedures.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate sound judgment-making skills, experience interpreting and providing guidance on labor agreements and employee policies and procedures, as well as experience completing assignments with a high level of independence and expertise. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have human resources experience in a unionized public-sector, or similarly sized private-sector, managing multiple customer inquiries, balancing stakeholders of varying interests, and communicating effectively across the organization. 

This position is limited-term being funded for two years beginning date of hire.  This is a great opportunity to gain additional experience, increase your network of valuable professionals and work within a very progressive Human Resources Department.  Although funding after this date is unknown, the position will be re-evaluated.  

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*  

  • At least 2 years of experience with an emphasis in employee/labor relations
  • Experience conducting research, analysis of information, and developing recommendations based on findings
  • Experience in employee complaint and/or grievance investigations
  • Ability and experience in developing and maintaining effective working relationships and partnerships
  • Strong ability to work independently, with exceptional organizational, problem-solving and communication skills
  • Ability to self-manage multiple tasks and produce quality work in a timely manner
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Outlook) to effectively communicate, gather data and generate reports (Intermediate proficiency in MS Excel and Word is required and will be tested)
  • Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.  Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.   Learn more about the County's driving policy 

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

  • At least 3 years of experience in employee and/or labor relations
  • At least 2 years of experience conducting workplace investigations
  • At least 2 years of experience with the administration and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements
  • Experience working in a union environment within a public agency
  • Experience assisting managers/supervisors with employee performance management
  • Experience in applying the principals of discipline administration

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran’s Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Researches and prepares human resources policies and procedures; analyzes legislation and regulations to determine effect on human resources programs and services; plans and develops new human resources programs; presents employee orientation program; researches and recommends new and revised human resources systems, methods and processes to improve internal operations and service delivery.
  2. Participates in maintaining compliance with employment related laws; provides assistance to departments, employees, applicants and the public on employment related issues; explains human resources and benefits laws, policies and procedures.
  3. Reviews proposed and existing legislation, rules and regulations in comparison with department policies and procedures to ensure compliance; reviews, updates and writes department policies, procedures, forms, correspondence, etc.; reviews summary plan descriptions, benefit plan summaries, contracts and insurance certificates for compliance with current contracts and applicable laws, rules and regulations.
  4. Participates in labor contract negotiating sessions; identifies and researches significant or controversial issues; takes notes and writes minutes; prepares exhibits for fact-finding and interest arbitration hearings; researches and resolves grievances; drafts contract language; researches, analyzes and reports on costs of contract proposals.
  5. Protects the interest of employees and the County in accordance with policies and procedures and governmental laws and regulations, and collective bargaining agreement; interprets, educates and makes recommendations to assure that the County is in compliance with the collective bargaining agreements and County Personnel Ordinance
  6. Interprets, communicates, trains, and educates County staff & management related to policy and State and Federal Laws to assure legal, nondiscriminatory practices
  7. Investigates employee issues utilizing sound judgment consistent with County policies including: harassment, working conditions, disciplinary actions, and employee grievances; advises and assists management staff in counseling, disciplining or terminating employees as a result of performance, behavior, and attendance actions.
  8. Assists management with grievance procedure, including receipt and review of grievance statements and written responses as well as facilitating and attending grievance meetings.



Working Knowledge of: Principles and practices of human resources and personnel administration as it relates to employee and labor relations; principles and practices of public administration, including reporting and maintenance of public records; methods and techniques of statistical research,  data analysis and claims administration; applicable Federal, State and local personnel laws, rules, regulations, codes and ordinances; administration of associated provisions of labor contracts and human resource policies; County government organization and operations; human resource information systems.

Skill to: Collect, compile, analyze and interpret data; review and interpret relevant complex information and data to make appropriate recommendations; maintain strict confidentiality in all human resources matters; make accurate arithmetic calculations; analyze and resolve problems and/or prepare recommendations; prepare clear and concise reports; conduct effective personal and panel interviews; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, particularly in speaking before groups; incorporate collaborative team participation in decision making; establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, County managers, employees, job applicants, union officials, other agencies, the public and others encountered in the course of work; investigate, negotiate and mediate claims and disputes; effectively recommend compromises; interpret and explain personnel and related laws, policies and programs to County employees, elected officials and the public; operate computer equipment, including personal computers and software applications; develop spreadsheets and reports.



This position is included in the County’s alternate workweek program, working 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Thursday (Fridays off).  Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended.



Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 400,000 citizens.

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As an internal service department, the Department of Human Resources (HR) provides consultative services and the infrastructure that sustains County department customers. HR acts as a strategic partner to provide comprehensive, timely and progressive employment practices and services to support the departments' missions, which are carried out by County employees.

The Department of HR consists of eight primary program areas - Office of the Director/Administrative Services, Workforce Data Management, Recruitment and Selection, Classification and Compensation, Benefits and Wellness, Workforce Development and Planning, Risk Management and Safety, Employee and Labor Relations.

The Mission of the Department of Human Resources (HR) is to provide employment services, benefits and wellness, risk management and workforce planning to County Departments and Agencies so they can have the resources they need to provide high quality services and achieve their strategic results.

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Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

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If you have any questions or issues you may contact the Department of Human Resources at 503-655-8459 or e-mail us.  Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on Fridays).


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Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.


Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date.  You may request an accommodation during the online application process.



Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Outlook) to effectively communicate, gather data and generate reports is required for this position.

Testing of Intermediate MS Word and Excel will be conducted.  If selected to move forward to the testing portion of this recruitment process, you will be required to take the computer skills test(s) ONLINE in accordance with instructions that will be provided.  Accommodation requests related to computer or internet access may be considered.