Research Specialist

  • Aberdeen, Idaho, ID, USA
  • Apr 22, 2021
Full time Research Science

Job Description

Employee and Labor Relations Consultant 3 (8080U), People & Culture 17323

About Berkeley


At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.


The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.


We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our, our, and


Application Review Date


The First Review Date for this job is: April 26, 2021


Departmental Overview


People & Culture is valued as UC Berkeley's proactive people partner focusing on the following key priority areas:


  • One HR: Bringing clarity and efficiency to HR processes and structures through cross- team collaboration and transparent communication.
  • People: Using development opportunities beyond training to create deeper engagement, higher trust and better performance.
  • Culture: Applying Berkeley brand to developing a shared “enterprise contributor” mindset among all.


Job Summary


The Employee & Labor Relations (ELR) department of People & Culture is seeking an Employee & Labor Relations Consultant 3 who will contribute to all areas of employee and labor relations university-wide, independently with limited supervision, assigned to one of three teams within ELR with assigned campus regions and collective bargaining agreements. This position includes interpreting, explaining, drafting, administering and enforcing policy/contract language, providing guidance on performance management, corrective actions, separations, and grievances, and conducting investigations and drafting reports. Will perform some administrative duties and maintain metrics. The ideal candidate will possess the ability to make sound decisions while maintaining the highest level of discretion and confidentiality, will be self-motivated in a fast-paced environment, and have the ability to work independently and with a team. Candidate must have labor relation contract administration experience. This position is exempt, and will be located at 2199 Addison Street, Suite 192, Berkeley, California (pending re-opening of campus) and may be considered for a partially remote work schedule.


The Employee & Labor Relations (ELR) department is also looking for ELR Consultant level 2 and 4. The ELR 2 position will have a stronger administrative and substantive support role, whereas the 3 and 4 have fewer administrative duties and are distinguished largely by supervisory duties. If you believe your qualifications exceed this position or are interested in the level with fewer supervisory functions, please visit to learn more about the roles and to apply for the ELR level that matches your interest and experience/qualifications.






  • Manage and administer collective bargaining agreements, including the management of the grievance program, information requests, reporting, contract negotiations, union business leave, equity increases, reclassifications, parameter requests, participate in labor management meetings and the negotiation of labor disputes, draft settlement agreements, meet and confers, and union noticing.
  • Provide direct services to client groups as assigned. Act as a resource to managers, supervisors, and employees to interpret collective bargaining agreements.




  • Handle all facets of employee relations, including performance management, investigations including reports, discipline, separations, reclassifications, equity increases, and resolutions to employment disputes.
  • Provide guidance regarding layoffs, terminations, corrective action, and/or policy grievances (PPSM 70s).
  • Must facilitate sound and consistent employee and labor relations decisions.
  • Provide guidance regarding and/or create and maintain accurate documentation of investigations or other employment or labor matters.
  • Provide direct services to client groups as assigned.
  • Act as a resource to managers, supervisors, and employees to interpret policies and procedures.
  • Provides advice and counsel regarding leave administration, e.g., Family and Medical Leave Act, California Family Rights Act, and compliance with the Americans with Disability Act and the requirements under this law, e.g., the interactive process.
  • Act as an objective intermediary for employees and supervisors.
  • Participate in conflict resolution, problem solving, and negotiation with/between supervisors and employees.




  • Establish and maintain positive and appropriate union/management and campus business partner relations.




  • Provide communication of potential employment litigation and/or risks to legal counsel and obtain legal counsel on employment matters as needed.
  • Assist with template and process updates, metrics, document preparation, and recordkeeping.
  • Review trends and practices in labor/employee relations, and recommend programs that will enhance employee and labor relations at the university.
  • Assess current functions and provide input to achieve unit best practices.




  • Supports team or legal counsel responses related to employment litigation and government agency charges.
  • Co-design and/or co-deliver training for employees, supervisors, managers, and HR Partners pertaining to employee and labor relations and related compliance (e.g., training concerning policies, procedures, collective bargaining agreements, performance management, and/or applicable state and federal legal requirements).
  • Independently or in collaboration with other Consultants or the Director, prepare briefing memos, instructional manuals, job aids, and tool kits.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications


  • 2-3 years of experience equivalent to an Employee and Labor Relations Consultant performing professional level human resources work requiring use of the knowledge and abilities listed herein.
  • Demonstrates analytical skills to conduct analysis and develop recommendations, demonstrating organization and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of or the ability to learn quickly campus policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of labor/employment law.
  • Knowledge of employee and labor relations best practices and programs.
  • Knowledge of the principles of advocacy in order to represent the campus in various dispute forums.
  • Knowledge of other areas of human resources.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle difficult or volatile situations/individuals effectively.
  • Knowledge of National Labor Relations Act, California Labor Code, California Government Code, Fair Labor Standards Act, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, California Family Rights Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act etc., including recent developments and practices, applicability to the public sector.
  • General knowledge of the Information Practices Act, Public Records Act or Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) requirements for information release, including release of personnel type records, creation of data for bargaining.
  • Demonstrated ability to write detailed, well organized, concise, emails, position statements, analytical reports, procedures, web content and training documents.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with all levels of the UC Berkeley community, system-wide and with outside professionals.
  • Experience in a customer service environment including skills to handle difficult and sensitive matters
  • Ability to work with a high degree of confidentiality and independent judgment.
  • Strong Skill and ability to communicate with a high level of professionalism, clarity, accuracy.
  • Skills to independently manage, organize and prioritize work to achieve timely progress on simultaneous projects, distribute efforts appropriately among competing projects, meet competing deadlines, and maintain a high level of productivity.
  • Demonstrated skills and ability to actively listen, observe, identify information requested, ask questions to understand and appreciate diverse perspectives, interests, and underlying needs of others, responding appropriately to a wide variety of requests.
  • Technical skill and ability to accurately utilize the MS Office suite of business software application, Outlook, Excel, Word, etc.
  • Ability to learn, master and utilize new applications as they become available.


Education and Training


  • Bachelors degree in related area such as human resources management, labor law, organizational behavior and 2-3 years of relevant experience, and/or equivalent experience/training.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Knowledge of University of California System-wide personnel practices, policies, procedures, labor contracts and agreements.
  • Experience with University of California systems and programs.
  • 2-3 years experience and professional training in labor contract administration, employee relations and related employment and labor laws.
  • Demonstrated labor contract administration experience.
  • Detail oriented and dedicated to meeting deadlines in a fast paced environment.
  • Strong decision-making skills.
  • SHRM-CP or PHR certification.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully coaching managers and supervisors at all levels of an organization.
  • Working knowledge of Spanish and/or Mandarin.


Salary & Benefits


For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:


University of Idaho


Research Specialist


Location: Aberdeen


Division/College: Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences


Employee Category: Classified


Pay Range: $17.64 per hour or higher depending on experience


Full/Part Time: Full Time


Position Summary:


The Research Specialist will assist the Principal Investigator as part of the wheat breeding and genetics program, and will conduct laboratory, greenhouse, and field experiments. The position will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the wheat breeding and genetics related activities.


Duty activities include planting, maintaining, and harvesting field plots and greenhouse experiments; evaluating field and greenhouse-grown experiments; preparing seed for planting; post-harvest seed processing; data entry, management and analysis using statistical software; preparing research reports; and presenting research results at local, regional, and national meetings. Regional travel will be required to maintain and evaluate field trials. The Research Specialist will also contribute to the team effort by contributing ideas for the general plan of the research and breeding program, preparing written and oral reports, contributing to refereed journal articles, training and supervision of hourly employees, assisting graduate students with projects, maintaining stocks of supplies, photographing experiments, and performing miscellaneous clerical duties.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy, biology, soil science, plant science, chemistry or a related field.
  • Following pre-established procedures or protocols
  • Analyzing scientific data
  • Keeping complete and accurate records
  • Using a computer to enter and retrieve data
  • Working in a team environment


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Master’s degree in agricultural or physical or life science or 2+ years’ experience in agronomic research, small field plot trials, or laboratory research experiments.
  • Experience operating farm or small-plot research equipment including towing and backing trailers, calibration of pesticide application equipment, and knowledge of the culture and use of cereal grains.
  • Experience operating unmanned aircraft phenotyping.
  • Experience with DNA extraction, basic genotyping, disease assessment.
  • Demonstrated ability to: work on own initiative, alone, and cooperatively in small groups; plan projects and tasks to achieve goals of overall program; work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision; identify and solve problems; prioritize tasks and manage own and employees’ time; design and interpret results from experiments; effectively supervise employees; establish and maintain effective working relationships; work cooperatively with faculty and staff from other programs.
  • Demonstrated skills of effective interpersonal communication and experience using computer programs such as Microsoft Office, SAS or R.


Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:


  • Must be able to lift, carry, and/or otherwise move heavy materials weighing up to 50 lbs.


Posting Number: SP002777P


Posting Date: 04/14/2021


Closing Date:


Open Until Filled: Yes


Special Instructions:


First consideration date for receipt of applications is May 16, 2021.


IMPORTANT: To be considered, your “Letter of Qualification” must address EACH of the required qualifications, including pertinent education and/or experience. In addition, to improve your ranking during the evaluation process, address as many of the preferred qualifications as possible. Information on a resume will not be accepted as a substitute for submitting a Letter of Qualification.


In addition to the online application and resume, applicants will need to have two (2) current reference letters sent directly to the search committee chair at the address listed below:


Dr. Jianli Chen

Department of Plant Sciences

University of Idaho Aberdeen R&E Center

1691 S 2700 W

Aberdeen, ID 83210


Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.


To apply, please visit:


EEO Statement


University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.


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