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$11,306 – $13,741/Monthly*

Bring your employee and labor relations experience to the County of Sonoma and become the next Employee and Labor Relations Manager.

Salary up to $164,903/year) plus a yearly cash allowance of approximately $7,200 paid biweekly*

What We Offer

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you’re working to better our communities. You can also look forward to a competitive compensation package* and work culture including:
Flexible work schedule and teleworking options
Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
Annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
The County pays 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee only and employee + family health plan options
Up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
Deferred compensation with eligibility for a matching program
County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
Defined retirement benefit plan, fully integrated with Social Security

The County of Sonoma Human Resources Department is seeking a seasoned, solution-oriented employee and labor relations professional to direct the County’s Employee and Labor Relations Program. Labor relations includes: representing the County in labor negotiations; advising departments on labor relations matters as required in accordance with the Myers Milias Brown Act; overseeing and advising departments on grievances; and administering and interpreting the memorandum of understandings, the County’s Salary Resolution, and the County’s Employee Relations Policy. The employee relations aspect includes: advising departments on performance management and employee relations issues including working collaboratively with other areas of Human Resources and Risk Management; guiding departments on various policies and related employment law; and policy development.

The Employee and Labor Relations Manager is a unique management level position that requires frequent contact with the County Administrator, Board of Supervisors, Department Heads, employee organization representatives, internal and outside labor counsel, and others. The manager is responsible for advising the County’s highest level officials on labor and employee relations strategies to maintain positive relations for County employees and with the County’s labor representatives. The position reports to the Human Resources Director and supervises a team of four professional level analysts and one technical support position. The position frequently collaborates with many County departments and within the County’s central Human Resources Department.

The ideal Employee and Labor Relations Manager is astute and a strategic thinker, with strong analytic abilities and excellent interpersonal and communications skills. The ability to exercise good judgment in analyzing complex problems and in forming important recommendations with far reaching consequences is imperative for this position.

A seasoned human resources professional who possess the following competencies and characteristics will be considered highly competitive for this position:

Experience that encompasses the main aspects of employee relations such as labor relations, collective bargaining, grievances, employee relations and performance management
Strong working knowledge of employment laws affecting the public sector
Forward thinking, with the ability to understand technical issues and offer sound, objective decision making
The ability to manage and flex multiple priorities and handle a fast-paced work environment
Strong analytical skills with the ability to foresee impacts and consequences
A solution-oriented, pragmatic and common-sense approach to resolving issues
Excellent supervision and mentorship skills
Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, and the ability to facilitate meetings and sometimes difficult conversations, and be persuasive without being overbearing
A sense of humor and an appreciation for working collaboratively in a collegial, team-oriented department
An immediate priority will be to plan for upcoming labor negotiations in Fall 2022.

The County has, on average, approximately 3,900 regular employees and approximately 80% of the workforce is represented by one of its 11 bargaining units.


The Human Resources Department has 65 positions and is responsible for managing and administering a variety of programs and services through its’ two divisions, Human Resources and Risk Management. The Human Resource Services Division is responsible for employee and labor relations, recruitment, job classification and compensation, workforce development, equal employment, employee recognition and special commissions, employee benefit programs, and the human resources information system. The Risk Management/Administration Division is responsible for County liability and insurance, workers compensation administration, leaves and disability management, and occupational health and safety.

Under the guidance and leadership of the Human Resources Director, the Department’s Mission is to provide comprehensive human resources and risk management services, leadership, and guidance that supports organizational effectiveness for an outstanding workforce. The department values collaboration, integrity, customer service, creativity, transparency, and work-life balance.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range and benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. This recruitment is open continuously and may close at any time without notice. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted. For more information, including minimum qualifications, & to apply, visit or call 707-565-2331. The County of Sonoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and are committed to having a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. Apply Now

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