Director of Labor Relations

  • BART
  • Oakland, California
  • May 24, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management Human Resources and Personnel

Job Description

Ride BART to a satisfying career that lets you both: 1) make a difference to Bay Area residents, and 2) enjoy excellent pay, benefits and employment stability. BART is looking for people who like to be challenged, work in a fast paced environment, and have a passion for connecting riders to work, school and other places they need to go. BART offers a competitive salary, comprehensive health benefits, paid time off, and the CalPERS retirement program.

Conditions of Employment

All San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. You will be required to show proof of your completed COVID-19 vaccination prior to receiving a final offer, unless you receive a COVID-19 Vaccination reasonable accommodation due to a medical condition or a religious exemption due to an approved sincerely held religious belief that prohibits you from receiving a vaccine. BART will review requests for a reasonable accommodation or religious exemption on a case-by-case basis. Documentation may be required. For questions, please contact BART Human Resources, Leave Management at .


Labor Relations

Pay and Benefits

BART offers comprehensive compensation and benefits programs. Benefits include CalPERS pension; excellent medical (effective January 1, 2022 current employee cost $157.35 monthly for most plans), vision, and dental coverage; supplemental insurances; paid holidays and vacation; as well as two investment programs, one of which is entirely funded by BART. BART does not participate in Social Security. Complimentary BART passes for employee and qualifying dependents.

Pay Rate

$147, 736.00 / annually - $223,819.00 / annually (NonRepresented Pay Band 12)

Initial salary offer will be between $165,000.00 - $200,000.00 (commensurate with experience)

Posted Date

May 24, 2022

Closing Date

Open Until Further Notice

Initial screening will begin on June 21, 2022

Reports To

Assistant General Manager, Administration

Days Off

Saturday and Sunday

Who May Apply

All current BART employees and qualified individuals who are not yet BART employees.

Current Assignment

Under general direction of the Assistant General Manager of Administration, the Director of Labor Relations will manage, direct and oversee the administrative and operational activities of the Labor Relations Department, with specific focus as the chief negotiator of collective bargaining agreements; provides professional assistance to District management on labor relations matters; coordinates assigned activities with other offices and outside agencies; provides complex administrative support to the Assistant General Manager, Administration; and performs related duties as assigned.

The Ideal incumbent will demonstrate the following knowledge beyond the minimum qualifications:

Knowledge of California Public Relations Board (PERB) rules and regulations and any other applicable regulations and laws impacting collective bargaining.

Essential Job Functions

1. Responsible for full management oversight and responsibility for assigned services and activities of the Labor Relations Department.

2. Manages the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities for assigned programs; recommends and administers policies and procedures.

3. Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommends appropriate service and staffing levels.

4. Plans, directs, coordinates and reviews the work plan for assigned staff; assigns work activities, projects and programs; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems.

5. Oversees District strategies and positions for negotiating collective bargaining agreements with labor unions; oversees ongoing administration of the agreements.

6. Oversees the handling of grievances including resolving disputes with the unions where possible; oversees the grievance process through formal arbitration, if necessary; may represent the District in arbitration matters.

7. Trains, advises and counsels management and supervisory personnel on labor relations issues.

8. Monitors developments related to assigned area of responsibility; evaluates impact on District operations; recommends and implements equipment, practice and procedural improvements.

9. Selects, trains, motivates and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.

10. Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the office annual budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; implements adjustments.

11. Serves as a liaison for the Labor Relations Department with other departments and outside agencies; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.

12. May serve on a variety of boards, commissions and committees; oversee preparation of and/or present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

13. Conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations and operational studies; recommends modifications to labor relations and/or human resources programs, policies and procedures as appropriate.

14. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends, legislation and innovations in the field of labor relations and human resources.

15. Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.

Minimum Qualifications


Possession of a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Human Resources Management, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. Master’s degree is preferred.


The equivalent of seven (7) years of full-time professional verifiable labor relations and/or human resources management experience, which must have included at least three (3) years of management experience.


Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year- for- year basis. A college degree is preferred.

Knowledge of:

- Operational characteristics, services and activities of a comprehensive labor relations program

- Principles and practices of labor relations and human resources management

- Methods and techniques of negotiating labor agreements

- Principles and practices of program development and administration

- Policies and procedures governing labor relations contracts administration

- Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration

- Policies, procedures, rules and regulations governing grievance and arbitration proceedings

- Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation

- Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations

Skill/ Ability in:

- Overseeing and participating in the management of a comprehensive labor relations program

- Selecting, supervising, training and evaluating staff

- Participating in the development and administration of division goals, objectives and procedures

- Preparing and administering program budgets - Preparing clear and concise administrative and financial reports

- Analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implementing recommendations in support of goals

- Researching, analyzing and evaluating new service delivery methods and techniques

- Working effectively with labor unions

- Negotiating collective bargaining agreements

- Maintaining accurate records and file

- Representing the employer in arbitration proceedings

- Facilitating diverse groups and resolving labor relations conflicts

- Training management and supervisory personnel on contract specifics and labor relations issues

- Interpreting and applying Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations

- Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing

- Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work

Selection Process

Applications will be screened to assure that minimum qualifications are met. Those applicants who meet minimum qualifications will then be referred to the hiring department for the completion of further selection processes.

The selection process for this position may include a skills/performance demonstration, a written examination, and a panel and/or individual interview.

The successful candidate must have an employment history demonstrating reliability and dependability; provide copies of certificates, diplomas or other documents as required by law, including those establishing his/her right to work in the U. S; pass a pre-employment medical examination which may include a drug and alcohol screen, and which is specific to the essential job functions and requirements. Pre-employment processing will also include a background check. (Does not apply to current full-time District employees unless specific job requires additional evaluations).

Application Process

External applicants may only apply online, at Applicants needing assistance with the online application process may receive additional information by calling (510) 464-6112.

Current employees are strongly encouraged to apply online, either at, or on WebBART. Current employees may also apply using a BART paper application by delivering the completed form to the Human Resources Department, or by mailing it to P. O. Box 12688, Oakland, CA 94604-2688.

All applicants are asked to complete the application in full, indicating dates of employment, all positions held, hours worked, and a full description of duties. On line applicants are invited to electronically attach a resume to the application form to provide supplemental information, but should not consider the resume a substitute for the application form itself.

Applications must be complete by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and above), religion, national origin (including language use restrictions), disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS), ancestry, marital status, military status, veteran status, medical condition (cancer/genetic characteristics and information), or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

The BART Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities or for religious reasons. Please advise the Human Resources Department of any special needs in advance of the examination by emailing at least 5 days before your examination date at .

Qualified veterans may be eligible to obtain additional veteran's credit in the selection process for this recruitment (effective Jan. 1, 2013). To obtain the credit, veterans must attach to the application a DD214 discharge document or proof of disability and complete/submit the Veteran's Preference Application no later than the closing date of the posting. For more information about this credit please go to the Veteran's Preference Policy and Application link at

Other Information

Please note that any job announcement may be canceled at any time.

Please be prepared to present documentation in support of any required licenses, degrees, or certifications upon request.


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Job Address

Oakland, California United States View Map