Manager of Employee Relations

The Position
East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) seeks an Employee Relations Manager with a demonstrated record of achievement to lead its agency-wide Employee Relations Program and Division within the Human Resources Department. The Manager of Employee Relations reports to the Director of Human Resources and is appointed by the Board of Directors. Working with elected policy makers, managers, supervisors, employees and unions, this position is a key member of the EBMUD’s management team and is responsible for all EBMUD employer-employee relations activities including collective bargaining with four labor unions that represent a majority of the workforce.

Competitive candidates will have extensive knowledge of public sector employee and labor relations and possess a collaborative, inclusive, yet decisive management style that facilitates positive working relationships with stakeholders, effective problem-solving and outcomes that support the overall good of the organization. They should possess strong integrity and sound judgment, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to listen attentively, persuade and act with diplomacy. They should be able to manage conflict, diffuse difficult situations and juggle multiple priorities. They should also have strong analytical skills and the ability to attend to details without losing big-picture focus.

EBMUD’s Employee Relations Manager supervises a staff of Human Resources Analysts and clerical support who provide employee relations consultation and support to operating departments in areas such as discipline and grievance processing and contract negotiations. Through regular consultation and advice to managers and supervisors, the Manager and staff assure legal compliance, consistency, and equity in employee relations applications across EBMUD departments.

EBMUD is currently in contract negotiations with its four unions.

The annual salary is $132,648 up to $191,592. Initial placement within the range is based upon qualifications. Appointment is typically made at or below the control point $172,440.

EBMUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity (including transgender status), gender expression, marital or registered domestic partnership status, age for individuals age forty or older, national origin, ancestry, disability (mental or physical), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veterans status, family or medical leave status, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation or related medical condition), pregnancy disability leave status, domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, and other categories protected by federal, state and/or local laws.


EBMUD, located in the San Francisco Bay Area with headquarters in Oakland, California, has a proud history of providing high-quality drinking water for 1.4 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties in a 332-square-mile area. EBMUD’s award-winning wastewater treatment protects the San Francisco Bay and serves 685,000 customers in an 88-square-mile area.

Headquartered in Oakland, our mission is to provide reliable, high-quality services for our customers, to exercise responsible stewardship over the natural resources with which we are entrusted, and to protect the environment for future generations.

Our watershed encompasses a pure source in the Sierra mountains. Our local reservoirs offer serene, natural settings for both wildlife and recreation.

EBMUD has approximately 2,000 employees under the administrative direction of an appointed General Manager and management staff. Most employees are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Locals 444 and 2019; the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21; and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 39.


The Oakland / San Francisco Bay Area is culturally rich and offers a wide variety of attractions including excellent restaurants, museums, zoos, theatre, ballet, opera and professional and college sporting events.

The climate is sunny and pleasant year-round, encouraging outdoor activities including running, biking and boating. The East Bay has convenient access to the Napa and Livermore valleys wine country, the splendor of the Pacific Ocean coastline and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Candidates must have a combination of education and experience equivalent* to:

1. A Bachelor’s degree; and

2. Seven years of progressively responsible experience in employee or labor relations, three years of which must have been in public sector employer-employee relations that includes significant experience negotiating agreements with labor unions, and two years of supervisory experience.

Other requirements include:

• Willingness to work beyond normal work hours when needed.

• Possession of a valid California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.

• Physical characteristics to perform the critical and important duties of the position.

Please note: EBMUD requires all employees to provide written proof of vaccination. Those employees with sincerely held religious beliefs or valid medical reasons as determined by EBMUD will be exempt from vaccination requirements.*

*Please contact EBMUD Human Resources for additional questions.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered. To be considered under the “equivalent combination of education and experience” provision, it is your responsibility to include in your application materials written evidence of employment performed at the level of the typical duties of this position and/or coursework in subject areas directly related to this position. For more information, see our FAQ page at
The Selection Process
1. Submit a completed EBMUD application and the required supplemental question responses online at by 4:30 p.m., Friday, January 7, 2022. Only application materials submitted online during the filing period will be accepted.

2. Candidates must achieve a passing score on each test part in order to advance to the next step in the selection process.

3. All qualified applications and supplemental responses will be competitively evaluated, with those candidates receiving a passing score to be invited to participate in an oral panel interview tentatively scheduled for early-February.

4. Successful candidates will be placed on the hiring list, based on rank, for further consideration to fill the current regular vacancy, as well as others occurring over the next 12 to 24 months.

5. All employment offers are conditional, pending the results of a Live Scan background screening. All selected finalists must participate in the Live Scan background screening process to remain in consideration for EBMUD employment.

6. An appointment is expected in late-February or early-March following Board approval.
Supplemental Information
As the first step in the selection process, responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted online with the regular EBMUD application. Please provide thorough, accurate descriptions of assignments you have personally performed. Should you respond with comments such as “see application” or “see resume” instead of addressing the questions directly, your application may not be considered.