Senior Manager, Labor Relations

$104,160 - $145,848 yearly
  • Sacramento Regional Transit District
  • 1400 29th Street, Sacramento, CA, USA
  • Aug 26, 2021
Full time Transportation

Job Description

Senior Manager, Labor Relations



SALARY: $104,160.00 - $145,848.00 Annually

DEPARTMENT: Labor Relations/Employee Relations

OPENING DATE: 08/26/21

CLOSING DATE: 09/15/21 11:59 PM 

RECRUITMENT TYPE: Internal/External 



The purpose of this position is to plan, organize, manage and oversee the activities of SacRT's labor relations programs. This is accomplished by developing and recommending negotiation proposals; negotiating labor contracts; administering and interpreting contracts; processing grievances; providing procedural guidance and advice on discipline matters, administering drug and alcohol testing program. The incumbent is also responsible for higher level projects that integrate business strategy and labor agreements as well as supervising, developing and evaluating staff assigned to various labor relations programs. Participates in the activities of all functional levels as needed and may perform the duties of subordinates when necessary.





This is a general listing of job functions and does not represent a complete listing of responsibilities of the position. 


  • Plans, manages, analyzes, and evaluates the SacRT's Labor Relations programs and activities
  • Oversees all activities related to the processing and monitoring of contract and disciplinary grievances.
  • Provides guidance and advice; addresses and resolves sensitive and controversial issues; reviews, negotiates and documents settlements; may conduct grievance review meetings and participate in arbitration hearings; develops and delivers training for supervisors regarding grievance responses and disciplinary processes and appeals.
  • Reviews and interprets all current collective bargaining agreements, Memoranda of Understanding, and related documentation; writes proposed contract language, and advises managers and supervisors regarding administration of their provisions.
  • Communicates with employees, union representatives, supervisors and managers regarding the application of such agreements and oversees the day-to-day compliance with their provisions.
  • Oversees all activities related to the drug and alcohol testing and rehabilitation programs, including the identification of safety sensitive positions, administration of Federal Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations and SacRT policies relating to drug and alcohol use and testing.
  • Monitors random selection procedures to ensure compliance with Federal regulations.
  • May meet with employees testing positive for prohibited substances or misuse of alcohol referring them to rehabilitation programs and monitoring their progress and completion of required program components.
  • Oversees and may participate in required training of SacRT managers, supervisors and employees related to drug and alcohol regulations and policies.
  • Prepares for and participates in negotiations for primary collective bargaining agreements, interim agreements and side agreements.
  • May serve as chief negotiator at delegated bargaining tables.
  • Develops proposals and counter proposals consistent with SacRT goals, objectives and operational needs.
  • Consults with Finance and other departments to determine the financial and other impacts of proposed modifications to agreements.
  • Oversees the implementation of new and/or successor agreements including working with other service departments responsible for implementing systems and other changes and providing direction to staff, managers and supervisors regarding new or modified contract provisions.
  • Plans, organizes, assigns, motivates, reviews, and evaluates the activities of assigned professional staff, and provides training, staff development opportunities, performance evaluation, and discipline.
  • Acts as a resource or subject matter expert for staff in the performance of their duties.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.





A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. SacRT reserves the right to determine the equivalences of education and experience.


Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Public Administration, Human Resource Management, Labor Relations, Organizational Development, Psychology, Sociology, Industrial Relations, Labor Economics, or a related field.


Experience: A minimum of five (5) years of experience in grievance handling, preparation and presentation of arbitration and at-the-table bargaining, including two (2) years of experience participating in collective bargaining and a minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience.


First chair, chief negotiator experience preferred.  Experience with a public transportation agency a plus, but not required.


Certifications & Other Requirements: None


Proof of required education beyond high school, such as college transcripts, diplomas, and/or certificates must be submitted at the time of application, if not substituting experience for the education requirement.   





The minimum qualifications as stated on this job announcement represent only the basic requirements of the position. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee that a candidate will be invited to participate in other examination segments of the selection process. An employment application is required for this position. Applications, job announcements, and copies of the complete job description are available at our website at


Completed employment application and proof of education, as outlined above, must be submitted online no later than Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.  SacRT will not process incomplete applications.  Resumes are not accepted in lieu of an application, but may be included with the application.  For more information on benefits, a summary sheet is available from the Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the recruitment process to accommodate candidates with disabilities. For more information, contact the Human Resources Department at (916) 556-0298.


SacRT has a stand alone pension plan which is not part of, nor does it have reciprocity with CalPERS.


SacRT is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action EOE/AA Employer - Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans.


This position falls under Management and Confidential Employee Group (MCEG).