Human Resources Specialist 3 (Labor Relations Specialist)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – J – Exempt
Work Unit:
Human Resources
Labor & Employee Relations
Full/Part Time:


The Labor Relations Specialist (LRS) plays a key role in the University’s goal to continue positive relations with employees and union representatives across all of its campuses. Reporting to the Manager, Labor and Employee Relations Division, the successful candidate will be responsible for a wide variety of duties including advising management on the resolution of employment and disciplinary issues and counseling employees experiencing workplace difficulties. Working as a member of the Labor and Employee Relations team, the LRS will also be responsible for the day-to-day administration of University-union labor agreements, and interpretation and application of University policy, procedures, and programs. The LRS will develop, recommend, and implement programs and policies; prepare reports and analyses; interact with union representatives on a variety of issues; represent the University at informal problem-solving meetings; attend formal grievance hearings, serving as liaison among management, employees, and union representatives; and support and/or participate in union contract bargaining. Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Previous labor relations experience in a unionized workforce is strongly preferred. The successful candidate must demonstrate the following: knowledge and understanding of applicable federal and state laws; ability to manage multiple projects; ability to work both independently and cooperatively with various levels of faculty, staff, administrators, and outside agencies; excellent judgment and organizational skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; an outstanding customer service orientation; a commitment to fostering diversity and equal opportunity; and a vision to assess and respond to rapidly changing issues. This is a fixed-term appointment for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088