Sandia National Laboratories Labor Relations Specialist (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a Labor Relations Specialist

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Partner on employee relations responsibilities as needed.
  • Provide guidance in labor-management relations, including advising management on labor-management issues, guided by labor and employment law, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and Sandia National Laboratories policies.
  • Advise management on discipline, termination, hiring, and transfers of employees.
  • Address labor union and employee concerns about potential violations of laws, applicable collective bargaining agreement, or policy.
  • Process concerns through the appropriate grievance and arbitration process to resolution.


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Human Resources or other closely related field.


  • Master's degree in Human Resources Management.
  • 2 years of direct Employee/Labor Relations experience.
  • Certification(s) in human resources.
  • Active DOE/DOE security clearance.
  • Experience at negotiation table.
  • Experience managing grievances and arbitrations.
  • Experience writing proposals.
  • Experience working with DOE.
  • Experience with the NLRB.
  • Familiarity with labor laws.

Department Description:

The Employee and Labor Relations (ELR) Department represents Sandia in all matters related to negotiating and administering the collective bargaining agreements with the three bargaining units (MTC, OPEIU, SPA) representing employees performing work at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, and serves as a corporate resource in the analysis, development, and administration of employee relations policies (discipline, dispute resolution, actions plans for improved performance, loss of security clearances, etc.) in conformance with employment law, DOE regulations, and Sandia policies, processes and procedures. The Department reports to the Director of Human Resources and is specifically responsible in Labor Relations for negotiating contracts; responding to formal grievances; representing the Laboratories in proceedings including arbitrations, National Labor Relations Board responses, and in litigation; and in providing labor relations training for supervisors. Employee Relations responsibilities include support of the Corporate Review Committee and consultation with management to ensure administration of firm, fair, and consistent discipline; and require partnership and collaboration with subject matter experts in core HR functions and with HR Business Partners across the Laboratories.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
  • Extraordinary co-workers
  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT