Labor Commissioner

Baltimore County
$147,900 - $185,334 Per year MD 400 Washington Ave, Towson, MD 21204, United States


A vacancy exists in the Administration Office for a Labor Commissioner.

A list of eligible applicants will be established based on the examination as outlined below.

Current and future vacancies occurring in this class may be filled from the list of eligible applicants.

This job announcement may close at any time with little or no notice.  Applicants are advised to apply promptly.

All interested transfer and promotional candidates must apply at this time.

List all promotions and changes in job duties due to reclassification as separate work experience on your application.  Applicants must include the dates of the promotions and reclassifications.

Note:  Failure to complete all fields of the "Work Experience" section of the application will result in your application not being considered.  A resume will not be considered in determining your qualifications for a position.   Applicants selected for an interview may provide a resume at that time.

You must attach your transcript(s), license(s) and/or certification(s) to your application. Unofficial copies are acceptable.

Failure to submit proof of Licenses, Certifications and Education will result in your application not being considered.  Proof of licenses, certifications, and/or education must be submitted with each application.

Examples of Duties

Under the direction of the County Administrative Officer (CAO), administers the County's Labor Relations program in conformance with Federal and State laws and applicable County rules and policies and assists with oversight of the daily functions performed. The Labor Commissioner will serve as strategic partner of the Administration and support the County Executive’s (CE) strategic plan through negotiation and labor relations activities. 

  • Acts as Hearing Officer for final internal step in the employee grievance procedures. Drafts grievance reports and other corresponding documents.
  • Negotiates collective bargaining agreements with all six County unions with employee representatives of each union group as well as carry out meet and confer obligations of the County.
  • Acts as liaison between the County and the Union by providing guidance on policy and labor relation questions for employees, supervisors, managers and officials.
  • Oversees the administration of the MOU’s and offers recommendations for revisions to County policies and procedures on labor-management matters. 
  • Conducts labor relation training for supervisors and managers.
  • Advises the County Executive and CAO on labor-relation matters
  • Works in partnership with department heads/designees, union leadership and their membership, and employees to promote effective labor relations in the workplace.
  • Performs related work as assigned.  


Education, Training, and Experience: Education: A law degree from an accredited law school and at least five (5) years' professional experience in labor and employment law, employee and labor relations. Experience in human resources, business or public administration is preferred.  
Admission to a Bar of a State in the United States of America is required, admission to the Bar of the State of Maryland is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of the County's labor and employee relations and human resources culture, practices, procedures and methods including the bargaining units representing employees of the County.
  • Considerable knowledge of the County organization and the functions of the operational departments.
  • Considerable knowledge of the Rules & Regulations of the County's Personnel Management System with emphasis on interpretation and application. 
  • Considerable knowledge of labor agreements between the County and the various bargaining units with emphasis on interpretation, application and bargaining history.
  • Considerable knowledge of applicable State and Federal laws and regulations, and court decisions affecting Labor Relations.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in analyzing facts and arriving at conclusions for recommending action.
  • Ability to express oneself and document events effectively and accurately, both orally and in writing with particular emphasis in responding to grievances.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels of the organization, Union Officers and representatives, and others with whom the Division comes in contact in the performance of its work.
Licenses or CertificatesApplicants are required to submit proof of licenses, certifications and education to meet the required and preferred qualifications of the position. Diplomas or transcripts must show the applicant's major field of study. Copies and unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
 Failure to submit proof of Licenses, Certifications and Education will result in your application not being considered. Proof of licenses, certifications, and/or education must be submitted with each application.

Conditions of Employment

Physical and Environmental Conditions:
The work of these positions is essentially sedentary, with occasional walking and/or lifting or other restricted physical activities.
Employment Background Investigation
 Applicants selected for an appointment to a position in Baltimore County must successfully complete an employment background investigation, including, but not limited to a criminal background, education, and fingerprint check.