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Executive Director of Human Resources and Employee/Employer Relations

South Orange Community College District

Mission Viejo, California 92692
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South Orange County Community College District


Executive Director of Human Resources and Employee/Employer Relations

Initial Screening Date01/08/2018


Pay Range: 23 - at $151,632 to $213,372 (salary placement in the salary range will be based upon comparable experience and qualifications; increases are given annually thereafter up to highest step)


Classification Benefits:

The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).


PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for this opening, you must apply through the District website at https://jobs.socccd.edu


Summary Description:

To plan, develop, administer, organize, coordinate, implement, direct and evaluate the District-wide human resources programs, services, operations and activities for management, academic, confidential, and classified personnel, including recruitment, testing, selection, hiring, employment, wage and salary administration and collective bargaining; work directly with managers, supervisors, employees, and representative groups to maintain positive employee/employer relations and resolve disputes; provide District-wide consultation and technical direction in human resources programs, employee and union contract management and investigation, and resolution of unlawful discrimination and harassment complaints; ensure that programs are operating within the appropriate human resources parameters and remain in compliance with District, local, State and/or federal requirements and guidelines, including Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO), Fair Employee and Housing Act (FEHA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); ensure timely and accurate submission of required human resources reports and documents; and provide complex staff assistance to the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and Employee/Employer Relations.


To foster a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, innovation, and continuous improvement throughout the District; lead by example; actively participate in and support District-wide participatory governance components and activities and other collaborative processes; encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services.




Receives general direction from the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and Employee/Employer Relations.


Exercises functional and technical supervision over professional, technical, clerical and other personnel as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  Budget preparation and control.

Computer systems and software applications related to human resources and employee/employer relations programs.

Conflict resolution methodologies.

District policies and procedures related to human resources management. 

Effective labor relations with a focus on informal and formal dispute resolution strategies.

Human resources information systems functions and operations.

Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and diplomacy.

Methods of developing selection devices, grading test items, and assuring job relevance.

Modern office practices, procedures, methods, and equipment.

Negotiation techniques and public sector collective bargaining processes.

Oral and written communication skills, including business report writing.

Position management and organizational design.

Principles of organization, management, supervision, employee and organizational development, leadership, team building, motivation, conflict resolution, and training.

Principles, trends, practices, procedures, methods and techniques of human resources management in the public sector involving recruitment and selection, employment, wage and salary administration, diversity and EEO, collective bargaining, contract administration, staff training and development, and investigation and resolution of discrimination and harassment complaints.

Progressive discipline procedures and documentation.

Public employment programs, including recruitment, selection, classification, performance appraisal, self-funded employee benefits, equal employment opportunities, worker’s compensation and records management.

State and federal laws, codes and regulations related to public human resources management and collective bargaining, including the California Education Code, American with Disabilities Act, and the California Government Code.

Technical aspects of human resources management.


Ability to:

  Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

  Apply collaborative work strategies and gain the cooperation of employees at all levels of the organization.

  Assist in developing and administering policies and procedures for human resources.

  Assure the preparation, maintenance and retention of personnel files and data.

  Collect, compile and analyze data.

  Communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse constituencies within and outside of the District.

  Conduct effective internal investigations.

  Develop, monitor, and administer assigned budget.

  Encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services. 

  Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

  Exercise initiative and work independently with minimum direction.

  Interpret, apply and explain applicable District policies and procedures.

  Interpret, apply and explain applicable local, State and federal laws and regulations.

  Make effective public presentations to a variety of audiences on human resources related topics.

  Negotiate collective bargaining agreements.

  Operate computer and applications software, including database management, spreadsheet, word processing and software related to human resources.

  Operate modern office equipment such as computer, printer, calculator, copier and facsimile machine.

  Participate in developing automated human resources information systems.

  Plan and organize work.

  Plan, develop, organize, coordinate, direct and evaluate assigned human resources functions, programs, services, operations and activities.

  Prepare and present comprehensive oral and written reports and recommendations.

  Prepare complex and comprehensive human resources summaries, reports and analyses.

  Provide leadership in a variety of human resources areas including recruitment, selection, equal employment opportunities, compensation and benefits, collective bargaining, grievance and disciplinary procedures, performance appraisal and records management.

  Recruit administrative, academic, and classified personnel.

  Relate effectively to people of varied academic, cultural and socioeconomic background using tact, diplomacy and courtesy. 

  Select, train, lead, direct, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel.

  Train, lead, guide and direct managers and supervisors to effectively address and resolve employee concerns.

  Understand and effectively and collaboratively work in a complicated multi-college environment, as well as within a system of community college districts.

  Work cooperatively with Information Technology personnel to develop sound information and reporting systems and procedures related to human resources.


To Apply:

Please visit the District’s Employment Opportunities website at https://jobs.socccd.edu for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application.  


NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.  EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


Education and Experience Guidelines:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.



Associates degree with additional course work or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in human resources management, business or public administration or a closely related field, including or supplemented by training in employee/employer relations. A master’s degree with emphasis in public or business administration, psychology, industrial organization psychology, industrial relations is desirable.



At least five years of increasingly responsible experience in employee/employer relations and human resources managing human resources operations and activities, including recruitment and selection, employment, wage and salary administration, collective bargaining, contract administration, grievances, and investigation and resolution of discrimination and harassment complaints, in a public education setting, including at least three years in a supervisory capacity.


License or Certificate:

Valid California driver’s license.

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