Director of Human Resources/Risk Management

$96,096 - $122,654 yearly
  • City of California City
  • California City, CA, USA
  • Jan 10, 2022
Full time Administration/Management Human Resources Risk Management

Job Description

Open Until Filled.  Submission Deadline for Initial Application Review:  January 31, 2022, at 5:00pm

The City of California City is recruiting for a



Under the general direction of the City Manager, the City is seeking an experienced, hands-on, dynamic human resources professional with a demonstrated track record of success.  In addition to providing general direction and supervision, the ideal candidate will have a strong background in human resources, including but not limited to employee recruitment, and retention, classification and compensation, benefit administration; employee relations/labor relations; employee training and development; risk analysis and loss preventionThe Director of Human Resources/Risk Management serves as a resource and subject matter expert to the City Manager and other members of City management, as well as to the City Council. 


Under general direction of the City Manager, implements the goals, strategies and policies of the Human Resources Department.   This position will manage the Human Resources Department, including but not limited to: employee recruitment and retention, classification and compensation, benefit administration; employee relations/labor relations; risk analysis; employee training and development; and loss prevention


Exercises supervision over programmatic and administrative staff.


 Examples of Duties and Essential Job Functions:

  • Develops, plans and implements goals and objectives, policies and priorities of the human resources programs designed to help the organization achieve its mission; serves as a member of the City's leadership team responsible for helping to develop and communicate vision, mission and values within the organization.
  • Develops and implements personnel systems designed to hire, train, motivate and retain employees; facilitates conflict resolution and problem-solving regarding issues that detract management and/or employees from a high level of motivation and productivity; assists with determining appropriate disciplinary and grievance responses
  • Develops and recommends personnel programs and policies; advises the City Manager on personnel related issues; confers with department heads on policy issues and interpretation; advises employees on personnel policy and program matters.
  • Work closely with City personnel attorney and other relevant agencies and organizations.
  • Coordinates the City's leave of absence programs; prepares, reviews, approves, and monitors requests for leaves of absence; ensure Citywide consistency of program applications; and ensures compliance with applicable rules, regulations, and policies.
  • Conducts classification & compensation studies and position audits; prepares and revises job class specifications; ensures compliance with classification & compensation rules, regulations, practices, and procedures; and assists with and prepares related reports and documentation.
  • Assist in regular communication with employee association representatives and provide staff work required to ensure sound relations within the organization.
  • Manage the City’s risk management program.
  • Coordinates recruitment and selection programs; writes advertisements; screens applications; assists with developing interview questions; participates in interviews when needed; coaches supervisors and managers in effective and legal hiring practices; maintains records and checks for adverse impact; assists with reviewing screening methods of job-relatedness and effectiveness.
  • Assists customer departments in review and application of personnel manual and personnel polices
  • Conducts training needs assessments and provides or coordinates training for employees and managers; develops and conducts employee orientation and other related programs
  • Develops and administers performance evaluation program, performance and other pay programs
  • Reviews, researches, and recommend various benefits programs; coordinates worker's compensation programs; insures cost effectiveness of structure and providers of benefits.
  • Review and revise Personnel Manual as needed per negotiations or mandated by changes in State and/or Federal Law.
  • Coordinate the administration of the employee grievance process.
  • Coordinate safety and accident prevention programs and ensure compliance with State and Federal laws.
  • Supervises departmental staff and develops and administers departmental budget; hires, trains, provides performance coaching and evaluation for departmental staff.
  • Participate in labor negotiations
  • Operate a motor vehicle, possess a valid Class-C California driver’s license, and be insurable at regular rates by the City’s insurance.
  • Work closely with payroll.
  • Attend human resources and risk management seminars as required.
  • Makes periodic presentations to managerial and employee groups.

 Knowledge Of:

  • Objectives, methods and problems of public personnel administration and relationships of personnel processes to other areas of governmental administration.
  • Current trends in the field of public personnel, particularly those relating to legislative and court decisions affecting the California trial courts.
  • Employee and labor relations legislation and practices.
  • Effective labor relations, negotiations, and conflict resolution.
  • Principles of effective classification, compensation, recruitment, and selection processes.
  • Principles of effective supervision, including leadership, team building, coaching, adult learning methodologies, and employee performance management.
  • Employee benefit administration and practices.
  • Legal requirements and practices of responding to harassment, discrimination, and safety complaints.
  • State and Federal regulations and requirements related to employee leaves of absence.
  • Modern office methods and technology including the use of a personal computer and related software such as word processing, HRIS, spreadsheets, and databases
  • Principles and practices of policy development and implementation.
  • Principles and practices of project planning, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Public and community relations.
  • Basic public contact and customer service techniques.
  • Correct English usage, grammar, and vocabulary.

 Ability To:

  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Synthesize complex ideas and information into well-organized, clear, concise, and accurate documents such as reports and correspondence.
  • Apply accepted principles, practices, and methods of public personnel administration.
  • Prepare and deliver oral presentations and trainings on a variety of human resources topics and for general employee trainings.
  • Interpret, apply, and explain labor agreements, laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures related to human resources functions and other assigned areas.
  • Understand and promote diversity.
  • Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of lower-level staff.
  • Select, supervise, mentor, reward, discipline, counsel, motivate, and train assigned staff.
  • Develop and administer goals, objectives, and procedures within assigned areas and city-wide.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Lead and manage assigned staff through change.
  • Use strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of city personnel, the City Council, and members of the public.
  • Administer projects, as part of a team or as project lead, within the project scope, time constraints, and resource constraints to achieve the desired objective.
  • Use work-related computer applications such as e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, and/or the internet.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information and work and exercise discretion.
  • Handle sensitive legal matters
  • Lead, oversee, and coordinate work activities and ensure staff complete responsibilities timely and accurately
  • Work under the pressure of deadlines, conflicting demands, and emergencies
  • Understand, follow, and give written and oral instructions
  • Use independent judgment and make sound decisions
  • Complete all duties as assigned timely and accurately
  • Use correct English grammar, spelling, and punctuation


 Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in human resources, public administration, business, risk management or related human services field.

 At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience personnel management experience and at least three (3) years of which was in a supervisory or management capacity.


 Ability to:  Reach, turn, move from one location to another.

  • Frequent:    Speak clearly and correctly, sit, hear, handle, climb.
  • Visual acuity (near, less than 20 inches).
  • Perform one or more of the following functions simultaneously:
  • Reach, turn, move from one location to another, handle, read, write, sit, speak, hear.


 Incumbent will primarily work in an office environment.

  • Incumbent may be required to work weekends, special events, on-call, or outside of normal work schedule.
  • Incumbents who drive on City business to carry out job-related duties must possess a valid California driver's license upon hire for the class of vehicle driven and meet automobile insurability requirements of the City.


Disaster Service Worker - Pursuant to California Government Code Section 3100-3109, all public employees are declared disaster service workers subject to disaster service activities as may be assigned to them in the event of fire, flood, earthquake, or other natural or man-made disaster.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This class specification should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.  It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.  Any essential function or requirement of this class will be evaluated as necessary should an incumbent/applicant be unable to perform the function or requirement due to a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Reasonable accommodation for the specific disability will be made for the incumbent/applicant when possible.


Please submit a resume, cover letter, and responses to the required supplemental questions to


This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled, but applications are due by 5:00 pm on January 31, 2022, for initial application review.   The best-qualified candidates will be selected to advance to an interview.  Applications submitted after 5:00pm on January 31, 2022, may not be considered if an applicant is selected for the position following initial interviews. 




The City participates in the CalPERS retirement plan:  2% @ 62 for PEPRA members and 2.7% at 55 for classic members (employee pays employee portion). The City does not participate in Social Security. The City offers competitive vacation and other annual leaves and a $950 to $1,500 cafeteria benefit payable toward City offered health, dental, and vision insurance plans.




  1. Do you have at least five (5) years of progressively responsible personnel management experience, at least three (3) years of which in a supervisory or management capacity? Answer Yes or No



  1. Do you have a current Class C California Driver’s license? Answer Yes or No



  1. Describe how your training, education and experience meet the qualifications for this position. Be specific as to positions held, areas and scope of responsibilities, size of organization, and other relevant factors that demonstrate your qualifications for this position.






  1. Describe your approach to teamwork and how you would approach being a member of the City’s leadership team.