Director of Human Resources at Merced Community College (2023)

Director of Human Resources

Salary: $76,789.00 - $119,268.00 Annually

Job Type:

Job Number: 20220727


1/31/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Location: Merced, CA


Management Range 8Additional compensation for doctorateInterview dates to be determined

Merced College is a midsized community college located in California's Central Valley. Founded in 1962, the college serves more than 16,000 students, with room to expand on its 267-acre main campus and 120-acre Los Banos site, as well as at our innovative Business Resource Center in Downtown Merced. The City of Merced, incorporated in 1889, offers historical sites, affordable housing and access to the Bay Area and Sacramento. Merced is known as the Gateway to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada mountains, and is home to the University of California's newest campus, UC Merced. Our tree-shaded, growing community of just over 80,000 includes multiple biking and walking trails as well as access to several lakes — large and small — throughout the county.

The Office of Human Resources operates as a strategic partner, doesn't shy from innovation, and is looking to fill the position of Director of Human Resources to increase our capacity to serve our College community. This management position will supervise HR classified professionals and report directly to the Vice President of Human Resources. If you are an experienced HR professional who is passionate about equity and innovation and is a leader with integrity, humor, and a streak of creativity, we can't wait to meet you!

Merced College Vision

Merced College will provide transformative and empowering educational experiences to meet student and community needs.

Merced College Mission

Growing our community through education and workforce training:

• lifelong learning

• basic skills

• career technical education

• transfer

• degree/certificate programs

Ensuring student success through equitable access, continuous quality improvement, institutional effectiveness, and student achievement.

General Description:

This is a classified administrative leadership position for the District. The incumbent reports directly to the Vice President of Human Resources (VPHR) and serves as the day-to-day office manager. The incumbent will independently perform professional work involving judgment in the interpretation and application of collective bargaining agreements, policy and procedure, as well as applicable state and federal laws (e.g. Title 5 regulations, California Education Code, state labor laws, federal labor laws). The incumbent will assist the Vice President with developing and implementing short and long-range plans and strategies to meet the District's goals for compliance, recruitment, selection, compensation and classification, benefits administration, labor relations, and performance management. The incumbent will contribute significantly to the District's equity, diversity, and equal employment opportunity programs, including serving as an investigator as needed. The incumbent has a high frequency of responsible contact with administrative and professional staff and with other public agencies.

Examples of Duties

Essential Functions:

• Provide day-to-day leadership and work with staff to ensure a high performance, customer service-oriented work environment to support achieving District objectives and service expectations

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• Assist in directing the operations of Human Resources including employment, promotion, transfer, termination, and reduction in workforce processes for District personnel; recruitment, classification, benefits administration, performance management, leaves administration, complaint and grievance handling, and other related human resources functions

• Assisting with conducting investigations and writing reports

• Direct workflow, including developing and implementing department work plans and objectives; delegate appropriate assignments; assure timely workflow and compliance

• Implement approved recommendations for assigned human resources functions which support the strategic plan and other planning documents; implement the philosophy and policies of the college and ensure that the human resources department adheres to and advances the college's mission, vision, and goals; ensure programs are in accordance with applicable laws, codes, policies, procedures and best practice

• Implement activities within the District's Staffing Plan, Professional Development Plan, and Equal Employment Opportunity Plan

• Assist in the administration of compliance with State and Federal legislation, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) guidelines, relevant sections of the Education Code and Title 5, the reasonable accommodation interactive process pursuant to the guidelines established in the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other related laws and regulations

• Prepare reports and documentation for accreditation and other reporting responsibilities, including writing procedures and manuals as required; recommend updates to human resources related board policies and administrative procedures; assist in preparing strategic plans, program reviews, the educational master plan and other plans and reports as assigned

• Provide consultation and technical expertise to administrators, faculty, staff, the public and others concerning Human Resources operations and activities

• Establish and implement human resources audit procedures in order to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations; serve as point of contact for outside agency audits

• Assist in supervising the maintenance of personnel records and employment contracts

• Assist with the development, design, and delivery of workplace compliance training and professional development opportunities

• Conduct job analyses, classification studies, and salary surveys; develop and maintain a job description library; create and revise job descriptions, which are in compliance with the requirements of law

• Participate in collective bargaining, labor relations meetings, and grievance meetings as assigned; facilitate conflict resolution as needed to improve employee relations and the effectiveness of supervision by District managers

• Lead assigned councils and committees; may represent human resources on various planning and/or operations committees and task forces

• Assist with budget development and monitor assigned budget categories

• Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff; select, train, and coordinate tasks; assign priorities; resolve issues or concerns

• Research legal matters and consult with legal counsel on behalf of the district as assigned

• Draft board agenda items for review by the AVPHR

• May attend DFEH, employment and/or mediation hearings on behalf of the District

• Develop, oversee and maintain the Human Resources information system. Work closely with District ITS staff for establishing and/or improving Human Resources functions

• Other related duties as assigned

Knowledge of:

• Principles, methods, and techniques of Public Personnel Administration, including compliance, recruitment, examination, selection, classification, compensation, grievance procedures, and employer/employee relations

• Provisions of related California Education Code

• State and federal laws and decisions pertaining to human resources, collective bargaining and equity

• Equal employment regulations and requirements

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• Human resources information systems

• General principles of organization, management and employee supervision, and training

• Title 5, Title IX, ADA, OSHA, disability and workers compensation laws, rules and regulations

• District organization, operations, policies and objectives

• Effective research, analytical and report writing techniques

• ACCJC Accreditation Standard IIIA

• Occupations found in community college districts

• Collective bargaining under the provisions of SB 160 and the requirements of the Public Employment Relations Board

• Proper English grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation

Ability to:

• Demonstrate sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of community college students

• Meet time constraints in the rendering of advice and reports

• Plan, organize and direct the activities and operations of the human resources operations

• Coordinate and supervise information management systems for human resources

• Interpret and apply rules and regulations relating to the operation of a personnel program under the Education Code

• Perform professional and analytical human resources tasks

• Effectively counsel, advise, and interact with supervisors and staff on a wide variety of personnel-related matters

• Understand, interpret and apply policies, laws, rules and regulations

• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing

• Conduct investigations and/or oversee complaint handling

• Exhibit interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy

• Prepare reports and make recommendations

• Assign, train, supervise and evaluate the work of others

• Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others

• Exercise initiative and independent judgment

• Manage confidential matters with tact and diplomacy

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• Work various hours including evenings and/or weekends

• Operate a computer and assigned software

• Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action

• Plan, schedule, and organize workload and projects, ensuring timelines are met

Typical Qualifications


• Bachelor's degree from an acceptable accredited institution in human resources management, business administration, public administration, organizational management, educational management, or related field AND

• Evidence of sensitivity to an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students AND

• Five (5) years of increasingly responsible related experience OR

• The equivalent education and experience directly related to human resources management

License or Certificate

• Title IX certified Investigator or Coordinator OR the ability and desire to obtain proficiency in Title IX investigations and complaint processing.


• Master's degree from an acceptable accredited institution in human resources management, business administration, public administration, organizational management, educational management, a related field, or the equivalent


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


• Work is performed primarily in an office environment with some travel to different sites; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends

Physical Ability to:

• Work at a desk, conference table or in meetings of various configurations

• Hear and understand speech at normal levels

• Communicate so others will be able to clearly understand normal conversation

• Read printed matter and computer screens

• Stand or sit for prolonged periods of time

• Operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard


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• See in the normal visual range with or without correction


• Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction

Supplemental Information

How to Apply:

• Submit a complete application by the closing date/time on the Merced College career pages at

Required Documentation:

• Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position (cover letter)

• Resume

• List of three professional references (no reference letters permitted)

• Legible unofficial college transcripts (undergraduate and graduate); transcripts must include the degree major and date the institution granted the degree; official copies are not required unless applicant is hired

• Diversity Statement: The Merced College District has a diverse staff and student population. As such, applicants must demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and the community at large. Please describe your leadership efforts and professional experience promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in a work setting. Please do not include any personally identifying information. Limit your response to one (1) page.

If Applicable:

• Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. evaluation and translation completed by an approved organization per the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

• Equivalency Review Form (Required for applicants who do not possess the stated minimum educational qualifications and are seeking consideration on the basis of equivalency)

Only the required documentation as listed above will be accepted for this recruitment. Any additional documentation will be removed from your application profile.

Interview Information:

Those applicants deemed highly qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee. A limited number of candidates will be invited to interviews. Interviews may be scheduled via Zoom or onsite.Applicants are required to ensure access to the necessary technology to participate in a Zoom interview and will be responsible for their travel expenses, if necessary.

Employee Benefits:

Health benefits for the employee and all their eligible dependents cost employee's only $12 per month and provide access to PPO medical coverage, PPO dental coverage, VSP Vision coverage, and more! Please visit our for more details about our incredible employee benefits. In addition, sick leave and retirement benefits are also provided.

Condition of Employment:

The selected candidate must be fingerprinted and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment. In compliance with the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, all new employees are required to verify their identity and the right to work in the United States. Merced College does not sponsor visas. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. The applicant must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process. Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office.Merced Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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