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JOB TITLE: Chief People Officer

AGENCY: North County Transit District

LOCATION: Oceanside, CA

FILING DEADLINE:  March 15, 2024

SALARY RANGE:  $148,486 – $244,940



Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief People Officer (CPO) is responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of human resources activities in general personnel management, including compensation, benefits, employer/employee relations, labor relations and negotiations, recruitment and selection, classification, and the drug and alcohol program. The CPO ensures human resources functions are conducted in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations. Experience and expertise in federal and state employment regulations, EEO guidelines, recruiting and selection practices, and principles of human resources management is highly beneficial, as well as a knowledge of labor rules and regulations.


Essential functions include but are not limited to:

  • Identifies, recommends, and implements internal policies, organizational structures, work processes, and management practices to improve the use of human resources (HR) throughout NCTD.
  • Shape NCTD’s people strategy, including hiring practices, leadership development and training programs.
  • Identifies applicable labor/employment laws, rules, and regulations impacting the HR function. Collaborates with the Office of General Counsel staff to ensure proactive, compliance-focused efforts throughout the District.
  • Serve as Drug and Alcohol Program Manager/Designated Employer Representative; ensures District and any covered contractors comply with applicable FTA, FRA and FMCSA regulations as it relates to the drug and alcohol program.
  • Leads labor relations matters between the District and labor unions, including providing support and assistance to supervisors on labor relations issues.
  • Provides advice and represents NCTD in discussions with officials, employee organizations, public and private agencies, and community organizations.
  • Presents information relative to issues pending before the Board of Directors, particularly with regard to personnel, benefits, organizational development, and labor relationships.
  • Directs the development, management, and administration of all employee benefit programs.
  • Develops and implements department goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for staff and assigned area of responsibility.



As the District is growing in staff and service, the Chief People Officer will be an innovative, approachable, and ethical leader, and, possesses outstanding customer service and managerial skills. The ideal candidate will have a thorough understanding of  employment-related laws and regulations pertaining to public/represented employees and exhibit the highest moral character to foster transparency and accountability within the organization. The role calls for a results-driven individual who can work seamlessly with staff at all levels, including executive leadership, bargaining units, and elected officials, to establish succession planning and employee development programs collaboratively.


Key Skills, Attributes and Characteristics

  • Ability to create and maintain good working relationships through excellent communication and teambuilding skills, including the ability to engage successfully with district department heads and staff.
  • Expert knowledge of federal and state employment regulations, EEO guidelines, recruiting and selection practices, and principles and theories of human resource management.
  • Strong knowledge of labor relations rules and regulations.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle difficult situations with diplomacy and tact.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills; ability to gather, organize, analyze, and present data to appropriate sources.
  • Ability to interpret and apply local, state, and federal rules and regulations accurately and effectively.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to prepare and deliver clear and concise reports. 
  • A professional level of expertise and ability to demonstrate use of high-level discretion and judgment in execution of duties.
  • Ability to manage and maintain simultaneous, transitional, and emerging priorities.



Anchored by historic Highway 101 and with near perfect weather, this stretch of California coastline has some of the best surfing anywhere in the world and a laid-back, SoCal vibe all its own. Here you’ll find plenty of dining options and shopping opportunities including the Cedros Avenue Design District, the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, several upscale malls and unique, local boutiques. North County has everything from five-star fare at Addison to authentic traditional Mexican food, along with craft brew tasting rooms, urban wineries, and seaside watering holes. If you’re looking for outdoor adventures in San Diego, the north region has plenty. From hiking and horseback riding in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve and standup paddle boarding and kayaking in Carlsbad Lagoon, to biking along the coast, or sport fishing, whale watching or surfing, from La Jolla to Oceanside outdoor enthusiasts are sure to be entertained.


For more details about this opportunity, please visit the job brochure at: https://koffassociates.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Rev3-North-County-TD-CPO.pdf


To be considered, please electronically submit your resume, cover letter and a list of five professional references (references will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) to: https://koffassociates.com/chief-people-officer/. Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held, as well as the size of staff and budgets you have managed. 


For additional information, please contact:


Frank Rojas

(510) 495-0448


Website: https://koffassociates.com/