City of Huntington Beach

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Here in Huntington Beach, we believe passionately that the key to becoming the best beach City in the world starts and ends with finding the right people to join our team.  At this time, we have an outstanding career opportunity available, as we're looking for the "right person" to serve as Human Resources Manager in the Administrative Services Department.

The City is seeking a Human Resources Manager who will be a collaborative leader with broad HR administrative technical skills and a solid track record of success as a generalist. The ideal candidate is a personable, professional manager with a willingness to proactively address issues and partner with departments to find creative solutions to reach the best outcomes. The City desires a candidate who has demonstrated professional expertise in the field of human resources administration and management, including an extensive working knowledge of HR and risk management best practices and the full complement of applicable regulations and statutes.

But be aware that here in Huntington Beach, we are looking for so much more than just someone with premier technical skills.  Of primary importance for our organization is finding an individual with a genuine leadership style grounded in humility.  The successful candidate will have to understand and value the critical importance that people play in building a successful organization.  And of note, our Human Resources Manager will need to absolutely and authentically... willing to put the needs of the team ahead of any personal desires or ambitions.
...have a high level of emotional intelligence, and a genuine love and passion for people.
...demonstrate a desire to engage in the truly hard work needed for an agency to be premier.
So if you have a passion for teamwork and a commitment to continual improvement... if you are intrigued by the thought of being part of a team tasked with changing the world that is Huntington Beach for the better... if you are looking to join an organization that values people and community and the delivery of real results...
 If that's you, then we would love for you to consider joining our team here in Huntington Beach.
Key traits for our ideal Human Resources Manager include:
A relationship builder and connector.  Someone who can quickly forge strong, trusting relationships with diverse sets of people, and readily inspires others to action.
Leadership through consensus.  Someone who is an approachable consensus-builder, but is also capable of independent and decisive thought and action.
A keen sense of ethics.  Someone who recognizes the importance of personal and organizational integrity, and someone comfortable raising and discussing ethical issues with the goal of "doing what's right," not "being right."
Innovative and flexible.  Someone able to see beyond what currently exists, and is constant in their pursuit of realistic game-changing breakthroughs for the Huntington Beach organization and community.
Obsessive about outcomes.  Someone who makes data-driven decisions and stays laser-focused on truly audacious goals while balancing the day-to-day needs of the organization.
A strategic problem-solver.  Someone able to break large challenges into smaller, manageable pieces, and then works to identify trends and prioritizes solving the root cause of issues.
Intellectual curiosity.  Someone who is an excellent listener, and who applies strong critical thinking skills and business judgement to complex issues.
A polished and professional demeanor.  Someone who will take great pride in representing the Huntington Beach community, and one who will serve as an ambassador for the City.
A Positive Attitude.  Someone who understands that even the best laid plans can go wrong, and has the self-confidence to course-correct with positivity and grace.
Under general direction, plans, organizes, oversees, coordinates and reviews the work of staff performing difficult and complex professional, technical and administrative support for Human Resources programs and functions.

Reports to:     Director / Deputy Director of Administrative Services
Supervises:    Professional, Managerial, and Technical Human Resources and Risk Management staff

Note: This job description is currently being updated and is under review for final approval.  

-Serves as division manager for Human Resources and Risk Management
-Assists in the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, policies, programs and procedures;
-Oversees and coordinates HR division activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations;
-Prepares and presents a variety of reports, workshops, presentations and related communication to staff, executive management, City Council and the public;
-Manages, supervises and coordinates a variety of human resources programs and operations, including oversight of Risk Management and HRIS-related functions and requirements;
-Administers the enforcement and compliance of the City's civil service system rules;
-Receives, investigates, and effectively responds to difficult and sensitive employee-relations issues; may conduct or oversee fact-finding investigations,  evaluate report findings, make recommendations and facilitate corrective action;
-Assists in the oversight and coordination of activities related to recruitment and selection programs;
-Acts as EEO Officer and oversees administration of policies and practices related to non-discrimination compliance efforts;
-Advises staff, supervisors, and managers regarding labor relations and employee relations issues; advises supervisory and management staff regarding  employee grievances, disciplinary matters, and investigations;
-Participates as a member of the City's negotiating team, meets with association representatives regarding MOU language interpretation and scope of bargaining issues;
-Oversees the administration and coordination of employee benefits, and retirement-related  programs,  supervises  benefit  administration,  reviews  health  insurance  and supplemental benefits broker/carrier performance;
-Participates in the selection and evaluation of Human Resources and Risk Management staff; coach motivate, and train, assigned staff and others;
-Attends leadership, management, supervisory, and professional training, workshops, seminars, conferences, webinars to maintain currency regarding regulatory requirements and public sector human resources and risk management best-practices related to areas of assignment;
-Prepares and processes City Council agenda items, memos, forms, general correspondence, and spreadsheets;
-Serves as back-up to the Administrative Services Director/Secretary to the City Personnel Commission; attend meetings, reviews commission minutes, establishes agenda, oversee public hearing presentations, coordinate grievance hearings;
-Responsible for coordination and administration of citywide training and  staff professional development programs;
-Develops new or modified human resources and risk management administrative regulations, functional and operational policies, procedures, and systems to accommodate changes in Personnel, Benefits, Retirement, Labor Relations or Equal Employment legislation; develop business continuity processes and procedures;
-Assists in the administration of the City's classification and compensation programs, reviews and evaluates existing, new classification and reclassification requests;
-Assists in the preparation and oversight of the department budget; review and analyze reports, and records;
-Report to work as scheduled, work a variety of schedules including evenings, weekends, and holidays, as required;
-Performs other related duties as assigned.

The preceding duties have been provided as examples of the essential types of work performed by positions within this job
classification. The City, at its discretion, may add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.


Any combination of education, training, and experience that would likely provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position is qualifying. A typical combination includes:

Knowledge of:
- Principles and policies of personnel administration and management
- Principles and practices of collective bargaining and labor contract administration
- Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, ordinances, and policies related to public personnel administration, labor and employment
- CalPERS and related health and retirement benefit laws, rules and practices
- Principles and practices of organization, administration and budget management
- Principles and practices of municipal risk management
- Principles and practices of record keeping, report writing and project management
- Customer service practices and techniques
- English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation
- Modern office methods, practices, procedures and equipment
- Human  Resources  Information  Systems,  Microsoft Office  applications, Word,  Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher
- Current federal, state and/or local legislation and judicial decisions pertaining to Equal Employment, Employer-Employee Relations, and other federal and state regulatory programs.

Ability to:
- Plan,  organize,  prioritize,  delegate,  and  coordinate  work  to  completion  in  a  timely manner
- Work independently, and balance competing priorities
- Employ creativity is developing solutions, identify alternatives, project outcomes and consequences of proposed actions, implement recommendations
- Maintain confidentiality
- Interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, municipal codes accurately and appropriately
- Represent the department with tact and diplomacy
- Be collaborative and deal constructively with conflict, and develop consensus
- Prepare complex reports and conduct highly complex data and regulatory analysis
- Supervise, train and evaluate staff
- Plan, organize and direct a comprehensive public sector civil service system
- Effectively administer negotiated labor agreements, and a comprehensive classification and compensation system
- Communicate effectively in writing and conduct oral presentations with a wide variety of elected officials, management, supervisors, employees and the general public
- Report  to  work  as  required  as  scheduled;  and  work  extended  hours  beyond  the established schedule
- Follow directions, and accept evaluative and constructive recommendations for change and improvement
- Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
- Conduct work in a professional manner

Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Public or Business Administration, or Organizational Development, or other directly related field.  Master's degree preferred.

Experience: Five (5) years professional, managerial-level experience in Human Resources, Personnel Administration, or Organizational Development including two (2) years directly related experience in planning, organizing and supervising professional, technical and clerical staff. Public sector and risk management experience is preferred.

A valid California Class C driver license with an acceptable driving record required by time of appointment and throughout employment.

Certification in any of the following is desirable:  
HRCI/Society Human Resource Management
- PHR – Professional in Human Resources
- PHRca – Professional in Human Resources – California
- SPHR – Senior Professional in Human Resources
International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR)
- IPMA-CP – Certified Professional
- IPMA – SCP – Senior Certified Professional
California Public Employer Labor Relations Association (CalPELRA)
- Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP)
Employees regularly assigned/required to drive a city or personal vehicle in the course and scope of work shall be required to participate in the DMV Employer Pull Notice program.

Public Employee Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, all Huntington Beach city employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or a disaster.

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