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Vice President of Human Resources/Assistant Superintendent

Cerritos College
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 27, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration
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Full Time
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Vice President of Human Resources/Assistant Superintendent

Salary: $200,832.00 - $236,220.00 Annually
Job Type:
Job Number: VPHR 2021
Closing: 2/6/2022 11:59 PM Pacific
Location: Norwalk, CA
Department: VPHR 2021
Division: Human Resources

College Profile

Cerritos College is ranked 14th among the top 100 schools with the highest Hispanic enrollment in the United States by the United States Department of Education. Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at

Department Profile

The Human Resources Department strives to provide quality customer service to the District's constituent groups by recruiting qualified individuals, retaining valuable employees, administering benefits, mitigating risk, providing a safe work environment, and issuing policies and procedures that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion. These services are achieved through team-work in a collaborative, respectful, and innovative environment.

Distinguishing Career Features
Under the direction of the President/Superintendent, the Vice President of Human Resources is responsible to plan, organize, coordinate, and direct the District's comprehensive human resources and employee relations program; negotiate, interpret, and assure compliance with collective bargaining agreements and various state and federal laws, codes, rules, and regulations related to human resources; oversee staff development programs pertaining to areas of responsibility; supervise implementation and efficient operation of the automated human resources information system (PeopleSoft); closely coordinate department operations with District payroll, health and welfare, program and operations, workers compensation and other administrative operations of the College in a collaborative manner. Advise the President/Superintendent, members of the Board of Trustees, senior and executive administrative staff on policy and procedures, legal mandates and the impact of related legislation on the District. Provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the President/Superintendent while establishing and providing a high standard of vision, leadership and direction for the District's Human Resources function

Job Duties
1. Plan, organize, coordinate and direct the District's human resources and employee relations programs and services; develop, implement and document policies and procedures to effectively manage academic and classified personnel; assure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, collective bargaining agreements, Board policies, and regulations.
2. Coordinate and administer the recruitment and selection of all District employees; develop recruitment guidelines and processes to ensure equal opportunity and diversity in the appointment, promotion, transfer, reassignment, retention and termination of employees; assure the fair, consistent, efficient, and objective interpretation and application of human resources policies and procedures.
3. Plan, organize and direct the District's staff diversity program; compile and analyze related data and prepare reports; review data to evaluate the effectiveness of employment practices including targeted recruitment and executive searches; monitor adherence to the District hiring process according to diversity guidelines and evaluate appropriate modifications to the Faculty and Staff Diversity Plan; administer the receipt, investigation, and resolution of complaints regarding discrimination and sexual harassment.
4. Serve as the District Representative or Chief Negotiator for the District in collective bargaining with employee organizations. Plan, organize, direct, and participate in collective bargaining negotiations with employee organizations and processes in accordance with policy direction from the President/Superintendent and the Board of Trustees; prepare and evaluate proposals and responses to employee organization proposals; discuss negotiation strategies with the President/Superintendent, Board of Trustees, and District administrators; communicate with College management regarding contract changes and advise and collaborate with District negotiating team members.
5. Interpret, monitor, and assist with compliance of collective bargaining agreements; conduct meetings with employee organization representatives to discuss issues related to contracts and to resolve issues involving employee relations or contractual interpretations or disputes, including the grievance process; develop and promote employee relations practices to maintain positive employer-employee relations.
6. Administer the discipline process including reprimands, suspensions, demotions, and dismissals; coordinate related hearings; administer the employee formal and informal grievance procedures; in consultation with affected administrators, conduct and/or direct investigations and hearings as appropriate; serve as hearing officer; coordinate with legal counsel and make recommendations to the President/Superintendent and Board of Trustees as appropriate; mediate employee grievances and facilitate resolution.
7. Participate in the administration of employee health and welfare benefits programs to include medical, dental, vision, life, and disability plans for eligible personnel; assure compliance with applicable laws and policies; assist in the administration of the District's COBRA benefit program.
8. Administer and maintain a comprehensive classification plan for positions within the District; conduct studies related to compensation, benefits, and classification of positions in the District; audit positions, recommend new classifications as needed, and allocate positions using established methods of job evaluation; gather, analyze, and interpret compensation and benefits data.
9. Plan, develop, and administer the annual budget for the Human Resources Department; review, analyze, and make recommendations on budget and financial data; monitor, control, and authorize expenditures in accordance with established District and department budget procedures; maintain appropriate records and documentation according to District purchasing policies and procedures.
10. Plan, organize, and administer the preparation and maintenance of personnel records, files, and data as required by state and federal laws and regulation, as well as District policies and procedures; develop appropriate records storage and retention systems and schedules; assure adequate documentation related to employee selection, promotion, and separation.
11. Select, assign, orient, train, supervise, counsel, discipline, and evaluate, according to prescribed schedules, the performance of direct subordinates; appropriately delegate the responsibility for supervision of indirect subordinates to subordinate supervisors to assure efficient and effective performance of assigned personnel; plan, coordinate, and arrange for appropriate training of department personnel.
12. Evaluate, recommend, and implement techniques to improve department policies and practices, increase efficiency and keep abreast of current trends and practices in the field of community college human resources administration.
13. Represent the Human Resources Department at Board of Trustees meetings and present verbal and written information as required; provide technical expertise, information and assistance to the President/Superintendent; communicate with other District administrators, personnel and contractors to coordinate activities, programs and services, resolve issues and conflicts and exchange information; work cooperatively as a member of the District management staff toward the achievement of its goals and objectives; provide leadership consistent with the mission and function of the District.
14. Lead or participate in District or College committees, initiatives, teams, or adhoc groups; complete assigned tasks when serving on such groups.
15. Recommend, plan, design, and implement training sessions for employees throughout the District organizational structure as needed; plan, schedule, and arrange for trainers/facilitators to present appropriate staff development activities and sessions.
16. Plan, organize, prepare, or direct the preparation and maintenance of a variety of narrative and statistical reports, records, and files related to assigned activities and personnel; plan, organize, and present a variety of written and oral reports to the Board of Trustees, President/ Superintendent, District Management Team, and other District constituent groups. Management Team, and other District constituent groups.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in a field or subject area that reasonably relates to the skills, knowledge, and abilities required for the successful completion of the position job duties and responsibilities. (Candidates with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to U.S. degrees by a certified U.S. credential review service)
  • Five years of varied and increasingly responsible human resources management experience, including collective bargaining. Public educational or public sector experience is desired.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, ethnic and disability backgrounds of community college students and employees.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in leading and motivating administrators, managers, faculty and staff collaboratively in a collegial and shared governance environment.
  • Demonstrated professional/personal characteristics that ensure effective working relationships with Board of Trustees members, the President/Superintendent, management, faculty and classified personnel as well as community members.
    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Leadership experience within a two-year community college environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, excellent emotional intelligence.
  • Innovative, driven human resources professional with risk analysis expertise.
  • Experience with state-of-art approaches to employee engagement, including retention of diverse populations.
  • Strong personnel management skills including strategic planning and timely decision making. Ability to manage multiple functions and organize human and financial resources to meet goals and objectives.
  • Successful visionary leader with proven ability to motivate and empower others and build effective relationships and teams.
  • Effective in conflict resolution while maintaining high degree of personal and departmental integrity and openness with faculty, and staff.

Supplemental Information
Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of human resources management, including recruitment, classification, and compensation and collective bargaining in the public sector.
  • State and federal laws and regulations related to human resources management, collective bargaining, and community college administration.
  • Negotiation techniques and collective bargaining processes.
  • Human resources information systems functions and operations.
  • Wage and hour administration.
  • Techniques and legal mandates pertaining to recruitment, selection, employee classification, and records management.
  • Principles of administration, supervision, performance evaluation and training.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Progressive discipline procedures and documentation.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and diplomacy.
    Ability to:
  • Provide leadership in human resources areas including recruitment, selection, affirmative action, equal opportunity, compensation and benefits, collective bargaining, grievance and discipline procedures, performance appraisal, and records management.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, and direct the District's personnel management and employer-employee relations programs and activities for academic and classified personnel.
  • Interpret, apply, and explain complex policies and legal requirements.
  • Provide technical expertise and assistance to District personnel regarding assigned functions.
  • Select, assign, orient, train, supervise, counsel, discipline and evaluate employee performance of department personnel.
  • Plan, negotiate and implement collective bargaining agreements.
  • Participate in and manage the development and implementation of a complex human resources information system.
  • Assure the accurate and timely preparation, maintenance, and retention of personnel files, data, reports and documentation.
  • Prepare and present comprehensive written and verbal reports and recommendations in a professional and effective manner.
  • Assure the integrity of District human resources systems and functions.
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others, including people of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and disability backgrounds.
    Application Procedure
    Application materials must be submitted by the closing date.
    Applicants who need special services or facilities due to disability in order to apply or interview for this position must notify Human Resources at the time of application or at least 72 hours prior to the closing date or date of a scheduled interview.

    Selection Procedure
    Following the closing date, application materials will be evaluated by a selection committee. Candidates selected for further consideration will be limited to those applicants in the competitive group who best meet the qualifications for the position. Interviews will then be conducted by the selection committee, and finalists will be recommended for further consideration by the President-Superintendent for final selection and recommendation for employment. The selection process may also include practical exercises (i.e., teaching demonstration and/or other written, technical, manipulative, or simulation exercises) to evaluate candidates' qualifications.

    Documents Needed to Apply:
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    3. Copy of Transcripts (must show all coursework completed and conferral date of degrees)

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    The District ensures that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity, and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of national origin, religion, age, sex or gender, race, color, medical condition, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or because he or she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. .

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