Human Resources/Risk Manager

City of Laguna Beach

Location

Laguna Beach , CA 92651

Compensation

$110,508 – $170,172
per year

 

The City of Laguna Beach is excited to announce that we are hiring for the position of Human Resources/Risk Manager.

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We are seeking an experienced, talented individual to fill this key management position. The Human Resources/Risk Manager reports directly to the Director of Administrative Services and is responsible for managing a team of four human resources professionals.

Laguna Beach: With seven miles of City beaches and towering hills with captivating Pacific views, Laguna Beach residents enjoy some of the most stunning landscapes in Southern California. Laguna Beach hosts millions of visitors to its world-famous arts festivals and beautiful beaches. Services provided to its resident population of approximately 23,000 include police, fire, marine safety, recreation, parks, public works, community development, parking, and transit.

 
The Division: The Human Resources Division is one of four divisions in the Administrative Services Department.  The Human Resources Division provides internal support to all operating departments and external support to all prospective candidates. The division currently has 5 positions: one (1) Human Resources/Risk Manager, three (3) Administrative Analysts and one (1) Senior Office Specialist. Responsibilities of the division include maintenance of personnel records for the City’s 285 full-time and approximately 300 part-time employees. The Human Resources Division is also responsible for the recruitment, selection, hiring, and onboarding of all new employees. The division conducts recruitments for approximately 40 full-time regular positions each year, which is in addition to the recruitments conducted for the City’s part-time and seasonal positions. In total, this amounts to a review of more than 4,000 applications and the processing of approximately 1,400 Personnel Action Forms. The Human Resources Division also manages employee training and development programs; administers the City’s compensation, classification and employee benefits programs; oversees equal employment opportunity programs and reporting; ensures compliance with State and Federal employment mandates; manages employee leaves and the accommodation process, provides guidance to staff, coordinates employee safety training, oversees the City’s DMV pull notice and drug and alcohol testing programs, and manages the City’s workers’ compensation program. The Division also acquires and maintains insurance for the City, assists with contract reviews, processes tort claims, and assists counsel with litigation against the city. Human Resources is also responsible for employee and labor relations, which includes contract negotiations, interpretation and implementation of the Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), Personnel Rules, and Administrative Policies. Staff support is also provided to the Personnel Board as needed.   


The Position: Under general direction, the Human Resources/Risk Manager plans, organizes, directs, manages, and reviews human resources, risk management, and labor relations programs, projects, operations and activities; provides highly complex and professional staff assistance to City management related to human resource and risk issues; collaborates with other departments in the adoption and implementation of responsible and proactive human resource and risk management policies and practices; and does related work as required.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Professional integrity and ethics 
  • Strong leadership team building, and organizational skills
  • Experience meeting and speaking publicly with City stakeholders, the City Council and the general public
  • The knowledge, skills and experience to assist with managing the human resources and risk management functions in a city
  • The ability to enjoy the challenge of effectively managing a demanding workload of shifting priorities and assume ownership of key priorities and projects
  • Exceptional customer service skills, interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

To Be Considered: To apply for this exceptional career opportunity, please submit a cover letter of interest, comprehensive resume, and five professional references (who will not be contacted until a mutual interest is established) to:

City of Laguna Beach, Human Resources Division

Attn: Andi Aguilar, Human Resources Analyst

505 Forest Avenue

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Phone: (949) 497-0725

Email: aaguilar@lagunabeachcity.net

Candidates are encouraged to apply by Friday, February 26, 2021

Electronic Submittals are Preferred

Selection: The selection process will include a virtual interview and may include other testing components designed to predict a candidate's success in the position. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for March 5, 2021.

Pre-Placement: The selected candidate must successfully pass a thorough police and management background check with the Laguna Beach Police Department which includes education and employment verification, a credit check, a fingerprint check with the State Department of Justice, reference checks, and a pre-placement physical and drug test.

Examples of Duties

Directs, guides, and oversees human resources programs, functions, and activities. Oversees the City's risk management services and negotiates and settles workers' compensation and general liability claims in coordination with outside counsel and the City Manager's office; reviews contracts for appropriate insurance coverage; reviews certificates of insurance. Develops and recommends goals, policies, best practices, regulations, priorities and practices for the City's personnel and risk management programs. Hires, trains, supervisors, and monitors the performance of assigned personnel; provides/coordinates staff training.  Provides assistance to department heads, managers and supervisors in resolving human resources issues; recommends and assists in implementing corrective courses of action. Oversees the confidential processing and maintenance of employee payroll/personnel records and the human resources records management system. Reviews and approves personnel actions pertaining to City employees. Monitors compliance with MOU's, Personnel Rules, Administrative Polices, and Salary Resolutions. Manages and oversees recruitment and selection process including developing and implementing recruitment strategies; supervises and coordinates the administration of City benefits; works closely with City's benefit broker, serves as the City's representative to the California Insurance Pool Authority (CIPA). Directs, coordinates, and participates in the division's budgeting process. Serves as the liaison to the Personnel Board.  May act as the lead City staff person at all labor negotiations. 

 

 

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination demonstrating the ability to perform effectively and successfully the duties of the position is considered qualifying.  A typical combination is as follows:

Education:  A Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field is required. A Master's Degree in Public or Business Administration is highly desirable.

License/Certificate Requirements: IPMA-CP, PHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification is highly preferred.

Due to the performance of some field duties, which may require the operation of a personal or City vehicle, a valid California Driver's license and an acceptable driving record are required.

Experience:  Five years of full-time increasingly responsible experience in human resources and risk management for a public sector agency, and at least five years of supervisory experience. 

Supplemental Information

Knowledge of: Theory, principles, practices, and techniques of human resources and risk management administration; pertinent Federal, State, and municipal laws, codes, and regulations; effective decision-making techniques; modern office practices and personnel record keeping procedures; effective customer service techniques; effective leadership and supervisory practices and techniques; principles of business letter writing and report preparation. Budget development, administration, and program analysis; principles and practices of staff supervision and motivation; personnel rules and regulations; effective contract administration; and legislation impacting personnel, employment, and risk management issues.  

Ability to:  Plan, organize, manage, and direct the activities of human resources department programs, projects, and related services; prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive human resource, risk management, administrative, financial, and technical reports and present report recommendations; prepare and administer division budget; read, interpret and analyze complex data, information, and documents; understand, interpret, explain, and apply applicable Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations; utilize standard office equipment including computer equipment and related word processing and spreadsheet software programs; exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with highly sensitive political, public policy, community and employee issues and situations; communicate positively, effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of business. Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction; and provide effective assistance in labor negotiations.

This is an exempt management position.

How to Apply

To apply for this exceptional career opportunity, please submit a cover letter of interest, comprehensive resume, and five professional references (who will not be contacted until a mutual interest is established) to:

City of Laguna Beach, Human Resources Division

Attn: Andi Aguilar, Human Resources Analyst

505 Forest Avenue

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Phone: (949) 497-0725

Email: aaguilar@lagunabeachcity.net

Candidates are encouraged to apply by Friday, February 26, 2021

Electronic Submittals are Preferred