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Job ID: 146860

Chief Human Resources Officer
San Mateo County Community College District

Date Posted Sep. 29, 2020
Title Chief Human Resources Officer
University San Mateo County Community College District
San Mateo, CA, United States
Department Administration
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Human Resources

Chief Human Resources Officer

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 2014941S

Department: Human Resources DIST (DEPT)

Location: District Office

Position Number: TBD

Percentage of Full Time: 100%

FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)

Months per Year: 12

If other, please specify:

Salary Range:


Min Salary: $208,212 (annual)

Max Salary: $258,720 (annual)

Position Type: Administrative/Supervisory Positions

Who We Are:

The San Mateo County Community District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the Districts Strategic Plan, success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals. The Districts Students First Strategic Plan is focused on Student Success, Equity and Social Justice. We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:

The San Mateo County Community College District is home to Caada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. All three of our colleges are designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions enrolling approximately 33,000 students each academic year. San Mateo County Community College District has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that is serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on the San Mateo County Community College Districts Educational Services & Planning website.

Who We Want:

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position:

The Chief Human Resources Officer is a member of the District's senior management team and is responsible for the District's human resources, employment compliance, labor relations, benefit administration, compensation, classification, employment equity and diversity, and has a primary role in matters of collective bargaining, as well as other human resources functions. The Chief Human Resources Officer reports to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

1. Serve as the Chief Human Resources Officer by leading, planning, managing, and organizing District Human Resources operations, systems, and processes, as well as development of effective policies and procedures that ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations

2. Serve as chief advisor to the Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor on strategic matters related to human resources and employee relations, including personnel matters involving litigation, and in participating in strategic and long-range planning for the District

3. In consultation with the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, and the Executive Vice Chancellor serve as coordinator for all collective bargaining agreements activities and administer employee relations, including development and administration of collective bargaining agreements

4. Attend Open and Closed (as needed) meetings of the Board of Trustees to make presentations, participate in planning activities, and provide consultation and information

5. Provide training and direction to managers in interpreting and applying personnel policies, procedures, laws, regulations, grievance and complaint resolution, and collective bargaining provisions

6. Process and resolve grievances and in conjunction with appropriate legal counsel, direct and implement legal settlements and litigation involving employee discipline, legal actions and related issues

7. Oversee response to complaints of unlawful prohibited discrimination for staff and students, performance of investigations of complaints, analysis of findings and implementation of corrective measures

8. Represent the District before federal and state compliance agencies

9. Serve as the District Equal Opportunity, Title IX and Section 504 Compliance Officer

10. Oversee design and implementation of training in equal employment opportunities, workforce diversity, discrimination, bullying, sexual harassment, and other pertinent topics

11. Oversee recruitment and selection processes, employee diversity, records management, employee leave programs, performance evaluation policies and procedures, and classification system maintenance

12. Oversee the development and administration of the Districts employee health and welfare benefits programs

13. Work with a District team, including Budget, Human Resources, Payroll and IT staff to continually update, enhance, and oversee the effective use of the HRIS

14. Design and implement automated systems for essential human resources management activities such as reporting leaves, personnel actions, scheduling annual evaluations and step increases

15. Direct and evaluate the work of administrative, supervisory and other staff

16. Use a database, a variety of computer software, surveys and other tools to research collective bargaining, employment, retention, and staff development trends, strategies, statistics, cost estimates, outside institutional and industry practices, current applicable legal positions, and other data

17. Provide leadership to and engagement in participatory governance committees as appropriate

18. Perform other duties as assigned by the Chancellor or Executive Vice Chancellor (or designees)

Minimum Qualifications:

Possession of a Bachelors degree from an accredited institution in Human Resources, Public Administration, Business Administration, Organizational Management or a closely related field

A minimum of three years of increasingly responsible and varied public or private sector experience in administering and/or providing consultation about human resources functions including employer- employee relations, employment, labor negotiations, and dispute resolution

Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff

Physical Requirements:

This position requires attention to detail, good memory, ability to work under deadline pressure, sitting and standing for periods of time, oral and written communication, keyboarding for significant portions of the workday, pushing, pulling, bending, stooping, reaching, patience and tact in order to perform the essential functions

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Demonstrated knowledge of human resources functions and operations

2. Demonstrated knowledge of California Education Code, including Title 5, as well as federal and state laws and regulations as they relate to community college human resources functions, labor negotiations, and employee relations

3. Management level expertise in policy development, implementation, and interpretation of laws related to human resources

4. Skill in the development, negotiation, and implementation of collective bargaining proposal and agreements

5. Sensitivity and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, lifestyle, and ethnic backgrounds of community college faculty, staff, and students

6. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills, particularly with public and governmental agencies

7. Skill in the use of current technology in the administration of human resources operations

8. Experience working collegially in a participatory government environment, preferably in higher education

Preferred Qualifications:


Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Classified employees participate in the Public Employees Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date: 06/03/2020

First Review Date: 10/06/2020

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:

Required Application Materials
All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position).

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicants cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as well as the applicants qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:

SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555
Fax:(650) 574-6574
Web Page:

Conditions of Employment:

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
2. Submit verifications of prior employment
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.
5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement:

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation request forms and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures are available in the Office of Human Resources.

Annual Security Report:

San Mateo County Community College Districts (SMCCCD) 2019 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2019 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2019 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2019 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.

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