Interim Executive Director of Human Resources, Rio Hondo College

$153,512 - $187,101 yearly
  • Rio Hondo College
  • Rio Hondo College, Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA, USA
  • Mar 15, 2021
Full time Deans & Directors Human Resources & Affirmative Action

Job Description


Job Number                                  MAN00066P
Position Title                                Interim Executive Director of Human Resources
Position Type                                Classified Administrator
Percentage Employee
Number of Months Assignment
Starting Date                                As soon as possible
Current Work Schedule
Salary Range Management Range 59
Salary                                            $153,512 – $187,101/ Annually

Shift Differential
FLSA                                             Exempt
Location                                      Main Campus
Department                                 Human Resources (Dept)
Open Date                                  03/11/2021
Initial Screening Date                03/25/2021
Open Until Filled                        No

About Río Hondo College
Río Hondo College welcomes and embraces all students in their educational and career pathways. As a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), our College has a student population of 22,000, of which 18,000 are Latinx students. We were the first college in Los Angeles County to provide two years of free tuition to first-time, full-time college students through our Río Promise program. We are proud to acknowledge that many of our students have transferred to high ranked institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, USC and UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Cal State LA, Cal State Long Beach, and Whittier College to name a few.


Our caring and dedicated student-centered staff, faculty, and administrators are devoted to the advancement of educational justice, equity, and opportunity for all our students. Our College’s 900 employees, with close to 600 faculty, hold themselves accountable for the academic success of disproportionately impacted student populations. Our entire staff, with unwavering team collaboration, work hard to ensure our students reach their full potential by eliminating gaps in academic outcomes that traditionally hinder students of color.

Río Hondo College is committed to the recruitment of qualified and diverse employees who are dedicated to our students’ success. We recognize that diversity in an academic environment fosters cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for our students. We are steadfast in our hiring practices and staff development processes which reinforce the goals of equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion. Our practices and processes also support the importance of a workforce that reflects the community and the diverse student population we serve.

Río Hondo College employs approximately 55% tenured track faculty of color; 60% part-time faculty of color; 85% classified staff of color; and 50% administrators of color.

Río Hondo College offers 30 associate degrees that guarantee transfer (ADTs) to Cal State Universities, a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Technology, more than 60 certificates, a Pathway to Law School, dual enrollment with K-12 districts, state championship speech & debate team, top-notch athletic teams, student leadership opportunities, travel abroad experiences and more.

In collaboration with the communities in Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, El Monte, South El Monte, Whittier, portions of Norwalk, La Mirada, Downey, La Puente, the City of Industry, Los Nietos and Avocado Heights, Río Hondo College provides an exceptional academic curriculum to meet the unique needs of our region and strengthen our communities.

Basic Function
Under general administrative direction, to provide leadership and direction; to plan, manage, and oversee the activities and operations of the Human Resources Division including recruitment and selection, employer-employee relations, classification and pay, performance evaluation, equal employment opportunity, workers’ compensation, fringe benefits, and unemployment insurance; to coordinate assigned activities with other District divisions and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex professional support to the President.

Minimum Qualifications

Three years of responsible professional human resources experience.
Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license.   SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:

Ability to work in a standard office environment including ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, twist, and lift 20 lbs.; ability to travel to different sites and locations.   Equivalencies   Essential Duties
a) Provide leadership and direction and assume full management responsibility for Human Resources Division services and activities including recruitment and selection, employee relations, classification and pay, performance evaluation, discipline, equal employment opportunity, workers’ compensation, fringe benefits, and unemployment insurance. E

b) Manage the development and implementation of Human Resources Division goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each assigned service area; establish, within District policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; allocate resources accordingly. E

c) Continuously monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; conduct human resources needs analysis; assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct the implementation of changes. E

d) Represent the Human Resources Division to other District divisions and outside agencies; explain and interpret Human Resources Division programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive, significant, and controversial issues. E

e) Select, train, motivate, counsel, and evaluate Human Resources Division personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to develop skills and abilities. E

f) Plan, direct, and coordinate the Human Resources Division’s work plan; meet with management staff to identify and resolve problems; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures. E

g) Manage and participate in the development and administration of the Human Resources Division budget; direct the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; direct the monitoring of and approve expenditures; direct the preparation of and implement budgetary adjustments as necessary. E

h) Investigate and resolve complaints of unlawful discrimination based on national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, military and veteran status, sexual harassment and other protected classes covered under Federal and State statutes. E

i) Advise complainant of his/her rights under the law; assist with the preparation of the complaint; interview the person charged and any witnesses; summarize findings; notify the complainant, Chancellor’s Office, and any Federal or State agencies, as appropriate, of the District’s resolution of the matter. E

j) Coordinate Human Resources Division activities with those of other divisions and outside agencies and organizations. E

k) Provide staff assistance to the President; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence. E

l) Conduct a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommend modifications to Human Resources programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate. E

m) Serve as a District representative to organized employee groups; interpret collective bargaining contracts; serve as a contract administrator for classified and faculty contracts; process grievances up to, and including, arbitration. E

n) Plan, organize, direct, coordinate, and monitor the recruitment, screening, and hiring process and orientation program for new employees. E

o) Plan, organize, administer, and evaluate College personnel and employee relations policies and procedures; propose revisions for Board approval. E

p) Manage the classification and pay program for existing and new positions; administer classifications within the classified service; direct reclassification procedures; ensure appropriate advancement through salary ranges for employees. E

q) Administer insurance and benefits activity for employee contracts; supervise the coordination of open enrollment; serve as liaison between insurance companies; participate as primary or alternate in Joint Powers Agreement for fringe benefits. E

r) Assume responsibility for personnel records and coordinate performance evaluations for employees; serve as custodian of records. E

s) Participate as primary or alternate in Joint Powers Agreement for workers’ compensation; generate records necessary to ensure that employees receive appropriate medical treatment; coordinate with claims administrator for continued treatment and handling of claims, including legal defense. E

t) Receive District subpoenas; respond to legal charges pertaining to employment and various other areas relating to personnel activities or records; work with District Counsel, County Counsel, and counsel for various insuring agencies including workers’ compensation. E

u) Interpret, follow, promote adherence to, and recommend improvement in College procedures and Board policies, rules, and regulations. E

v) Assume responsibility for personnel portions of Board agendas, Board policies and College procedures; provide documentation and assistance to President for personnel closed agenda. E

w) Develop, apply, and evaluate effective approaches to implement the policies of the Rio Hondo Community College District relating to program and workforce diversity in order to fulfill the core academic mission of the District and serve its diverse community. E

x) Provide effective leadership and direction to recruitment and retention efforts to further workforce diversity policies of the District. E

y) Participate on a variety of boards and commissions; attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of human resources. E

z) Promote equal opportunity and student and gender equity to effectively serve the District’s diverse community. E

aa) Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive inquiries and complaints. E

bb) Administer applicable collective bargaining agreements. E

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires us to identify the essential (E) duties/functions of the position. We have indicated those duties with an E on the job description.

Supervision Exercised
Exercises direct supervision over professional, technical, and administrative support staff.

Other Job Related Duties
Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Job Related and Essential Qualifications

  • Instructional techniques designed to accommodate diverse learning styles and promote welcoming classroom environments for students from culturally diverse groups.
  • Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a comprehensive Human Resources program.
  • Organization and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of Human Resources programs, policies, and operational needs.
  • Modern and complex principles and practices of Human Resources program development and administration.
  • Federal and State statutes and regulations related to California community colleges and education codes.
  • Federal and state labor law including FMLA, ADA, HIPAA, Workers’ Compensation, and CA Pregnancy Disability Act.
  • Applicable fringe benefits, including HMO, PPO, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, AD&D, Life, and COBRA.
  • Negotiations, mediation, contractual bargaining agreements, and labor relations.
  • Safety principles and concepts, including CalOSHA and OSHA regulations.
  • Techniques of recruiting, interviewing, and selecting applicants for employment.
  • Wage and salary/benefit administration principles and practices.
  • Principles of job evaluation and job analysis.
  • Principles and methods of training and education.
  • Principles of mathematical and statistical computations.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Safe driving principles and practices.


Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and software.
Operate a motor vehicle safely.   ABILITY TO:

Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for the Human Resources Division.
Develop, implement, and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective and efficient Human Resources services.
Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of professional, technical, and administrative support personnel; delegate authority and responsibility.
Select, supervise, motivate, counsel, train, and evaluate staff.
Identify and respond to Human Resources issues, concerns, complaints, and needs.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed Rio Hondo Community College District Executive Director of Human Resources (Continued) actions, and implement recommendations in support of Human Resources goals.
Research, analyze, and evaluate new Human Resources service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques.
Prepare and administer large and complex budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost effective manner.
Prepare clear and concise administrative and Human Resources reports.
Interpret and apply the policies, procedures, laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to Human Resources programs and functions.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.   Foreign Degrees
Any degree from a country other than the United States, including Canada and Great Britain, must be evaluated by an Evaluation Service prior to the closing date. Certification must be attached with copies of transcripts.

License Certificates/Credentials
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications   Working Conditions
Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:

Ability to work in a standard office environment including ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, twist, and lift 20 lbs.; ability to travel to different sites and locations.

Position Description
Applications are currently being accepted for Executive Director of Human Resources.

Application Details

Application Procedure
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PT on the closing date.

Applicants must submit a complete online application that includes the items listed.

  • Rio Hondo College online application (which includes supplemental questions)
  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae
  • Please include a cover letter with your application where you describe your leadership experiences in public higher education as it relates to this position (up to 2 pages).
  • Complete transcripts of all colleges/university studies, including degree earned (copies will be accepted) NOTE: Transcripts from multiples colleges/universities may need to be scanned as one document, then uploaded.
  • Transcripts must include degree awarded and confer date (please circle conferral date on transcripts). Transcripts without this information and online applications without transcripts will be disqualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants   Additional Information

  • The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires the District obtain documentation from every individual who is employed which verifies identity and authorizes his/her right to work in the United States.
  • Successful candidate is responsible for verifying all prior work experience and providing all academic transcripts for purposes of salary placement.
  • As a condition of employment, the selected applicant must provide a set of fingerprints (at the applicant’s expense) taken by an official LiveScan agency.
  • Provide a Certificate of Tuberculosis Exam for initial employment (The certificate must be renewed every 4 years as a condition of continuing employment).
  • For positions requiring a valid California driver’s license, proof of insurability is required.
  • Applicants who are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and require accommodations for completing the application process, testing (if required for position), or the interview, please notify the Human Resources Office.
  • A copy of this announcement will be provided in Braille to visually impaired applicants upon request.

  Commitment to Diversity
All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

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EEO Statement
Rio Hondo College is committed to employing qualified administrators, faculty and staff members who are dedicated to student success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for all qualified candidates.

Supplemental Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

1. * Please describe in detail, your experience in the following areas: a) Working as the Chief Human Resources Officer. b) Working with union representatives on bargaining issues and overseeing compliance of contractual bargaining agreements. c) Overseeing recruitment, screening and hiring practices.
( Open Ended Question)

2. * Describe in detail your management experience with employee benefits and the challenges districts face in this area?
(Open Ended Question)

3. * What is your experience serving as the grievance officer in your current or former positions? What are your best practices in responding to an employee grievance?
(Open Ended Question)

4. * Please provide an example of a conflict, at the management level, and the steps you took to resolve that issue.
(Open Ended Question)

5. * Describe your training and/or experience that demonstrates your sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
(Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial transcripts of all college/university studies, including degrees earned.

Optional Documents
Other Documents


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