Associate Director of Human Resources - Risk Management and Compliance

San Rafael, California
Sep 08, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary:

Dominican University of California is seeking a candidate for an Associate Director of Human Resources position.  Reporting to the Director of Human Resources, the Associate Director manages risk, compliance, employee relations, safety and emergency preparedness programs and issues.  The Associate Director also oversees leaves of absence, workers’ compensation claims, and training compliance. The Associate Director of Human Resources supervises one full-time Human Resources Manager, whose areas of responsibility include benefits, training and development, and employee relations.


Risk Management and Legal

  1. Respond to faculty, staff, and student risk issues, providing timely and consistent best practices related to addressing concerns and minimizing university liability.
  2. Serve as University Title IX Coordinator.  Coordinate communication and collaboration with Deputy Title IX Coordinators.
  3. Lead investigations related to complaints and grievances and/or provide coordination and oversight for either in-house or outside investigators.
  4. Act as Risk Team (RT) lead in terms of setting agenda, facilitating meetings, and guiding work related to initiatives, decisions and work plans. 
  5. Facilitate the Crisis Action Team (CAT) and other crisis communication structures.
  6. Manage campus safety, health, and emergency preparedness and response programs and systems including Dominican’s Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP), Emergency Response Plan (ERP), Emergency Alert System, “Get Safe, Get Help, Get a Plan, and Get Ready” program, emergency drills, as well as helping to provide coordination for SOC (Senior Officer in Charge) coverage. 
  7. Provide oversight for regulatory compliance and assist in addressing labor law issues.
  8. Develop and maintain policies for regulatory compliance and risk reduction, including the employee handbook and administrative policies.
  9. Act as liaison and partner for legal counsel related to university risk issues.


  1. Prepare and submit annual Clery Act Annual Security and Fire Report (ASR) in partnership with the Student Life department.
  2. Oversee compliance and employee development training programs.
  3. Oversee workers’ compensation program and claims.
  4. Oversee EDD and SDI claims and inquiries.
  5. Oversee leaves of absences including family and medical leave (FMLA/CFRA), pregnancy disability leave, workers’ compensation leave, personal and military leave.

Employee Relations

  1. Provide support and coaching to managers, employees, and teams related to employee relations issues, performance issues, and department functioning issues.
  2. Provide training and professional development to employees and managers on conflict resolution, communication, performance management, healthy team functioning, and risk management. 

Employment Practices

  1. Provide guidance related to employment and personnel best practices regarding selection, hiring, and classification.
  2. Oversee non-employee processing, including independent contractors, volunteers, and agency temps.  Address any classification issues including internships, honorariums, graduate assistants, and “worker” partnership agreements.

Perform other duties and projects as requested by the Director of Human Resources.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of five years management level experience in safety and risk management
  • Knowledge and applied experience with labor and employment law
  • Excellent presentation abilities and experience developing training curriculum
  • Proven ability to anticipate and plan in advance for future needs
  • Able and skilled at taking initiative and exercising sound judgment at all times
  • Strong project management skills and attention to detail
  • Strong employee customer service orientation with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills; able to lead multiple projects and assignments simultaneously with minimal direction and supervision
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office Suite
  • High level of skill and accuracy with figures and filing
  • Must be professional, diplomatic and able to serve a variety of constituents with equity, fairness and tact

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification
  • PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification
  • Experience in Higher Education
  • Understanding of Title IX requirements, investigations, and best practices

Additional Position Information

  • Priority will be given to applications submitted by October 1, 2017; however additional applications may be considered until the position is filled
  • Must be willing to consent to a background check

Dominican University of California is an independent, international, learner-centered university, offering both undergraduate and graduate programs. Dominican has a 1:10 teacher-to-student ratio, an average class size of 16, with a small-town feeling in a park- like campus. We blend interdisciplinary core courses, real-world studies, and small classes with close and supportive academic advising and mentoring.

Application Procedures

  • Link to apply:
  • A cover letter is required
  • Compile resume/CV and cover letter in one pdf document and upload in the Resume/CV section
  • For further questions on the application process, please contact 

Dominican University of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity, and takes pride in its multicultural environment. We are committed in thought, word, and deed to recruiting and retaining a workforce that values the diversity of its student body. The University actively promotes an institutional culture that practices equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of all under-represented groups in higher education.

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