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Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

Kern Community College District

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Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

Kern Community College District

Salary: See Position Description

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: FY21-22-00494

Location: Bakersfield, CA

Department: Human Resources

Basic Function
Under the direction of the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor, Human Resources provides leadership and direction for proactive, district-wide human resources services in: labor and employee relations; recruitment (talent acquisition); benefits administration; EEO and Title IX compliance; payroll administration; HRIS and HR metrics; and classification and compensation;

Ideal Characteristics
Exhibits highly developed work and personal qualities demonstrating seasoned experience in leading a college Human Resources department
Communicates in ways that ensure broad buy-in and commitment to action, based on effective working relationships with others at all levels in the organization, including designated leaders of employee groups and people of diverse backgrounds
Contributes to a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, timely response, and creativity in addressing initiatives and issues
Actively participates in and supports District-wide participatory decision-making structure and activities
Consistently employs excellent oral and written communication skills
Demonstrates ability to innovate, plan for change, and lead continuous improvement, while maintaining the integrity of human resource systems and functions
Commits to quality service to all who engage with the Office of Human Resources
Encourages professional development and excellence in employee performance
Demonstrates a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Exhibits strength of personal character: high ethics and integrity; objective and fair approach to decision-making; tact, patience, and diplomacy in all actions and communication; expectation for accountability in self and others; and courage to lead effectively and expeditiously in an environment with competing needs and perspectives

Representative Duties
Labor and Employee Relations:
  • Serve as chief negotiator; coordinate, develop and prepare bargaining strategies for labor negotiations; solicit input from key stakeholders (Board of Trustees, managers, staff etc.); ensure stakeholders are involved and informed about the status of the negotiations; analyze trends and best practices to support successful negotiations; research, write and interpret contract language to achieve the goals set by the Board and Chancellor; and ensure compliance with collective bargaining agreements.

  • Plan, coordinate and direct employee relations services; provide guidance and advice on performance and conduct issues; administer grievance processes; conduct or direct employment investigations; coordinate employee relations matters with legal counsel and make recommendations to the Chancellor and Board; develop and implement policies and procedures to effectively support and manage academic and classified staff; ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, and district policies and procedures; and mediate resolution to workplace conflict. Recruitment (Talent Acquisition)

  • Manage staff that assist with sourcing, attracting, recruiting and interviewing candidates and employee on-boarding; work with stakeholders to determine current staffing needs and staffing forecasting; develop recruitment (talent acquisition) strategies and hiring plans; perform sourcing to fill open positions and anticipate future needs; plan and conduct recruitment and selection processes; ensure positive candidate experience; ensure fair, consistent, efficient application of recruitment/EEO processes; and use metrics to create reports and identify areas of improvement.

    Benefits Administration
  • Manage staff that administer employee health and welfare benefit programs; evaluate and recommend plan modifications; ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and collective bargaining agreements; and manage staff that administer the District's workers' compensation and reasonable accommodation programs.

    EEO and Title IX Compliance; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Manage staff that assist with faculty, staff or student EEO complaints/investigations (discrimination and harassment); evaluate investigation reports, advise individuals and departments on appropriate action(s); serve as the Title IX coordinator; and provide mediation, as needed.

  • Promote commitment to a climate of diversity, equity and inclusion through interaction with individuals and agencies inside and outside the district including the Board, Chancellor, EEO committee, faculty, staff, students, public and community leaders.

    Payroll Administration
  • Manage staff that provide payroll services; coordinate payroll activities with other departments and external agencies/entities; ensure accuracy and completion of timely payroll processing; oversee administration of authorized and approved payroll deductions for mandatory/voluntary plans, wage garnishments and over/under payments; oversee additional compensation payments; manage and direct collection and reporting of employee mandatory deductions, payments, and adjustments to California retirement systems; monitor compliance with statutory and regulatory changes and collective bargaining agreements and recommend procedural changes as necessary.

    HRIS/HR Metrics
  • Manage and direct the HRIS strategy, testing and development of information systems that support HR business processes; develops and implements the vision for optimizing the use of current systems; and uses HRIS to make data informed recommendations and decisions

    Classification and Compensation
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive classification plan for positions; conduct or oversee classification and compensation studies; audit positions, recommend new classifications as needed, and allocate positions using established methods of job evaluation; and gather, analyze, and interpret compensation and benefits data.

    Budget Administration
  • Plan, develop, and administer the annual budget; review, analyze, and make recommendations on budget; monitor, control, and authorize expenditures; and maintain appropriate records and documentation according policies and procedures.

    Record Retention
  • Manage staff that maintain human resources/employee records, files, and data required by state and federal laws and regulations; develop appropriate records retention systems and schedules.

    Leadership and Supervision
  • Hire, train, supervise, coach, counsel, discipline, and evaluate staff; promote a culture of quality customer service.

    Professional Development
  • Recommend, plan, design, and implement training sessions for employees throughout the District organizational structure and geographic location as needed; and plan, schedule, and arrange for trainers/facilitators to present appropriate staff development activities and sessions.

    Representation Duties
  • Represent the Human Resources Department at Board of Trustees meetings; provide technical expertise, information and assistance to the Chancellor; communicate with other District administrators, staff 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; and lead or participate in District or College committees, initiatives, teams, or ad-hoc 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 and experience in interest-based bargaining is desired.

  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of community college students and employees.

    Desirable Qualifications:

  • Public education or public sector Human Resources experience
  • Experience in interest-based bargaining

  • Knowledge and Abilities

    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, including interest-based bargaining.
  • Human resources information systems functions.
  • 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.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills including tact, patience, and diplomacy.

    Ability to:
  • Provide leadership in human resources areas including recruitment, equal opportunity, Title IX, compensation and benefits, HRIS and data metrics, collective bargaining, grievance and discipline procedures, performance appraisal, and records management.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, and direct employer-employee relations programs and activities for academic and classified staff.
  • Interpret, apply, and explain complex policies and legal requirements.
  • Provide technical expertise and assistance to District staff regarding assigned functions.
  • Select, assign, orient, train, supervise, counsel, discipline, and evaluate employee performance of staff.
  • Plan, negotiate, and implement collective bargaining agreements.
  • Oversee, use and administer a complex human resources information system.
  • Ensure the accurate and timely preparation, maintenance and retention of employee files, data, reports, and documentation.
  • Prepare and present comprehensive written and oral reports and recommendations in a professional and effective manner.
  • Ensure 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.

  • SALARY RANGE$ 169,395.35 - $ 222,261.38 annually

    (Placement negotiable; based on experience and qualification)

    SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONSFirst Review of Applications: Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled; but those received by February 28, 2022 are assured consideration. The College reserves the right to extend time limits or reinitiate the recruitment/selection process at any point.

    Completed application packet must include:
    • Completed Online Application for Employment form
    • Current resume
    • Letter of interest (Cover Letter)
    • Copy of legible transcripts (Official transcripts will be required upon offer of employment)
    • List of five (5) professional references - Listed on application form
      • Minimum of five professional references
      • Supervisors, direct reports, faculty members, support staff, community members and peers.
      • Must provide name, title, preferred email addresses, and preferred phone numbers.
    For confidential inquiries, contact:

    Dean Colli
    PPL Incorporated
    Telephone: 619-517-6133
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Jim Riggs
    PPL Incorporated
    Telephone: 209-559-6550
    Email: [email protected]

    For technical inquiries regarding the application process please contact:

    Judy Caballero
    Human Resources Specialist
    Kern Community College District
    Email: [email protected]

    It is the applicant's responsibility to redact (or remove) any personal information from all documents prior to uploading. This includes Social Security Numbers, Date of Birth, and any photos of the applicant.

    Foreign Degree: Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, INC. (ACEI). A copy of the evaluation must be submitted with your on-line application.

    Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection process should contact Human Resources to make the necessary arrangements.
    EEO Plan 2021-2024

    Note: The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal employment opportunity. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of 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, or because he/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 or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, in any of its policies, procedures or practices. Discrimination Free Work Environment

    The District does not provide sponsorship for authorization to work in the United States. Work authorization should be established at the time of application submission.

    All applicants must apply online at Emails will not be accepted.


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    Kern Community College District (KCCD) serves communities over 24,800 square miles in parts of Kern, Tulare, Inyo, Mono, and San Bernardino counties through the programs of Bakersfield CollegeCerro Coso College and Porterville College. Governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, the district’s colleges offer programs and services that develop student potential and create opportunities for our citizens.

    KCCD is geographically one of the largest community college districts in the United States, serving 26,000 students. Our students represent a diversity of religions, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, abilities, and ethnicities.

    While the Kern Community College District was established as a separate entity in 1968 to respond to the changing needs of our communities, educational services have been provided to residents for many years: at Bakersfield College since 1913; at Porterville College since 1927; and in the Ridgecrest area since 1951 by what is now Cerro Coso College. All three colleges are proud members of the California Community College System and are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

    Today, education centers and sites in Delano, downtown Bakersfield, the Mammoth/ Bishop area, Edwards Air Force, and the Kern River Valley offer additional convenient, localized instruction for thousands of residents. KCCD’s commitment to distance learning and other technological advances is creating increasing opportunities for education through the internet, satellite, and cable television to individuals across our broad service area and beyond.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Kern Community College District is to provide outstanding educational programs and services that are responsive to our diverse students and communities.



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