First Review of Applicants: Thursday, September 30, 2020
The Director is a regular full-time, administrative, exempt and at-will position. Under general administrative direction, plans, directs, and manages the activities, staffing, resources and operations of the City’s Human Resources Department; acts as a member of the City Manager’s management team; and provides highly-responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager.
The ideal candidate is a strong relationship-builder with a hands-on mindset; approachable, responsive and influential. Currently the City is in a temporary hiring freeze due to the pandemic and the Director is also required to fulfill numerous analyst responsibilities in the interim. The City provides exposure to most facets of HR opportunities and challenges for the Director and seeks a team-player who lives an open-door policy, defend positions of positive change and is not afraid to deliver critical feedback.
This is an excellent opportunity for a new or seasoned leader to realize their desired potential and advance progressive initiatives. Each department head has their own contract with the City, including HR Director.
The Human Resources Department operates with three full-time staff members (including the Director, an HR Analyst and HR Technician) with an annual budget of approximately $700K. There is an active contract in place with Stan State’s MPA graduate program for interns to assist with research and special projects as well as provide exposure to the public sector in developing future HR leaders. HR in Ceres is full-service including all of Risk Management. The Department may work an alternate work schedule providing for maximum work/life balance to offset the current demand of the positions. The Department recently implemented a robust citywide, paperless and continuous performance evaluation system.
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in human resources management, business administration, public administration, or related field.
Five years of increasingly responsible human resources experience including two years of management and administrative responsibility. Experience in a public agency is highly desirable.
License or Certificate:
Possession of a valid California Driver License.
See job description link below for knowledge and abilities required and the physical demands and working environment.
The City of Ceres is an Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Diversity
The ideal candidate is a strong relationship-builder with a hands-on mindset; approachable, responsive and influential. Currently the City is in a temporary hiring freeze due to the pandemic and the Director is also required to fulfill numerous analyst responsibilities in the interim. The City provides exposure to most facets of HR opportunities and challenges for the Director and seeks a team-player who lives an open-door policy, defends positions of positive change and is not afraid to deliver critical feedback.
This is an excellent opportunity for a new or seasoned leader to realize their desired potential and advance progressive initiatives.
Retirement/Pension: The City offers a generous defined benefit plan pension (membership required) in the Stanislaus County Employee Retirement Association (StanCERA), as governed by County Employees’ Retirement Law of 1937 and Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA). “Classic members” (currently or within the last six (6) months a member of StanCERA or subject to reciprocity with another eligible retirement plan, eg. CalPERS) are enrolled in the City’s 2% @ 55 plan; final compensation at retirement is based on the single highest year. Non-classic or “new members” are enrolled in the 2% @ 62 plan and employees are required to pay 50% of the normal contribution rate as prescribed by PEPRA, on a pre-tax basis; final compensation at retirement is based on the average of the three highest salary years.
Health: The City contributes toward the combined monthly premiums for medical, dental and vision a maximum of $710, $1,470 or $2,090, dependent on level of medical coverage enrollment. Some of the monthly plan premium options are currently at NO COST to the employee and family. Any employee contributions to health premiums are taken as pre-tax deductions. Employees eligible to waive medical coverage receive $200 per month in additional taxable compensation. Carriers include: Blue Shield HMO, Blue Shield PPO, Kaiser HMO; Stanislaus Foundation Dental and Blue Shield MES Vision.
Base Leave: 12 days sick leave accrued each year with unlimited accrual cap; vacation accrual based on years of service with maximum accrual of 480 hours and 13 paid holidays (including one personal day) each year; 96 hours of management leave; sick leave conversion options.
Alternate Work Schedule
An alternative work schedule may be considered for maximum work/life balance.
The City also participates in Social Security which requires a 7.65% contribution rate including Medicare.
Cover letter expressing interest
Three professional references