City of Ventura



Human Resources Department
Recruitment #17-M01-001
Salary:  $110,632.50 - $148,247.84/year

Are you a collaborative leader with proven experience managing public sector human resources operations?  The City of Ventura is seeking a progressive Assistant Human Resources Director to manage the City's human resources operations, programs and services.  To be considered for this rewarding career opportunity, apply online at by the 5/31/2018 filing deadline! 
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Plans, organizes, and manages the operation, programs and services of the Human Resources Department which includes recruitment and selection, classification and compensation administration, benefits administration, labor and employee relations, and City-wide training program.  Supervises staff and acts on behalf of the Human Resource Director, as assigned. 
This position is designated as "at will," serving at the pleasure of the appointing authority, and subject to discharge without cause and right of appeal.


  • Has a solid background in public sector recruitment and selection, classification and compensation, benefits administration, labor and employee relations, and training programs
  • Is a creative, team-oriented, energetic leader, with a positive can-do attitude
  • Leads by example and operates with uncompromising integrity and reliability
  • Embraces change and the opportunity to implement new ideas
  • Demonstrates initiative and sound judgment in recommending solutions and resolving problems
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment, while working under tight expectations and balancing numerous priorities
  • Has outstanding oral and written communication skills and willingly shares information
  • Has exemplary interpersonal skills and fosters working relationships al all organizational levels
  • Is a team player who works collaboratively with others and values diverse opinions
  • Has Master's degree in human resources management, public or business administration and/or IPMA-HR or SHRM certification

Manages the development, implementation of plans, programs, policies and procedures to achieve goals and objectives and work standards. Formulates, revises, administers and implements Personnel Rules and Regulations and related administrative policies and procedures.
Provides guidance, advice and assistance to management and employees on matters involving personnel policies and administration.
Supervises, trains, assigns work, reviews and evaluates the performance of professional, technical and support staff.  Assesses and monitors workflow.  Ensures that staff provides a high degree of customer service to both internal and external customers.
Represents the City as a member of the labor contract negotiation team, recommends strategies for negotiations with recognized bargaining units; conducts research on negotiable issues, as required.
evelops and finalizes Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with bargaining groups; ensures that the provisions of the negotiated MOUs are implemented by operating departments.
Oversees all disciplinary matters within the City; reviews and approves all disciplinary actions from written warning up to and including termination. Provides guidance and advice to management and supervisors on disciplinary matters including applicable laws, rules and regulations; attends disciplinary and grievance hearings; provides oversight to the preparation of all related written reports and correspondence.
Conducts and coordinates employee investigations and prepares related reports and communications.
Conducts interactive processes and facilitates workplace accommodations.
Manages the City's classification and compensation plan.  Supervises and/or conducts classification studies and implements recommendations. Supervises data collection and analysis; reviews and identifies wage and benefit trends and recommends changes to classification and compensation plan accordingly.
Manages and monitors the City's recruitment and selection function.  Reviews and approves recruitment and selection plans and methods to ensure City-wide consistency, in recruitment practices.  Provides policy direction and resolves controversial and sensitive recruitment issues.
Manages, evaluates and oversees the City's health and benefit programs including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, retirement, deferred compensation and related employee benefits.
Reviews, maintains, updates and interprets human resources rules, practices and procedures, and ensures that all policies and procedures are in compliance with state and federal laws and Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines.
Assists in the preparation and administration of the Department’s budget; monitors and approves expenditures; prepares annual work programs; and recommends budget enhancements.
Oversees data collection from surveys, research and studies and analyzes statistical and related data. 
Supervises and participates in the preparation of comprehensive technical reports, staff reports, correspondence and documents, and maintains records.
Assists in the development and coordination of a City-wide training and employee development program; conducts training and prepares training materials and presentations.
Keeps abreast of new legislation and recommends and/or makes adjustments to procedures to ensure compliance with prevailing laws.
Attends and participates in City Council, staff and community meetings.  Represents the Department and makes presentations at interdepartmental, interagency, committees and professional meetings.
Coordinates department activities with other divisions and departments.
Provides staff assistance to the Human Resources Director; completes special projects as assigned; prepares administrative reports and presentations for City Council meetings; prepares written documents and correspondence for City Human Resources Director, City Manager, and City Council as necessary.
Facilitates employee development by recommending training programs, as assigned.
Acts on behalf of the Director of Human Resources, as assigned.
Performs related duties, as assigned.

A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in human resources management, public or business administration, or a closely related field.  A Master's degree in human resources management, public or business administration and /or IPMA-HR or SHRM certification is highly desirable.
Five years of public sector human resources management experience which has included classification and compensation administration, recruitment and selection, labor and employee relations, benefits administration or training programs.  At least two years of experience must have included supervisory responsibilities.

License: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license is required

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Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is on-line and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; P.O. Box 99; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.
Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at
Department Selection Interview
A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview tentatively being held the week of June 11, 2018.