Human Resources Manager

County of Santa Barbara
Full Time 24 per week CA 300 N San Antonio Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, United States Apply before 5/20/2024 5:00


NOTE: The County is currently engaged in a management classification and compensation project which is projected to result in changes to this job classification and compensation range at the conclusion of the project.

Pending board approval, effective June 24th, 2024, this position is projected to be a Human Resources Manager II classification under the new management classification and compensation structure. The salary range for this position is projected to be $58.010 - $74.040 hourly.

If hired into this position on or after June 24th, 2024, this position will be at-will and exempt from Civil Service protections. (when applicable to the classification).

We are currently seeking an experienced human resource professional to fill the Human Resources Manager position in the County of Santa Barbara Public Health Department.
This is a unique opportunity to take the next step in your career and support an organization that makes significant impact in the local community! Come and be a part of a team of individuals who are dedicated, passionate, and committed to the County values.
This position is home-based in Santa Barbara and may be eligible for a hybrid telecommuting schedule depending on the needs of the department. Onsite work is required when needed. Flexible work schedules may be considered by the department.
THE DEPARTMENT:  Public Health Department (PHD): Our mission is to improve the health of our communities by preventing disease, promoting wellness and ensuring access to needed health care, and our vision is healthier communities through leadership, partnership and science. With a staff of 550+ and a budget of approximately $83 million, Public Health serves a population of about 420,000 residents in Santa Barbara County.
 The Department’s range of responsibilities is vast and includes:
  • Investigating disease outbreaks
  • Conducting health education campaigns
  • Inspecting food establishments
  • Working with high risk mothers and children
  • Operating health clinics for the underserved
  • Staffing medical shelters during emergency evacuations
  • Caring for our four-legged friends through our animal control program and many other programs and services.
  • learn more about the Health Care Centers.
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  • Vacation: 12 to 25 days per year depending on the length of public employment
  • Holidays: 12 days per year
  • Sick Leave: 12 days per year
  • Retirement: The County offers a Defined Benefit (Pension) Plan. The County also offers voluntary participation into a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan and contributes 0.24% of base salary to a 401(a) Deferred Compensation Plan.
  • Life Insurance: $20,000 Term Life Insurance
  • On-Site Employee Health Clinics in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria: Provides ongoing and episodic services to eligible employees and eligible dependents over the age of 5. 
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In the interest of attracting the best talent to the organization, the County may provide reimbursement for reasonable relocation expenses, and, at the discretion of the CEO, cash incentives.
In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for:
  • Retirement reciprocity
  • Time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate

THE POSITION: The Human Resources Manager reports directly to the Deputy Director of Administration in the Public Health Department and oversees a team of 6 human resources staff. In this role, you will apply your knowledge and experience in the following areas, including but not limited to: employee relations; investigations; protected leave; performance management; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI); and the overall administration of the Public Health Department Human Resources policies and procedures. This work involves confidentiality, accountability and decision-making responsibilities. Additionally, this role works collaboratively, but exercises a high-level of independence. The incumbent will provide consultation and direct services to 500+ employees and executives in the Public Health Department.  

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:  The Public Health Department is looking for a proactive individual who is solution-oriented, innovative, and influential, who also brings a strong and diverse background in the field of Human Resources with experience and abilities in the following:

  • Broad experience as a human resources generalist with a public sector agency;
  • Experience providing a wide array of human resources services, including but not limited to: employee relations, investigations; performance management, and employee training and development; 
  • Strong knowledge and experience working in a unionized environment, Civil Service System and/or public agency;
  • Familiarity and experience interpreting and applying Memorandum of Understanding, Civil Service Rules, and other governing documents; 
  • Strong analytical ability, including strong problem-solving skills, critical thinking and analysis;
  • Demonstrated success handling numerous projects with focus on organization, prioritization and delegation;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills to effectively articulate and present information in a clear and concise manner;
  • Ability to anticipate and critically analyze a broad range of complex problems and issues;
  • Master’s degree in Human Resources or a Human Resources Certificate from ICMA, IPMA, SHRM, or HRCI (PHR, SPHR).
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion principles and practices;
  • Customer-focused and solutions-driven approach;
  • Strong leadership, supervisory and interpersonal skills demonstrated across various levels of the organization.

Examples of Duties

  1. Advises managers and employees on complex employee relations matters, including performance issues, conflict resolution and disciplinary actions. 
  2. Advises and assists managers and stakeholders on Human Resources policies, processes, procedures, laws, and regulations. 
  3. Investigates complex and non-complex cases related to work environment, workplace violence, performance, as well as harassment, discrimination, conflicts of interest, and retaliation.
  4. Provides recommendations to all levels of leadership regarding remedial and/or corrective actions resulting from investigations. 
  5. Gathers and analyzes evidentiary information, researches and explains policies and employment laws to managers, supervisors, and employees. 
  6. Evaluates and edits documentation associated with unionized employees, including complaint responses and disciplinary actions, applying subject-matter expertise to support an appropriate response to a variety of complex situations. 
  7. Uses surveys, interviews, and other studies to conduct research regarding human resources policies, classification and compensation, and other employment issues. After analyzing the information, makes recommendations on improvements. 
  8. Facilitates on-going communication and working relationships with employee representative organizations. 
  9. Collaborates with legal counsel regarding serious personnel matters. 
  10. Provides interpretation of labor contracts to managers, employees and HR staff.
  11. Prepares and analyzes detailed and complex reports and/or spreadsheets and other written materials. 
  12. Provides guidance, support, and coordination in the consistent and effective development, implementation and application of policies, procedures, and practices of Public Health Department’s Human Resources. 
  13. Develops further training as needed. 
  14. Serves on the Public Health Department’s Disaster Response Team. 
  15. Assists with HR special projects and performs related duties as assigned.

Employment Standards

Possession of the core competencies listed and the ability to immediately demonstrate these competencies consistent with the position’s level in the leadership series and the specific work assignment; AND

  1. Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, human resources, communication, humanities, sociology, psychology or a closely related field, and four years of progressively responsible professional level human resources generalist experience; OR, 
  2. Associate’s degree in public administration, business administration, human resources, communication, humanities, sociology, psychology or a closely related field, and six years of progressively responsible professional level human resources generalist experience; OR, 
  3. A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.
Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License may be required at the time of appointment. Independent travel throughout the County may be required. 
Knowledge of: The principles and practices of human resources administration, full-cycle recruitment processes; applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations; principles and practices of performance management; principles and practices of supervision, discipline, leadership, mentoring, and training; workers’ compensation administration; protected leave administration; labor and employee relations; standard English grammar and usage; and basic math, including percentage, average, and mean; and Microsoft Office Suite. 
Ability to: Gather, organize, and analyze data; identify problems, consider options, formulate strategies, and make practical recommendations; learn, interpret, and apply procedures, rules, regulations, laws, and Memoranda of Understanding; apply principles of public human resource practices and management; learn and apply principles and practices of public sector human resources administration; learn and apply State and Federal laws pertaining to fair employment practices, equal employment opportunity; learn to plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of staff; select, supervise, train and evaluate staff; learn general and specialized computer applications; prepare a variety of written documents; exercise objectivity; communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively verbally and in writing; explain rules and procedures; establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, departmental staff, representatives of other organizations and agencies, and members of the public; represent the department with tact and diplomacy; and maintain confidentiality of information.