Job Details

Rancho Santiago Community College District
  • Position Number: 2163492
  • Location: Santa Ana, CA
  • Position Type: Human Resources

Vice Chancellor of Human Resources

Rancho Santiago Community College District

Salary Range: $195,790.04 - $245,558.03/year

Job Type:

Job Number: AC21-00062

Location: Santa Ana, CA

Division: Human Resources and Risk Management

Closing: 3/26/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

Job Description
Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD), one of four community college districts in Orange County, California, offers associate degrees, vocational certificates, and adult education programs through its two colleges: Santa Ana College in Santa Ana and Santiago Canyon College in Orange. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, and customized training for business and industry. RSCCD, one of the largest of California's 72 community college districts, serves the communities of Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim Hills, Orange, Villa Park and portions of Irvine and Tustin. RSCCD is one of the largest employers in the region with 3,971 full-and part-time employees.

The mission of the Rancho Santiago Community College District is to provide quality educational programs and services that address the needs of our diverse students and communities.

Under the direction of the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for the District and is responsible for providing leadership, planning, development, and administration of the District's comprehensive human resources programs. Advises the Chancellor and others on human resources related matters. Serves as the District's Equal Employment Opportunity Officer. Serves as a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet and executive administrative team. Perform other duties and assume other responsibilities as assigned by the Chancellor and Board of Trustees.

Provides District-wide leadership for Human Resources planning and policy development to ensure the viability and legality of human resources policies and programs, improve human resource services, and maintain established practices and standards.

Advises the Chancellor, District managers and employees regarding the interpretation and application of laws, policies and regulations affecting academic and classified personnel, and recommends appropriate new/revised personnel policies and regulations.

Promotes the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in employee recruitment, retention, and advancement practices. Fosters and advances diversity, equity, and inclusion through hiring pools, outreach activities, and professional development.

Oversees procedures for recruitment, hiring, promotion, job classification, layoff, discipline, salary placement and advancement, compensation, leaves, timely evaluation of employees, and records management.

Provides for the orientation of new employees and for the on-going professional development of faculty and staff.

Provides for the on-going training of District managers in areas related to human resources management and employer-employee relations.

Serves as the District's chief labor negotiator and oversees the processing and resolution of grievances.

Administers collective bargaining agreements as well as individual employment agreements.

Ensures District-wide compliance with all legal requirements related to equal employment opportunity and discrimination.

Consults with both special and general counsel on contract issues, litigation, and compliance issues.

Supervises the district's workers compensation benefits programs.

Meets regularly with the governing Board and the Chancellor in closed session to discuss legal settlements and litigation, including employee discipline or dismissal, workers' compensation, and other legal issues within the scope of closed session topics; directs and implements legal settlements and litigation pursuant to Board action.

Directs and implements legal settlements and litigation involving employee discharge, suits against the District, workers' compensation settlements, and other legal issues.

Oversees and manages the District's health benefits programs and services for all employees and ensures contractors are accountable and serve in the best interest of the District and its employees. Ensures that high-level, responsive service is provided to current, future, and past employees of the District related to employee benefits, programs, and services.

Responsible for budget preparation and administration.

Reviews and evaluates effectiveness of assigned personnel, programs, and services; assures the development and implementation of corrective action, improvements, or additional programs and services as necessary.

Participates in shared governance activities and supports the shared governance processes.

Provides leadership for District-wide committees and task forces related to Human Resources.

Participates in professional organizations and maintains an expert level of understanding of current ideas, research, and practices related to human resources.

Participates in local, regional, and state activities to promote Rancho Santiago Community College District.

Performs other duties as may be assigned.

Oversees the District's Risk Management department including all aspects of employee benefits, workers' compensation, and property/liability insurance.

Oversees the investigation, processing, and response to complaints of discrimination and harassment. Mediates employee grievances; represents the District in grievance hearings; directs disciplinary actions; intervenes in supervisor/employee relation problems. Receives, investigates, and seeks to resolve employee and student complaints of unlawful discrimination and harassment.

Interfaces with agencies such as the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.

Consults with legal counsel to ensure that complaints of potential district liability are handled appropriately and monitors the performance of the District's claims management services.

Job Qualifications

An earned Master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in human resources management, public administration, labor relations, law or other related field.

Five (5) years of increasingly responsible and varied experience in administering a full range of human resources management programs in a public sector setting, including employment, employer/employee relations, staff training and development, classification and compensation, and negotiating collective bargaining agreements. Demonstrated ability to promote and foster the principle of diversity in employee recruitment, retention, and advancement practices.

Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of students and employees, as well as the needs of individuals with disabilities.

  • Earned doctorate degree in public administration, educational leadership or related field, or earned Juris Doctorate with experience in Labor (Employment) Law, or related fields of law.
  • Experience as a Chief Human Resources Officer in a community college district.
  • Experience in managing budgets.
  • Ability to work effectively in a shared governance environment.
  • Ability to work effectively within the state mandate for collective bargaining.
  • Experience in performing work as described above in a California public education environment is highly desirable
  • Laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to human resources in the California Community College System.
  • Principles and practices of management, supervision, and training.
  • Principles, practices, and trends in human resource management for public employers.
  • Wage and hour administration.
  • Classification and compensation methods and practices.
  • Human Resources Information Systems, database applications, and related software systems. Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, and other software programs used in managing complex human resources information.
  • Effective communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Effective labor relations.
  • Effective recruitment and selection practices.
  • Learn the laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to human resources in the California Community College System.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff at all levels within the organization.
  • Effectively interpret, apply communicate complex and detailed concepts to all college groups including administrators, faculty, classified, and the Board of Trustees.
  • Understand the organizational complexity of a multi-college District.
  • Resolve personnel conflicts and personnel disputes in a timely manner.
  • Effectively negotiate Collective Bargaining Agreements with employee representatives and administer labor contracts.
  • Assure the integrity of the human resources systems and functions.
  • Investigate, evaluate, and recommend resolutions to grievances, claims and complaints.
  • Interpret and analyze data and apply laws, rules, regulations, and policies.
  • Compile data, prepare reports, and present narrative and statistical reports in a concise and comprehensive manner.
  • Effectively use and participate in shared decision making through the District's Shared Governance structure.
  • Understand and promote collegial conversations.
  • Understand and be sensitive to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of students and employees, as well as needs of individuals with disabilities.
  • Foster and support a district climate that values diversity, equity, and inclusion among students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • Develop services and programs to support the development and advancement of employees.
  • Provide sound and responsive service to both internal and external entities and personnel.
  • Consult with legal counsel, to ensure that complaints of potential district liability are handled appropriately and monitors the performance of the District's claims management services.
  • Encourage and support innovation among faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • Recruit, select, develop, manage, and evaluate staff.
  • Establish goals and strategic plans with identifiable outcomes and measures.
  • Develop and manage a budget.
  • Collaborate with college leadership to define comprehensive staff development and training programs, and strategies to fund them, preparing managers and employees to meet current and future needs of the District.
  • Exercise critical and independent decision making when resolving confidential, difficult situations.
  • Serve as a strategic partner with the District's administration, the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff to meet the District's mission, objectives, vision, and values.
  • Investigate unlawful discrimination including harassment under state and federal laws, including the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and process of adjudicating complaints with administrative agencies and state and federal courts.
  • Learn the California community colleges' laws and regulations, Title 5, California retirement systems (STRS and PERS), and the California Education Code.
Application Screening
In addition to the requirements and responsibilities listed, the following criteria will be considered in selecting candidates for interviews:
  • Education experience (breadth and depth)
  • Work experience (breadth and depth)
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • Program development
  • Community involvement
  • Demonstrated experience in working with a diverse socio-economic community
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others
Based upon the information presented on the application materials, a limited number of candidates with qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process, which may include a written test and oral interview.

Applicants selected for an interview may be required to take additional tests or assessments and will be notified of such prior to the date of the interview. During the oral session, those selected for interviews will, in addition to the above, also be evaluated on the following factors:
  • Oral communication skills
  • Presentation
  • Problem solving skills
  • Successful problem solving or performance demonstration
  • Writing skills/demonstration
A predetermined set of questions will be asked of all applicants interviewed. Applicants are requested to provide thorough yet concise information on their related experience to ensure correct evaluation of their qualifications. Evaluation criteria will be applied consistently to all applicants.

Method of Application
For consideration in the selection process, interested persons must complete the RSCCD application and upload all required documents online by the specified closing date for the position. Nominations should include the full name, address, preferred phone and email contact, description of professional or personal relationship of the proposed candidate and other pertinent information that may be known by the nominator.

To be considered for this position, an applicant must:
  1. Complete an electronic application form.
  2. Submit a letter of application, three pages or less citing specific examples from his/her experience that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ideal characteristics necessary for this position.
  3. Submit a Curriculum Vitae.
  4. Submit eight references from current or former employment settings. References should include: two supervisors, two direct reports, two employee group leaders, and two peer administrators. The following information for each reference must include: name, title, relationship with the applicant, address, preferred phone and email contacts. Any references in addition to the required eight will be disregarded. Note that references will only be contacted for finalists, along with any other individuals able to assess the applicant's suitability for the position, as identified by those assigned to conduct background investigations.
All application materials must be submitted electronically through the RSCCD website. Please upload the following application materials with your online application:
  • Curriculum Vitae (Required)
  • Letter of application, three pages or less (Required)
  • List of eight references as described above (Required)
  • Unofficial transcripts showing that the minimum qualifications are met (Required)
Hiring Process Timeline
Applications and nominations may be accepted until the position is filled. However, submission of completed applications is strongly encouraged no later than Friday, March 26, 2021. This will ensure the candidate is considered in the Screening Committee's first review.

It is anticipated that the screening activities will be conducted as follows:
Week of March 29: Screening begins
Week of May 03: Initial Interviews
Week of May 31: Final Interviews with Chancellor Marvin Martinez
July 01: New Vice Chancellor of Human Resources assumes office

For confidential inquiries about the position, please contact:

Pam Walker, Ed.D.
PPL Inc. - Team Leader
Phone: (916) 768-8565

Diane Clerou, M.P.A.
PPL Inc. - Senior Associate
Phone: (559) 999-9992

All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence. Travel reimbursement is available to those meeting established district criteria. Applications from all persons interested in the position are encouraged.

Pre-Employment Requirements
Candidates selected for employment will be required to provide current verification of a negative TB test or chest x-ray, complete the district's fingerprinting process, and bring proof of their legal right to work in the United States. Cost of TB testing, fingerprinting and the fee for criminal record check will be paid for by the candidates.

The Rancho Santiago Community College District is an equal employment opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment based on ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex, race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, gender identity, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), marital status, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The District will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. Applicant should contact the Human Resources Office for assistance.

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