South Coast AQMD is seeking a highly skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable Human Resources Manager, with expertise in risk management, security and safety, who will create a culture of safety and preparedness within a highly sophisticated scientific and technical environment.
This Human Resources Manager position reports to the Deputy Executive Officer of Administrative and Human Resources, and is responsible for protecting the physical assets and employees of South Coast AQMD, including identifying and analyzing loss exposures and examining the feasibility of alternative risk management, risk control, and risk financing techniques.
The incumbent will be tasked with implementing and administering numerous programs including: Injury and Illness Prevention Program; Employee Exposure Monitoring Program; Respiratory Protection Program; Confined Space Program; Continuity of Operations Plan, business continuity plan, Emergency Action Plans; Driver Safety Program; Violence Prevention Program and South Coast AQMD's insurance program including liability, property, and workers' compensation claims administration.
In addition, this position will exercise considerable discretion and independent judgment in performing extensive liaison and coordination responsibilities with South Coast AQMD staff and representatives of Cal/OSHA, other public agencies, insurance companies, and risk service firms to initiate, negotiate, and maintain the agency's Safety and Risk Management Programs.
Performs extensive liaison and coordination responsibilities and represents South Coast AQMD at meetings with South Coast AQMD staff, representatives from public agencies, insurance companies and risk service firms; negotiates rates, premiums, policy terms, and claims processing with insurance brokers/administrators.
Analyzes South Coast AQMD risks and prepares recommendations concerning appropriate insurance/self-insurance coverage; consults with and advises the Deputy Executive Officer of Administrative and Human Resources regarding the procurement of cost-effective insurance and prepares draft specifications for coverage.
Supervises and participates in conducting research and surveys, and monitors other agencies' practices to remain current concerning developments in the field of risk management and insurance; reviews and revises recommendations prepared by staff; formulates and recommends revisions to risk management and safety program policies; prepares and coordinates the revision of South Coast AQMD policies, procedures, and its Administrative Code; conducts ongoing studies to determine the feasibility of alternative insurance programs.
Supervises professional and/or clerical staff engaged in insurance administration, claims management, workers' compensation, and safety and loss prevention program activities; provides technical guidance to subordinate staff in the investigation of difficult and complex property, auto, liability, and workers' compensation claims; determines the extent of South Coast AQMD liability, estimates settlement value of claims, and prepares recommendations for settlement or denial of large claims; makes adjustments and settles claims in accordance with prescribed guidelines; may secure reimbursement of costs where subrogation rights exist and represents South Coast AQMD in small claims actions.
Supervises the development and implementation of systematic records, management practices, and controls relative to industrial safety and claims management; analyzes risk management records and data to prepare reports on related activities; reviews contracts, lease agreements, and purchase documents to eliminate or reduce risk exposure to South Coast AQMD through hold-harmless clauses, insurance coverage, and other forms of protection from accidental loss.
Oversees emergency preparedness programs, updates and conducts training on the Continuity of Operations plan and the business continuity plan, coordinates and assesses onsite and offsite security measures to protect staff and property, facilitates incident command responsibilities and training.
Plans, organizes, and manages the activities of a technical section in Human Resources; supervises the work assigned professional, sub-professional, and clerical personnel; reviews, assigns, and monitors work.
Manages, directs, and conducts special projects, studies, surveys, and analyses in the field of human resource management and administrative policies, programs, and procedures, including, but not limited to, position classification, compensation, labor relations, employee relations, employee training and development, employee benefits, safety, workers' compensation, general liability, employee placement, employee recruitment and selection, affirmative action, policy review and development, or other major human resource functions; prepares project and program status reports.
Develops and implements new or modified policies, programs, methods, and procedures for the resolution of human resource and related management problems; researches and presents findings and recommendations for changes in human resource policies and practices to management and employee groups.
Consults with and provides advice and guidance to South Coast AQMD management and employees on human resource matters, such as recruitments, classification studies, employee performance and discipline, grievances, workers' compensation, safety, general liability, benefits, MOUs, training, affirmative action, policy review and development; interprets South Coast AQMD Personnel Rules, Salary Resolution, Employee Relations Resolution, Memoranda of Understanding, and policies and procedures of South Coast AQMD.
Participates in conferences with South Coast AQMD employee bargaining unit representatives and union officials to exchange information and review and explain human resources and administrative policies, procedures, and studies; represents South Coast AQMD as a member of the negotiating team with employee bargaining units.
Represents Human Resources and South Coast AQMD in meetings, conferences, workshops, and other forums; confers with representatives of other governmental jurisdictions and private firms to exchange human resource-related information.
Assists in the formulation of Human Resources policy, goals, and objectives and in the performance of a variety of administrative tasks, including budget preparation, personnel selection and training, and acquisition of necessary equipment and supplies; may act for the Deputy Executive Officer of Administrative and Human Resources, as needed.
MINIMUM AND DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS
In addition to the Minimum Qualifications which follow, the most competitive candidates will possess:
At least five years of directly related, increasingly responsible risk management and safety experience, ideally in a public agency environment, involving field personnel working under a wide variety of conditions.
A Bachelor’s degree in a major related to occupational health or safety, public, business, or personnel administration.
Significant experience developing and administering risk management programs, including experience with workers’ compensation, emergency management and safety programs.
Knowledge of principles and practices to plan, organize, and administer a comprehensive risk management program, applicable provisions, codes, laws, policies and regulation affecting insurance and risk management operations; principles of management, organization and supervision; complex statistical recordkeeping and reporting practices and techniques; methods and techniques of research, analysis, and report preparation.
Ability to plan, administer, and supervise the work of professional and clerical staff engaged in performing comprehensive risk management program activities; interpret and prepare recommendations in accordance with complex laws, code rules, and priorities; analyze data and complex problems to develop effective recommendations; develop complex written and verbal presentations and recommendations; establish and maintain effective relations with South Coast AQMD staff and representatives of public agencies, insurance companies, and risk service firms.
Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Professional designation as an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) or Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities (ARM-P) are desirable.
Training and progressively responsible experience at the professional journey level or higher level, including project or program management, and administrative or supervisory experience, which would demonstrate knowledge of the principles and practices of public human resources administration, recruitment and selection, labor relations, employee benefits, safety, workers’ compensation, general liability, employee relations, and affirmative action; automated human resources information systems; organizational and administrative analysis and research methodology; project planning, administrative, and management techniques; principles of employee supervision and training; functions, operations, and objectives of South Coast AQMD; computers and computer applications; basic statistical methods and techniques; and report writing methods and practices.
The ability to perform a wide variety of professional work in position classification, wage, and salary administration, recruitment and selection, labor relations, employee benefits, safety, workers’ compensation, general liability, employee relations or affirmative action; plan, organize, and coordinate the work of assigned subordinate professional, sub-professional, and clerical personnel; manage, direct, and participate in major programs involving significant administration and delegation of work; manage, direct, and participate in the most major complex, sensitive, and technical projects assigned the division; assist in the overall administration and management of Human Resources; coordinate projects and programs involving South Coast AQMD units, outside agencies, and contracted services; research and analyze situations and adopt an effective course of action; understand, interpret, explain, and apply human resource rules, regulations, standards and procedures; communicate effectively, orally and in writing; evaluate and recommend improvements in operations, systems, procedures, policies, and methods; establish and maintain effective working relationships with South Coast AQMD personnel and other agencies; maintain required confidentiality in carrying out assignments, studies, and projects.
Evidence of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be demonstrated, in part, by the graduation from an accredited college or university with a major emphasis in public, business, or personnel administration or a related field.
A master’s degree in one of the above or related field may substitute for some of the professional level experience.
South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) is one of the largest and most technologically sophisticated environmental regulatory agencies in the nation. The South Coast AQMD is dedicated to addressing environmental justice impacts of air pollution and is committed to protecting and improving air quality in the many diverse communities and neighborhoods in the South Coast Air Basin. We serve a four-county region that includes all of Orange County, and parts of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, home to more than 17 million people. South Coast AQMD's headquarters is located in Diamond Bar, 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, at the junction of the 57 and 60 freeways. With a highly diverse "Clean Air Team" of over 750 employees, and an annual budget of $173 million, South Coast AQMD is an organization you can be proud to work for.
South Coast AQMD’s mission requires diverse perspectives, talents, and life experiences to solve some of the most complex technical air quality issues. We are committed to creating and maintaining a work environment that appreciates the unique contributions of our employees and fosters professional development a...nd growth.
South Coast AQMD respects the distinct ideas and perspectives of our stakeholders and works to bring them together toward the common goal of clean air.