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Vice President of Human Resources

About Rio Hondo College

About Rio Hondo College

Río Hondo College welcomes and embraces all students in their educational and career pathways. As a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), our College has a student population of 22,000, of which 18,000 are Latinx students. We were the first college in Los Angeles County to provide two years of free tuition to first-time, full-time college students through our Río Promise program. We are proud to acknowledge that many of our students have transferred to high ranked institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, USC and UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Cal State LA, Cal State Long Beach, and Whittier College to name a few.


Our caring and dedicated student-centered staff, faculty, and administrators are devoted to the advancement of educational justice, equity, and opportunity for all our students. Our College’s 900 employees, with close to 600 faculty, hold themselves accountable for the academic success of disproportionately impacted student populations. Our entire staff, with unwavering team collaboration, work hard to ensure our students reach their full potential by eliminating gaps in academic outcomes that traditionally hinder students of color.

Río Hondo College is committed to the recruitment of qualified and diverse employees who are dedicated to our students’ success. We recognize that diversity in an academic environment fosters cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for our students. We are steadfast in our hiring practices and staff development processes which reinforce the goals of equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion. Our practices and processes also support the importance of a workforce that reflects the community and the diverse student population we serve.

Río Hondo College employs approximately 55% tenured track faculty of color; 60% part-time faculty of color; 85% classified staff of color; and 50% administrators of color.

Río Hondo College offers 30 associate degrees that guarantee transfer (ADTs) to Cal State Universities, a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Technology, more than 60 certificates, a Pathway to Law School, dual enrollment with K-12 districts, state championship speech & debate team, top-notch athletic teams, student leadership opportunities, travel abroad experiences and more.

In collaboration with the communities in Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, El Monte, South El Monte, Whittier, portions of Norwalk, La Mirada, Downey, La Puente, the City of Industry, Los Nietos and Avocado Heights, Río Hondo College provides an exceptional academic curriculum to meet the unique needs of our region and strengthen our communities.

Basic Function

Under the direction of the Superintendent/President, provides overall leadership in the planning, organization, direction and implementation of a comprehensive human resources program for the district and provides oversight of the Human Resources department; serves as the District’s Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator; supervises and evaluates the performance of assigned staff; oversees the operations of the Human Resources Department including recruitment and selection, employer-employee relations, classification and pay, performance evaluation, equal employment opportunity, workers’ compensation, fringe benefits and unemployment insurance; and fosters a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, innovation and continuous improvement throughout the District.

Minimum Qualifications



Essential Duties

  1. Plans, organizes, directs, and implements a comprehensive human resources program that supports the mission of the District and its employees in the areas of recruitment and selection; benefits administration, including unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation; compensation; classification; employee and labor relations; contract administration; human resources information systems; professional development; performance evaluation; compliance and equal employment opportunity (EEO) and diversity/inclusion programs.
  2. Provides leadership with the formulation and development of college policies, procedures, and programs related to human resources; collaborates with senior administrators and constituent groups in the development of plans, strategies, goals and objectives of the District; develops and presents human resources-related policies, procedures and programs in response to legislation and District needs.
  3. Advises and counsels the Superintendent/President and senior and executive management on policy, rules, regulations, labor union contract interpretation and negotiations, legal requirements, and impacts of legislation regarding issues pertaining to human resources.
  4. Participates in classified and faculty collective bargaining negotiations and processes in accordance with policy direction from the Superintendent/President and the Board of Trustees; oversees the administration, interpretation and implementation of collective bargaining agreements for employees; interprets provisions of the negotiated contracts to ensure that employment-related actions are in compliance with labor agreements and applicable laws and regulations; handles the employee grievance process for the District.
  5. Meets with individual employees and groups of employees to provide information, respond to uestions, resolve issues, and receive feedback on a variety of work-related issues, concerns, problems or complaints; communicates and consults with the Superintendent/President and legal counsel on litigation related to employment and other human resources matters; seeks advice from legal counsel on the interpretation of federal, state, and local laws and regulations as they pertain to human resources issues; informs and advises the Superintendent/President of required responses to litigation and other legal matters.
  6. Serves as the District’s Compliance Officer, pursuant to Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, for purposes of responding to complaints of unlawful discrimination; ensures District compliance with EEO requirements and appropriate regulations. Serves in an advisory capacity to the District’s Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Committee (EEOAC) to oversee the development and implementation of the District’s EEO Plan; and promotes and implements equal employment opportunity (EEO) and diversity and inclusion programs.
  7. Serves as the District’s Title IX Coordinator by overseeing Title IX complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence, including sexual assault from employees, students, and members of the public; receives complaints and initiates investigations and resolution of complaints as required by applicable laws, regulations, and District policies and procedures; may delegate investigations of allegations to other management or external investigators; and collaborates and consults with colleagues, professional organizations, and community resources to facilitate the development of the District’s Title IX programs.
  8. Serves as the District’s ADA Coordinator; oversees investigations or investigates and responds to allegations of discrimination regarding disability; and consults with other managers to develop solutions to evolving, emerging matters related to equity and access as needed.
  9. Hires, directs, supervises and evaluates assigned staff; establishes standards of performance and methods of operation for the department; assigns and monitors workloads and projects; disciplines assigned staff according to established policies and procedures.
  10. Provides leadership in the convening, charge and work of a variety of District-wide committees, councils, teams, task forces, and special events related to Human Resources; attends and chairs District-wide committees as assigned; represents the District in the community and at local, State and regional meetings; maintains liaison with appropriate government agencies and professional organizations; attends all meetings of the District’s Board of Trustees.
  11. Oversees the budget for Human Resources programs and operations; analyzes and reviews budgetary and financial data; authorizes expenditures in accordance with established policies and procedures; manages the accounts appropriately to ensure that the budget is balanced; identifies resources, and establishes a basis for accountability on behalf of the Human Resources department.
  12. Serves as the custodian of records for personnel files for the District; directs the preparation of, or prepares records and reports related to personnel transactions, recruitment and selection, benefits administration, workers’ compensation/long-term disability, classification review, salary administration, EEO/staff diversity reports and other documentation; provides leadership, vision and oversight for strategic planning and related efforts including the annual planning for the Human Resources department.
  13. Perform other related duties as assigned.
  14. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires us to identify the essential (E) duties/functions of the position. We have indicated those duties with an E on the job description.

Supervision Exercised

Exercises direct supervision over professional, technical, and administrative support staff.

Other Job Related Duties

Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Job Related and Essential Qualifications


Mission, goals, purpose, organization, operations, policies and procedures of public educational institutions. Principles and practices of human resources management, public administration, collective bargaining in the public sector, and professional training and development, including hiring, supervision, training, performance evaluation, and disciplinary processes. Local, State and Federal laws and regulations, including but not limited to the California Education Code, the California Code of Regulations, and EEO, ADA, Title IX laws as they pertain to human resources practices and procedures in California community colleges. Human resources information systems including position control, salary placements, leave tracking and other personnel transactions. Principles and techniques of job analysis and administration of position classification and compensation plans. Community college accreditation standards and processes. Participatory approaches to shared governance.


Provide effective leadership in the various aspects of Human Resources, professional development, and compliance for employees of the District. Apply the principles, methods and techniques of personnel and human resources management including interpreting, applying and explaining laws, policies and procedures governing the workplace at the District. Select, assign, orient, train, supervise, counsel and evaluate the performance of assigned employees. Direct and/or perform difficult and sensitive work requiring confidentiality, tact and diplomacy such as investigations and resolutions of unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment/sexual violence complaints; advise management on disciplinary hearings, procedures, and other personnel matters. Analyze situations accurately and provide effective resolutions or alternatives to conflict between and among employees. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of groups and individuals, including faculty, classified staff, administrators, employee group representatives, members of the public, and representatives of external agencies. Develop and present clear and concise reports and presentations to a wide variety of groups in the College community and to professional groups or organizations. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for, a diverse population of community college students, faculty, and staff.

Foreign Degrees

Any degree from a country other than the United States, including Canada and Great Britain, must be evaluated by an Evaluation Service prior to the closing date. Certification must be attached with copies of transcripts.

License Certificates/Credentials

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications

Previous experience in a large, public sector educational environment

Working Conditions

Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:

Position Description

Applications are currently being accepted for Vice President of Human Resources.

Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PT on the closing date.

Applicants must submit a complete online application that includes the items listed.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Additional Information

Commitment to Diversity

All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

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EEO Statement

Rio Hondo College is committed to employing qualified administrators, faculty and staff members who are dedicated to student success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for all qualified candidates.

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Unofficial transcripts of all college/university studies, including degrees earned.

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